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Top 10: Premier League 2013/14 summer signings

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So far we have seen some great transfers around the world, but which have been the best from the Premier League?

In this article I will reveal what I think are the top ten summer signings in the Premier League so far this summer. Some of the transfers have been included because of the player's reputation and the side that he moved to.

Transfers like Caulker-Cardiff, Amorebieta-Fulham, Giaccherini-Sunderland and Wanyama-Southampton, were on the fringes of being included but did not make the cut.

10. Nacer Chadli | FC Twente to Tottenham

The 24-year-old Belgian winger secured a move to England from Dutch side FC Twente for just £7m in July. I can't help but feel as if Twente have missed out on up to another £5-£10m here.

A player of his ability and pace could definitely have been sold for much more. Chadli will be hoping to thrive in England and improve on his 25 goals in 84 appearances that he racked up in the Netherlands. 

9. Gary Hooper | Celtic to Norwich City

Similar to Chadli, I believe Celtic could have sold for more than they did. Hooper signed for Celtic in 2010 from Scunthorpe United for £2.4m, not as much of a profit as they would have liked.

Hooper scored 31 goals in 51 appearances for Celtic last season and 82 goals in 132 appearances in his Celtic career, great stats for a striker sold for just £5.5m.

Along with the signing of Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Norwich could have a great strike-force this season.

8. Dejan Lovren | Oympique Lyonnais to Southampton

The tall Croatian signed for Lyon in 2010 from Dinamo Zagreb for €8m and have sold him on three years later for £8.5m.

Again, not much of a profit considering how much he has developed and had become a their first choice centre-back. Another reason I have included this transfer is because of what it means to a mid-table club like Southampton.

Any of the top Premier League clubs would be happy to secure the signature of Lovren and it would be a fairly good signing, but for Southampton it's an excellent signing and along with Wanyama (not included), could help to propel the Saints up the table. 

7. Wilfried Bony | Vitesse Arnhem to Swansea City

Swansea have splashed the cash on this Ivorian striker, who has signed on Swansea's record fee of £12m, and the Ivorian's stats show why - scoring 37 goals in 36 appearances last season and 53 goals in 73 games since joining Vitesse.

At the age of just 24, Bony has the potential to become one of the world's best strikers and bring success to Swansea. 

6. Jesus Navas | Sevilla to Manchester City 

The first of four Man City signings to appear in the final six: Jesus Navas.

The Spaniard has moved to City after an average season of just one goal in his 43 appearances, no goals in the league. But he did come up with nine assists last season. Navas may be a rare goalscorer, but he produces a lot of goals and can help the two of the Man City signings still to come in this list. 

5. Stevan Jovetic | Fiorentina to Manchester City

The Montenegrin was targeted by Arsenal and Juventus but City won the chase for the young, hot prospect. Despite a lot of hype, his stats aren't great if you look at Bony's and Hooper's.

In his five years at Fiorentina since moving from Partizan Belgrade, he has scored just 40 goals in 134 appearances. That's just three more than Wilfried Bony scored in one season. He looks like he could become a superb footballer in the future but right now, I'd rather by Bony for £12m than Jovetic for £22m.

The reason Jovetic is above Bony, is that Bony played in an obscurer league with lower quality players, whereas Jovetic played in Serie A, and had a better season of 13, and also the top quality teams that were after him and the original asking price of over £30m.

4. Fernandinho | Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City

The penultimate and most expensive of Man City's signings in this list. Fernando Luiz Rosa is a defensive midfielder with a box-to-box style of play.

He spent eight years at the Ukrainian club scoring 53 goals in 284 appearances, which for a defensive midfielder is incredible. Six of those goals came in his 36 games last season. Fernandinho is essentially a smaller Yaya Toure that scores more goals. He scores much more goals than Jesus Navas and he's a winger.

The signing of this man means someone from the middle will have to be dropped, because I can't see this man being left out of too many games. 

3. Andre Schurrle | Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

Another young promising star making his way to the Premier League this summer, this time it's Andre Schurrle who has found his way to England.

He's joined Chelsea for a fee of £18m - not too bad if you considered he joined from FSV Mainz 05 for £6.5m.

I still feel Leverkusen could have worked the price into the twenties but not a bad profit for the German side. Shurrle is a proven goalscorer, getting 23 goals in 83 apps in total, 14 of which coming last season in his 43 games.

2. Alvaro Negredo | Sevilla to Manchester City

The final new City signing in the list, and the second of which that has come from Sevilla.

Many people tip this 27-year-old to become a flop in the Premier League but if his stats continue, he certainly won't be a flop. Last season he netted 31 times in 42 games and 85 times in 180 games overall in his four-year career at Sevilla. At the age of 27, if he's going to be  a success in the Premier League, it needs to be soon. 

1. Roberto Soldado | Valencia to Tottenham

The second new Spurs man in the list and their new record transfer. If he had gone to City, you could argue he may not have been first with the likes of Aguero already their and the reputation of City, but for fifth-placed Tottenham, this is an outstanding signing.

Soldado was one of the best strikers in the La Liga at Valencia and showed it last season by scoring 30 goals in 40 appearances, 81 in his 141 games at Valencia. He's never had a bad season at Valencia and will hope to bring this with him to White Hart Lane and become a fan favourite and push Spurs into the Champions League spots.

 

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