Premier League clubs have spent a whopping £1.55billion this summer. But who is the best in business?
Liverpool legend and Mail Sport columnist Graeme Souness picks 10 players he expects to make the biggest impact.
1) Mason Mount, Chelsea to Manchester United, £55m
I’ve always liked Mount, there’s nothing to dislike about him. He has great technique and puts in the best effort. He even left a big club to join the biggest one. But he has shown he can handle the prospect of playing for Chelsea and England. And if he is exposed to a new environment at Old Trafford he could be a star.
He needs to get more goals away from the pitch. And he can because he’s cute enough in those areas.
His record at Chelsea is 1 in 6 which is good but the challenge is to get even better. I think he will be a very good player for Manchester United.
2) James Maddison, Leicester to Tottenham, £45m
He has scored 39 goals from central midfield over the past two seasons (22 goals, 17 assists) and those figures put him in the top spot.
I have a lot of time for him. He’s a great player, Harry Kane, if he stays he’ll love playing with him. Maddison will quickly become Kane’s most frequent passer-in. He’d pick Kane in tight spaces if he was there!
This is another kind of pressure coming from Leicester. He played freely there. And there’s a lot more on your shoulders at Spurs. Especially if it’s not a good start for them.
3) Alexis Mac Allister, Brighton to Liverpool, £35 million
You try to mitigate the risks when signing players. And he has been tried and tested in our football circles.
He’s great at the World Cup, but forget it, I like him for what he’s doing here. I am also attracted to him because of his cute name. He should play for Scotland!
He works hard and can pass the ball. He plays in a position where your mind has to be fast. and your touch must be good And he ticked those boxes.
The question is, can he jump from Brighton to Liverpool? He now expects to win every week.
4) Mateo Kovacic, Chelsea to Man City, £25m
He is a smart signing for what City need after losing captain Ilkay Gundogan, he can play and will work hard.
I saw him doing well for City. And they know what they’re getting. There isn’t much risk with this.
But he wasn’t as prolific as an attacking midfielder, scoring three goals in 109 games for Real Madrid, who dominated every game they played.
Can he score against City like Gundogan did? if so They have a good offer at £25 million.
5) Harvey Barnes, Leicester to Newcastle, £39m
as a manager When you sit in the dressing room at 2:30pm with your players and you have Allan Saint-Maximin. on your team are you saying ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do. from him today Will it be the best version or will he disappear?’
He is a loner. And I understand why the supporters like him. he excites you but with Barnes You know what you’re getting at 3:00 PM.
He’s going to hit the pitch hard. both offensive and defensive And he must be a dream to work with. I hope he does well there. He looks like the boy you want to do well because he doesn’t seem like he complains.
if you ask me Saint-Maximin or Barnes? I’m going to Barnes 365 days of the year.
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6) JOSKO GVARDIOL, RB LEIPZIG TO MAN CITY, £77Million
The biggest in Gvardiol’s favor is that City make fewer mistakes in the transfer window than anyone else.
They have players who make football decisions alongside Pep Guardiola, the fact that they have spent big money on the Croatian centre-back. I trust their judgment.
He has a good profile and big money. It will be interesting to see how he copes with better strikers than he faced in Germany.
7) YOURI TIELEMANS, LEICESTER TO ASTON VILLA, FREE
I think there will be a lot of competition for Tielemans, especially the free transfer.
The 26-year-old is a good signing for Villa and their manager Unai Emery. He passes well, passes well and plays with a smile. he looks good
I expect him to make an impact at Villa, where they look like they had a good season after qualifying for Europe last year. He has proven he can play here. And moving from Leicester to Villa was not a big step.
8) James Milner, Liverpool to Brighton, free
I’m a huge fan of James. His best days are behind him, yes, but he will improve your football club – his attitude about the place, his timing, his way of training.
Will he improve you on the pitch? I’m not sure anymore But he will raise the standard of the dressing room. You would hope his influence would extend to Brighton. having someone like james who has made 619 Premier League appearances and can beat Gareth Barry’s record of 653 this season. Not a good thing
9) JOA Pedro, Watford to Brighton, £30m
Joao Pedro played over 100 times for Watford and scored 24 goals, so while he’s only 21, he has a lot of experience here. He also goes to that club when they sign someone. You have to sit down and observe.
Brighton seem to be getting very good players for a price that looks like real value over time. which usually come from South America Maybe this time they will do it again by shopping in Hertfordshire.
10) Declan Rice, West Ham to Arsenal, £105 million
I’ll be talking more about Rice in my Mail Sport column on Saturday. But he had to take part in this list.
He will develop Arsenal and although it is a very high value But they managed to bring in someone who has the potential to become a great player for decades.
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