As the transfer window takes over our attentions from the excitement of the World Cup, will the controversy and rumours satisfy fans like the window always does?
We take a look at the top 5 Premier League summer signings thus far. With plenty of time to still bring in players, it appears the Premier League sides have not been wasting any time in brining in their first choice players.
Here’s our top 5 signings.
Adam Lallana – Liverpool secured the services of one of the brightest England players in the Premier League last season. Southampton’s captain, Adam Lallana put pen to paper in a lucrative £25m deal that saw the 26-year-old make his way to Merseyside. Lallana’s malleability in midfield makes him the perfect option for Rodgers to utilise for Liverpool. With the ability to play in the middle, out wide or just behind the strikers; Lallana is the prime addition to give his midfield that something extra when a “plan B” is needed. A leader and consummate professional, Lallana gives his everything for the team and chipping in with a few goals from midfield, Lallana will help take the weight off the strikers shoulders in the wake of Luis Saurez’s exit from Anfield.
Alexis Sanchez – The 25-year-old completed his illustrious move from Barcelona to Arsenal last week. With vast speculation surrounding the Chilean after his impressive World Cup, Sanchez was finally releaved of his duties at the Camp Nou as he embarks on a new challenge with the Premier League. Arguably one of Arsenal’s biggest ever signings, the Gunners captured their man for around £36m. When you compare that sort of money to deals flying around across the world, Arsenal may feel they have done some shrewd business. Sanchez who proved himself to be a world-class talent for Barcelona and Chile will fit perfectly into the Arsenal set-up and style. Wanting to initiate simple, attractive, flowing football – Sanchez will be there to support Olivier Giroud up-front to help Arsenal compete for the coveted Premier League title.
Cesc Fabregas – Many thought we would never see the Spaniard back in the Premier League unless it was in the Red of Arsenal and I think Fabgreas thought that too; however, he has returned, this time with Chelsea. Unsettled at Barcelona, Fabgregas wanted another crack at the whip in the Premier League insisting he had “unfinished business”. The lure of first team football and title challenging campaigns with Chelsea was enough to persuade Fabregas who struggled to shift the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. At £30m, the 27-year-old joins an ever growing Chelsea party where man at the helm, Jose Mounrinho will look to steer Fabregas and his side to Premier League glory. A beautiful midfield technician who can operate as a holding man, centre midfielder, behind the front-two and even as a striker; Fabregas has the Spanish craft to create chances and score goals. Exactly what Chelsea missed last season.
Diego Costa –
Speaking of needing goals, Diego Costa bagged 36 goals in 52 games last season for Atletico Madrid. A fate that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was only too impressed with and lured him into Stamford Bridge. The powerful front-man will offer Chelsea a robust feel in attacking positions. Bullish, strong and a natural finisher, Costa also posses skill and guile to fool defenders as he surpasses them with ease. A brilliant blend of his Brazilian flair mixed with his Spanish technicalities. With the deal said to be around £32m, the 25-year-old will want to prove his price tag worthy. A player who should lead the line for the Blues, Costa has all the credentials to become a leading Premier League striker.
Lazar Markovic – The Serbian winger who looked destined to join Chelsea has finally made the switch to the Premier League…to Liverpool. The 20-year-old secured his move to Anfield last night after completing a medical and singing for a fee of £20m from Portuguese side, Benfica. The winger has been touted as a future Premier League star with his trickery and low centre of gravity which makes him a night-mare for defenders. Not afraid to run with the ball, Markovic will be one to excite the Anfield crowd come August. An exciting signing from Liverpool, Markovic will be itching to prove himself in the worlds most exciting league.
By Oliver Baines | July 16th, 2014