Here we are. The final piece of the puzzle. We have looked at La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1‘s early summer business but have saved the best for last. It’s time to critique the most significant Premier League transfers to date.
Bernardo Silva – AS Monaco > Manchester City (£43m+)
Just 22-years old, Bernardo Silva became the second most expensive Portuguese player of all time. Some guy who used to play on the other side of town holds the record. Silva had been as critical in his own way to AS Monaco’s recent success as CR7 had been for Manchester United, which is why City were so keen on the midfielder. With 22 goals in 86 games from midfield over the past two seasons, Bernardo may supplant David as the Silva to watch in sky blue.
Mohamed Salah – Roma > Liverpool (£37m+)
Touted as a pacy winger, Salah not only has a great physical style to his game but is also a clinical finisher. The Egyptian actually played with Chelsea a few years back. Blues fans will remember it as a brief spell, 13 league games in 2014. He was loaned out to Fiorentina, then Roma, before signing permanently for I Giallorossi in 2016. Salah tallied 29 goals in his two years in the Eternal City. Liverpool wanted the winger badly enough to set the, record fee for an African player.
Ederson – Benfica > Manchester City (£35m)
The second most expensive goal keeper of all time, when you count the difference in exchange rates between now and 2001, is now Ederson Moraes, more widely known as just Ederson. While Claudio Bravio was making a mockery of the modern goaltending style for Pep Guardiola, Ederson was backstopping Benfica to their 36th league title in Portugal. Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano saw an opportunity, seized it, and now the young keeper must prove he can handle Premier League pressure.
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon > Arsenal (£47m+)
An all round striker. Pace, strength, finishing, link up play. Most top clubs would want a player like Lacazzette in their side. Arsene Wenger has done a great job to get him. The signing may put some smiles back on Gooner’s faces, with the Frenchman finally answering their prayers to spend big on a quality player. Nineteen other club’s fans will also be eager to see the much heralded Lacazette in action this season.
Romelu Lukaku – Everton > Manchester United (£75m+)
Other than the Belgian having the one thing Lacazette does not, imposing size, what can I say about this one? We all knew a Lukaku deal was coming. But before Manchester United moved in, we were sure the Belgian beast was heading back to Stamford Bridge. Some great business has been done yet again by Jose Mourinho, one reason why he is ranked among the best managers around. Although he may be criticised for not rating finesse players such as Kevin de Bruyne and, once upon a time, Juan Mata, the Man United boss can pull off some important deals. Be ready to see Lukaku winning headers, tussling with defenders, leaving bodies in his wake, and scoring for fun. This deal is great advertisement for the Premier League. Who can’t wait to see Lukaku back in action?
Kyle Walker – Tottenham Hotspur > Manchester City (£45m+)
Another mindblowing transfer, and one that looked as though it might not come off. Big money being spent on big players makes the beautiful game ever more interesting. This transfer is a prime example. Kyle Walker is now officially the world’s most expensive full-back. The £45m fee, which could rise to £50m, flaunts the money available in the Premier League. Man City have three from five of the most expensive summer signings in England and we are just embarking on July’s second half. Nearly embarrassed by Spurs rejection of their previous offer being followed up by former Guardiola mainstay Dani Alves choosing the Parc des Princes over the Etihad, Walker is nonetheless exactly the player Pep wants bombing down the right flank for City. Look out Premier League.
That’s my take on the biggest deals in England and Europe thus far. Some have been left out that others rate but that’s what makes football great. Maybe we can do it all again just before the season kicks off.