The start of the new 2019/20 Premier League season is now less than one month away.
Several sides have already made some shrewd moves in the summer transfer market, with plenty of activity expected in the coming weeks.
Who are the players to watch in 2019/2020? We take a look at some of the best Premier League transfer deals signed and sealed so far this summer…
Best Premier League Transfer Deals of the 2019 Summer Window So Far
1. Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs, £55m
Spurs’ lack of transfer activity has become something of a running joke in recent seasons. However, with a state-of-the-art new stadium and a Champions League final under their belt, there are finally signs of the powers-that-be letting off the handbrake in North London. The signing of one of European football’s most exciting young talents in Ndombele shows Spurs are finally ready to compete at the top table. It also finally address their glaring weak spot in midfield – something that has arguably cost them major silverware during Poch’s reign.
2. Youri Tielemans, Leicester City, £40m
Given how easily he adapted to life in the Premier League during his short loan spell, the Foxes have done extraordinarily well to get the mercurial midfielder to agree to a long-term stay at the King Power. In the current market, £40m could also be a snip for a player already making headway in a star-studded Belgium side. The Foxes look to be one of only a clutch of sides that could seriously trouble the ‘Big Six’. Signing Tielemans could put them in the box-seat to break into those places.
3. Rodri, Man City, £62m
The worst thing any defending champion can do is stand still. Pep Guardiola’s hunger for trophies shows no signs of slowing down, and the arrival of Atlético Madrid star Rodri adds even more strength to City’s imperious midfield. Expect the 6’ 3″ defensive midfielder to be an imposing figure in the centre of the park for City, particularly when it comes to keeping their nearest title rivals in check during the key head-to-head games.
4. Dan James, Man Utd, £15m
One of the most exciting talents unleashed on the Championship last season, James looks a canny buy at £15m from Swansea City. The Welshman is undoubtedly raw but adds pace in abundance to a midfield that far too often looked static last season. Even if he blows hot and cold during his first season in the top flight, the purchase of James – alongside £50m man Aaron Wan-Bissaka – looks to be a sensible shift towards long-term planning by Utd as they try to rebuild without the promise of Champions League football.
5. Paulo Fornals, West Ham, £25m
The Hammers made one of the earlier moves in this summer’s window as they slipped in ahead of a whole of clubs to snap up a player many are tipping to be one of Spain’s next superstars. A member of the Spanish side that won the 2019 European U21 Championship, Fornals was a virtual ever-present for Villarreal over the last two seasons.
6. Leandro Trossard, Brighton, undisclosed
After an underwhelming transfer window last summer, Brighton have pinned their hopes on the tricky Trossard to help address their chronic lack of goals. New Seagulls boss Graham Potter has been tasked with bringing a more expansive style of play to Albion’s Premier League armoury after the cautious reign of Chris Hughton. Expect Trossard to be central to that tactical shift.
7. Raúl Jiménez, Wolves, undisclosed
It doesn’t exactly count as a new signing. However, Jiménez could be the most important one Wolves make this summer. The Mexican striker fitted in seamlessly at Molineux during his first season as a Premier League player, winning the Players’ Player of the Season award. With the 28-year-old set to lead the line again, expect Wolves to prove they are no one-hit wonders at this level.
8. Ezri Konsa, Aston Villa, undisclosed
The £20m+ acquisition of Tyrone Mings by the 2019/20 Premier League newboys raised plenty of eyebrows. However, it’s another under-the-radar defensive signing for Villa that could prove to pay off in the long term. Konsa, 21, has been monitored by several Premier League clubs over the last few seasons, but has wisely played a waiting game, opting to gain Championship experience with Brentford. Former Bees boss Dean Smith knows Konsa well. As a manager who trusts in youth, Smith won’t be afraid to throw him in at the deep end.
9. Che Adams, Southampton, £15m
Snapping up a Championship striker to solve your goalscoring issues is always a risk at this level. However, at £15m, Adams represents a decent gamble from Ralph Hasenhüttl given the former Birmingham star is still only 23. Crucially, Adams brings pace to a Saints attacking line-up in need of an injection of speed.
10. Ayoze Pérez, Leicester City, £30m
Leicester have pounced on the current uncertainty at St James Park to snap up the highly sought-after Pérez. Last season was arguably his ‘breakout’ season at Newcastle as he scored 13 goals. The Spaniard could well improve on that tally with better players around him and take pressure off Jamie Vardy. It’s another intriguing singing for Brendan Rodgers ahead of his first full season in charge. The Foxes could well be the team to watch next season.
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