There has been plenty of action in the transfer market ahead of the kick-off for the 2013/14 Premier League season. 

Players of different qualities and countries have arrived across the 20 clubs of the league. Here is a look at the four most expensive singings so far this summer.

Fernandinho - Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City (£30m)

The most expensive signing yet to be made, the 28-year-old has signed a contract lasting four years with City, ending his eight year spell in Ukraine. 

A box-to-box midfielder, Fernandinho blends pace with skill and at times is able to split defences apart with his blistering pace and thunderous shots.

Fernandinho has Champions League experience and scored against Chelsea in the group stages of last season's competition, when Shakhtar managed to place above the Champions League holders at the time in their group. 

He also won the Ukrainian Premier League's Golden Football award in the 2007/08 season, which is presented to the best player over the course of the campaign, while also helping Shakhtar to be crowned league champions. 

Stevan Jovetic - Fiorentina to Manchester City (£22m)

The most expensive striker signed so far by any club in the Premier League, the 23-year-old has finally made a move to England, and has signed with Manchester City, who are looking to claim the title after missing out in the 2012/13 season. 

One of European football’s most wanted young strikers, Jovetic spent five seasons in Serie A with Fiorentina after previously playing for Partizan Belgrade, where he made club history by captaining the team aged only 17.

In his time with La Viola, Jovetic managed 40 goals from 134 appearances, though he missed the entire 2010/11 campaign after injuring his cruciate ligament. He also has experience in European competitions, with goals against both Liverpool and Bayern Munich being the most impressive. 

As well as that, he captained his country at Under-21 level, aged only 17. He has also represented the senior Montenegro side since 2007, playing 27 times and scoring 10 goals to date.

Alvaro Negredo - Sevilla to Manchester City (£20m)

Also part of the revamped Manchester City attacking line-up, Negredo is the second most expensive striker signed so far. 

The Spanish international follows Jesus Navas in making the switch from Sevilla to City. Recognised as one of La Liga’s most potent strikers in recent years, the 27-year old was fourth top scorer in Spain last season with 25 league goals, trailing just three forwards all named in the team of the year. 

Sevilla smashed their transfer record to bring Negredo to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in 2009, and were happily returned with 70 goals in 139 appearances over four seasons. 

Negredo has won 14 caps and scored six goals so far in his international career playing for current European and World champions Spain. He was named in the Euro 2012 squad and made two appearances, including a start in the semi-final against Portugal. 

Andre Schurrle - Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea (£18m)

The only player of this top four not joining Manchester City, Schurrle has instead joined another top club in blue, singing for Europa League champions Chelsea. 

The 22-year-old was Jose Mourinho's first signing since returning to the club, signing a five-year-deal keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2018. He is a very versatile forward, can be deployed both out wide or even as a striker. 

He is most recognised for his ability to drift inside from either flank and scoring stunning goals of spectacular variety. Schurrle ended the 2012/13 season having scored 14 goals in 43 matches. 

With plenty of experience both in European and world football, Schurrle is very experienced at such a young age. He was included in Joachim Low's 2012 Germany World Cup squad. The skilful young forward has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Germany.

With these four fantastic signings, it's just a matter of time before we might see them star for their clubs and make a name for themselves in the Barclays Premier League. 

 

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