It’s been an amazing summer of action so far – the World Cup was brilliant, and has been followed up by some incredible transfers. The likes of Southampton have not faired well, losing players such as Shaw, Lallana and Lovren for in excess of £20m each. Chelsea have signed Fabregas, Costa and Felipe Luis – three very good signings. Perhaps the busiest side is Newcastle, signing 7 players so far and looking like adding with Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow from Notts Forest. Bojan to Stoke has been one of the shock moves of the summer – the Barcelona front man seemingly willing to take a risk at proving himself.
Anyway, enough babbling – here are our top 10 signings of the summer, so far, in no particular order:
1. Ander Herrera – £29m (At Bilbao to Man Utd)
Herrera have proven himself to be one of the top midfielders in La Liga over the past 4/5 seasons, and Man Utd have taken a chance by spending the best part of £30m on him. Early indications show he looks a top player, with 5 assists in just one game. His record for Bilbao was decent – 11 goals in 128 games, though passing is a key part of his game, not goals.
2. Siem De Jong – £7m (Ajax to Newcastle)
The Ajax captain has shone over the years at the Amsterdam club. 72 goals in 264 games show he has an eye for goal, as well as many top performances in Europe – most notably 2 goals against Man City. This move may increase his chances of getting into the Holland team, so far he has 2 goals in 6 games. He should do well in England!
3. Mateo Musacchio – £17m (Villarreal to Tottenham)
This one has not happened, yet, however is apparently close. This man has been a regular for Villarreal since his move from River Plate back in the late noughties. It’s been a surprise neither Atletico, Real or Barca snapped him up. Can he solve Spurs’ centre back issues? They seem to get through CB’s quicker than Massimo Cellino gets through managers!
4. Cesc Fabregas – £25m (Barcelona to Chelsea)
After an impressive season at Barcelona, where he scored 13 and assisted 16 in 55 games, the ex-Arsenal star has moved to Chelsea for a fair whack of cash. Will he pick up from where he left off at the Gunners’? We think he will do very well.
5. Alexis Sanchez – £37m (Barcelona to Arsenal)
Another to leave the Nou Camp for the Premier League this summer is Chile sensation Sanchez. 47 goals in 141 games for the Catalan side from the wing was a great return, considering it’s not his preferred position. Will Wenger give him a more central role this season? We think if he does, it will pay off. Great signing!
6. Romelu Lukaku – £28m (Chelsea to Everton)
Never really given a chance at Stamford Bridge, despite two successful loan spells at West Brom and Everton where he scored a combined 32 goals in just over 65 games, Mourinho has let the Belgian star go. At just 21 he has 65 career goals in around 130 games – a feat only matched by Sergio Aguero. It may seem a lot of money, but should he perform that price will double in no time.
7. Dusan Tadic – £10.9m (Twente to Southampton)
The Serbian is probably the best performer in the Dutch Eredivisie right now. Last season he hit 16 goals, and added 14 assists. 32 goals in 79 games for a winger is a top return. We think he will do better than Nacer Chadli, given a good amount of game time.
8. Steven Caulker – £8m (Cardiff to QPR)
Probably one of the only shining lights in the relegated Cardiff side last season. Even at the same price paid for him a year ago he is a bargain, and partnered with Rio Ferdinand could be one of the best pairing in the league. 5 goals in 38 games just shows how much of a threat he is from set pieces too. An excellent buy
9. Luke Shaw – £27m rising to £33m (Southampton to Man Utd)
Shaw may seem expensive now, but Utd should get 10-15 seasons out of him if he lives up to his potential. Under the guidance of Van Gaal he should flourish into a world-class left back, and lead a successful career.
10. Emre Can – £10m (Leverkusen to Liverpool)
At just 20, he is the youngest on the list. Even though he has played less than 50 Bundesliga games for Bayern and Leverkusen, he has been compared to Ballack and Schweinsteiger in the way he can attack and defend from central midfield. He is certainly one to watch this season, should he take his chance in the first 11.
Those are our favourites so far, and we think all 10 will make an impact for their respective teams – what do you think? Disagree with our choices? Who are your best transfers of the summer so far? Let us know through Twitter or Facebook!