Premier League Transfer Deals – The Story so far
July 1st marked the opening of the summer transfer window in many leagues around Europe, so we have decided to take a look at who has done the best business early on in the English Premier League.
Aston Villa have gone mad very early, but have made some very astute signings. Aleksander Tonev has joined from Lech Poznan for £8m, and Jores Okore, who is very highly rated, has joined for around £5m for Nordsjaelland. Niklas Helenius has also joined from Denmark, as has Leandro Bacuna from Groningen. Jed Steer has signed on from Norwich and Antonio Luna has joined from Sevilla.
Newly promoted Hull have done some decent business. Allan McGregor has been rescued from the Turkish league, George Boyd has signed on for free. They have also plucked Curtis Davies and Maynor Figueroa for very small sums.
Liverpool have made some very good choices, signing high-scoring Betis forward Iago Aspas for £7m, as well as Sevilla winger Luis Alberto, Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet for nearly £10m and Man City reject Kolo Toure on a free.
Chelsea have only signed two players, but both are equally impressive. Marco Van Ginkel had an immense season for Vitesse, and since they have a co-operation agreement, they have signed him for about £6m – which is a steal. He has to be played though, otherwise yet more talent could go to waste at Chelsea, who have over 50 players loaned out across the world. The other buy was Andre Schurrle from Leverkusen for £18m – again, a very good buy, but speaking to many German’s whilst away, they feel he’d have been better off going to Dortmund, and they fear he will end up like Marko Marin – rotting on the bench.
Norwich have been busy so far, snapping up highly rated winger Nathan Redmond from Birmingham, Javier Garrido on the permanent deal from Lazio and most impressively Ricky Van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon for nyon £8m.
Fulham have made three signings, Maarten Stekelenburg, Fernando Amorebieta and Derek Boateng – the former two on free transfers. Very good buys.
Man City have purchased two players at a cost of £50m. Jesus Navas comes in from Sevilla for £15.7m, and Fernandinho has been brought in from Shakhtar Donetsk for £34m. Southampton have been relatively quiet, but managed to get Lyon defender Dejan Lovren for £7.5m.
West Ham snapped up Andy Carroll for £15.5m – probably around what Liverpool should have paid Newcastle in 2011, as that was his real value. The other signings are Adrian from Betis and Razvan Rat from Shakhtar.
Arsenal and Newcastle have been very quiet, although it’s rumoured Arsenal could sign Gonzalo Higuain soon for £20-25m. both have signed a youth player – both French. Arsenal snapped up striker Yaya Sanogo, very highly rated and well known to all football nuts, and Newcastle have tied up a deal for 16 year old starlet Olivier Kemen, a central midfielder, from Metz – where they got Sebastian Bassong from, so they will be hoping he does as well.
Perhaps the busiest two teams in the market, bar Aston Villa, have been Sunderland and Swansea. Swansea have tied up deals for Gregor Zabret, Alejandro Pozuelo, Alex Gogic, Spaniards’ Jordi Amat and Jose Canas, re-loaned Jonathon de Guzman and have just signed Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey for £5m. Sunderland on the other hand have signed Vito Mannone from Arsenal, Cabral for Basel, Modibo Diakite from under the noses of Inter Milan and relatively unknown duo David Karlsson and Valentin Roberge.
Stoke have somehow prised Marc Muniesa from Barcelona on free transfer, as well as Erik Pieters for around £3m. West Brom have signed just the one, with Nicolas Anelka joining his 6th Premier League team, on a free after leaving Juventus.
Man Utd have just signed the one player under the new stewardship of David Moyes, with highly rated youngster Guillermo Varela joining for a small fee, supplementing their January signing of Wilfried Zaha – who is yet to play, any may still be sent out on loan. Rumours are still rife about a deal to bring in Thiago Alcantara which has dragged for the past three weeks, with many sources reporting a deal to be wrapped up by the middle of this week. There have been more changes to the Backroom staff, with Rene Muelensteen leaving to join Anzhi and Mike Phelan also departing, with Phil Neville coming in as a coach and Ryan Giggs as player/coach.
Tottenham are about to win the race for Paulinho at a cost of £15-18m – which will be interesting to see how he does knowing that South American players take time to adapt.
Everton have completed their first signing under Roberto Martinez’ reign, wrapping up a deal for one of his former players, Arouna Kone for an undisclosed fee, although it’s believed Wigan had £5m release clause in his contract.
Finally Cardiff and Crystal Palace – Cardiff have signed highly rated 20 year old Andreas Cornelius from Copenhagen and Palace have snapped up Dwight Gayle from relegated Peterborough, as well as stalwart Stephen Dobbie on a free.
With the new TV money coming this season, it is no surprise teams are stocking up on quality players early to beat the rush come the deadline, and with pre-season starting around about now, usually clubs like to have players in by this point to get a full program to get to know all players and tactics.
Aston Villa, Liverpool and Swansea have done some brilliant business, but not all foreign players adapt immediately, and some not at all – South Americans’ tend to struggle – several teams have found this, especially Newcastle who purchased 4 or 5 under Sir Bobby Robson and all failed miserably.
Stay tuned in the next few weeks for further Season Reviews and updates in the transfer market around Europe.