With the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign just around the corner, there is no doubt that clubs across the country will be desperate to close their deals sooner rather than later.
Less than a month after the closing of the summer transfer window, there still remains a series of speculations about the future of characters like Harry Kane and Declan Rice.
Watching Crystal Palace address former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira earlier this month and enjoying what was a youth overhaul at Selhurst Park over the summer, we certainly have three exciting weeks remaining on the cards.
With the prediction that the Premier League’s “Big Six” will go bankrupt before opening the new campaign, we’ve taken a look at the top three arrivals so far this summer.
Jadon Sancho – Manchester United
While Manchester United may have missed their number one goal 12 months ago, the former Premier League champions were finally able to announce the arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract in what has been a of the longest transfer sagas in Europe.
Despite his heartbreaking penalty missed in this summer’s European Championships final earlier this month, the former Manchester City star has been growing stronger and stronger since he decided to leave the Premier League for rural Germany four years ago.
Joining the superstar, Sancho scored 50 goals and recorded 57 assists in 137 appearances for Dortmund, including 16 in all competitions during the 2020/21 season. Most impressive, in four seasons at Dortmund, Sancho scored 57 assists and created 65 big chances, more than Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Cavani in the same period.
Given what could be one of the key factors in Manchester United’s charge to stage a serious title rally this season, a returning Sancho now becomes the second most expensive English player of all time behind his new teammate, Harry Maguire.
Ibrahima Konate – Liverpool
Withstanding what many around Anfield would have called a nightmare campaign last season and just to steal a Champions League spot, there is no doubt that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s long-term knee injuries have played a pivotal role in their stuttering campaign.
With no secret that Jurgen Klopp’s side were desperate for defensive reinforcements this summer, the arrival of RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate was undoubtedly a welcome boost for the former Premier League champions.
By agreeing to pay the 22-year-old’s £ 36m release clause with the German side in May, Konate made 21 appearances for Leipzig during the 2020/21 season and the French Under-21 international is considered by many to be one of the best central defenders in the country. ‘Europe prospects.
Finally putting down a long-term deal at Anfield earlier this month, Konate’s arrival could see West Ham and Brighton as a target Nathaniel Phillips be moved before the window closes.
Emiliano Buendia – Aston Villa
While Norwich may have managed to secure an immediate Premier League on their first try last season, it wasn’t enough for the Canaries to keep their midfield talisman.
Playing a pivotal role in Norwich’s quest to win two league titles over the past three years, Emiliano Buendia went on to gain a streak of admirers only after scoring 15 goals and amassing 16 assists last season, a run of form that has him seen strongly linked with a potential move to Arsenal in the past 12 months.
However, with a slew of speculations still surrounding the future of Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish, Dean Smith’s team was once again busy this summer and Premier League dreamers were able to capture the ace of ‘Argentina with a five-year contract worth £ 33 million. .
Hailed at Villa Park as a “great addition” by Smith when the deal was finalized on June 10, Buendia made a total of 121 appearances in all competitions and scored 24 goals after his arrival at Carrow Road from the Spanish side. del Getafe for just £ 1.6 million in 2018.