Everyone knows that the Premier League is by far the richest league in the world these days. This year and like it happened in previous transfer windows, several big deals were made and a lot of money exchanged hands. Even though the most expensive signings’ responsibility belong to top clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool or Manchester United, there was still room for several mid-table teams to make it to some of the top 10 positions. As a note of curiosity, only one club from the big 6 doesn’t show up in this list and that’s Tottenham Hotspur. Even though the London club didn’t sign anyone at all this summer, you can still watch all Tottenham live games in multiple platforms like NBC Sports Gold in the US.
#1 – Kepa Arrizabalaga (72 million pounds)
Athletic Bilbao -> Chelsea
No other club in the world had ever paid this kind of fee for a goalkeeper before (72 million pounds). Chelsea were determined to get Kepa from Athletic, especially after knowing that Thibaut Courtois was interested in leaving the club and sign for Real Madrid. The English club offered the Spaniard a 7-year contract and a yearly 10 million pounds paycheck. Not bad for a 23-year old…
#2 – Riyad Mahrez (61 million pounds)
Leicester City -> Manchester City
The Algerian has been linked with a move to Man City for quite some time now, but for some reason Pep Guardiola only managed to snatch him from Leicester City this summer. The Citizens paid 61 million pounds for the winger and looking at the options Pep now has at his disposal, Mahrez is going to need to show his best football in order to earn a spot in the starting XI.
#3 – Alisson (56 million pounds)
AS Roma -> Liverpool
After what happened in the UEFA Champions League final last year between Liverpool and Real Madrid, the Reds were determined in finding a replacement for Karius and they believe to have found the right man in Alisson, from AS Roma. Jurgen Klopp didn’t hesitate in giving the green light for the club to spend 56 million pounds on the Brazilian goalkeeper.
#4 – Fred (53 million pounds)
Shakhtar Donetsk -> Manchester United
A lot of people, including José Mourinho, criticized how Manchester United handled this summer’s transfer window, mostly due to the lack of signings. Nevertheless, no one can really say that Fred isn’t going to be an extremely valuable option in Man United’s ranks this season and his workrate is extremely appreciated by Mourinho. The Brazilian costed the Red Devils 53 million pounds.
#5 – Jorginho (51 million pounds)
Napoli -> Chelsea
Jorginho has been a key player in Napoli during the period Maurizio Sarri has been at the club’s helm (2015-2018), so it’s not surprising that we ended up seeing the Brazilian-born footballer on Sarri’s priority list in this transfer window, shortly after the 59-year old was appointed as the new Chelsea manager.
#6 – Fabinho (40 million pounds)
AS Monaco -> Liverpool
Over the last few years, Monaco has managed to find the right balance between building a strong team and selling their hottest prospects. Every time one of their main players leaves the club, they always seem to find a way of getting the right placement and keep the team competitive and fighting for the top spots. In Fabinho, Liverpool got themselves a very versatile player with a bright future ahead.
#7 – Richarlison (35 million pounds)
Watford -> Everton
The first signing from any club outside the top 6 (Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham) is Richarlison, the 21-year old forward that Everton bought from Watford. The Brazilian had a really promising start, scoring 3 goals in his first 3 appearances in the Premier League, but ended up sent off against Bournemouth at the end of August. The Toffees didn’t hesitate to pay 35 million pounds for the Brazilian ace.
#8 – Felipe Anderson (34 million pounds)
Lazio -> West Ham
Another player making his move from Italy to England and to the Premier League was Felipe Anderson. The former Lazio midfielder played 5 seasons in the Serie A and decided to finally embrace a new project in London, as West Ham has really high hopes for the 25-year old player. He is yet to miss a single game for West Ham after 5 round of fixtures completed in the Premier League so far…
#9 – Jean Michaël Seri (27 million pounds)
Nice -> Fulham
The Ivory Coast international signing shows how serious and determined Fulham really are in their fight to avoid relegation in the Premier League. At the age of 27 and after three great seasons in France playing for Nice, Seri had several clubs interested in his services and even Barcelona were said to have had talks with his agent just last year. If Fulham wants to be in the Premier League next season, Seri will definitely have to play a key role in their campaign.
#10 – Lucas Torreira (27 million pounds)
Sampdoria -> Arsenal
The most expensive signing from the “post-Arsene era” was Lucas Torreira, an Uruguayan midfielder that played for Sampdoria last season. Even though he wasn’t an express wish from Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery, the 22-year old has been a regular choice so far, as he adapts to the challenges of playing in a more intense league like the Premier League.
Sources: bbc.com / ronaldo7.net / manutd.com