Premier League: Top 10 transfer window deals
AFP Sports lists the 10 biggest incoming Premier League transfers of the close-season transfer window after the deadline passed on Tuesday (fees approximate and as reported by British media):
London: AFP Sports lists the 10 biggest incoming Premier League transfers of the close-season transfer window after the deadline passed on Tuesday (fees approximate and as reported by British media):
Kevin De Bruyne
- Wolfsburg (GER) to Manchester City; £58 million ($89.3 million, 79.8 million euros)
De Bruyne failed to impose himself at Chelsea and was sold to Wolfsburg in January last year for £18 million, but City saw fit to break their transfer record for the Belgian playmaker after he scored 16 goals and provided 29 assists last season. The 24-year-old is expected to line up on the right-hand side of City`s attack, alongside David Silva and fellow new signing Raheem Sterling.
- Liverpool to Manchester City; £44 million, rising to £49 million
Public refusal to sign a new contract worth £100,000 per week with Liverpool earned Sterling widespread opprobrium, but did not deter City from making the 20-year-old the most expensive English player in history. The England forward opened his City account with a neat volley in last weekend`s 2-0 win over Watford.
- Monaco (FRA) to Manchester United; £36 million, rising to £59 million
The most stunning deal of the European transfer window saw United sign Martial from Monaco in a deal that reportedly made him the most expensive teenager in the sport`s history. The 19-year-old former Lyon youth player made only 52 league appearances for Monaco, scoring 11 goals, and had just received his first France call-up.
- Aston Villa to Liverpool; £32.5 million
Having plundered 101 goals in 2013-14, Liverpool managed a meagre 52 last season, the legacy of Daniel Sturridge`s injury problems and Luis Suarez`s departure to Barcelona. The club took remedial action by signing burly Belgium international Benteke, who scored 49 goals for Villa in 101 appearances.
- Valencia (ESP) to Manchester City; £32 million
A year after splashing out around £32 million on French defender Eliaquim Mangala, City went big on another centre-back in the shape of Otamendi. The 27-year-old was not selected by Argentina for last year`s World Cup, but played a key role in the side that reached the final of this year`s Copa America.
- Hoffenheim (GER) to Liverpool; £29 million
Another big-money arrival at Anfield, 23-year-old forward Firmino signed after four impressive years at Hoffenheim that saw him break into the Brazil squad. "He is a very, very good player -- he scores a lot of great goals, and that`s what we need," said new team-mate Emre Can.
- PSV Eindhoven (NED) to Manchester United; £25 million
Blooded by Louis van Gaal at international level, Depay rejoined forces with the former Netherlands manager after inspiring PSV to the Eredivisie title with a league-leading haul of 22 goals. A direct, skilful forward, he scored two goals and made two more in United`s 7-1 aggregate win over Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round.
- Southampton to Manchester United; £25 million
Emerged as one of the leading holding midfielders in England during his seven-year spell with Southampton and is now a candidate to anchor France`s midfield at the 2016 European Championship. Already providing a calming presence in front of the United defence.
- Bayer Leverkusen (GER) to Tottenham Hotspur; £22 million
Seeking a strike partner for last season`s breakthrough star Harry Kane, Tottenham moved for South Korea international Son, who is a major star in his homeland. The 23-year-old scored 29 goals for Leverkusen in 87 appearances after signing from Hamburg in 2013.
- Barcelona (ESP) to Chelsea; £21.2 million
Decorated Spain international Pedro seemed to be on the brink of joining United, only for Jose Mourinho`s Chelsea to beat them to the punch. The 28-year-old forward scored and set up a goal for Diego Costa on his debut as Chelsea won 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion. "I knew straight away he would make an impact in this team," said team-mate Cesc Fabregas.