A look at the smartest transfers in the Premier League so far in the summer transfer window.
5. Wilfried Bony (Vitesse to Swansea): Swansea City paid a club record fee of £12.5m to secure the services of the Ivorian and were right in doing so, as Bony is one of the brightest prospects coming out of Vitesse. Bony came into light after the 2013 African Cup of Nations with a string of impressive performances.
Scoring a hat-trick against Heracles Almelo in February meant he had scored 15 goals in 10 consecutive matches for Vitesse.
The Swans have handed him the No.10 shirt and it took him little time to show his capabilities and provided two assists against Reading in a pre-season friendly.
4. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon to Norwich): Known as 'O Lobo' (The Wolf) in Portugal, the 24-year-old moved to Norwich City from Sporting Lisbon on a transfer fee believed to be in the region of £8.5m. Chris Hughton and his team deserve a pat on the back for pricing away this young star at such a price.
He is a versatile player who generally prefers playing as a striker, but can also operate in an attacking midfield role. During his early days he was also famously known as 'HatRicky' in Netherlands, because of the number of hat-tricks he scored and The Canaries will be hoping that he lives up to the nickname.
3. Victor Wanyama (Celtic to Southampton): Everyone believed the holding midfielder was set for a move to Arsenal, who are still looking to reinforce their midfield following the departure of Alex Song.
Wanyama burst into the scene when he became the first ever Kenyan player to score in the Champions League, when he scored the first goal in Celtic's historic 2-1 win over Spanish giants Barcelona. His performance over the time has made him the most expensive player to be sold be a Scottish Club for £12.5m and the capture signifies Southampton's intent to qualify for Europe and every Saint's fan would be hoping they suceed.
2. Simon Mignolet (Sunderland to Liverpool): At 24 years of age, Mignolet has still a long way to go. He has been a stand out performer for Sunderland in the last couple of seasons. The move, unsurprisingly drove Pepe Reina out of Anfield, who signed a season-long loan deal at Serie A side Napoli.
Even though there was nothing wrong with the Spanish international, he seemed to have lost some of the quality he posessed a few years ago.
Mignolet has played pretty much every single league game last season, keeping an abundance of clean sheets, and producing several man of the match performances. Snapping up such a young player for £9 million could prove something of a bargain.
1. Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus to Sunderland): Giaccherini was the star for Italy at the Confederations Cup against Brazil where he scored an equaliser for Italy in the 51st minute.
Giaccherini is just one (out of nine) of the new signings in the Sunderland squad this season under Paolo Di Canio. Di Canio deserves a lot of Credit though for bringing the Italian to the Stadium of Light. One of the best deals of the summer and could just save the Black Cats from the drop.
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