Top 5: The Premier League Signings Of The Summer So Far
The shortened transfer window this summer hasn’t really thrown up the manic deals many had hoped for, but a few clubs have made some shrewd moves in the close season.
The added caveat of a very entertaining World Cup hasn’t helped though business has spiked since the culmination of the final in Moscow.
Premier League clubs spent a total of £1.4bn on transfers last summer and while it is unlikely that figure will be topped this year, it doesn’t mean some top class deals haven’t been made across England’s top flight.
Below we take a look at the top five signings in the Premier League so far.
5. Fabinho (Liverpool)
The Brazilian was signed by the Reds for a reported fee of £43.7m in a deal that was completed quite swiftly. Fabinho was constantly linked with a move away from Monaco since their special season in 2016/17, where the French side won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
He comes in to strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s midfield following the departure of Emre Can and the injury suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
4. Joao Moutinho (Wolves)
For the second summer in succession, Wolves have managed to shock the world by bringing in one of Europe’s most cultured midfielders in deals that had many scratching their heads.
Last summer it was Ruben Neves from Porto, a signing that propelled them to Championships favourites and eventually led them to an emphatic promotion.
Now, Portuguese veteran Moutinho has joined the West Midlands’ side for a modest fee of just £5m. It does, though, raise further questions about Wolves’ ownership and their relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes.
3. Jack Wilshere (West Ham)
If you told fans that West Ham would sign Jack Wilshere on a free in 2012, you may have been advised to check on your health.
From boy wonder and the hope of English football to not being wanted by Arsenal, Wilshere has had quite the journey. Having said that, his talent is rarely questioned in most quarters and for a Bosman transfer, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere else in Europe.
2. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)
Arsenal have sought to finally address their weakness at the base of their midfield and in Torreira, the Gunners have recruited arguably the best defensive midfielder at the World Cup behind N’golo Kante.
Torreira headed to the World Cup off the back of a successful season at Sampdoria and at 22-year-old, he has a big future in the game.
According to reports, while the fee stood at £26.4m, Arsenal will pay the fee in instalments over the next three years – another plus surrounding the transfer.
1. Jorginho (Chelsea)
Many felt the Brazilian-born Italian would complete a move to Manchester City, but Jorginho decided to follow his manager Maurizio Sarri to west London.
Jorginho has topped all the passing stats across Europe’s top five leagues over the past four seasons and given his familiarity with Sarri, he can be expected to hit the ground running in the Premier League.
The former Napoli boss will switch back to a 4-3-3 and it looks like Jorginho will have a huge part to play starting off the attacks from deep.