We all know abut the players switching English clubs this summer – the likes of Andros Townsend, Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama – but there are plenty of new players to our league that will make it stand out as certainly the most competitive, exciting league in the world. Here is a bit more about those players…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG to Manchester United, Free, Striker
The infamous Zlatan, the Swedish superhero, has finally touched down in the Prem! Jose Mourinho’s biggest name signing of the summer will add strength and physicality to a weak, lacklustre Man Utd attack, and his supreme shot will have keepers quaking in their boots around the country.
Granit Xhaka, Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal, £35m, Central Midfielder
The Swiss midfielder is a tenacious tackler and will finally add some steel to Arsenal’s midfield, filling in the ever-growing gap for a defensive midfielder. He is a leader at only 23, and from his few performances at the Euros (bar a terrible penalty against Poland) he has proved that he is more than welcome in the Prem.
Loris Karius, Mainz to Liverpool, £4.7m, Goalkeeper
The former Man City youngster has established himself as a quality goalkeeper at Mainz over the last 3 years, and you may recognise him from FUT Team of the Season!! He will certainly provide competition for the wobbly Simon Mignolet and could easily take his place as Liverpool’s number one!
Havard Nordveit, Borussia Mönchengladbach to West Ham, Free, Defender/Defensive Midefielder
Another player who has failed to make the cut at youth level, this time at Arsenal, but he returns having established himself as a quality defender and midfielder. His versatility could be key in his second attempt at becoming a Premier League star.
Sofiane Feghouli, Valencia to West Ham, Free, Winger
The pacy Algerian was a consistently exciting presence in the Valencia attack for 6 years, and scored or assisted 71 goals in 202 games. His creative flair and quick feet will bring another dimension to a constantly improving West Ham side, and Slaven Bilic has done incredibly well to sign him up for free.
Eric Bailly, Villarreal to Manchester United, £30m, Central Defender
The young Ivorian international is a lot of money, but his potential ability makes him worth every penny. He is aggressive, strong, and quick, all attributes that will make him a successful centre-back in the Prem and will help build a solid Mourinho midfield.
Ilkay Gundogan, Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, £20m, Central Midfielder
The deep-lying German playmaker is the first purchase Pep Guardiola made at City, and all the signs suggest it is a good one. He is a wizard on the ball and is admired for his passing range, and after thriving at Dortmund under Klopp he moves on to a new club looking to brighten up their ageing midfield.
Luis Hernandez, Sporting Gijon to Leicester, Free, Central Defender
This ball playing centre-back has been brought in by the champions to add depth and back-up to Leicester’s defence. He might not play ahead of Huth and Morgan, but will certainly add another option as Ranieri looks to strengthen his squad to go again this term.
Joel Matip, Schalke to Liverpool, Free, Central Defender
Jurgen Klopp has always wanted to sign this centre back, but as Dortmund and Schalke are rivals he was never able to. However, as Matip has reached the end of his contract, he can finally bring him in to help support Sakho and Lovren after Kolo Toure, and most probably Martin Skrtel as well, have left the club.
Mike van der Hoorn, Ajax to Swansea, £2m, Central Defender
This 23-year-old centre back is a 6ft 2 giant (taller than me) and has scored in 1 out of each 9 games he’s played in Dutch football! He wants to learn from Ashley Williams and bring quality and competition to Swansea’s back four.
Henrik Mkhitaryan, Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United, £26m, Winger/Attacking Midfielder
He scored and assisted 49 goals in 52 games for Dortmund, and is a superb passer and finisher. He leaves the big three attackers of Dortmund to join up Mourinho’s dream team at United, with Zlatan and Bailly combining. Could this be a replacement for Juan Mata, who Mourinho infamously fell out with at Chelsea?
Marten de Roon, Atalanta to Middlesborough, £12m, Defensive Midfielder
This tenacious tackler made the most tackles – and the second-most interceptions – of any player in the Serie A last season. Don’t expect too many goals though – he may struggle to add to his 11 in his entire career! He will add some tenacity that may be key to Boro’s survival bid, but could be yet another Serie A signing that fails to adapt to English football.
Michy Batshuayi, Marseille to Chelsea, £33m, Striker
The 22-year-old was the top scorer in Ligue 1 last year, and after interest and bids from Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace, he has finally chosen his new club – Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. He has been liken to fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku, and has pace and power in abundance. He could be the man to spark a title challenge for the Blues.
Nampalys Mendy, Nice to Leicester, £13m, Defensive Midfielder
Likened to Claude Makalele, he loves tackles and simple passes. He was scouted by the same team that picked up the relatively unknown N’Golo Kante last year, so he has to be backed as a good signing and will add tenacity and power to Leicester’s midfield.
Isaac Success, Granada to Watford, £12.5m, Striker
At only 20, he has scored 7 goals in his 49 appearances for Granada, and has bagfuls of potential. He is quick and strong, and has been likened to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and will challenge Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo in the short term before hopefully developing into a quality Premier League striker.
Steve Mandanda, Marseille to Crystal Palace, £1.5m, Goalkeeper
The French keeper is a four-time winner of Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year, and has captained Marseille for 6 years. He is a great leader and a solid goalkeeper, who is confident at collecting crosses and has a remarkable knack for saving penalties.
Nolito, Celta Vigo to Manchester City, £13.8m, Winger/Striker
The second-most prolific Spaniard in La Liga in the last three years, he has scored 39 goals in that time and Barcelona tried to sign him in January. Often plays out wide on the left, with plenty of skills and loads of pace up his sleeve, and scored 12 last season. He may not be a City starter but will certainly be a decent addition to their star-studded squad.
Vincent Janssen, AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham, £17m, Striker
The 22-year-old scored 27 league goals in the Eredivisie last year and won the Eredivisie young player of the year award, the Johan Cruyff trophy. He may partner Harry Kane or be a super-sub, but he has talent – PSG and Wolfsburg were also interested.