The PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have again spent hundreds of millions of pounds on some mega newcomers this summer.
With the broken UK transfer record, an anytime striker of £ 97m and a plethora of ambitious clubs hitting deals, the best transfer eleven we’ve known to date are of the highest quality.
Not only Chelsea and Manchester United are represented in our line-up, smaller clubs also show that excellent business can be done outside of the “Big Six”.
Here SunSport presents our top team of Prem newboys from the summer so far.
TW: Pierluigi Gollini – Atalanta to Tottenham (loan)
Pierluigi Gollini has already impressed Tottenham fans in preparationPhoto credit: Getty
Very few Prem clubs have invested in a goalkeeper of choice this summer, with the majority focusing on signing veterans or young players.
Tottenham’s new signing Pierluigi Gollini is the most trusted goalscorer, arriving after three years as number 1 for Atalanta and ten Champions League games in the English top division.
And the loan deal gives the Italian a great opportunity to challenge Hugo Lloris and hold his own for the 34-year-old’s place in the long term.
CB: Ben White – Brighton to Arsenal (£ 50m)
Ben White has been signed to protect Arsenal’s goal for years to comePhoto credit: Getty
At 23, Ben White’s rise to star was breathtaking as all four levels of the English football pyramid have been ticked off in the past four seasons.
Skeptics will predict that this is a step too far for the center-back as Arsenal battles a lengthy table relegation.
But White shone in Brighton and rightly earned a spot at Euro 2020 and is able to play in a Gunners revival under Mikel Arteta.
CB: Raphael Varane – Real Madrid to Manchester United (£ 41m)
Raphael Varane arrives at Manchester United with serious ancestryPhoto credit: Getty
This deal is not yet officially closed and would be a real upgrade in Old Trafford’s backline at a very reasonable price.
One of the most successful defenders in the modern game, Varane brings a new level of title-winning experience to Manchester United.
How quickly he can adjust to the pace of the Premier League remains to be seen, but any rival fans criticizing his arrival may secretly have loved to see him on their team.
CB: Cristian Romero – Atalanta to Tottenham (£ 47m)
Cristian Romero is an important addition to the Spurs defensePhoto credit: Getty
It was a throw between the Tottenham newcomer and Ibrahima Konate for the last place in this defense.
And each player represents a potential star of the present and the future.
Romero is a better deal, however, as Liverpool already have a stronger center-back selection, albeit uninjured, than a Tottenham side in dire need of fresh talent.
RM: Emiliano Buendia – Norwich to Aston Villa (£ 38m)
Aston Villa initially paid £ 33 million for Emiliano BuendiaPhoto credit: Getty
Aston Villa made an early signing when they defeated Arsenal against Argentine playmaker Emiliano Buendia.
Not only have the Midlands club defeated a “bigger” rival, but they have also convinced a newly promoted team to give up their arguably best player.
Buendia topped a number of stats rankings on Carrow Road for his creativity in both the Championship and Premier League and will aim to bring Villa into European competition.
CM: Billy Gilmour – Chelsea to Norwich (loan)
Billy Gilmour is ready for his first full season of action with NorwichPhoto credit: Rex
With the impressive loaner Oliver Skipp and the aforementioned Buendia leaving Norwich this summer, Daniel Farke needed a strong, ball-bearing midfielder.
With Billy Gilmour, the Canary Islands have won a player who not only shone in an ambitious career, but also in the high-pressure environment of Stamford Bridge and Euro 2020.
Quickly building a relationship with Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki will be the Scot’s next assignment after Norwich got off to a very difficult start on the calendar.
CM: Boubakary Soumare – Lille to Leicester (£ 17m)
Boubakary Soumare has already won its first trophy with LeicesterPhoto credit: Getty
Boubakary Soumare, an under-the-radar signing earlier this summer, arrives in a midfield from Leicester who sorely missed lack of support for James Maddison and Co. last season.
The 22-year-old is not allowed to play in the starting XI of the Füchse, so strong is their strength in the position in which everyone is fit.
But his potential to help them finally get across the line and compete on multiple fronts at the business end could make him a bargain at £ 17m.
LM: Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen to Aston Villa (£ 30m)
Leon Bailey will join Aston Villa after a hiatus after the Gold CupCredit: The Mega Agency
In the second part of the triumvirate that Jack Grealish replaces in Villa Park, Leon Bailey brings skill and speed into a league that places high demands on both.
The Jamaican is at the top of his game after scoring 15 goals and providing 11 assists last season.
And while Albert Sambi Lokonga, Michael Olise and Bryan Gil can all light up the prem this season, it’s Bailey who completes our midfield.
RW: Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United (£ 73m)
Jadon Sancho is in training ahead of his Manchester United debutPhoto credit: Getty
Manchester United’s fall for Varane and Jadon Sancho serves as both a statement commitment and a real upgrade to their lineups.
For Sancho, his ability to score goals and assists has proven beyond doubt in the Bundesliga – the Red Devils just have to guarantee that one of their strikers can finish their moves.
The winger can also take his home form to a more title-worthy realm by getting fans off their seats to turn Old Trafford into a fortress.
LW: Jack Grealish – Aston Villa to Manchester City (£ 100m)
Jack Grealish becomes the first UK player to break the £ 100 million markPhoto credit: Getty
Pep Guardiola’s embarrassment over wealth just got worse with the most expensive product in British football.
Jack Grealish faces the big task of fitting into his demanding manager’s system as quickly as possible and fending off the mountains of competition in the Manchester City locker room.
But if this step is successful, the defending champion will have one of the most exciting players in world football at his disposal.
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ST: Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan to Chelsea (£ 97.5m)
Romelu Lukaku is about to transfer money to ChelseaPhoto credit: PA
Like Varane, that commitment hasn’t been fully crossed, but has been virtually completed ahead of a very exciting new signing in the Premier League.
English football fans know all about Romelu Lukaku, although Chelsea supporters are arguably the ones who are most compelling after his previous stint at Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian is a very different player than he was eight years ago and his presence at the forefront of the attack for the Champions League title secures his position as a very strong contender for the title.
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