The summer of 2017 saw over £2 billion spent in transfer fees, much of it being spent in the Premier League and La Liga, as Europe’s top sides looked to reinforce their squads for the season ahead.
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10. Gylfi Sigurdsson
The Icelandic midfielder was fundamental to Swansea’s revival last season, scoring 9 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions, but a big money move to Everton beckoned at the end of the summer. Despite joining a team that had invested over £100m in the transfer window, Everton floundered in the league sitting just outside the relegation zone at the time of writing. Sigurdsson has struggled to make an impact in the team, scoring just one goal in Europe League qualification, however his fortunes may change when the Toffee’s finally appoint a new manager during the international break.
9. Bernardo Silva
Portuguese play-maker Bernardo Silva was devastating for Monaco last season, pulling the strings in midfield as the French side went on to win the Ligue 1 title while making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Silva was one of Pep Guardiola’s first purchases at Man City and has gone on to impress in England, making 16 appearances in all competitions and providing the smooth passing that the Citizens have come to rely on.
8. Kyle Walker
27-year-old Walker became City’s replacement for the departing Pablo Zabaleta, and the England international has hit the ground running since completing a £45m move from title rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The right-back is one of the first names in starting XI as Pep Guardiola has dramatically shifted City’s tactics to implement a more passing game.
7. Alexandre Lacazette
French striker Lacazette was courted by Arsene Wenger for some years and was the subject of a bid from Arsenal last summer. The 26-year-old forward elected to remain with Lyon for a further season before making the move to London to become the Gunners’ most expensive signing at £47m. Laca has started the season strongly, scoring 6 goals in 12 appearances as Arsenal look to have finally found a long-term replacement for club legend Thierry Henry.
6. Benjamin Mendy
Another Monaco player who made the switch to Manchester over the summer, Mendy slotted in at left-back and became an instant fan favourite with his colourful social media posts. After some promising early appearances, the Frenchman sustained a anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to miss the remainder of the year while recovering.
5. Alvaro Morata
Spaniard Morata was a devastating striker for Real Madrid, but found himself relegated to substitute appearances for much of last season. Not happy with a cameo role, Morata opted to move to Chelsea to work alongside Antonio Conte who had pushed to sign him at Juventus 3 seasons ago. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a strong start to his time in London, scoring 8 goals in 15 appearances and becoming the lead striker at the club.
4. Romelu Lukaku
Despite being heavily linked with a move back to London, Belgian striker Lukaku made a £76m switch to Manchester United in the summer as the Red’s looked for a replacement for the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite going through a barren spell at present, Lukaku has been instrumental in United’s title challenge thus far, scoring 11 goals in 16 games across all competitions.
3. Ousmane Dembele
20-year-old Dembele has enjoyed a near meteoric rise, moving from Rennes to Dortmund and on to Barcelona, all in the space of 2 seasons. The French forward will cost Barca almost £95m in total and was initially seen as a long-term successor to Neymar, and despite picking up an injury that was expected to keep out until next year, the latest reports suggest Dembele could return in time for El Clasico.
2. Kylian Mbappe
Costing a whopping £153m, 18-year-old Mbappe has seen his star rise and rise over the last two years. 27 goals in 60 appearances for Monaco, along with a Ligue 1 title was enough to convince PSG of the youngsters talents. The Frenchman made the switch this summer and despite only netting 6 goals in 12 appearances, his assists and link-up play have been fundamental in PSG’s early dominance in the race for the league title
When Barcelona made unwanted advances towards PSG’s Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, the French side retaliated by paying a staggering £200m for Brazilian superstar Neymar. After agreeing personal terms on a staggering salary of close to £35m a year, Neymar has started the season in devastating form, scoring 11 goals in 12 games across all competitions as PSG look to make it all the way to the Champions League final next year.