Premier League clubs take £125m transfer gamble

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The summer transfer window has seen a record number of unproven Premier League players arrive in England's top-flight for a fee of at least £10million.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have all gambled on the potential shown by eight new foreign imports, and paid big money to bring them to the most competitive league in world football.

Like all new players, untried and untested, some will flourish, while others flounder. With the 2012-13 campaign kicking off this weekend, GiveMeFootball attempts to establish whether they'll sink or swim. . .

Eden Hazard | Chelsea | Cost: £32million

The 21-year-old winger arrives off the back of two exceptional seasons in France with Ligue 1 side Lille.

Widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in his native Belgium - a country that has also produced the likes of Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele in recent years - suggests that the tricky winger will be a huge success in the Premier League.

Fast, creative and with excellent movement and vision, Roberto Di Matteo worked hard to beat off interest from a host of rival clubs to secure his signature. Let's hope Hazard can live up to his billing at Stamford Bridge.

Oscar | Chelsea | Cost: £20million

Brazil's attacking midfield starlet has already showcased his clear potential at the London Olympics earlier this summer. The 20-year-old will face stiff competition to get into Chelsea's starting line-up, and may struggle with the physicality of the Premier League.

However, Oscar is one of the most highly rated youngsters in all of South America, and should be given time to acclimatise to the rigours of English football. One for the future.

Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United | Cost: £17million

The 23-year-old Japanese international caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson after a scintillating season in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa is an unpredictable attacking midfielder, who will bring creativity to the Manchester United midfield.

Technically very good, and possessing great speed, he will provide a constant threat in the final third, as well as a constant supply line for the Red Devils' strikers. A player who enjoys the big occasion, this Asian import isn't here just to boost shirt sales - he will become a United fans' favourite!

Olivier Giroud | Arsenal | Cost: £13million

Two years ago, nobody had heard of Olivier Giroud. Now, he's one of the most highly rated French international strikers around. The 25-year-old enjoyed a meteoric rise with Montpellier, becoming a league champion last season, and finishing 2011-12 as the Ligue 1 top goalscorer.

Physically imposing at 6ft 4in, Giroud has all the attributes to succeed in England. He's clever and has a great ability in front of goal. He'll bring power and presence in the last third for Arsenal - something Arsene Wenger's side have been missing in recent years.

Santi Cazorla | Arsenal | £12million

After swapping Villarreal for the Costa del Sol just 12 months ago, Santi Cazorla almost single-handedly took Malaga into the Champions League for the first time after securing qualification via La Liga. His presence was dearly missed by The Yellow Submarine, who were relegated to Spain's Second Division in 2011-12.

Technically, the creative midfielder is very talented. Equally adept with both feet, Cazorla strikes a ball supremely, but prefers a short, tight game, which will suit Arsenal's style of play. Able to play as the second central midfielder or on either wing, Arsene Wenger may have found the next Gunners legend.

Lukas Podolski | Arsenal | Cost: £10.9million

The 27-year-old German international boasts a wealth of club and international experience, and will bring pace and power to the Arsenal attack. Perhaps not your stereotypical Arsene Wenger player - but that's not necessarily a bad thing either.

Podolski can play in a variety of positions, and has a tendency to score from all of them! He will need to find not only his goalscoring form, but also maintain consistency, in an attempt to fill the void left by the departed Robin van Persie.

Fabio Borini | Liverpool | Cost: £10million

The Italian forward is familiar with England following spells at both Chelsea and Swansea City, but has still never featured in the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has worked closely with Borini before, and is confident his versatility will stand him in good stead for a successful career at Anfield.

The Premier League demands a mix of technical ability and athleticism - both attributes that the 21-year-old possesses, so it shouldn't take too long to find his feet on Merseyside.

Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham | £10million

This ball-playing defender has been high on a number of Premier League clubs' shortlists for a number of years, so it's no surprise to see the Belgian arrive at White Hart Lane this summer.

Vertonghen can play right across the back-line, and possesses a blend of attributes that make him well-suited to the English game. Strong in the air, and fine in the tackle, the 25-year-old likes to carry the ball out from defence, and will form an important part of Andre Villas-Boas' side this season.

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