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The Premier League teams have been active as usual on the transfer market as they are trying to perfect their squads ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline. We’ve seen some huge amounts of money being thrown around, but none bigger than Manchester United’s £89 million record move for Paul Pogba.
Here are the best signings made by the Premier League sides so far this summer.
Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United):
Pogba did cost United a ton of money, setting a new record. But, the 23-year-old Frenchman is one of the best, if not the best, central midfielders in the world and fills a much-needed gap on the United team. Bringing him back for a second spell at the club was a smart move, and he will be an integral part of the Red Devils for many years to come.
N’Golo Kante (Leicester to Chelsea):
Kante had a phenomenal first year in the Premier League last season with Leicester and was a key part of the side that went on to defy all odds to win the league title. He does a lot of work on the defensive side of the pitch, and has been compared to former Chelsea man Claude Makelele. With Chelsea having a few question marks in defense, Kante will have to take on a lot of responsibility to shield the back four.
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow to Leicester):
Leicester have made some moves in order to add some depth to the side, as they will not only try to defend their title, but also make their first appearance in the Champions League. They’ve brought in Musa from CSKA Moscow, and the 23-year-old Nigerian striker brings a lot of pace and goalscoring capability to the King Power Stadium. He netted 13 league goals for CSKA last season as they won the Russian Premier League title, and has Champions League experience.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG to Manchester United):
The talismanic Swede is set to treat Premier League fans to what is the Zlatan show. He’s been a dominant force in both Italy and France, along with a quick stint in Barcelona. He is getting up there in age, but Zlatan might be the best trained 34-year-olds in the football world.
With 50 goals in all competitions last season for PSG, he’s coming off his most productive season in his career. He already presented himself to the United fans, as he scored the winner over Leicester in the Community Shield. To make things even better, he didn’t cost United anything as far as a transfer fee, as he joined on a free transfer after his contract with PSG expired.
Victor Valdes (Manchester United to Middlesbrough):
Another free transfer that could pay dividends is Victor Valdes’ move from Man United to newcomers Middlesbrough. The 34-year-old goalkeeper has a wealth of experience from his days at Barcelona, where he made more than 500 appearances and picked up six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies. Valdes has the capability to win points for the club on his own, as Boro tries to stave off relegation and stay up in the top flight.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich to Southampton):
Hojbjerg is the future of Danish football, and after getting his schooling at German giants Bayern Munich, he’s making the move to the Premier League and Southampton. The 21-year-old Copenhagen native spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke 04 where he made 30 appearances in all competitions. He will add some flair to the central of midfield for Southampton as he has great technique and a good passing game. It might take some time for him to adjust to the tempo of playing in England, but he has the potential of becoming an outstanding player.
Andre Ayew (Swansea to West Ham):
West Ham broke the club record, bringing in Ayew for £20.5 million. With 12 league goals in 34 appearances, he was the top scorer at Swansea last season and made the transition from Ligue 1 to the Premier League in good fashion. He was at Marseille for eight years prior to joining the Swans last summer, and has a lot of experience from European club tournaments. The hope is that he can add some goals to the Hammers and link up with Dimitri Payet as West Ham tries to prove that last season’s seventh-place finish wasn’t just a fluke.
Ashley Williams (Swansea to Everton):
Everton sold John Stones for an absurd amount of money, £47.5 million plus add-ons to be exact, and they reinvested a reported £12 million of that to bring in Ashley Williams from Swansea as the replacement. The former Swansea captain has played in the Premier League for five years and is a very good addition to Ronald Koeman’s side. Stones might have more potential, but the 31-year-old Welsh international will go straight into the team and replace Stones and give Everton more stability at the back.