Top 5 Premier League TransfersJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
It’s been a busy transfer season but with the window now closed we’re taking a look at our pick of the Premier League acquisitions and what impact they may have on the rest of the season.
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona > Chelsea £27m)
Could Cesc be the man to bring Chelsea the title again? His £27 million move suggests Mourinho is supremely confident in his abilities.
The 27-year-old never had the chance to live up to his potential at Barca as he was shifted around and played out of position. Mourinho has already suggested that he will be able to use Fabregas far more effectively commenting, “For Barça he was the fake nine, the number ten and winger but I know and he knows what his best position is so he is giving exactly what we need.”
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid > Chelsea £32m)
Diego Costa has been in sparkling form and his 36-goal season helped Atletico Madrid seize the La Liga title in 2013-14. He was also a key part of the team’s success in reaching the Champion’s League final, justifying his hefty price tag.
Chelsea have made a smart move in signing Costa to fill their striker position. The Spanish centre-forward completes a star studded line-up which includes talents like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and new signing Cesc Fabregas.
Since his move to Chelsea this summer Costa has already scored four times in just three matches. It looks like Mourinho may just have found his winning formula.
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan > Liverpool £16m)
Balotelli may be one of football’s most controversial characters but he’s also one of the most highly sought after players on the planet, despite enduring his least successful year to date at AC Milan.
Liverpool may well have bagged themselves a bargain in the Italian striker, so long as they can keep his off-the-pitch antics under control and nurture the 24-year-old’s remarkable talents. Balotelli could well be the solution Liverpool needed to ease the issues created by Luis Suarez’s departure.
Brendan Rodgers believes that with the right attitude Balotelli has a lot to offer the team.
“He’s a good kid,” he says. “But I think you can make them feel more than what they are and then the ego goes with it. No ‘you are a talented player, 24 years of age, a good guy. Focus on your football and work your socks off’. And that’s what he has done in training this week. He’s been out for 45 minutes after training – working, doing extra, doing specifics, practising, doing free‑kicks, penalties.”
Radamel Falcao (Monaco > Manchester United loan)
Falcao’s move to Manchester United is perhaps the most talked about transfer of the summer. Having had a difficult year at Monaco, including a substantial knee injury in January, the 28-year-old’s future may be unpredictable.
If he can perform to his potential the 28-year-old will be a welcome addition to Louis van Gaal’s team and, at this stage, it looks like they need all the help they can get after enduring a miserable start to the season.
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United > Arsenal £16m)
The 23-year-old forward has just signed a long-term loan to play at the Emirates Stadium and it looks like it could be one of Arsenal’s better recent signings.
With the chance for more game time at the Gunners, Welbeck looks like he may hit his stride and reveal his true potential as the stand-in for injured Giroud. Any additional fire power up front will be welcomed by Arsene Wenger.
Some Arsenal fans may have their reservations about Welbeck’s ability, but only time will tell if the responsibility of playing as the side’s number one striker will allow him to flourish.