The summer transfer window has seen a lot of ‘player transactions’, guaranteeing that we would see many new faces and players in new club colours this season.
Let’s take a look at this 10-man list of players whose move into and across England are regarded as most noteworthy.
Atletico Madrid to Chelsea; £32 million
The heroics of the Brazil-born poacher for Atletico Madrid last season was enough signal that Costa was due for a bigger club. His move to Chelsea is a big relief for Jose Mourinho, following his comments last season about Chelsea’s lack of attacking personnel. Optimists believe that Costa’s World Cup jinx with Spain is far in the past and that he would resume to being the goal scoring beast he is known to be.
FC Porto to Manchester City; £32 million
Joleon Lescott’s departure to West Bromwich Albion left “The Citizens” without an extra defender. Manchester City surprised everyone to recruit the 23-year-old French centre-back from Porto despite UEFA’s spending cap restriction.
Barcelona to Arsenal; £30 million
In what was an answer to the prayers of every Gooner, Arsenal made another big signing a year after Mesut Ozil’s transfer. Suarez’s move to Barcelona made sure that Sanchez would likely lose playing time, and a move to Arsenal looked like the right thing to do. The pacey forward wil surely have an impact on the Arsenal’s play.
Barcelona to Chelsea; £30 million
Former Arsenal captain made an unexpected return to England. This time he is with the blue part of London.
Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United; £29 million
Manchester United failed to sign the Spaniard last season under David Moyes. Ander Herrera Agüera was the first signing The Red Devils completed at the turn of the 2013 summer transfer window. Making three assists on his debut is a pointer of things to come.
Chelsea to Everton; £28 million
Many expected that Lukaku will return to Chelsea to continue the good show he put up last season. Things turned out differently as the 21-year-old striker joined Everton permanently, breaking the club’s transfer record.
Southampton to Manchester United; £27 million
Luke Shaw definitely had a great season. From taking the Ashley Cole’s position in the World Cup English squad to being featured in the Team of the Year, there was no better way to cap it than securing a transfer to Manchester United for a fee that is the fourth most expensive for a defender.
Southampton to Liverpool; £25 million
Adam Lallana is Liverpool’s most expensive signing this summer. Being able to play anywhere upfront there are huge expectations for the 26-year-old. Will Liverpool’s signings be fruitful this season?
SL Benfica to Liverpool; £20 million
Suarez’s departure has surely spurred Liverpool’s spending this summer especially in the area of attack. Can the 20-year-old’s treble and Europa Cup final experience come to bear in the EPL?
New York City FC to Manchester City; loan
We can only wait till September 21 to see what becomes of Lampard playing against his club of 13 years, Chelsea.
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