After many months of negotiations, talks, speculation and rumours the 2015 Summer Transfer Window closed today at 6pm. Below is my ‘Summer Signings XI’
GK- Petr Cech- Chelsea to Arsenal- £9.8 Million
Obvious choice really for me. One of the Premier Leagues best goalkeepers over the past decade, unfournunatly lost his place last season to Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea squad. Still has a lot to offer to the premier league and is a lot better than what Arsene Wenger had at his disposal in the Goalkeeper position last season.
RB- Matteo Darmian- Torino to Manchester United- £12.6 Million
Not heard much about Matteo before he went to Old Trafford. After watching him in a few games he has impressed me. Not many other right backs have come into the premier league that are of his quality. Matteo is more than capable to play in the left back position if he is needed there.
CB- Virgil Van Dijk- Celtic to Southampton – £11.5 Million
Southampton boss, Ronald Koeman has been a fan of Virgil for a while. He did well at Celtic and I feel that he can bring that talent into the Premier League
CB- Nicolas Otamendi- Valencia to Manchester City- £31.2 Million
A few Premier League clubs were interested Otamendi throughout the window. If Kompany regains his best form (lets be honest he wasn’t in the best of form last season) then City will be very hard to break down with this partnership.
LB- Toby Alderweireld- Athletico Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur- £11.2 Million
Not a natural left back but is more that capable of playing there. He does it for his national side, Belgium but has been seen to play in a more central defensive role at Tottenham in the first few games of the season.
RM- Raheem Sterling- Liverpool to Manchester City- £43.7 Million
Did well at Liverpool the past few seasons and has impressed at the start of this season in Manchester City colours. Is he worth the £40 million plus transfer fee? Some will argue no, but only time will tell but early indications would suggest that he’s worth it.
Experienced. He’s won it all in 20 years at Bayern and a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014. He’s a different type of holding midfeilder in terms of he gets forward more than Carrick does.
CAM- Kevin De Bruyne- Wolfsburg to Manchester City- £52.5 Million
He impressed me at Chelsea he was just under-played as he wasn’t favoured by Mourinho. £52 million though? For me that’s a bit steep but, if he plays as well as he did in his short Chelsea career then it will be worth it.
LM- Memphis Depay- PSV Eidenhoven to Manchester United- £19.25 Million
28 goals from 40 apperances for PSV Eidenhoven last season and he’s still 21. Manchester United’s most creative player in the opening games of the season, and the two goals that he scored against Club Brugge in the Champions League Play-Off first leg, shows us exactly what he can do.
ST- Christian Benteke- Aston Villa to Liverpool- £32.5 Million
Liverpool took a gamble last season with ‘Super’ Mario Ballotelli and it didn’t pay off. Christian was the best player in a very poor Villa side last season and without injuries and if he had better quality balls put into the box then he would of scored a hatfull more last season at Villa. Top signing in my opinion.
ST- Andre Ayew- Marsielle to Swansea City- Free
Looked really energetic in the early stages of the season and the goal he scored on the opening day of the season at Stamford Bridge was quality. It looks like he could yet score a hatful more for Swansea. Gary Monk has signed a gem and for what cost? £0 – BARGAIN!
GK- Asmir Begovic- Stoke City to Chelsea- £7.7 Million
DEF- Jonny Evans- Manchester United to West Brom- £5.8 Million
DEF- Baba Rahman- FC Augsburg to Chelsea- £14 Million
MID- Son Heung-min- Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham Hotspur- £22 Million
MID- Xherdan Shaqiri- Inter Milan to Stoke City- £11.9 Million
FWD- Anthony Martial- AS Monaco to Manchester United- £35 Million
(Transfer Fee Source: www.transfermarkt.co.uk)
Pedro (Barcalona to Chelsea)
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria to Manchester United)
Yohan Cabye (PSG to Crystal Palace)
Connor Wickham (Sunderland to Crystal Palace)
Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur to Everton)
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace to AFC Bournemouth)