The most expensive Premier League summer transfers rated so far, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea stars

5 Sep

The Premier League has paused for the international break so now is the perfect time to assess the early-season form of some of the new signings in the division.

Having seen four matches so far, we can safely say some of the business done has been excellent and some of it has been mystifying.

Ndombele was brought to Spurs from Lyon earlier this summer for £55million
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There are always winners and losers in the transfer market as not every club can keep hold of their best players and also sign improvements.

So who do talkSPORT.com believe has been the best signings so far? Find out below…


15. Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennais – Watford) – £27m

After a summer spent at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, it is understandable that it has been a slow start for Sarr at Vicarage Road.

However, Hornets fans caught a glimpse of his quality after he netted a beauty against Coventry in the Carabao Cup and he is sure to have many more chances to prove his worth.

Sarr will need time to adapt to the Premier League
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14. Joao Cancelo (Juventus – Manchester City) – £60m

Cancelo missed pre-season and therefore Pep Guardiola has been reluctant to hand him a first start as he gears up his fitness for the Premier league.

The Portuguese has looked assured off the bench and the full-back will surely become a first-team regular after the international break.

13. Ayoze Perez (Newcastle – Leicester) – £30m

Perez started in the opening three matches of the season but struggled to make an impact in the side and was subsequently dropped by Brendan Rodgers for the match against Bournemouth on the weekend.

Competition has never hurt anyone and the ex-Newcastle striker will have to prove his worth to his boss in the coming weeks to get back into the side.

Perez has struggled to make an impact so far for Leicester
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12. Pablo Fornals (Villarreal – West Ham) – £25m

Fornals will need time to adjust to the Premier League and it looks like the more he plays the more he is adjusting to the tempo of the English game.

He had a run out in the Carabao Cup and scored against Newport County but will be looking to break into the first-team in the league in the coming weeks.

11. Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon to Tottenham) – £55m

Ndombele had a good start in the Lilywhite shirt after netting his side’s equaliser against Aston Villa with a beauty of a strike.

However, injury has forced him out in recent weeks but he will be looking to continue his solid start after the international break.

10. Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal) – £72m

Arsenal’s club record signing has looked dangerous at times and is proving to be a real handful for defences.

The Ivorian just needs a goal to kick start his his Gunners career and so far he hasn’t shown composure in front of goal but he has plenty of skill.

Pepe has shown signs of promise in the early stages of his Arsenal career
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9. Joelinton (Hoffenheim – Newcastle) – £40m

Newcastle had a difficult start to the campaign and the Brazilian struggled to make an impact as they were dominated by Arsenal and Norwich, but he has now seemingly come into his own.

Against Spurs he was a constant menace up front, holding the ball well and making direct, effective runs, reaping the rewards of his efforts with a goal.

8. Alex Iwobi – (Arsenal – Everton) £28m

The ex-Gunner has looked dangerous for the Toffees whenever he has been called upon and he scored his first goal for the club over the weekend against Wolves in an impressive performance.

He will now be hoping to kick on and have his best season in the Premier League to date.

Iwobi netted hist first goal for Everton on the weekend
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7. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid to Chelsea) – £40m

Kovacic was Chelsea’s only signing of the summer due to their transfer ban as he was already registered to the club following his loan move from Real Madrid in 2018.

The Croat has started this season very well, impressing with his surging runs from midfield and dribbling ability.

6. Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £63m

Rodri has had a couple dodgy moments but on the whole he has looked an assured presence in the midfield when called upon by Guardiola.

At just 24 years old, he is the natural successor to Fernandinho and you sense he will be mightily impressive in the role given what we have seen of his technical ability so far.

Rodri is seen as the heir to Fernandinho
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5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace to Manchester United) – £50m

Wan-Bissaka looks unbeatable in one-on-one situations but the Man United defence is still leaking goals due to the midfield being overrun.

Solskjaer needs to find cover for the back four as they are more than capable than defending well but just need more protection higher up the pitch.

4. Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester United) – £85m

Maguire had a brilliant debut performance against Chelsea but results have turned sour since then.

He will undoubtedly prove to be a good acquisition for the club but as previously mentioned, Solskjaer needs to sort out his midfield otherwise the defence are left with too much to do.

Maguire will eventually become a great signing for United
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3. Raul Jimenez  (Benfica – Wolves)  – £34m

This signing has gone under the radar because it was agreed in January but what a coup for Wolves it is nonetheless.

Jimenez was one of the best strikers in the league last season and he is continuing to prove a handful up top this term, having scored his first of the campaign against Everton on the weekend.

2. Youri Tielemans (Monaco – Leicester) – £40m

Despite impressing in each match so far, Tielemans only got off the mark in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth over the weekend.

The Belgium international was a revelation for the Foxes in the second half of last season and he has picked up where he left off this campaign.

Tielemans impressed during his brief loan spell at Leicester last season
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1. Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankurt – West Ham) – £35m

Haller had a difficult start to life at the London Stadium but in the last two games he has really come into his own.

He seems be in the right position at the right time constantly, and having netted twice from close range against Watford and against Norwich – West Ham have seemingly signed a real dime in the Frenchman.

Haller found the net again for West Ham against Norwich
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Watford break club record to sign winger Ismaila Sarr from Rennes

8 Aug

Watford have broken their club record on Transfer Deadline Day to sign Ismaila Sarr.

The 21-year-old winger joined from French club Rennes following months of negotiations between the two clubs.

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The Hornets announced the deal on Thursday afternoon for a ‘club record fee’.

Watford did not announce the exact figure of the transfer but it is believed to be in the region of £30million.

Sarr has agreed a five-year contract with the club and is their fourth arrival this summer.

Danny Welbeck, Craig Dawson and Tom Dele-Bashiru also signed for Watford during the transfer window.

The Senegal international started out with Metz before earning a move to French side Rennes in 2017.

He went on to play 77 times for the Ligue 1 club over two seasons and scored 18 goals.

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Sarr has also made 18 appearances for Senegal and appeared for them at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

He made three appearances at the tournament in Russia and played a key role as Senegal reached the final of the AFCON.

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Liverpool transfer news: Reds target Ajax ace, English wonderkid wanted, plus Real Madrid midfielder considererd

7 May

Liverpool’s season isn’t over yet and as of Tuesday morning they could still end the campaign with the Premier League and Champions League trophies.

Still, the club are already planning for next year, like all good clubs, and plotting their summer transfer business.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be making amendments to his squad this summer

It’s hard to improve a side like the one Jurgen Klopp has built but it does seem he will have to refresh portions of his squad, especially given their failures in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Even an injury hit Tottenham side were able to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup and compete in the other competition.

Several stars already look like their careers at Anfield on the ropes, while replacements are being linked, but what’s the latest gossip? Find out below with our handy transfer round-up.

LIVERPOOL JOIN ARSENAL AND CHELSEA IN RACE TO SIGN DAVID NERES – The Sun

Many people are expecting Ajax’s current collection of wonderkids are set to be broken up after their incredible season, domestically and in Europe.

Frenkie de Jong is already heading to Barcelona and rumours have also been circulating about Brazilian winger Neres.

The 22-year-old has come on leaps and bounds this year with the Gunners and the Blues monitoring his situation.

Now, though, Liverpool are also tracking his availability as they face a potential fringe overhaul at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, and Xherdan Shaqiri all having their futures questioned.

David Neres in action for Ajax against Tottenham Hotspur.

OVER AND OUT FOR ORIGI AND STURRIDGE? – Liverpool Echo

As previously mentioned, it seems likely, despite the Anfield faithful’s fondness for both players, they could leave when the final curtain comes down on the campaign, whether it’s on Sunday, or on June 1.

Origi has played his part in the club’s tremendous season with vital goals against Everton and Newcastle United but it might not be enough to get him more games and this may result in his sale. His performance against Barcelona could make or break his career at the club.

Sturridge, meanwhile, is out of contract and, with Rhian Brewster being tipped to start the Champions League clash at Anfield, it’s safe to say Klopp is looking to the future.

Liverpool forward Divock Origi celebrates scoring against Newcastle United

RENNES ACE ISMAILA SARR A TARGET – CalcioMercato

Continuing the theme of the Reds’ forward line, it appears Jurgen Klopp has had his spies keeping an eye on Ligue 1 star Sarr.

Mainly a right winger, Sarr would be an excellent backup for Mohamed Salah who has regressed to the mean this season, despite a fine goal tally.

With the correct replacement, Salah could get vital rest at key points in the campaign, perhaps getting him back to last year’s level, and the Senegalese international should provide this more than Shaqiri, who Klopp seems unwilling to lean on when the going gets tough.

His 10 goals and eight assists in domestically and in the Europa League will make a him a target for several sides this summer. He can also play on the left if required.

Rennes’ Senegalese midfielder Ismaila Sarr

COAD-RED! LIVERPOOL SET FOR DRAMEH DRAMA? – Daily Mail

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly considering a summer raid on Fulham as they track wonderkid right-back Cody Drameh.

The 17-year-old, who has one year left on his current scholarship, has been earning rave reviews while playing for Mark Pembridge’s Under-23s.

Eintracht Frankfurt are also keeping tabs on the youngster, who has earned comparisons with Trent Alexander-Arnold, could come in to battle with the 20-year-old as Joe Gomez continues on the road to being an excellent centre-back partner for Virgil van Dijk.

The arrival of Drameh would also allow Dutch starlet Ki-Jana Hoever focus on playing at centre-back having been used as a full-back for Liverpool’s Under-23s.

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MORENO HEADING TO BENFICA? – A Bola

The left-back has been a bit-part star for some time now after a couple of mistake-riddled campaigns.

He’s now set to leave on a free transfer and, after previous links with Barcelona, who may need a backup to Jordi Alba, depending on their plan for Juan Miranda and Marc Cucurella.

Portuguese giants Benfica, though, could hand Moreno first-team football next year as they prepare for the possibility of losing highly-rated full-back Alex Grimaldo, who is wanted by a whole host of top European clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, and Juventus.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno in action in the Champions League

KLOPP TO RETURN FOR MARCO ASENSIO? – Mundo Deportivo

Liverpool reportedly went in for the Real Madrid ace last summer but missed out as the youngster looked set to blossom without Cristiano Ronaldo hogging the limelight.

Sadly, it’s not quite worked out for the talented Spaniard and he’s found first-team minutes hard to come by in a season of struggles in Madrid.

Reds boss Klopp, though, remains keen on the 23-year-old, who he feels has plenty still to offer, despite a poor campaign.

The main stumbling block is set to be club president Florentino Perez as he seems unwilling to allow Asensio to quite the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio

Arsenal transfer news: Fans beg Gunners board to sign Rennes wonderkid Ismaila Sarr after stunning Europa League goal

14 Dec

Arsenal fans on Twitter are desperate for the club to sign Rennes wonderkid Ismaila Sarr after his world-class strike in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The winger may not be a household name right now, but he is doing all the right things to earn a lucrative move away from Ligue 1.

Sarr celebrates with his teammates after the goal

Pacy, direct and able to play off of either wing, it is hardly surprising to know the Senegal international has earned comparisons with Barcelona winger Ousmane Demebele.

On Thursday night the calls from Arsenal fans to get the talented starlet became even louder after the 19-year-old scored an absolute screamer against Astana.

Picking the ball up outside the box, Sarr drove forward and fired a rocket into the top corner past the despairing keeper.

Some Gunners fans were so impressed, check out the best Tweets below!