As the summer transfer window has now come to its penultimate end, the world of football has seen the biggest transfer in history take place with €222 million forward Neymar taking the prize on his move to PSG.
With the value of players sky rocketing over the last couple of seasons, it’s interesting to see which signings will be worth their price tag, and which players will not fill their boots.
Lets start with Manchester City. The Manchester club were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer spending £220 million on a number of assets that Pep Guardiola has hand picked himself.
Firstly, there is the young goal keeper Ederson, the young lad from Benfica has now been handed the label of most expensive goal keeper in the world, being bought for £35 million by the Mancunians. A big gamble again from city with their choice of keeper but the early days of this season have shown that he seems a much more reliable and a stronger figure to have between the sticks. I think every City fan is praying for a world record bargain here with the 23 year old.
Man City have then gone on to add at the back, with Englishman, Kyle Walker coming in from Tottenham, Danilo from Real Madrid and Benjamin Mendy coming in from the French champions, Monaco. These are additions that needed to be made by Guardiola as the ageing back line was being exploited for its flaws at numerous stages last season.
With the new system Guardiola is trying to embroil into the City philosophy, the fresh injection of youth and pace could be exactly what City need to be able to break their poor run of disappointing form in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons – as its been quite obvious that is where the Blues have faltered.
My favourite signing the Catalan manager has brought in for city is Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese play maker is another signing from Monaco who has turned a number of heads so far this season with his impressive ball control and his eye for a pass.
The £43 million midfielder was a player who impressed against City in the Champions League last season, so the many city fans watching in great expectation will be itching to see how much Bernardo delivers – as he so far seems the perfect replacement for the Spaniard, David Silva who may arguably head to a slow decline as he gradually gets older.
Arsenal. I’m not too sure what is going on there. Mr Wenger is staying for another season, which has recieved mixed opinions. The biggest signing the Gunners have made is French forward, Alexander Lacazette, for a club record £52.7 million. This got all Arsenal fans excited after he scored a great header on the opening day of the season.
He seems to have the potential to fill the spot of the big striker they need to be scored 20+ goals a season, a position they’ve arguably needed to fill since Henry. However, what else have Arsenal done? With the poor performance away at Liverpool hovering over their shoulders, Arsene Wenger is under a substantial amount of pressure to deliver a positive season this time around – but can he do it with the squad he’s got? I’m not sure.
Arsenal have not spent enough money in my opinion this summer, and with Alexis Sanchez wanting to leave, it would be thought that it would most definitely cause a stir of upset in the changing rooms. Also, injecting all your trust into such a young lad as Rob Holding at the back, I just can not see the Gunners turning around any success this season.
Moving across London, to Chelsea. I think the uncertainty behind Antonio Conte’s future at the start of the summer has prevented them from making some of the signings that he wanted to make. However, if I was a Chelsea fan I would not be complaining about Alvaro Morata coming into the ranks.
The £75 million man has impressed so far with a goal and assist on his debut, and seems to have the knowledge of a highly experienced centre forward with his impressive link up play and movement with his teammates. This is a lad I am excited to see make the most of his opportunity at Chelsea this season as it looks like Diego Costa is not playing for Conte’s side again.
The signing of Monaco midfielder Bakayoko is another good singing who highly impressed for the French side last season. A £39.7 million fee sounds reasonable for the young lad, who is bound to slot perfectly into the departed Nemanja Matic’s spot.
The injection of youth and strength is what Conte will need this season, if they want to compete in both the league and the Champions League this season.
Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have made some excellent business this season (as much as it hurts to say) with Romelu Lukaku signing for £90 million from Everton, he seems a guarantee to score goals this season. The addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for another season is also a move I think Mourinho needed to make, to make the more regular games much easier to manage.
The signing that has caused the most turned heads for United this season has been the former Chelsea man, Nemanja Matic. An interesting singing from United as I did not think Chelsea would be open to letting him leave – but football is football.
He has controlled the midfield well when he’s played, and it’s allowed Pogba to have more freedom, which is what I think he’s needed. I think United have made some good business this window, and you cant deny that the front line is looking as strong as ever. It will be interesting to see how United cope with their league form when the Champions League gets into full flow.
My favourite signing in the Premier League that I have been most surprised by is Renato Sanches signing to Swansea from Bayern Munich on loan. The promising centre midfielder has shown great potential for his club when he has been given the opportunity and for his national side of Portugal. It will be interesting to see how well he does this season, but I’m confident he will be a great addition for the Swans.
Finally, how could I finish this post without mentioning Paris Saint Germain. Is it unfair? The French club have spent 220 million Euros on Neymar from Barcelona which has taken every football fan by surprise. He is bound to do well and in my opinion, he’s next to win the prestigious Ballon D’or after Messi and Ronaldo have had their time.
As well as Neymar, the Paris side have managed to sign French wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe on loan. The young lad has impressed massively as Monaco and has had every leading side in world football interested.
Are they now good enough to win the Champions League? Who knows. But I’ll definitely be watching in great expectation when watching that forward line.