Huge done deals! Power ranking the top 20 signings of the transfer window

first_imgWe’ve already seen some huge names arrive in the Premier League.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who opened his account for Manchester United in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick, while the likes of Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea and Sadio Mane at Liverpool have too been in action for their new club.But out of all the deals completed so far this summer, who have really caught our eye ahead of the new Premier League season?talkSPORT has ranked the top 20 signings of the summer transfer window, as it stands – check out which players feature by viewing the slideshow above. 20 20. Joe Allen (£13m to Stoke City from Liverpool) – click the arrow above, right, to see the top 20 signings of the summer so far – After an excellent Euro 2016 campaign with Wales, some, including the player himself, may have thought he had a future at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp, though, considered the midfielder expendable, much to the delight of the Potters. 20 19. Jordan Ibe (£15m to Bournemouth from Liverpool) – Ibe was highly-rated at Anfield, making his move to Dean Court somewhat of a surprise. For the winger though, it could be an excellent decision. He should become a first team regular at his new club, leaving him with few excuses at not cementing his status in the Premier League. Next season will be exciting for the 20-year-old. 14. Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m to Liverpool from Newcastle United) – Despite, to put it lightly, not giving his all at St James’ Park, Wijnaldum’s reputation was left unscathed by Newcastle’s relegation. The pressure will be on at his new club, where Jurgen Klopp won’t accept a poor attitude. With so many attacking players at Klopp’s disposal, it’ll be interesting to see how the Netherlands international slots into the Reds side. 20 20 18. Andros Townsend (£13m to Crystal Palace from Newcastle United) – Townsend, who joined Newcastle in January and later suffered relegation with the club, was never likely to spend next season in the Championship. The winger has unfinished business in the Premier League after a torrid end to his time at Tottenham Hotspur, and will be looking to rejuvenate Alan Pardew’s struggling attack. 20 20 3. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund) – Mkhitaryan was outstanding for Borussia Dortmund last season, scoring 11 and assisting 15. A move to the Premier League seemed inevitable and Jose Mourinho was the man to seal his signature. If he can continue his top form at Old Trafford, he could play a crucial role in United’s title challenge. 17. Nolito (£14m to Manchester City from Celta Vigo) – Nolito will be battling with Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas for a place in Pep Guardiola’s side next season, and may already be ahead of the pair in the pecking order. The Spaniard scored 12 goals and registered seven assists in La Liga last term. Similar figures will be expected at his new club. 20 4. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£12m to Southampton from Bayern Munich) – Likened to Sergio Busquets by Pep Guardiola, the Saints have snapped up one of the hottest young players in Europe. The Premier League will be a challenge for the 20-year-old, but his arrival at Southampton really has caused excitement. He could prove as vital to the side as Morgan Schneiderlin prior to his move to Manchester United. 20 13. Michy Batshuayi (£33m to Chelsea from Olympique Marseille) – Despite costing a sizeable £33m, excitement isn’t too high over Batshuayi’s possible impact at Stamford Bridge. With Diego Costa’s future uncertain, though, he could be a crucial signing by Antonio Conte. Few will have seen the striker in action, and he could therefore surprise many next season. 20 20 16. Nampalys Mendy (£13m to Leicester City from Nice) – The Foxes broke their transfer record to land Mendy, who is expected to fill the void left by N’Golo Kante in the centre of the park, this summer. Claudio Ranieri managed the midfielder at Monaco, and while their relationship was difficult, the Italian has never questioned his ability, likening his style of play to Claude Makelele. Expectations are high. 20 10. Granit Xhaka (£35m to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach) – Arsenal have plenty of options in midfield, but constant injury problems often leaves Arsene Wenger short of men in the centre of the park. Xhaka, therefore, is a welcome addition to the side and looks to have the grit in his play that is so missed in the Gunners team. 20 20 20 9. Eric Bailly (£30m to Manchester United from Villarreal) – Establishing a partner for Chris Smalling was one of Louis van Gaal’s (many) problems. Daley Blind was often deployed alongside the England international with Phil Jones struggling for fitness. Bailly may be the answer to such concerns. At £30m, he should be first choice in the heart of United’s defence. 15. Nathan Redmond (£11m to Southampton from Norwich City) – As one of the Canaries’ brightest players, it seemed time for Redmond to say farewell to the club and continue his career in the Premier League. He hasn’t yet fulfilled his potential but Claude Puel could be the manager to get the best out of him. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free to Manchester United from Paris Saint-Germain) – This is the big signing of the summer. There was so much speculation over where the Swede would go after his contract at the Parc des Princes expired, but a Jose Mourinho reunion always seemed the likely scenario. The striker opened his account for United in spectacular fashion during a pre-season clash, only adding to the hysteria surrounding his Premier League debut. 20 8. Sadio Mane (£30m to Liverpool from Southampton) – Mane was said to be the subject of interest from Manchester United last summer, but a year later and Liverpool are the club to lure him away from St Mary’s. The Senegal international has been one of the Saints’ most exciting players over the last two seasons and bolsters an already explosive attack for the Reds. 6. Lewis Cook (£6m to Bournemouth from Leeds United) – Many are eagerly awaiting the Premier League debut of the midfielder who was last term voted as the Young Player of the Year in the Championship. He’s already impressed pre-season for the Cherries and could prove to be a steal at £6m (which could rise to £10m in add-ons). 7. Vincent Janssen (£18.5m to Tottenham Hotspur from AZ Alkmaar) – With Harry Kane a regular for club and country, Mauricio Pochettino was always expected to bring another striker to White Hart Lane to take some responsibility off the shoulders of the England international. Janssen was the man to catch Pochettino’s eye, having finished last season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 27 goals to his name. 20 20 20 20 11. Steve Mandanda (£1.5m to Crystal Palace from Olympique Marseille) – Eagles fans are delighted by the signing of Mandanda. As with the arrival of Yohan Cabaye, the experienced goalkeeper’s arrival signals a major message of intent from Alan Pardew. The Frenchman could already be first choice ahead of Wayne Hennessey. 5. Ilkay Gundogan (£21m to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund) – It was evident last season that City’s midfielder required work over the summer. Pep Guardiola instantly recognised the strengthening needed, luring Gundogan to the Etihad early on in the market. The German may miss the start of the season through injury, but will likely be thrown straight into action when he returns to fitness. 2. N’Golo Kante (£30m to Chelsea from Leicester City) – Kante played a key role in the Foxes’ stunning title-winning campaign and the club were prepared for offers. Antonio Conte was the manager to persuade the Frenchman over a move to Stamford Bridge, where he is expected to fulfil a similar, crucial position as he did at the King Power Stadium. 12. Victor Wanyama (£11m to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton) – Spurs’ midfield was excellent last season, with Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli settling under Mauricio Pochettino. The addition of Wanyama is a fine move from the club’s manager. With Premier League experience, the 25-year-old should slot straight into the young Tottenham side. 20last_img

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