Top five most expensive Premier League transfers of the summer
It has once again proven to be an eventful summer with a number of talented individuals making their way into the Premier League. It’s almost as though each year, the spending and incoming arrivals only shoot up. This summer saw a number of clubs strengthen their ranks by adding players to cover key areas and weaknesses in the squad.
As always, a number of clubs ensured to break the bank in order to land their targets. It’s important to bolster the squad over the summer and the only way to do it is to splash the cash. Premier League clubs’ financial prowess is not even surprising anymore after this season saw the likes of newly-promoted Fulham cross the £100million mark.
At this rate, things are only going to move on an upward scale in terms of transfer fees. Regardless, here we take a look at the top five most expensive arrivals in the Premier League this summer
1) Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao – Chelsea)
The Blues broke their transfer record to sign the Spanish shot-stopper on deadline day. He was snapped up for a world record fee of £71.5 million, coming in the form of his release clause. Kepa’s signing makes him the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, eclipsing the fee Liverpool paid for Alisson Becker a month ago.
The 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper also becomes Chelsea’s most expensive signing ever. He was brought in to replace the departed Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian made the hard decision to move to Real Madrid in order to be close to his family, paving the way for Kepa to fill his shoes.
2) Alisson Becker (Roma – Liverpool)
Liverpool’s new shot-stopper initially held the tag for the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. He was signed for a then world record fee of £67million. But as mentioned above, Chelsea blew that fee out of the water.
Alisson is a highly-rated goalkeeper who will vastly improve Liverpool’s back line and eradicate all their goalkeeping issues. A brilliant shot-stopper with cat-like reflexes, Alisson should immediately steal Loris Karius’ role in the squad. The Brazilian kept Ederson out of the Brazil squad, proving his potential as a top shot-stopper.
3) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City – Manchester City)
After almost two seasons, Riyad Mahrez was finally granted his wish to leave King Power Stadium. The Algerian made the move to Manchester City for a fee of around £60million. The winger has been in devastating form for the Foxes over the last two seasons and will bring additional depth and strength to Guardiola’s formidable side.
Given that Sterling played an extended role at the World Cup, Mahrez should be handed a start against the Gunners on Sunday. There’s every chance the Algerian will get his debut goal.
4) Jorginho (Napoli – Chelsea)
Despite the Blues’ low spending transfer activity, the club have managed to wrap up two of the most expensive deals. Along with Sarri, Chelsea also acquired midfielder Jorginho from Napoli for a fee of around £57million. The midfielder shares a close bond with Sarri and will certainly play a key role under the Italian.
Jorginho has looked impressive in training and should take Tiemoue Bakayoko’s spot at the club, given the Frenchman was largely inconsistent last season. Jorginho will bring a sense of stability and fluidity in the middle of the park.
5) Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk – Manchester United)
Though the Red Devils endured a frustrating transfer window, Jose Mourinho did manage to snap up Brazilian talent Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of around £52million. The Brazilian is expected to vastly improve Manchester United’s midfield setup.
He will add some much-needed energy and bite in the final third as the Brazilian possesses immense skill and pace on the ball. Fred certainly possesses the cutting edge Manchester United have often lacked in the middle of the park.
6) Fabinho (Monaco – Liverpool)
Liverpool are surely one of the biggest spenders this summer, acquiring a number of players in key areas of the squad. The arrival of Fabinho will bring a sense of stability and cohesion in the middle of the park. The Brazilian was signed for a fee of around £44million.
He is expected to serve as Jordan Henderson’s long-term replacement. Fabinho’s defensive contribution and distribution ability will play a key role to help their tantalizing forwards attack.