20 best Premier League signings of the summer ranked: Liverpool new-boys in 1st and 2nd, Chelsea and Man Utd stars make top 5

10) Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)

The potential is there for Lucas Torreira to be superb for Arsenal. The young Uruguay international had a strong World Cup after catching the eye with Sampdoria in Serie A, but of course there’s no telling how he’ll settle in in English football.

Still, the club will be pleased to have strengthened in that problem position of midfield after Jack Wilshere’s departure to West Ham, while players like Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny have not really looked good enough there so far.

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Lucas Torreira looks a promising signing for Arsenal


9) Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

The same could really be said of Chelsea’s new goalkeeper Kepa, who is undoubtedly a top young talent, though he’s surely going to need some time to really settle and become the high-calibre Thibaut Courtois replacement CFC need.

Still, even if he is a bit of a David de Gea and takes time to reach top form, it could be well worth the wait.

8) Fabinho (Liverpool)

Liverpool needed to strengthen in midfield after losing Emre Can to Juventus, and Fabinho looks a very solid choice. The Brazilian has arguably looked a little slow to get going in pre-season so far, but should prove a very astute purchase once he settles.

7) Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool)

Another promising new face at Liverpool is Xherdan Shaqiri, who has made a very promising start in pre-season. Although some initially doubted he’d be first choice, the former Stoke City man looks perfectly suited to Jurgen Klopp’s side and ready to challenge Sadio Mane for a place in the front three.

Liverpool sign Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has made a bright start at Liverpool

6) Jean Seri (Fulham)

Genuinely one of the finest all-round midfield players in Europe, it’s pretty bizarre that Jean Seri has ended up at Fulham when for months there was talk of him being looked at by Manchester City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and probably a few others. This is a hugely ambitious signing by the Londoners, who clearly mean business after winning promotion from the Championship.

5) Fred (Manchester United)

Another quality midfielder coming in, Fred seems ideal for what Manchester United needed in the middle of the park this season following the retirement of Michael Carrick, and with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba yet to truly convince as a partnership. Fred should add something useful in between those two, and perhaps free up Pogba to play further forward as he has done to such good effect for France.

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4) Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

A luxury signing perhaps, but Riyad Mahrez is one of the best attacking players in Europe, so seeing him play in a top side like Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is a very exciting prospect indeed.

The Algeria international has of course already proven himself as his stunning 2015/16 form saw him win the Premier League title with Leicester and PFA Player of the Year that season, so who knows how dangerous he’ll be with service from the likes of David and Bernardo Silva, or with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus alongside him up front?

3) Jorginho (Chelsea)

A crucial signing that may have just gone under the radar slightly, Jorginho has made an instant impression in an important position for Chelsea.

The Blues made a host of poor choices in midfield last season when they sold Nemanja Matic and replaced him with Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater, but Jorginho is undoubtedly a big step up after his fine form for Napoli last season.

Crucially, he also knows what Maurizio Sarri will demand from him after moving from Naples to London alongside the Italian tactician, which should have a big helping hand in making the transition to life under a new manager that bit smoother.

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Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea

2) Naby Keita (Liverpool)

If you haven’t had a proper look at this guy play yet, he can honestly do just about everything on a football pitch. Perfectly suited to Jurgen Klopp’s 100mph football, the Guinea international could undoubtedly end up as a player of the year contender if he settles quickly in England.

You can’t fault Liverpool’s recent recruitment, and it’s worth noting that they were willing to pay up to land Keita last year before he ultimately made the move to Anfield this summer, such was their desperation to win the race for his signature.

1) Alisson (Liverpool)

Beating Naby Keita to top spot, however, is – shock horror – a goalkeeper. Not just any goalkeeper though, as Alisson showed in his time at Roma.

A superb shot-stopper who is also quick and intelligent with his feet, the Brazil international looks ready to make the same kind of impact that Ederson had at Manchester City last season – and that ended up being key in their rise from an unconvincing third-place finish to runaway champions.

Alisson cost big money and repairs what was obviously a problem position for Liverpool, with that defence now likely to be much more secure than it was at the start of last season.

Goalkeepers aren’t always the most talented or important players on the pitch, but in terms of what the Reds needed and what he offers, he just about gets our vote for the signing of the summer.

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Liverpool signed Alisson after his stunning form at Roma

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