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    All the Ins and Outs at Every Club

    Chloe Kelly has joined Manchester City from Everton | Alex Davidson/Getty Images

    Women’s Super League clubs are already preparing for the start of the 2020/21 season, with the summer transfer window now in full swing.

    Here’s a roundup of new signing and every departure this summer…

    Following on from the January capture of Caitlin Foord, there is a distinct Australian theme to Arsenal’s summer recruitment as they try and take the title back from Chelsea. Steph Catley and Lydia Williams were both teammates of Foord in last summer’s World Cup squad. Might that be something to do with the fact that manager Joe Montemurro is…Australian? We couldn’t comment.

    In:

    Steph Catley (DF) – Melbourne City
    Malin Gut (MF) – Grasshopper
    Lydia Williams (GK) – Melbourne City
    Noelle Maritz (DF) – Wolfsburg

    Out:

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    Louise Quinn (DF) – released
    Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (GK) – released
    Katrina Veje (MF) – Rosengard
    Danielle Carter (FW) – Reading
    Emma Mitchell (DF) – Reading

    Aston Villa are stepping into the professional top-flight world of the WSL for the first time and changes were inevitable as they aim to stay at the higher level. Among those who have been released is defender Jade Richards, who joined the club at the Under-10 age group.

    In:

    Chloe Arthur (MF) – Birmingham
    Freye Gregory (MF) – Birmingham
    Anite Asante (DF) – Chelsea
    Daine Silva (FW) – Sporting CP

    Out:

    Jade Richards (DF) – released
    Kerri Welsh (FW) – released
    Alice Hassall (MF) – released
    Phoebe Warner (MF) – released
    Melissa Johnson (FW) – released
    Charlotte Greengrass (DF) – released
    Sophie Maierhofer (MF) – released
    Daniela Kosinska (GK) – released

    The 2019/20 season was a tough one for Birmingham after a number of key players left last summer, with midfielder Emma Follis even stepping down a level to join Aston Villa. This season will be tougher still, with Lucy Staniforth and Rachel Williams the most high profile among another raft of departures.

    In:

    None

    Out:

    Brianna Visalli (MF) – Houston Dash
    Adrienne Jordan (DF) – OL Reign
    Freya Gregory (DF) – Aston Villa
    Abbey Jones (MF) – released
    Olivia Rebjohn (MF) – released
    Alexandra Brooks (GK) – released
    Chloe Arthur (MF) – Aston Villa
    Lucy Staniforth (MF) – Manchester United
    Kerys Harrop (DF) – released
    Rachel Williams (FW) – released

    Brighton have added international midfielders Inessa Kaagman and Nora Heroum to their squad this summer. The former has joined from Everton and made her Netherlands debut last year, while the latter has played over 70 times for Finland.

    In:

    Katie Startup (GK) – Charlton
    Katie Robinson (MF) – Bristol City
    Nora Heroum (MF) – AC Milan
    Inessa Kaagman (MF) – Everton

    Out:

    Lea Le Garrec (MF) – Fleury 91
    Katie Natkiel (MF) – Crystal Palace
    Amanda Nilden (MF) – released
    Sophie Harris (GK) – released
    Fern Whelan (DF) – released
    Ini Umotong (FW) – released
    Matile Lundorf (DF) – Juventus

    Two wins in the final five games of last season gave Bristol City enough points to keep out of the relegation zone in the end. It might be wishful to think they will have an easier ride in the new season but new faces have come in to improve the squad.

    In:

    Ella Mastrantonio (MF) – Western Sydney Wanderers
    Aimee Palmer (MF) – Manchester United
    Megan Wynne (MF) – Tottenham
    Jemma Purfield (DF) – Liverpool

    Out:

    Poppy Pattinson (MF) – Everton
    Olivia Chance (MF) – released
    Katie Robinson (MF) – Brighton
    Eartha Cummings (GK) – released
    Jeon Ga-eul (FW) – released
    Frankie Brown (DF) – released
    Loren Dykes (DF) – Cardiff

    An unbeaten Chelsea won the 2019/20 title on points per game following the season being abandoned. They have added quality to their squad, probably with an eye on their return to the Women’s Champions League and the extra demands it brings.

    In:

    Melanie Leupolz (MF) – Bayern Munich
    Niamh Charles (FW) – Liverpool
    Jessie Fleming (MF) – UCLA

    Out:

    Adelina Engman (FW) – Montpellier
    Deanna Cooper (DF) – Reading
    Anita Asante (DF) – Aston Villa
    Ramona Bachmann (FW) – Paris Saint-Germain

    Everton were resurgent in 2019/20 after flirting with relegation the season before and are now looking to kick on again. A strong start had sort of fizzled out by the time the campaign for cancelled and the Toffees are keen to come back strong.

    In:

    Poppy Pattinson (MF) – Bristol City
    Ingrid Moe Wold (DF) – Madrid CFF
    Nicoline Sorensen (FW) – Brondby
    Rikke Sevecke (DF) – Fleury 91

    Out:

    Inessa Kaagman (MF) – Brighton
    Hannah Cain (FW) – released
    Kirstie Levell (GK) – released
    Taylor Hinds (DF) – Liverpool
    Chloe Kelly (FW) – Manchester City

    Manchester City were actually ahead of Chelsea before the 2019/20 season was abandoned and the title went to west London on points per game. That will only motivate City, who are under new manager Gareth Taylor to challenge harder in 2020/21.

    In:

    Chloe Kelly (FW) – Everton

    Out:

    Tessa Wullaert (FW) – released
    Pauline Bremer (FW) – Wolfsburg

    Manchester United enjoyed an impressive debut season in the WSL following their 2019 promotion and have already set about trying to now bridge the gap to the league’s big three. England midfielder Lucy Staniforth is a statement signing.

    In:

    Carrie Jones (MF) – Cardiff
    Lucy Staniforth (MF) – Birmingham
    Ona Batlle (DF) – Levante
    Ivana Fuso (FW) – Basel

    Out:

    Aurora Mikalsen (GK) – released
    Charlotte Newsham (DF) – released
    Aimee Palmer (MF) – Bristol City
    Lizzie Arnot (FW) – released
    Siobhan Chamberlain (GK) – released

    Reading have snapped up former Arsenal striker Danielle Carter this summer. The 27-year-old had been with the Gunners since 2009 and despite injury problems is a valuable asset for the Royals in their quest to improve on a fifth-placed finish.

    In:

    Emma Mitchell (DF) – Arsenal
    Danielle Carter (FW) – Arsenal
    Deanna Cooper (DF) – Chelsea

    Out:

    Maz Pacheco (DF) – West Ham
    Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland (FW) – Rosenborg

    Tottenham are looking to consolidate their place in the WSL after successfully managing the transition to a professional top flight club last season. But 2020/21 will be their first season since 2009 without retired captain Jenna Schillaci.

    In:

    None

    Out:

    Sophie McLean (MF) – released
    Chloe Morgan (GK) – Crystal Palace
    Coral-Jade Haines (MF) – released
    Megan Wynne (MF) – Bristol City
    Jenna Schillaci (DF) – retired

    West Ham fairly comfortably remained a WSL side last season and with the right recruitment this summer will fancy their chances of better competing with the league’s middle block that contains Manchester United, Reading, Tottenham and Everton.

    In:

    MacKenzie Arnold (GK) – Brisbane Roar
    Maz Pacheco (DF) – Reading
    Katerina Svitkova (MF) – Slavia Prague
    Hawa Cissoko (DF) – ASJ Soyaux

    Out:

    Katharina Baunach (DF) – retired
    Anna Moorhouse (GK) – Bordeaux
    Tessel Middag (MF) – released
    Esmee de Graaf (MF) – released
    Vyan Sampson (DF) – released
    Ruesha Littlejohn (FW) – released
    Olivia Smith (DF) – University of Central Florida

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