English Premier League clubs finished their transfer spending on August 31st, resulting in the end of another hectic summer transfer window that saw top flight clubs shelling out almost £1.4bn on new talent. Some £210m of which was spent on deadline day, smashing the previous record for transfer fees spent on deadline day by £55m.
Although a number of high-profile transfers mooted in the press failed to materialise, let’s take a look at the top-flight’s most expensive team of signings during summer 2017:
- Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United (£75m)
The Belgian’s protracted move to Old Trafford saw him replace the mantle of injured talisman, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With three league goals in as many games for the Red Devils already, Lukaku is justifying United’s short Premier League odds as genuine title contenders this term, with Betsafe tipping the Reds to claim another 4-0 win at 19/2.
- Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid to Chelsea (£60m)
For much of the summer, it appeared that Manchester United was the only destination for Morata. However, Lukaku’s big-money switch from Merseyside to Lancashire saw Morata settle for a switch to the Premier League champions as a potential replacement for the wantaway star, Diego Costa.
- Benjamin Mendy – Monaco to Manchester City (£52m)
Following a sparkling year with Monaco in Ligue 1 and in the Champion’s League, Benjamin Mendy was the subject of attention from top clubs across Europe. City boss, Pep Guardiola, viewed the Frenchman as the ideal solution to their left back problem.
- Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon to Arsenal (£46.5m)
Under-fire Gunners chief, Arsene Wenger opted to splash the cash this summer on strengthening his frontline. Prolific French frontman, Alex Lacazette had scored bucketloads in Ligue 1 and Wenger will be hoping his power and pace can translate into the English game.
- Kyle Walker – Tottenham to Manchester City (£45m)
In a bid to further cement his place in the England setup, Kyle Walker opted to leave fast-improving Tottenham for big-spending Manchester City. With Walker and Mendy in full back areas, City will have options galore on the counter-attack this term.
- Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea to Everton (£45m)
Swansea’s influential playmaker, Gylfi Sigurdsson was offered a move he simply couldn’t refuse as Ronald Koeman’s Everton forked out a club-record fee to bring the Icelandic ace to Goodison Park, sparking rumours of Ross Barkley’s possible departure to Tottenham.
- Bernardo Silva – Monaco to Manchester City (£43m)
Incredibly slight and wonderfully gifted on the ball, Bernardo Silva became the second Manchester City signing from Monaco of this summer’s transfer window. A long-term replacement for David Silva, of that there is no doubt.
- Nemanja Matic – Chelsea to Manchester United (£40m)
United boss, Jose Mourinho ventured back to his former club Chelsea to snare Nemanja Matic from the Blues. The Serbian is arguably the finest holding midfielder in the league and has already added considerable stability to the Red Devils, giving the likes of Mkhitaryan and Pogba more license to roam in the final third.
- Tiemoue Bakayoko – Monaco to Chelsea (£40m)
Powerful and athletic, Monaco reluctantly allowed another of their prized assets to depart for the Premier League. Bakayoko is an excellent defensive midfielder and was seen by many at Stamford Bridge as an immediate replacement for Matic.
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal to Liverpool (£35m)
A deal which shocked many inside and outside of the Emirates Stadium, versatile midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a new contract with the Gunners worth £180k a week in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield revolution.
- Danny Drinkwater – Leicester City to Chelsea (£35m)
One of the last pieces of business completed on deadline day, Drinkwater’s dream move to Stamford Bridge was sealed at 1am on 1st September, after the Premier League granted Chelsea a two-hour extension to finalise the switch after five successful years with the Foxes.
The transfer speculation will no doubt continue during the weeks ahead as the January transfer window will open before we know it, with clubs scrambling to strengthen for the second half of the campaign.