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THE NUMBERS GAME: Sportsmail rates the Big Six’s transfer activity so far

There are less than three weeks of the summer window left, and the Premier League’s Big Six are preparing for another season of scrapping for glory and European football.

Manchester City and Liverpool seem set for another tight title race, while Tottenham have finally strengthened their squad. Elsewhere, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are plugging away too.

At the end of a window, you have winners and losers. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at how the top clubs are shaping up ahead of the new season. 

Rodri joined Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in one of the biggest deals of the summer

Rodri joined Manchester City from Atletico Madrid in one of the biggest deals of the summer

Arsenal

INS: Gabriel Martinelli (Ituano, £6m)

OUTS: Petr Cech (retired), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus, free), Danny Welbeck (released), Stephan Lichtsteiner (released)

‘Be excited,’ said Josh Kroenke, the 39-year-old son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan, and a non-executive director when asked about the summer’s transfer window.

The supporters will only celebrate when these excitable signings are confirmed. So far, they have snapped up Gabriel Martinelli, a Brazilian teenager for £6m.

Their £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha was apparently laughed out of the Crystal Palace boardroom, while Celtic have been demanding more money for full-back Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal are working with limited funds this summer but are expected to sign more players

Arsenal are working with limited funds this summer but are expected to sign more players

Behind the scenes, they are also having to deal with the saga surrounding Laurent Koscielny, their wantaway captain who refused to join them on their US tour.

Arsenal at least seem close to securing a deal for William Saliba, the Saint-Etienne defender worth £27m who was wanted by north London rivals Tottenham. He may head back to France as part of the deal.

For now, though, it’s been a 2/10 window for the Gunners, particularly after losing Aaron Ramsey for nothing to Juventus.

WINDOW RATING SO FAR – 2/10

Chelsea

INS: Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid, £40m)

OUTS: Eden Hazard (Real Madrid, £88m), Gary Cahill (released)

Considering Chelsea won the Europa League, Stamford Bridge felt in turmoil at the start of the summer.

Manager Maurizio Sarri wanted out, and the club wanted him out too. They were also handed a two-window transfer ban, meaning they could not conduct business ahead of 2019-20.

After years of speculation linking him to Real Madrid, they then finally lost Eden Hazard to the Bernabeu.

Chelsea lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and are banned from replacing him this summer

Chelsea lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and are banned from replacing him this summer

Yet there have been positives amid all these negatives. Namely, the arrival of club legend Frank Lampard as head coach has lifted spirits and given them a plan of action.

Lampard has helped in convincing youngsters to stay put. Mason Mount has signed a new five-year contract, while Callum Hudson-Odoi seems set to pledge his future to the club too.

Christian Pulisic has arrived after his loan at Borussia Dortmund, while Tammy Abraham and Reece James are back at the club too. That is why we have given Chelsea a (generous) 3/10 here.

WINDOW RATING SO FAR – 3/10 

Liverpool

INS: Sepp van den Berg (PEC Zwolle, £1.3m)

OUTS: Danny Ings (Southampton, £20m), Daniel Sturridge (released), Alberto Moreno (released), Rafael Camacho (Sporting Lisbon, £5m)

Liverpool lost once in the league all season, finished with 97 points, and yet did not win the title. Still, the Champions League was hardly a poor consolation prize.

The champions of Europe will now look to become the champions of England. That means they will have to overtake Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City juggernaut.

So far, though, Liverpool have not made any signings apart from a £1.3m capture of a 17-year-old Dutch centre back called Sepp van den Berg.

Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to spend for the sake of it and looks to be happy with his squad

Jurgen Klopp is unwilling to spend for the sake of it and looks to be happy with his squad

Jurgen Klopp appears to think he has enough at his disposal to compete in England and Europe.

It sounds like a cliche (and that’s because it is) but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may feel like a new signing. Rhian Brewster is also set to play a part this season too.

Injuries hindered their 2018-19 campaigns but they should be called upon by Klopp this year. One huge positive for Liverpool is they have not lost any influential figures.

WINDOW RATING SO FAR – 5/10

Manchester City

INS: Rodri (Atletico Madrid, £62.8m), Angelino (PSV, £5.3m)

OUTS: Vincent Kompany (released), Fabian Delph (Everton, £10m)

Manchester City, despite their already-existing strength in depth, have continued to strengthen.

The champions of England spent £62.8m by bringing in midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

Considering the importance of Fernandinho to the way that City play, they spared no expense when signing the man they consider his heir. That fee was a club record.

City already have an outstanding squad, though they have lost a leader in Vincent Kompany. Time will tell how much of a loss that is.

City have finally signed an alternative to Fernandinho in the highly-rated Spaniard Rodri

City have finally signed an alternative to Fernandinho in the highly-rated Spaniard Rodri

The signing of a central defender would boost this window for City and they have been linked with snatching Leicester’s Harry Maguire from under Manchester United’s noses.

Yet even if a new centre back does not arrive, Pep Guardiola insists he is well covered in the position with Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

For now, with the arrival of Rodri, their window is a 8/10. The only black mark has been the loss of Kompany, the new player-manager of Anderlecht.

WINDOW RATING SO FAR – 8/10

Manchester United

INS: Daniel James (Swansea, £15m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace, £50m)

OUTS: Ander Herrera (Paris Saint-Germain, free), Antonio Valencia (released), James Wilson (released)

Manchester United’s transfer policy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been clear. Daniel James, 21, joined from Swansea for £15m. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, also 21, was bought from Crystal Palace for £50m.

Both are young, up-and-coming talents who will hope to impress Solskjaer in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff of Newcastle has also been linked with a move to Manchester.

Manchester United may need to buy a new striker if they lose Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan

Manchester United may need to buy a new striker if they lose Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan

Leicester, meanwhile, are said to want £80m for Harry Maguire and United, in their desperation for a new central defender, may agree to fork out the hefty sum.

Losses have been kept to a minimum, despite Paul Pogba being continually linked with a move. Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has not hid his admiration for Romelu Lukaku either.

It remains to be seen if either will depart, though David De Gea seems set to sign a new deal to stay. For us, United have enjoyed a 7/10 window thus far.

WINDOW RATING SO FAR – 7/10

Tottenham

INS: Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon, £56.5m), Jack Clarke (Leeds, £11.5m)

OUTS: Michel Vorm (released), Jack Clarke (Leeds, loan) Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid, £20m)

Tottenham fans waited 517 days for their club to sign a player – then two came along at once.

Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele joined on the same day in early July. Clarke cost £11.5m then was loaned back to Leeds immediately. Ndombele cost £56.5m, rising to £65m.

At long last, Spurs were giving Mauricio Pochettino money to spend and doing business in the market.

Tottenham finally spent big earlier in the window, signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

Tottenham finally spent big earlier in the window, signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

They have got money back by selling Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid for £20m, while Danny Rose has been omitted from Tottenham’s party for their pre-season tour to Asia.

Spurs boss Pochettino took his team to the Champions League final against all odds, despite not spending a penny last season. Now, he is being backed.

Tottenham have more work to do in the market. Midfield is an area they are still looking at. Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon may follow, though Gareth Bale will not.

So far, we make it a 7/10 window for Tottenham.

WINDOW RATING SO FAR – 7/10

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