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2016-17 Premier League summer signings XI

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The 2016-17 Premier League season has finally arrived and it’s all set up to be one of the most exciting campaigns ever.

Much has been made about the fact that most of the world’s best managers are now coaching in England - and there’s no doubt that’s true.

But rather than talk more about Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, let’s take a closer look at the players who have moved clubs this summer.

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We’ve compiled an XI of the best Premier League signings of the summer so far.

Scroll down this page to see the team and don’t forget to leave a comment in the box below. Let us know how you would change it.

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Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda

When football fans tune into Match of the Day on Saturday evening, many will take to Twitter and ask ‘when did Crystal Palace sign Steven Mandanda?’

Just wait. It will happen. We guarantee it.

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The transfer of the experienced France international to Selhurst Park has gone a little under the radar, but the 31-year-old could prove to be one of the buys of the summer.

Centre-back: Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly looked the business against Leicester City in the Community Shield last weekend, picking up a deserved Man of the Match award thanks to his eye-catching display at Wembley.

The 22-year-old, who signed from Villarreal this summer, isn’t the finished article just yet - but he is two things: very strong and very fast. Attributes that gave him an excellent chance of shining in England’s top division.

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Bailly has the potential to develop into one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs.

Centre-back: John Stones

Many people have been quick to write off John Stones, even though he’s only just turned 22.

There’s a reason why Pep Guardiola has convinced Manchester City to pay a cool £47.5 million for his services: the England international is assured in possession, can pick a pass and isn’t afraid to play his way out of trouble instead of booting the ball into Row Z at every available opportunity.

Stones should end up silencing his critics over the coming weeks and months.

Centre-back: Ashley Williams

You have to wonder why Arsenal didn’t compete with Everton for Ashley Williams’ signature.

The 31-year-old would have brought some much-needed leadership to the Gunners’ back-line but, instead, the Wales international finds himself at Goodison Park after ending his eight-year association with Swansea City.

Williams is a decent replacement for John Stones.

Midfield: Granit Xhaka

Arsene Wenger has been criticised by expectant Arsenal fans for not spending much money this summer, but they shouldn’t forget that he forked out £34 million on Granit Xhaka before this summer’s European Championships in France.

The tough-tackling Swiss international will add some much-needed steel and tenacity to the Gunners’ midfield this season.

Arsenal v Manchester City: Pre-Season Friendly

Faith in Wenger is at an all-time low at the Emirates Stadium, but Xhaka should prove that the veteran French coach still has an eye for a player.

Midfield: Paul Pogba

The most expensive footballer in football history, Paul Pogba will need to hit the ground running at Manchester United.

At £89 million, it’s inevitable that the France international will be targeted by other Premier League midfielders and defenders.

Pogba should be able to handle this special attention, though, and don’t be surprised if he proves to be the driving force behind a first title triumph for the Red Devils in this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Midfield: N’Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante was unfortunate not to win the PFA Player of the Year award last season; the indefatigable French midfielder was truly outstanding for Leicester City.

Chelsea paid the Foxes £32 million for the 25-year-old’s services earlier this summer and that fee could eventually look a bargain.

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Kante should make a huge difference for Chelsea this season.

Left-wing: Andre Ayew

Provided he can produce the goods on a more regular basis than he did at Swansea City, West Ham’s purchase of Andre Ayew could be a masterstroke by Slaven Bilic.

Signed for £20.5 million this summer, the Ghana international - who is a close friend of Dimitri Payet - will inject some additional quality to the Hammers’ forward line.

Ayew scored an impressive 12 league goals for the Swans last term; don’t be surprised if he hits at least 15 this season.

Playmaker: Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane has cost Liverpool a fair amount of cash - £34 million, according to Sky Sports - but there’s every chance that will look money very well spent by Jurgen Klopp come the end of the season.

The Senegal international has the best years of his career ahead of him - he only turned 24 in April - and scored a combined 22 Premier League goals in his first two seasons in England with Southampton.

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Mane has looked sharp in pre-season and could have a big role to play in any success the Reds enjoy this term.

Right-wing: Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend was a little unlucky not to make England’s Euro 2016 squad after the impressive manner in which he finished the 2015-16 campaign with Newcastle United.

Although he was unable to save the Magpies from relegation, the 25-year-old certainly gave it his all - which is more than can be said for a few of his teammates.

AFC Wimbledon v Crystal Palace - Pre-Season Friendly

Townsend is an underrated player: fast, direct, great in one-on-one situations, a danger from free-kicks and a good crosser of the ball.

Expect him to flourish at Selhurst Park.

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is pure box office and the charismatic striker has already made his mark in English football by scoring the winning goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley last Sunday.

The 34-year-old is a trophy-winning machine and will be desperate to add a Premier League winners’ medal to his extensive collection this season.

Leicester City v Manchester United - The FA Community Shield

United may have signed themselves another Eric Cantona - and praise doesn’t come much higher than that.

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