As we enter July, the amount of transfer deals completed by teams in the Premier League is likely to increase as teams in England’s top flight build their squad ahead of the 2018/19 season. July is likely to be an especially busy month of transfers this season as it is the first campaign where the transfer window shuts before the first round of Premier League fixtures. Already, Premier League clubs have completed the signings of 30 players collectively. Here is a look at the 3 Premier League teams that have done the best transfer business this summer:
After an impressive but ultimately trophyless season, Liverpool will be looking to go a further step and win major silverware next season. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds wasted no time in making acquisitions for next season, announcing the signing of Fabinho two days after their Champions League Final loss to Real Madrid. 24 year-old Fabinho will probably operate as a defensive midfielder for Liverpool, allowing the attacking talent that the Anfield side have at their disposal to flourish. The Brazilian can also chip in with goals, shown by his impressive record of nine league goals in 37 league appearances for Monaco in the 2016/17 season, as they won the Ligue 1 title.
Liverpool have also made the signing of 23 year-old midfielder Naby Keita this summer. Keita will provide competition for attacking central midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Adam Lallana in the upcoming season. The Guinean born maestro has been a mainstay for German outfit RB Leipzig in the past two seasons, making 58 league appearances for them in total. Keita’s main attributes include his dribbling ability and ability to play concise through balls, as well as his long-range shooting prowess.
Overall, Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with the two acquisitions already been made this summer. However, the Merseyside club will still aim to sign a goalkeeper and may reignite their interest in French attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir before the window shuts.
This may be one of the most important transfer windows in the managerial career of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho failed miserably to live up to the expectations at Old Trafford last season, not winning any major trophies, and finishing 19 points behind fierce rivals Manchester City. In order to bridge the gap to City as well as keeping ahead of the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea, Mourinho has already strengthened his squad ahead of the new season.
The first arrival of the summer at Old Trafford was teenage full-back Diogo Dalot. Having only made six league appearances from the team he was signed for, Porto, it remains to be seen what sort of role Dalot will have at Old Trafford next season. However, this does not mean that Man United fans shouldn’t be excited about the Portuguese man’s arrival, as Mourinho has described him as “the best full-back in Europe in his age group.”
The marquee signing for this summer at Old Trafford is the arrival of 25 year-old Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. United clearly felt the need to find a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick after he announced his retirement, and the Brazilian may be that player. With his main attributes being his ability to pick out long-range passes as well as being defensively astute, it would not be a surprise to see Fred form a formidable partnership with fellow holding midfielder Nemanja Matic next season. The arrival of Fred may also free up Paul Pogba to play in a more advanced position, something that pundits and Man United fans have wanted to see in the past few seasons.
It would be a surprise if Man United have finished their business for the summer already. You feel as if there will still be another marquee signing arriving at Old Trafford before the window closes, and with rumours suggesting that Gareth Bale may leave Real Madrid this summer, United may make a move for the Welshman.
Premier League newboys Wolves have been very busy this summer, securing permanent deals for six players and securing one loan signing. After steamrolling the Championship last season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be looking to make an impact on the Premier League this season.
The first signings for the Molineux outfit this summer were making the previous loan deals of Willy Boly and Benik Afobe permanent. Despite Afobe subsequently being loaned out to Stoke City, the permanent acquisition of Boly looks to be a shrewd bit of business. Defender Boly was instrumental in Wolves promotion campaign last term, making 36 league appearances as they won the Championship. The 27 year-old was a key part of an impressive back three alongside Ryan Bennett and Conor Coady last term.
The most eye opening signing that Wolves have made this summer is the arrival of Euro 2016 winning Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício on a free transfer from Sporting Lisbon. The 30 year-old made over 300 league appearances for Sporting in a 12 spell of the club, as well as having 73 caps to his name for Portugal. In forward areas, the midlands club have made Diogo Jota’s loan deal a permanent one, and have also signed Mexico international Raúl Jiménez on a loan deal.
The calibre of signings Wolves have made should mean that the Premier League newboys will not be fighting for survival next season. Instead, it will not be a surprise to see Wolves in and around the top 10 next season, and they could even challenge for a Europa League spot.
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