It's been a very busy transfer window up until now and as an on-looker its been quite easy to get caught up in the frenzy of rumours and dealings.
This article will look to analyse the top 10 Premier league transfers so far in this window in terms of cost, status and what they could bring to their new sides.
10. Morgan Schneiderlin:
The French holding midfielder arrived at Manchester Utd from Southampton for an initial £24 million which could rise to £27 million with add ons.
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Schneiderlin has progressed to become one of the leagues most celebrated defensive midfielders since Southampton's promotion to the Premier league and was a crucial part to their qualification to the Europa League last season. In terms of statistics it's easy to see why United were happy to part with a not unsubstantial amount of money for the Frenchman, Schneiderlin was the joint 9th highest rated player in the Premier league last season by Whoscored.com with an impressive rating of 7.51.
He also recorded the joint 2nd highest average number of tackles per game in the league, behind only Lucas of Liverpool. Furthermore, Schneiderlin recorded the 9th highest average number of passes per game with 61.2.
This would suggest he is an effective replacement or midfield alternative to the ever consistent and perpetually overlooked Michael Carrick, and perhaps would even add some extra bite to the United midfield.
9. Idrissa Gueye:
Recently aquired by Aston Villa from Lille for an undisclosed amount, Idrissa Gueye seems to have all the qualities required to become a top holding midfielder in the Premier League. In the past season Gueye recorded an average of 3.1 tackles per game, 2.8 interceptions per game and an impressive rating of 7.41 from Whoscored.com.
Perhaps the most impressive statisitic the new Villa midfielder can boast though, is that in the last two seasons only Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons has recorded more tackles and interceptions in Ligue 1! All of these factors would indicate that Villa have added a very effective protective force to their team for the new season.
8. Yohan Cabaye:
The 29 year old French international's sensational switch from PSG to Crystal Palace for £12.8 million has been seen as the transfer which has really established Palace as a true Premiership side. Although his PSG career has been unspectacular, there can be no doubt that Cabaye will bring a wealth of quality to Palace's midfield.
In his final Premier league season with Newcastle Cabaye scored 7 goals and registered 2 assists, picking up the man of the match award 3 times. With an in-form Yohan Cabaye at the heart of their midfield Crystal Palace will have a new level of passing range, free kick ability and the ability to create chances and unlock teams.
7. Jordan Amavi:
Another Aston Villa signing, Jordan Amavi was one of the standout performers not only in Ligue 1 but in Europe last year. The 21-year-old left back was signed from Nice for a fee believed to be around £9 million, which could be a steal if he contiues to perform to the same level.
Amavi was the second highest rated player in Ligue 1 by whoscored.com last season, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored higher. Furthermore, Amavi recorded 165 interceptions last season, the highest of any player in Europe's top 5 leagues, averaging 4.6 per game.
In addition to the the young Frenchman also made 3.9 tackles on average per game ending with the third highest total in Ligue 1. It is clear for all to see that Villa have secured one of Europe's brightest defensive talents and Amavi should help them progress quickly.
6. Raheem Sterling:
The controversial 20-year-old winger eventually sealed his big money move to Manchester City for a fee believed to be around £49 million. He had become one of Liverpool's key players and one of the finest in the world for his age group, winning the European golden boy award last year.
Sterling can also boast some impressive statistics, he created 75 chances last season in the Premier League, far more than Messi or Ronaldo at the same age (20). He also recorded the joint third highest total number of dribbles last season and scored seven goals and provided the same number of assists in a Liverpool team that struggled last season. There can be no doubt that Sterling has immense talent, however whether he will be worth the £49 million outlay is yet to be seen.
5. Roberto Firmino:
Roberto Firmino was brought in from Hoffenheim by Liverpool for £29 million this summer after proving himself in the Bundesliga over a number of seasons and earning a call up to the Brazilian national side.
The 23 year old was the third highest rated player in the Bundesliga last season on whoscored.com behind only Arjen Robben and Kevin De Bruyne, he also recorded seven goals and 10 assists and well as notching the second highest number of key passes from open play (69) and 4.2 dribbles per game.
Liverpool have it seems therefore obtained a young, exciting player capable of splitting defences, scoring and getting a crowd on its feet. Firmino has all the potential to become a Kop favouite in the very near future.
4. Memphis Depay:
One of the biggest ongoing transfer sagas of last season finally came to a close when Depay signed for Manchester United for a fee of £25 million from PSV. Depay has been labelled by some as the "new Cristiano Ronaldo", whether this will be a blessing or a curse may become apparent over the new season, what cannot be argued however is that Depay has shown immense quality over the past season in the Eredivisie.
Depay was the top goalscorer in the Eredivisie last year with 22 goals, he also had the highest average shots per game (5.4) and recieved the most man of the match awards (8). In addition to this Depay was the second highest rated player in the league by whoscored.com with an impressive 7.92 behind only Luuk De Jong his PSV teammate.
Depay also boasts the second highest number of dribbles on average per game (2.7) behind only Corona. What Manchester United have secured in signing Depay is the future of their left wing position for what they will hope to be years to come and a very talented and exciting player for the new season.
3. Dimitri Payet:
Although Payet's £12 million pound move to West Ham from Marseille is not the most high profile of this summer's transfers, it may just be one of the best value for money and most impressive transfers the Premier League has seen for a while.
Payet ranked the highest in Ligue 1 last season for Assists (17), key passes per game (3.7) and through balls per game! In addition to this Payet was the 4th highest rated player by whoscored.com with a rating of 7.62 behind the likes of Ibra and Lacazette, and he was awarded man of the match and impressive seven times. The French international will surely bring huge amounts of creativity and flair to West Ham's attack and at £12 million pounds I think he could prove to be an absolute bargain.
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger:
Manchester United's aquisition of Bastian Schweinsteiger was probably the biggest status transfer of the summer so far. The German international arrived at United for a fee reported to be around £14 million, very cheap for a player of his reputation, calibre and immense footballing ability.
Schweinsteiger could be seen as almost the complete package in terms of football, he can outpass, outshoot, outtackle and outrun nearly every player in world football. Schweinsteiger has won eight Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, the World Cup and has 100 caps for Germany.
He has been a crucial part of Bayern's near complete dominance of the German league and even last season was in the top 10 in the league for pass average passes per game and pass success for which he recorded 87%. Schweinsteiger made only 15 starts last season but still picked up the man of the match award on two occasions.
Schweinsteiger's transfer to United is one of the most impressive pieces of business the league has seen for years and he could be an important factor in determining the destination of the title come the end of the season.
1. Petr Cech:
The best value for money transfer though, in my opinion is Arsenal's unbelievable aquisition of Petr Cech from Chelsea for just £10.9 million. Though he is no longer a young player, at 33 Cech still has many years ahead of him as a top class goalkeeper and could be the final piece in the jigsaw that allows Arsenal to push up the league and really challenge again for the title.
Still seen by many as one of the top 5 goalkeepers in the world Cech has been an integral part of a very strong Chelsea side that with him has won multiple Premier League titles and the Champions league.
Cech played only a few games for Chelsea last season as an understudy for Thibaut Courtois but was still as outstanding as ever when called upon. Though his transfer was not for the greatest fee and may not have created the same level of excitement amongst fans that others have, in my opinion, Petr Cech will prove to be the best piece of business done this summer by any team in the Premier League.
Other players who just missed the cut:
Bamford loaned from Chelsea to Crystal Palace
Kante transfer from Caen to Leicester
Caulker loan from QPR to Southampton
Veretout transfer from Nantes to Aston Villa
Benteke transfer from Aston Villa to Liverpool
Aldewiereld transfer from Atletico Madrid to Tottenham
Clasie transfer from Feyernoord to Southampton
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