The transfer window is officially shut. Or is it? Not really. The loan window opens today and players can still signs on free deals. This mainly affects the lower league clubs that will find it very hard once again to find a settled squad with another month of speculation on the horizon.
This summer was one of the most eventful in recent memory. So here, I will look at not only the five most expensive transfers that happened this summer, but rather the five most successful and value for money deals:
5. Mesut Ozil to Arsenal for £42.5 million
I was shocked on deadline day when this move happened, with Arsenal finally showing a signal of intent. They finally look like they could win a trophy this season as Ozil is a great player who would walk into any first 11 in the world - except, it seems, Real Madrid. It will be interesting to see the future develop for Arsenal and I think this signing will give Jack Wilshere and Aarin Ramsey the competition they need to reach their full potential. Despite this, however, they still need to improve their defence.
4. Romelu Lukaku to Everton on a season-long loan
I feared for Everton this season, but now they have one of the best strikers in the league. Lukaku gives them the physical presence that they might miss after the departure of Marouane Fellaini, and he should score and create plenty more goals than his compatriot. It might be a bit of a slow start for Everton with one of their busiest transfer windows in a long while.
3. Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £85 million
It has finally happened. The most expensive deal ever is a great move for all parties involved, with Bale able to develop further as a world-class player in a world-class team. But who will take the free kicks?
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund for £13 million
Aubameyang was second top scorer in Ligue 1 last season and has started very brightly at Dortmund with a hat-trick in his first game. Losing Mario Gotze is unfortunate but the team has strengthened again by signing young talented players. Manager Jurgen Klopp will nurture Aubameyang's speed and enthusiasm and his link-up with Robert Lewandowski may create one of Europe's finest strike forces. In three years time, Aubameyang he will return at least three times his price tag.
1. Neymar to Barcelona for £48.6 million
Neymar is a player that has surely been top of everyone's shopping list since he was 17. He occasionally looked average for Brazil in friendlies last year, but at the Confederations Cup he was unplayable. His tricks, awareness and finishing set him apart from the rest of the players in the tournament. With neither Bale, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo featuring, he made it his tournament. I think Neymar is the perfect signing for Barcelona who looked to be a bit short last season after the defeat to Bayern Munich.
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