There are still a few days of the transfer window to go, but Premier League clubs have already smashed last summer’s record spend of £1.165bn.
Players like Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Gylfi Sigurdsson have moved for huge fees. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any bargains around.
Some clubs have still be able to find great value in an increasingly expensive market.
Here are five of the smartest permanent signings so far this summer:
Sandro Ramirez scored 16 goals for Malaga last season and Everton took advantage of his release clause to get him for a remarkably low £5.3m.
A young Barcelona-schooled forward with that many goals in a top league would probably cost at least five times that on the open market.
Everton weren’t the only club chasing Sandro at that price. But the Toffees fended off interest from Atletico Madrid and West Ham United to clinch the 22-year-old’s signature.
Once he’s settled in England, expect him to start banging the goals in.
It seems like Nathaniel Chalobah has been poised to make the breakthrough for years. After getting fed up of waiting for his chance at Chelsea, he’s joined Watford for an initial £5m.
The 22-year-old is likely to be a key figure in Marco Silva’s new look side, having gained plenty of experience during his various loan spells.
Chalobah can play in central midfield or defence and the Blues’ loss should be Watford’s gain. The move seems to be working out for him so far – he’s just been called up to the senior England squad for the first time.
Jermain Defoe will always provide goals. He may be 34-years-old but he’s still one of the most reliable finishers around. He managed to score 30 league goals for a desperately poor Sunderland side in the last two seasons.
Bournemouth have snapped him up on a free transfer and it should be a move that suits both parties. The Cherries gain his experience and cutting edge in attack, while Defoe should get more service at a side that uses the ball better than Sunderland did.
The veteran has said he’s aiming for a spot in England’s World Cup squad next summer. You wouldn’t put it past him.
Alexandre Lacazette is the eye-catching big-money signing at Arsenal this summer, but the Gunners may have found a real bargain in Sead Kolasinac.
Kolasinac’s impressive displays for Schalke last season earned him a spot in the Bundesliga’s Team of the Year and Arsenal managed to get him on a free transfer after his contract ran out.
The Bosnia international can operate as a left-back or wing-back. However, he’s featured in central defence in both of his league appearances this season as a result of injuries. When he’s in his usual position, his powerful runs down the left should become a feature of Arsenal’s play.
The most expensive signing on this list at £8m, Andrew Robertson should solve a problem position at Liverpool after arriving from Hull.
Jurgen Klopp seems unconvinced by Alberto Moreno at left-back so played James Milner out of position there for much of last season. Milner did a solid job, but Robertson brings much more to the role.
The Scotland international is an excellent crosser and looked very comfortable in his new surroundings on his debut against Crystal Palace. The Reds have struggled to break down sides that sit deep, and Robertson’s ability to help stretch play should give them another dimension.
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