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Premier League: The five best signings of the summer

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The Premier League season is underway in earnest as we head into October and the narratives are beginning to take shape at both ends of the table.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City look like the team to beat while Liverpool and Arsenal seem the best placed likely to challenge them. Tottenham are continuing their impressive form off the back of the last campaign while Manchester United and Chelsea blow hot and cold under their new managers.

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At the bottom, David Moyes and Mark Hughes look to be the main contenders for the first manager to leave his post while Slaven Bilic's West Ham are still trying to find their form after their long-awaited move to the Olympic Stadium.

As we separate the title contenders from the relegation candidates, attention will start to turn towards the business each and every club did in the summer. Who plucked a diamond from the rough and who panicked and overspent on the wrong player on transfer deadline day?

While there are sure to be as many failures as successes, we here at GiveMeSport are going to look at the brighter side of the summer transfer window. In association with the world’s biggest daily fantasy sports platform, DraftKings, we choose our top five Premier League signings so far.

Roberto Pereyra - Watford

Walter Mazzarri's arrival at Vicarage Road was always going to increase the chances of Serie A players arriving in the summer window. Ultimately, Roberto Pereyra would be the only player to come from Italy's top division, signing from Juventus in a £13m deal.

Having fallen out of favour under Massimiliano Allegri in Turin, the Argentine jumped at the opportunity to join the Glory Hornet Boys and is starting to repay that club record transfer fee. With one goal and two assists in the Premier League, the winger has already embedded himself into the starting XI and played a key role in his side's 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

Pereyra has quickly become a hot pick on DraftKings Fantasy Football, averaging 8.8 Fantasy Points per Game (FPPG), and has the opportunity to enhance his reputation further when he plays Bournemouth this weekend.

Watford v Manchester United - Premier League

Shkodran Mustafi - Arsenal

Arsene Wenger may have taken his time about it but the signing of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia came with much relief for their agitated fan base. The £35m they paid seemed like a heavy price but the Germany international is already starting to show why Arsenal made him their second most expensive signing ever.

Mustafi is already forming a strong centre-back partnership with Laurent Koscielny, which served to eradicate the threat from Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Willian in last week's 3-0 win over Chelsea. In that game alone he made three tackles and six interceptions.

Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League

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Sadio Mane - Liverpool

Like Mustafi, critics were quick to question whether Liverpool had overspent on Southampton star Sadio Mane. They paid £30m to sign the rapid Senegalese forward and it hasn't taken long for Jurgen Klopp's decision to be justified.

Mane has added a new dimension to an already impressive Liverpool forward line, scoring three goals and assisting one in just five Premier League games. If he can stay fit, the Reds are surely looking at a top four finish this season.

Liverpool v Hull City - Premier League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Manchester United

Manchester United will have plenty to say about who finishes in the top four, especially with a perennial champion like Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks.

The Swede may be closing in on his 35th birthday but the pace and physicality of the Premier League has proven no problem for him so far. He has four goals to show from his six starts but his contribution goes far beyond goals. At 6ft 4in, Ibrahimovic is winning almost every challenge in the air, helping to provide for the rapid Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League

Idrissa Gueye - Everton

As usual, the attacking players like Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku have taken the plaudits for Everton's good start to the season but the defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye is fast becoming the most important player on the defensive side of Ronald Koeman's team.

He is currently ranked fourth in the division for successful passes (398) and is by far and away leading the ranks for successful tackles (34). Jordan Henderson (26) is the only player who comes close.

With N'Golo Kante struggling to repeat the form he showed at Leicester last season, Gueye could take his place as the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League.

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