It’s been an eventful summer so far in the Premier League with large sums of money moving hands. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have all strengthened considerably while even the so-called smaller clubs have gotten in on the big spending act.
Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana are just some of the big deals that have been completed so far. But who has done the best business? Soccerly’s Trev Keane has looked at the business of each club to pick his five best deals of the summer so far, you may be surprised.
West Ham United pulled off something off a coup when they snapped up the Ecuadorian Enner Valencia. The 25-year-old scored three goals at the World Cup in Brazil and was perhaps one of the lesser known stars to emerge on the big stage. Signed from Pachuca in Mexico for $20.3 million Valencia is a big powerful striker comfortable playing on the flank. He scored 18 goals last season for his former side and is equally comfortable netting with either foot or his head. The fact that he can dribble and is not afraid to take players on will surely excite West Ham fans and it could help Sam Allardyce build on last season’s disappointing season.
The 24-year-old French star has long been linked with a move to Newcastle and finally made the move this summer. Comfortable playing a striker or indeed in an attacking midfield role, Cabella was part of the French world cup squad but failed to appear. The former Montpellier star scored 14 goals and assisted 5 last season and he should have no trouble settling into the Newcastle starting XI given the French influence on Teeside.
Most of the talk around Southampton this summer has been about the players leaving. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw have already left and they could be joined by others. It is hard to know how the Saints will look come the start of the new campaign however one man set to make the starting eleven is Tadic. Signed from Dutch side Twente for $18.5 million, the 25-year-old Serbian star is a direct replacement for Lallana. Last season he scored 16 goals and created an impressive 14 in 33 games and if he can reproduce that form again it won’t be too long before the clubs fans have forgotten the class of 2013/2014.
The young 20-year-old has arrived to Liverpool with a growing reputation and the considerable shoes of Luis Suarez to help fill. The playmaker helped Benfica to a domestic treble last season as well as to the final of the Europa league. Another Serbian, Markovic also won the title with his first club Partizan Belgrade. At $33 million he is the dearest member of the list but given his age and potential, you expect the Reds to make a considerable profit if he lives up to the hype, which judging by his 45 minute cameo against Olympiakos on Sunday would appear he may just.
$5 million in the modern world of the Premier League represents good value and when that value is an attacking midfielder from the famed Barcelona academy, one that drew comparisons to Lionel Messi then the deal represents something of a coup. The signing of Bojan Krkic by Stoke has slipped largely under the radar but the 23-year-old could finally live up to his immense potential under the guidance of Mark Hughes. The player has not just donned the shirt of Barcelona, something he did at the age of 17 but he has also played for Ac Milan, Roma and most recently Ajax. A league winner in both Spain and Holland, Krkic scored 4 goals for Ajax last season in 24 games and he will add another dimension to the Potters attack.