No league in the history of the sport has ever been as rich as the Premier League is now. The new TV deal, to go along with skyrocketing commercial revenue, has every club in the English top flight rolling in dough. Unsurprisingly, almost all of them (sorry, Hull and Sunderland) were active this summer and using all that money to strengthen their teams. There are still a few weeks left before the transfer window slams shut, but who were the best signings of the summer?
Paul Pogba to Manchester United
This one doesn't fall in the bargain category, seeing as the €110 million fee is a new world record, but Pogba is a great signing for Manchester United. They've been a disaster in the central midfield for too long now and their solution was to sign the best young central midfielder in the world. You can't find fault in that and while the price may be mind blowing, it's not as if it's going to be a hindrance to anything else the Red Devils want to do.
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Southampton
Bayern Munich signed Hojbjerg as a teenager and early on, he was one of Pep Guardiola's favorite young players. He never quite broke through for the Bavarian giants, but good loan spells at Augsburg and Schalke made it abundantly clear what Guardiola saw in him. He's a terrific player, very good on the ball and has no problem playing central midfield in an excellent league like the Bundesliga. Somehow, Southamtpon were able to buy Hojbjerg, who is just 21 years old, for a mere £12 million. That's some excellent business.
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Ashley Williams to Everton
Everton spent most of last summer trying to fend off Chelsea for John Stones. This time around, they were willing to let the young defender go, sending him to Manchester City and immediately buying Williams to replace him. Long-term, there is no comparing the 22-year-old Stones and 31-year-old Williams, but for the upcoming season, there's plenty of reason to believe Williams will be the better player. He's been a very good Premier League defender for years and is a perfect fit for new Everton manager Ronald Koeman. Plus, they still had £35 million left over after selling Stones and buying Williams.
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Sadio Mane to Liverpool
Everyone knows Mane was a good player for Southampton. He didn't have several of the league's top clubs chasing him for no reason. The question is how good he can be for Liverpool, because it looks like he can be spectacular. The winger looks like the perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp's system -- a nuisance to opposing teams in the press and an absolute terror when he gets the ball on the counter afterward. To get a marriage of good player and perfect system is rare, but it looks like that's what we have in Mane and Liverpool.
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Nathan Redmond to Southampton
Redmond really began to find his feet in the Premier League at Norwich last season. He scored six goals, a number that won't blow anyone away, but it was apparent how much more comfortable he got as the season went on and he became a real threat on the wing. Now at Southamption, he looks set to play centrally and at 22 years old, his best years are still ahead of him. The Saints were able to snap him up for just £10 million and it probably won't be long before he's worth more.
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Ilkay Gundogan to Manchester City
Pep Guardiola's system demands that everyone on the team be capable of doing pretty much everything. That's especially true in the center of the midfield, so it's no surprise that one of his first moves was to sign Gundogan. Guardiola knows Gundogan well, having gone up against him when the two were in the Bundesliga, and he saw that Gundogan can do pretty much anything. He's as well-rounded as they come and should be a great fit for Guardiola's system, not to mention he's joining a team that really does need the midfield help.
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Sofiane Feghouli to West Ham
Dimitri Payet was otherworldly last season, and it's a good thing he was because West Ham had little else in the attack. They were completely dependent on him and while the Frenchman is back, West Ham know they need to give him help. Feghouli should do just that, caoable of playing on the wing and cutting in or even in the center. He should be able to provide some skill and creativity to an attack that could use more of it. Most impressively, the Hammers were able to get him on a free after Feghouli walked away from Valencia.
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Victor Wanyama to Tottenham
Spurs had a great year, finishing third and booking a spot in this season's Champions league. A huge part of their success was due to Eric Dier emerging as a good defensive midfielder, giving them the disciplined, strong player in the center of the pitch that they desperately needed. Dier had to play way too many matches last season, though, and Spurs were going to ask even more of him this year. Instead of running him into the ground, they just went out and bought Wanyama, who they tried to sign last summer. The Southampton man is a proven Premier League defensive midfielder who can spell Dier and also play with the Englishman, giving Tottenham a more sturdy, even intimidating, midfield when needed.
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N'Golo Kante to Chelsea
You could argue that no midfielder in the Premier League was more important to his team last season than N'Golo Kante. He was that good, blending brilliant reading of the game with a seemingly never-ending motor. Leicester couldn't have won the title without him and Chelsea were smart to make him their top priority this summer. The Blues needed help in the midfield after Nemanja Matic's dreadful season and got one of the best in Kante, who will be a good fit at Stamford Bridge no matter what system Antonio Conte opts to use.
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Jordan Ibe to Bournemouth
It was only a year ago that Ibe was being billed as the next Raheem Sterling. That may have been unrealistic, but he's still shown himself to be a dangerous winger in the Premier League and he's only 20 years old. He figures to get better and £15 million is a big spend for Bournemouth, but a young player who has some experience and enormous potential is exactly what the Cherries should be spending on if they're going to stretch their budget.