MY TOP 5 TRANSFERS OF THE SUMMER WINDOW
The latest transfer window will go down as one of the greatest… ever! The Premier League has gone clear of every other league having attracted some of the greatest individual talents from all over Europe/the world. In this piece, I will be rating my top 5 transfers of the window based on how much was paid and the quality of the player. This set of Premier League transfers will definitely be tough to contend with in the future.
SAUL NIGUEZ (ATLETICO MADRID TO CHELSEA – LOAN)
Saul Niguez has been rumoured to join the Premier League for a number of years, usually linked with any of the top teams. The 26-year-old central midfielder has played 340 games for Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, winning multiple major competitions including the Europa League twice, UEFA Supercup and most recently the LaLiga title pipping Real Madrid by 2 points.
For Chelsea, this signing is brilliant (although it is just a loan), they get a world class central midfielder to add to their already strong midfield of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic. Even if he comes in as a rotation player, it’s a great move for the West London side considering the number of games they’ll be playing this season.
MOUSSA SISSOKO (SPURS TO WATFORD – £3.15m)
I’m really impressed with this bit of business from Watford, especially following the departures of central midfielders Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah. The Hornets used the £6.3m they received for Will Hughes and invested wisely in a proven Premier League footballer, paying just £3.15m for him. Sissoko has played European football for the last 5 years and featured for the French national team on 71 occasions. He’s not accomplished in terms of trophies, but he will certainly bring some great qualities to a side who will no doubt be battling to survive in the Premier League this campaign.
DEMARAI GRAY (LEVERKUSEN TO EVERTON – £1.8m)
Since returning to the Premier League, Demarai Gray has been instrumental in Everton’s recent run of good form. Following a season away in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, the former Leicester winger has already got 3 goals and an assist in his first 6 appearances in the Premier League for the Toffees. Everton fans questioned the appointment of Rafa Benitez mainly due to his association with rivals Liverpool and questions were certainly going to be asked after some of the signings he made. However, with a signing like this, he is certainly taking a step in the right direction for winning over the Everton faithful, bringing in Gray for just £1.8m. Definitely one of the best Premier League transfers for me.
ROMELU LUKAKU (INTER MILAN TO CHELSEA £103.5m)
Romelu Lukaku is back in the Premier League after 2 years away in Italy. The Belgian forward helped Inter Milan side to a first Scudetto since the 2009-10 campaign scoring 24 times in the league. Lukaku has spent the majority of his career in England with West Brom, Man United and Chelsea so he knows exactly what the Premier League is about and hasn’t taken any time to get comfortable again. At first I questioned the fee of this deal but the more I think about it, the more I realise Chelsea have got a proven goal scorer that can do it on any level. He’s taken no time to find the net, scoring 3 times in his first 5 appearances back in the Premier League, also netting the only goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over Russian side Zenit in matchday 1 of the Champions League. I think Lukaku could be a serious contender for the golden boot… along with the next player on my list.
CRISTIANO RONALDO (JUVENTUS TO MAN UNITED – £13.5m)
Easily the best transfer of the window for me. At 36 years old, you’d expect a footballer to be calling it a day… but not Cristiano Ronaldo, he is an absolute machine. As a Man United fan, it really is the stuff of dreams and just having the opportunity to watch him tearing up the Premier League once again. United managed to complete the signing for just £13.5m but have already made that fee back in shirt sales. He collected the Serie A golden boot in the 2020/21 campaign netting 29 times in just 33 matches, pipping the former Inter Milan man Romelu Lukaku. With CR7 signing, it really does give United the best chance of competing for trophies as he is a serial winner. He’s netted 5 in 5 since his return to Old Trafford, converting a dramatic winner in the 2-1 victory over Villareal in the Champions League. Click HERE to see that goal again…
They are my Premier League transfers of the summer window, let me know if I’ve missed any and if you’d order them any differently…