Premier League: Greatest summer signings

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Robin Van Persie’s move to Manchester United has sparked huge debate over which transfer is the greatest in Premier League history.

The Dutchman’s move from Arsenal to Old Trafford ranks as one the very best pieces of business in recent history, with last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner swapping Arsene Wenger for Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the new season.

Whilst Van Persie will have to prove to United fans that he’s worth the reported £24 million being splashed out, he doesn’t have to look far towards other players who have made a major impact following a big switch from one club to another.

In honour of the big-money move, GMF picks the top ten summer transfers in Premier League history, and invites readers to have their say on the topic at the bottom of the story.

Think we missed a player out? Let us know who you would have included below…

Wayne Rooney – Everton to Manchester United

£25.6 million in August 2004


Frank Lampard – West Ham United to Chelsea

£11 million in June 2001


Thierry Henry – Juventus to Arsenal

£11 million in August 1999


Xabi Alonso – Real Sociedad to Liverpool

£10.7 million in August 2004


Dennis Bergkamp – Inter Milan to Arsenal

£3.5 million in September 1996


Gareth Bale – Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur

£7 million in May 2007


Vincent Kompany – Hamburg to Manchester City

£6 million in August 2008



Pepe Reina – Villarreal to Liverpool

£6 million in July 2005



Alan Shearer – Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United

£15 million in July 1996



Cristiano Ronaldo – Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United

£12.2 million in August 2003



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