While the world was in the grip of World Cup fever and glued to England’s progress, the Premier League’s summer transfer window opened to a flurry of activity:
Riyad Mahrez finally secured a move to Manchester City after a deal didn’t go ahead in January
1) Riyad Mahrez – Leicester to Manchester City – £60m
Mahrez was bitterly disappointed to miss out on a move to Manchester in January when Leicester demanded £80m for the playmaker.
2) Lucas Torreira – Sampdoria to Arsenal – £26m
The 22-year-old impressed for Uruguay in the World Cup and will be a key buy for Unai Emery. The boy from Fray Bentos will beef up Arsenal’s midfield after Jack Wilshere moved to West Ham.
A deal for Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi has yet to be ruled out. Behind them goalkeeper Bernd Leno comes in at £22m, and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has arrived from Dortmund for £17m. Give us a P…
The acquisition of Lucas Torreira should provide Arsenal with greater strength in midfield
3) Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke to Liverpool – £13.75m
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Stoke plan to sign James McClean from West Brom for £6m. They also want Matt Ritchie from Newcastle United, in turn Newcastle want Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace who would like Michail Antonio from West Ham… if only football was that straightforward.
Xherdan Shaqiri is the third new arrival at Liverpool following Naby Keita and Fabinho
4) Rui Patricio – Sporting to Wolves – £18m
Patricio was one of several Sporting Lisbon players to rescind their contracts after being attacked by fans at training.
Wolves signed the goalkeeper on a four-year deal and offered compensation to Sporting. The Portuguese side, however, have reported Wolves to FIFA and are pushing for £48m and a transfer ban.
Wolves, who have also added Raul Jimenez from Benfica and Willy Boly from Porto, believe they are on safe legal ground.
Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio made the switch to Wolves from Sporting Lisbon
5) Felipe Anderson – Lazio to West Ham – £38m
The Brazilian winger will become West Ham’s record transfer in what has been a busy summer. Manuel Pellegrini has already recruited defender Issa Diop for £20m from Toulouse, Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski and Ryan Fredericks. Paraguay centre back Fabian Balbuena is set to follow.
West Ham are set to break their transfer record to bring in winger Felipe Anderson
6) Jean Michael Seri – Nice to Fulham – £18m
Amazing coup for the newly-promoted side to lure one of Europe’s most coveted midfielders to Craven Cottage.
Seri, who was wanted by Chelsea, Arsenal and Sevilla, joined with Nice team-mate — defender Maxime Le Marchand. Fulham want to add Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri and Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is the subject of a £16m bid from Wolves.
Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri made the switch to Fulham in a shock transfer
7) Angus Gunn – Manchester City to Southampton – £13.5m
Bold move by Mark Hughes to sign a 22-year-old goalkeeper, even though he promises much.
Gunn impressed on loan at Norwich last season and will challenge Alex McCarthy while Fraser Forster will likely leave on an initial loan. Southampton have also brought in Stuart Armstrong from Celtic for £7m and Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel for £16m.
Southampton completed the signing of highly-rated goalkeeper Angus Gunn for £13.5m
8) Sam Johnstone – Manchester United to West Brom – £6m
The 25-year-old was key to a goalkeeping merry-go-round that saw Ben Foster leave for Watford and United surprisingly sign Lee Grant from Stoke on a free.
Johnstone was in the final year of his contract at United and impressed on loan at Aston Villa last season. Their financial state meant they couldn’t propose a bid and Albion signed him on a deal that could go up to £10m. Foster joined Watford for £4m.
Another goalkeeper on the move is Sam Johnstone, who has signed for West Brom
9) Wayne Rooney – Everton to DC United – Free
Everton wanted to redress some of their big spending from last year and recoup funds to restructure under Marco Silva.
Even though Rooney was top scorer, the 32-year-old was told he may not be a regular and took the opportunity to talk to DC United. He will make his debut against Vancouver in the early hours of Sunday.
Wayne Rooney’s second spell at Everton only lasted a year as he signed for DC United
10) Bobby Reid – Bristol City to Cardiff – £10m
West Brom had hoped to sign the versatile forward to boost their promotion chances but Neil Warnock had seen enough last season to give him a chance in the top flight.
Reid scored 19 goals in 46 games and was named in the Championship team of the year. The 25-year-old has been joined at Cardiff by Preston North End’s Greg Cunningham, Josh Murphy from Norwich and QPR keeper Alex Smithies.
Bobby Reid will now get the chance to test himself in the Premier League with Cardiff
What’s to come?
Jack Grealish – Aston Villa to Tottenham – £18m
The 22-year-old has set his mind on a move to Tottenham but Spurs will bide their time as they look to take advantage of Villa’s financial state. Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United will monitor developments but Spurs are in pole. Villa also hope to offload James Chester.
Jack Grealish has been heavily linked with a move away, with Tottenham showing interest
Jorginho – Napoli to Chelsea – £50m
The Italy international had been set on a move to Manchester City, even insisting to Napoli that Manchester was his preferred destination. A fee of £46m was agreed.
However, Chelsea have offered more money and taken on his mentor Maurizio Sarri as their new coach. City have tried to keep the deal alive but are willing to switch attention to Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic.
Chelsea have rejected Barcelona’s bids for Willian but the Spanish champions have an interest in Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.
Jorginho had been tracked by Manchester City but now seems set to join Chelsea instead