For many football fans, the summer transfer window can be just as exciting as a dramatic season climax with new blood having the potential to spark a push up the table and transform a club's fortunes.
Alternatively, they could become a needless drain on precious finances. There will always be good deal as well as bad ones in the Premier League.
Here we're going to take a look at five of the best so far.
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Gerard Deulofeu – Everton
Joan Laporta and Jordi Farre have both spoken out about their concern over Gerard Deulofeu’s departure to Goodison Park, and it is hardly surprising.
After being loaned to the Toffees during the 2013/2014 campaign and becoming a firm fan favourite in the process, the Catalan giants firmly dug their heels in over a transfer, only allowing the tricky winger to join Sevilla on loan for last year's campaign.
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Whilst Deulofeu failed to shine in a Sevilla shirt last season, his undoubted talent and incredible potential has turned a lot of heads and left many people questioning why they let one of their most promising youngsters leave for a bargain price of £4.2 million.
With Steven Pienaar in the twilight of his career, Aiden McGeady failing to deliver and Kevin Mirallas’s future uncertain, Deulofeu’s spot on the wing almost seems assured for the start of the
Pace to burn and an uncanny ability to ghost past defenders, he will be a handful for any full-back the Premier League has to offer.
Gerard has often spoken about his connection with the Everton faithful, a similar bond that Toffee legends Tim Cahill and Landon Donovan have enjoyed recently, and I fully expect that connection to catapult the Spanish starlet to the stratosphere of football.
Everton have signed themselves a potential world class winger and I fully expect him to terrify defences all season long.
Micah Richards – Aston Villa
Tim Sherwood has a knack of getting stuttering careers off of life support and back on the road again, whether it is getting Emmanuel Adebayor or Christian Benteke back in amongst the goals, or Scott Sinclair back to his free-roaming best, the ex-Blackburn and Tottenham man is probably the best candidate to get Richards's career back to the top where it thoroughly belongs.
A product of Manchester City’s youth system and victim of the club’s success, Richards faced the same problems that many of his compatriots. Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, James Milner and Owen Hargreaves have all seen their careers stall at the Etihad.
With Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelles, Eliaquim Mangala and even youngster Karim Rekik being preferred over the academy graduate at centre-back, it is little surprise to see Richards move on to pastures new after being farmed out to Fiorentina on loan for the latter past of last season.
In Richards, Sherwood has signed a powerful, quick and hungry England international to bolster a leaky defence that saw Villa narrowly avoid the drop to the championship last season.
If club talisman Ron Vlaar does resign, the Dutchman and Richards have the potential to strike up one of the best defensive partnerships outside of the big four.
Petr Cech – Arsenal
Petr Cech needs no introduction. Chelsea’s number one shot stopper for over a decade has moved on after being shunted to the bench by young Belgiin Thibaut Courtois, whose success on loan at Atletico Madrid put Mourinho in an awkward situation.
Having two world-class keepers at the same club never seems to end well. The situation at Stamford Bridge really hit home the fact that there is only one No.1 jersey, and you cant keep everyone happy.
Jose Mourinho opted for youth and future over the Czech stalwart, and being at a point in his career where he feels he has to play, Cech has signed for London rivals Arsenal.
Cech's arrival at the Emirates will no doubt put the breaks on the merry go round that is Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation.
With Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina constantly rotating between the sticks, Arsenal's league form was indifferent at best and one of the main contributing factors for a weak title challenge.
In Cech they have signed a truly world-class goalkeeper, a leader of men and bought some stability to a questionable line of defence. Expect to see the Gunners drop less needless points against lower opposition with the Czech international in goal.
Sylvain Distin – Bournemouth
There is no substitute for experience in football. You only have to look at Esteban Cambiasso’s incredible influence at the King Power Stadium last year to recognise that. In Sylvain Distin, Bournemouth have signed a cultured veteran who can lead the line and give them the experience and leadership to guide them to premier league safety.
Distin is a defender that time seems to have forgotten about. With no major injuries, and never seeming to drop any of his unnoticed pace, Distin has clocked up over 400 Premier League appearances with Manchester City, Portsmouth and Everton, and still looks at home in the top flight even at the age of 37.
Eddie Howe has invested well so far this transfer window. Experienced players like Distin, Artur Boruc and Adam Federici will bring vast knowledge to a dressing room that has little to no top flight experience.
Memphis Depay – Manchester United
Manchester United’s desperate need for a shake up didn’t take long to get going. The signing of the hugely talented dutch winger was announced practically the moment the transfer window opened, signalling Louis van Gaal’s intentions of making the Red devils the most feared club in the Premier league once more.
With 22 goals in 30 games last season for PSV, it was only a matter of time before Europe’s big boys started knocking on Eindhoven’s doors about the 21-year-old. Depay has the potential and raw ability to be in same league as the Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s of this world, and being at the Theatre of Dreams will only help him grow into a true world beater.