With a little over 1 month left in this summer’s transfer window, the Premier League squads are beginning to take shape. As teams head into the new season, some have recruited well, whilst others have seen their squads picked apart. The following are not the most expensive, they’re not all high-profile, but they are the best signings that have been made so far:
The former Barcelona man is the most expensive import into England of the summer so far, and a massive statement of intent out of Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is known for his implementation of an attacking brand of play at the Emirates Stadium, and Sanchez looks to be exactly the type of player to carry that forward. He will add pace to the Gunners starting line-up, he will add tricks, and he will add goals. In terms of excitement, there are few transfers this summer which have generated as much. If Arsenal are challenging for the title next year, Sanchez will be a massive reason why that is so.
Fabregas is a great player, but Mourinho’s process of signing him is what makes this piece of business stand out from the rest. The former Arsenal man was a surprise inclusion on the list of players heading for the exit at Barcelona this summer, and massive interest erupted in him. In the Premier League alone, Arsenal and Manchester United were linked with the Spaniard, but Chelsea stole in rather undetected, and took the marquee man from beneath the noses of their rivals. It was an opportunistic buy, but it could prove to be one of the most significant in the entire window.
A great signing because of the clubs doing business with each other, more than anything else. This summer has seen an interesting career step made by Bojan. From Barcelona to Roma, to Milan, to Barcelona, to Ajax, to… Stoke. The highly-rated Spaniard will now be representing the Potters in the Premier League, and his acquisition serves as final confirmation that Stoke City have changed their approach. The Britannia Stadium used to employ a bruising game, now it favours a beautiful one. If Bojan can settle in quickly, then he could be one of the star-players of next year.
He may be 32, he may have only recently received international recognition, but at £4 million Rickie Lambert is a brilliant buy. For Southampton last year he worked in the shadows of some of the Saints emerging talents, but he did so very effectively! There is little suggestion that the England man will operate as the main striker at Anfield next year, but he does provide Brendan Rogers with an effective, goal-getting alternative option. If he can weigh in with at least 10-15 goals next year (which he is capable of doing), then he will have more than justified the transfer fee.
A low key signing, but a crucial one all the same. Gareth Barry enjoyed a mini-renaissance at Everton last year, and he will now be able to continue it after moving to the Goodison Park club on a permanent deal. The Toffees did supremely well to fend off interest from Arsenal in the midfielder, as they were clearly able to convince Barry of their aspirations for a rosy, Champions League future. The one-time England international will hope to regain some of his past reputation whilst playing in the north west next year.
There have been many comings and goings this summer so far, but these 5 pieces of movement in particular could have a major impact on the English top flight. Sanchez, Fabregas, Bojan, Lambert and Barry will all provide another exciting option for the club’s lucky enough to have obtained their services.