We are all aware of the fact that Premier League is arguably the most competitive league in the world and over the years it has also become the richest league. Not only do the Big 6 teams spend lavishly in the transfer windows but the Villas and the Brightons have also shown that they’re not shy of making big money signings and lure marquee players in their team. In this chapter, we take a look at the top 10 done deals in the transfer window until now, in the month of June and assess the signings.
The German international joined the Gunners for £65m in a long term deal from Arsenal’s London rivals, Chelsea. The 24-year-old was Arsenal’s first signing in the summer and it was one of those “done deals” which no one expected to happen so quickly but after the personal terms were agreed it looked inevitable.
Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager rates the former Chelsea player highly. He thinks that Havertz is a player of top quality who has great versatility and would strengthen Arsenal’s midfield even more.
Havertz could be critical in Arsenal’s midfield after Xhaka’s departure, as reported by many journalists. He’s expected to do well after gathering 3-years of Premier League experience in the Chelsea shirt but would be interesting to see what Arteta does with him.
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The World Cup winner joined Liverpool for a mere £35m. He has signed a five-year contract and is Liverpool’s first signing of the season. The amount at which Liverpool signed him, in today’s transfer market, is considered as an absolute bargain.
After Wijnaldum left for PSG last summer, and with Henderson and Milner’s growing age, Liverpool was expected to buy a midfielder in the summer and Mac Allister looked like a perfect fit for them.
The Argentine has been very effective for Brighton and Kloop expect him to do the same at Liverpool as well. He has great ball carrying ability and is also known for his progressive runs turning defence into attack. At times, if Salah steps down from taking a penalty he could be the one to step up because he’s great from the spot too.
Spurs have signed English midfielder in the name of James Maddison for £40m on five-year contract from Leicester City. Maddison has been immense for the foxes and with them getting relegated last season, his departure was almost inevitable.
Newcastle United was also in the race for signing of the midfielder but Ange Postecoglou, Tottenham’s manager convinced Maddison otherwise. Tottenham lacked a playmaker in the midfield for quite some years now and looks like they’ve finally got one since Eriksen’s departure.
Harry Kane and the other forwards could benefit a lot from this signing as Maddison could spot a run from a distance. He’s also good on free kicks and has other qualities of a creative midfielder. He has been Premier League proven and could do really well in Spurs.
Chelsea have triggered the release clause of £52m for Christopher Nkunku. He has joined the Blues for six years and it was negotiated beforehand only, in the January transfer window. So it was not as much of a surprise like others we could all see it coming but still it is one of the top 10 done deals because of the impact he’s expected to have at Stamford Bridge.
Nkunku is a player who can play as a striker, which is an absolute need for Chelsea but mainly is a second striker or playes behind the striker, he’s more efficient and effective from there. He’s more like a classic No. 10 player or at least used to play in that position for RB Leipzig.
He has scored 16 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances for the German side and has also helped them in winning the DFB-Pokal trophy. Chelsea would need him to deliver as they’re on the rise again after last season’s embarrassing performance.
The next player on the list of top 10 done deals is the Swedish winger who initially joined Tottenham on an 18-month loan from Juventus in January 2022, with an option to buy for £29.2m. He has now signed a five-year deal with his loan spell set to end this summer, for a reduced fee of £25m. He was crucial in Tottenham’s 2022 UCL qualification but In 2023 season he was not that effective for the team.
He scored 7 times in his 57 appearances for Tottenham and would like to improve that goal ratio now that he is set to stay for a long time. His link up play with Kane and Son was eye-catching but it happened so rarely it wasn’t mentioned a lot.
Ange Postecoglou would like to make that link up play happen more often as Tottenham has struggled to score goals in the last season under Antonio Conte. Kulusevski would like to make use of that brilliant left foot of his and score some goals in the upcoming season as he’s crucial for the team.
After losing their captain, Ilkay Gündogan to Barcelona, Manchester City were in search of a new No. 8 and they’ve found Mateo Kovacic to fill that void. He signed the Cityzens for £25m plus £5m add-ons.
The former Real Madrid player has been playing in the Stamford Bridge for 5 years since 2018 and was instrumental in their success during the years. He has won 4 major trophies for the blues which includes a Champions league where Chelsea defeated Guardiola’s Manchester City only.
Kovacic has been given the no. 8 jersey which specify that he’s gonna play in his usual box to box midfield position and try to be effective from there. He’s just better defensively than Gundogan and would like to improve and add other attributes too in order to fill in his shoes.
Chelsea has signed a Senegalese striker in the name of Nicolas Jackson. The Villarreal player has joined the Blues for slightly more than his £30.1m release clause in exchange for more favourable payment terms.
Chelsea have been desperate for a striker and the Senegal international has been one of La Liga’s finest young talents last season. He has scored 12 goals in 26 games for the Spanish side and became one of Laliga’s breakout star. In the past years Chelsea have not been a great home for their striker but Jackson would like to break that curse. If Chelsea doesn’t sign any more strikers, which is their priority this summer Jackson could line up alongside Christopher Nkunku.
Another Leicester City player, who was also expected to leave the club because of their relegation from the Premier League has left. His contract with the Foxes has also ended so he signed for Aston Villa as a free agent.
The Belgium international is known for his long shots from outside the box which brought him many glory and success in the past. He’s also a very good defensive midfielder who occasionally goes forward. Unai Emery, the Aston Villa manager could use him alongside Douglas Luiz and form a nice pairing with him.
The next player in the list of top 10 deal deals is the Brazilian forward, who was signed by Brighton for a club record fee of just under £30m. Pedro used to play for the Championship side, Watford and has been one of the standout performers there in the last season.
The 21-year-old has scored 11 goals in 35 appearances last season which might not sound that impressive but his overall impact on the team was great. The Seagulls have broke the bank for the striker so he’s not expected to be a bench warmer in De Zerbi’s side. He is a young talent and have the potential of becoming one of the emerging players in the Premier League.
The Colombia international has signed a three-year contract for Crystal Palace for free as his Bournemouth contract was set to expire this season. He has been impressive for Bournemouth last season and helped them not get relegated. He started 35 Premier League appearances and also bagged 5 goals as a midfield player.
Palace are going to lose two midfielders this summer with club captain Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur as their contract is set to expire at the end of June. So Jefferson could come in and fill that void and would be also offering his Premier League experience.