Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Marco van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Paulinho.

These are some of the signings made by last season's top five in the Premier League.

What is the motivation behind these moves? Fernandinho and Paulinho have won everything they can in Ukraine and Brazil respectively, and are looking for fresh challenges. 

Alberto, van Ginkel and Schurrle are the youngest of the lot and must be looking for better opportunities to develop into world beaters. Jovetic, Negredo and Aspas are looking for a bigger club which can translate their individual talents into silverware. 

One can fathom the reasons behind these moves and attribute them to either a move to a bigger club or an opportunity to win trophies in a new country. But how can one reason with Dejan Lovren for moving from Lyon to Southampton? 

He has moved from a club that finished 3rd in Ligue 1 to a club that finished 14th in the Premier League. At 24, he is entering the peak years for a player, and has moved from a club that regularly challenges for the title to a club that were only promoted back to England's top flight in 2012. 

The same can be said of Emanuele Giaccherini, a Serie A winner for the past two seasons. Lack of playing time might have played a part in his decision, but how will this affect his chances of making the Italian World Cup squad next year? Italy had just one player from outside Serie A in its Confederations Cup squad this year.

What do Celtic have to do to hold on to their best players? Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama are the latest to move away from Celtic Park following their moves to Norwich City and Southampton respectively. 

These are more examples of transfers from a league winning team to teams in mid-table oblivion. Hooper and Wanyama were being linked with Tottenham and Arsenal recently, and they have suddenly decided to ply their trade with teams at the other end of the table.

The clubs in the Eredivisie have for a long time been the feeder clubs to the major European clubs. But the recent moves of Leroy Fer and Erik Pieters defy logic. Both were in line for long stints in the Dutch national team. They have parted company with FC Twente and PSV to join Premier League strugglers Norwich and Stoke City.

One has to wonder how Martin Jol convinced Dutch stopper Maarten Stekelenburg to make a move from Roma to Fulham? 

Similar cases can be made of the Andreas Cornelius transfer from Danish champions FC Copenhagen to Premier League new boys Cardiff City and Joel Robles' move from Atletico Madrid to Everton. 

But the Premier League is doing something right that the other leagues are not. They should learn from the English League to attract (or rather hold on to) the best talent in world football.

 

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