So the transfer window is now shut! But who got the most out of it? Here is a look at the top ten signings made by Premier League sides this summer. Enjoy!
TEN) Dimitar Berbatov: Tottenham to Manchester United £31m
If we forget for a moment just how badly he treated the north London club and concentrate only on his ability, then I think his move to Old Trafford is a very good one indeed. I think it’s clear that his impact at White Hart Lane has been further accentuated by the relatively poor start made by former teammate Robbie Keane at Liverpool, thus showing just how much of the quality in their Spurs pairing was due to the Bulgarian’s brilliance.
NINE) Brad Friedel: Blackburn to Aston Villa £2m
The American keeper is probably the most consistent performer in his position in the Premier League, so when Martin O’Neill snared him for just £2m, I think it can rightfully qualify as one of the bargains of the season. Whilst at Blackburn, the 37-year-old was heroic in his efforts between the sticks, he is still incredibly fit for his age and should have another few seasons still in the tank!
EIGHT) Jonas Gutierrez: Real Mallorca to Newcastle Undisclosed
Jonas is the kind of player that gets you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there for ninety minutes! A really determined character who is not afraid to take on his man and keep going, this 25-year-old Argentinean international is a real quality purchase, and just the kind of player who can help move the St James’ Park outfit from mid-table mediocrity towards the top six.
SEVEN) Amr Zaki: Zamalek to Wigan Athletic on loan
If the Egyptian has any doubters, and he definitely had one or two in the press, they will surely have to reconsider their opinion after his storming start to life in English football. Four goals in four games have started his JJB career with a bang and, even though he is only a season-long loan deal, Steve Bruce will surely already be getting a permanent bid ready. However, there will surely now be competition for the striker’s signature!
SIX) Robinho: Real Madrid to Manchester City £32.5m
Mark Hughes was apparently nearing an early exit from Manchester City a few weeks back after a rocky relationship with the chairman, but now with new owners in tow, they have managed to pull of the surprise of the summer by nabbing the Brazilian forward Robinho. Yes the 24-year-old cost a British transfer record to capture him from Real Madrid but it’s a sum they will surely recoup both on the pitch and off it!
FIVE) Vincent Kompany: Hamburg to Manchester City Undisclosed
This 22-year-old Belgian is hardly a household name, but his appearances in a City shirt have already shown that they have signed a truly quality player. It’s no surprise that his first two outings for the Eastlands outfit have ended in 3-0 wins, as this solid performer has been awesome in both central midfield and when drafted in at centre back. A very intelligent buy.
FOUR) Giovani: Barcelona to Tottenham £4.7m
A hugely-talented Mexican teenager, Giovani’s move from Barcelona to north London was sudden and surprisingly cheap. The multi-purpose attacker already has the talent to take the Premier League by storm, and will hopefully be thrilling the White Hart Lane fans for years to come.
THREE) Mikael Silvestre: Manchester United to Arsenal £700k
Definitely the bargain of the summer, this Arsene Wenger signing serves many purposes. The adaptable Frenchman Silvestre has great experience to pass on to the younger members of the Gunners squad, and also has a few more years to prove the Arsenal faithful that he hasn’t lost the spark that led him to multiple honours whilst in a Manchester United shirt.
TWO) Luka Modric: Dynamo Zagbreb to Tottenham £16.6m
The capture of Luka Modric by Juande Ramos was an inspired one. Tottenham managed to fend off efforts from a number of top-level sides for the Croatian’s signature. The battling midfielder with incredible vision and agility was superb in Euro 2008 and, at just 22, he has immense potential and could be a Spurs legend of the future.
ONE) Samir Nasri: Marseille to Arsenal £12m
Arsene Wenger has been typically thrifty this summer when it comes to new additions, but I believe this signing alone will prove huge for the club. The 21-year-old is a fantastic talent and one whom the club will be looking to help further link midfield to attack. Many Gunners fans will be looking to him to be the next Robert Pires, but this fellow former Marseille player could be even better. At £12m in today’s market I believe this winger is a steal!