Now the misty haze of the summer transfer window has finally lifted, we look at the five best signings of the summer, and there may be some surprises:
5. Samuel Eto'o
The former Barcelona and Inter man joined Chelsea this summer on a free transfer from cash-strapped Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Cameroon international is a shrewd signing by Jose Mourinho, as Eto'o still certainly has what it takes to compete at the highest level. Chelsea are also in desperate need in a consistently prolific striker, with neither Fernando Torres nor Demba Ba delivering for the Blues.
Eto'o's power and physicality should also add a new dimension to Chelsea's play, and with The Special One wanting to shake things up at Stamford Bridge, Eto'o could well have a successful debut season in English football.
4. Kolo Toure
After being surprisingly released by Manchester City this summer, Kolo Toure was snapped up by Liverpool on a free transfer, and what an inspired move it has proven to be.
Toure's experience could well bring plenty to an increasingly youthful Liverpool team, such is the philosophy of the owners. However, they appear to have bent the rules in signing Toure, and so far at least, it looks to have paid off.
3. Jesus Navas
Navas played for ten years at Sevilla, making 284 appearances for the club, and scoring 23 goals.
His speed, quick feet and fine ability could help City progress well this season - he looks a very hot prospect with his great pace and midfield flare on the Man City right, and could well have a very effective season at the Etihad.
2. Mesut Ozil
Arsenal dispelled the popular opinion of the club being unable to spend big during the transfer window, sealing a club record £42.5m deal for former Real Madrid attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil. Ozil looks like the perfect signing for a club currently in very good form, with Olivier Giroud in a great purple patch and Arsenal's midfield performing brilliantly, showing their pace and typical tight passing and control we have come to expect from Arsene Wenger's team.
Ozil will surely only add to the Gunners' midfield, having topped the assist rankings for five consecutive years in La Liga, and he got off to the perfect start on his debut, setting up Giroud for the first goal in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend. Mesut Ozil should have a very influential and fruitful first season at the Emirates, and may well be a key player in Arsenal's quest for European football.
1. Christian Eriksen
Of all of the top-class players Tottenham Hotspur have signed in a bid to replace Gareth Bale's world-record £85.3m move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, Christian Eriksen looks to be the pick of the bunch.
At a bargain price of £12m from Ajax, Eriksen has well and truly got off the mark for Spurs within his first two games for the club, grabbing an assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson against Norwich City, as well as a stunning goal against Norweigian side Tromso in the Europa League.
Also, the Dane is only 21-years-old, and has plenty of potential to become one of the world's best midfielders in the near future. Christian Eriksen looks on track for a brilliant first season at Spurs, and will play a crucial role in their attempt to get qualification for the Champions League.
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