The summer transfer window saw Premier League clubs let loose with their new influx of television money which led to transfer fees skyrocketing yet again.
Over £1.4 billion was spent by Premier League clubs on recruits, averaging to £72m per club; a considerable increase compared to previous years.
269 players joined Premier League clubs while 270 were shown the door by their respective clubs.
Some transfers have worked, some have not.
We pick out the top ten Premier League signings of the summer so far (in no particular order)…
ALVARO MORATA – CHELSEA (£60M FROM REAL MADRID)Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea broke their transfer record to bring Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid as they looked to defend their Premier League title under Antonio Conte. He has been an instant success at Stamford Bridge, netting eight goals in his first ten Premier League appearances as well as registering four assists. The Spaniard has blossomed alongside Eden Hazard in the Chelsea attack and aged just 25; the best could be yet to come.
SEAD KOLASINAC – ARSENAL (FREE FROM SCHALKE)Embed from Getty Images
Despite taking home a reported eye-watering £150,000 per week, Sead Kolasinac has proved to be one of the bargains of the summer. In a similar manner to Liverpool taking Joel Matip, the Bosnian was plucked from Schalke free of charge. He has settled instantly into the Arsenal side and has enjoyed an excellent partnership with Alexis Sanchez on the Arsenal left. He has one goal and three assists to his name already this season.
DAVINSON SANCHEZ – TOTTENHAM (£42M FROM AJAX)Embed from Getty Images
It’s a frightening when you consider that Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez is only 21-years-old. The Colombian defender quickly established himself as a top centre-back for Ajax before Tottenham broke their transfer record to sign him. Combining power and pace, Sanchez has looked an absolute steal so far, proving he is worthy of a place in one of the league’s best defences.
RICHARLISON – WATFORD (£11.5M FROM FLUMINENSE)Embed from Getty Images
Touted as one of Brazil’s brightest prospects, Richarlison was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer but put pen-to-paper on a move to Watford for just £11m. One of the surprise packages of the season, he has scored five goals and notched two assists in his first 11 Premier League appearances. The 20-year-old has already been linked with an exit with Tottenham reportedly keeping tabs on his situation at Vicarage Road.
MOHAMED SALAH – LIVERPOOL (£34M FROM ROMA)Embed from Getty Images
By far and away the Premier League signing of the summer – Mohamed Salah. Signed for only £34m, the Egyptian winger has blown his critics out of the water with his performances for the Reds – scoring nine goals making him the Premier League top scorer. His sheer pace and quality on the ball has given Liverpool another dimension in attack and Salah continues to show Chelsea why they were wrong to let him leave every time he steps onto the pitch.
JACK CORK – BURNLEY (£10M FROM SWANSEA)Embed from Getty Images
Swansea fans will be ruing the club’s decision to allow Jack Cork to leave for just £10m to Burnley. Cork, returning to the club he spent two seasons on loan, has played every minute of football for the Clarets this season and his form earned him his first England cap against Germany. His first goal of the season came against the Swans to take Burnley to seventh in the league.
ROMELU LUKAKU – MANCHESTER UNITED (£75M FROM EVERTON)Embed from Getty Images
Romelu Lukaku made a blistering start to life at Old Trafford following his £75m move from Everton, scoring 11 goals in his first 11 appearances for the Red Devils. However, his form ended with his goal against Newcastle on Sunday his first in the league since September. Nevertheless, the Belgian still has eight Premier League goals to his name already and has given Manchester United the natural goal scorer they desperately needed.
EDERSON – MANCHESTER CITY (£35M FROM BENFICA)
Following some horrendous performances by Claudio Bravo last season, Pep Guardiola identified Benfica’s Ederson as the perfect keeper for his possession-style at Manchester City. The Brazilian has proven to be an ideal fit for the Citizens, his distribution accuracy (86%) is the highest in the Premier League, combined with excellent shot stopping – Ederson is the real deal.
PASCAL GROSS – BRIGHTON (£3M FROM INGOLSTADT)Embed from Getty Images
Pascal Gross is arguably the bargain of the summer, costing Premier League newcomers Brighton just £3m to bring him from Ingolstadt in Germany’s second division. Gross has registered five assists for his new team-mates already this season – only Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane have more. The German has also scored two goals to help Brighton to ninth on the table.
MARIO LEMINA – SOUTHAMPTON (£18M FROM JUVENTUS)Embed from Getty Images
Southampton broke their transfer record to bring Mario Lemina from Juventus for a reported £18m fee. The midfielder instantly impressed at St. Marys with his wonderful array of passing and ability to carry the ball forward. The 24-year-old is strong in the tackle and proved to be an astute piece of business before an injury halted his progress. If he continues to perform, Southampton could face a battle to keep him on their books with Tottenham reportedly interested.
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