In our final top 10 before the start of the new season, we look at the biggest deals by Premier League clubs this season, by value.
World Cup star Sanchez, 25, was a stand-out for Chile this summer, and – given he usually plays behind or wide of the strikers – has an excellent record for club and country, scoring one in three and creating countless more. Quick, skilful, determined and highly professional, he had his best season at Barcelona but – with Lionel Messi fully fit – was likely to play second fiddle again. A coup for the Gunners, his price seems cheap when you consider James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez cost around twice as much.Spain striker had a woeful World Cup, but was arguably rushed back into action too soon after picking up some injuries late in Atletico Madrid’s Liga winning campaign. Big, strong, quick and very aggressive, he is the missing link for Jose Mourinho’s team – the Didier Drogba, if you will. Drogba also returned to Stamford Bridge and Mourinho will hope he can help mould Costa into the number nine he has been missing.France at the World Cup finals. Mangala is a dominant centre-back who, given time, should prove to be the long-term partner for Vincent Kompany.
4. Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona to Chelsea, £30m)
United have lacked a creative spark, even criticised for their pedestrian midfield play when they were winning titles under Sir Alex Ferguson. Marouane Fellaini failed dismally last season, while Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa struggled to shine under David Moyes’ medieval tactics. Ander (pictured below left) was a target last summer, but arguably dodged a bullet there and now has the brief to dictate the play from the middle. Has looked a good signing in pre-season, but he does appear to have been a touch overpriced.
Mourinho said the terms to sign the 18-year-old England left-back would have “killed” Chelsea, such were the inflated fee and wages of around £100k per week. Shaw (above right) is undeniably a fantastic prospect, but it seems a shade rash to spend so much on a kid who – by his own admission – lacked fitness when he arrived at Old Trafford. The departures of Patrice Evra and Alex Buttner made left-back a priority, but Louis van Gaal prefers wing-backs in a 3-5-2, so it could ultimately prove a disaster.
9. Dejan Lovren (Southampton to Liverpool, £20m)Rickie Lambert). Lovren was outstanding last season, but it was his first campaign at this level, and he didn’t always convince at Lyon. A commanding centre-back with outstanding leadership skills, the odds are that this is a good signing, but it remains to be seen how he copes with the pressure of a big club. Likely to take the place of Daniel Agger, who looks set to leave Anfield.
10. Lazar Markovic (Benfica to Liverpool, £20m)Portugal. The deal means he will compete for wide places with Raheem Sterling and Lallana. All Liverpool need now is a striker...
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- Alexis Sanchez
- Eliaquim Mangala
- Luis Suarez
- Atletico Madrid
- Jose Mourinho
- Didier Drogba
- Cesc Fabregas
- Manchester United
- Diego Costa