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My Top 5 Premier League Transfers – Summer 2021


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 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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Saul Niguez of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)


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.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United battles for possession with Moussa Sissoko of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on September 25, 2021 in Watford, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)


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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Andros Townsend of Everton celebrates with Demarai Gray after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on September 25, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Rodrigo of Manchester City in action with Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on September 25, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)


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…

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United smiles during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 11, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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…


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