We pick from the best transfers so far this summer, but who will feature in our team?
As the transfer window nears the half-way mark, we take a look at the best signings of the summer so far.
From the expensive, the bargains to the outright ludicrous, there has been plenty of activity to discuss this window.
But we’re now taking a break from the gossip, and focussing on the concrete deals to form our Premier League transfer XI. Selections represent the best value transfers this summer, and what they could bring to their new club.
We’ll opt for the 4-3-3 formation to add a variety in each position, but just who has made the cut?
Goalkeeper: David Ospina
Arsenal have landed a shrewd signing in Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina. The 25-year-old proved a reliable pair of hands at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and should provide stiff competition for Wojciech Szczęsny.
Right-back: Bacary Sagna
Bacary Sagna joins Manchester City after seeing his contract expire with FA Cup winners Arsenal. The Gunners could not match the wages offered by City to keep the Frenchman, who continues to perform consistently. Sagna should provide an intense battle for the right-back spot with Pablo Zabaleta, with the champions boasting quality depth in the position.
Centre-backs: Steven Caulker and Joleon Lescott
Steven Caulker is one of England’s most promising young centre-backs, and will only improve at QPR under the guidance of Rio Ferdinand. A consistent performer who is also a threat in the opposition box, he will become an England regular in years to come. At just 22, he is a quality recruitment at Loftus Road having arrived from Cardiff City.
Joleon Lescott joined West Bromwich Albion after his contract at Manchester City ran out, and he is one of the best free transfers seen this summer. Although perhaps past the level that saw him a regular starter for City, he will add strength and depth to the Baggies back line. His arrival will spark competition between Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson to start alongside him.
Left-back: Ben Davies
We haven’t forgotten about Luke Shaw, but for almost a third of the price we’ve gone for Ben Davies as left-back. Tottenham signed the young Welshman for around £10million, and have gained a disciplined full-back with plenty of appetite to also go forward.
Central midfielders: Fernando, Ander Herrera, Cesc Fabregas
In the holding role, Manchester City signing Fernando will add further stability to their midfield. He is not a guaranteed starter, with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho also vying for a similar role, but has quality experience to help the club thrive in the Champions League.
Ander Herrera looks a certain success following his arrival at Manchester United. His performance against LA Galaxy saw him involved in five of the seven goals, and should solve the creativity problem that United desperately lacked last season.
Cesc Fabregas’ return to England must not be undermined after Barcelona seemingly wanted him out. Still an industrial midfielder who will create problems and score goals for Chelsea, the Spaniard has unfinished business in the Premier League.
Forwards: Rickie Lambert, Alexis Sanchez, Bojan Krkic
Rickie Lambert at £4million is a bargain that should not be overlooked amid the other pricey purchases at the club. His 13 goals for Southampton last season saw him win a World Cup spot for England this summer, and he will no doubt continue to be a threat in front of goal at Anfield.
Alexis Sanchez was a great buy by Arsene Wenger, and adds a much greater threat to Arsenal’s front line. The Chilean will add flair and danger that Olivier Giroud could not by himself last season, and should see them challenge into the latter stages of the Premier League title race this time.
Finally, and perhaps the signing of the summer, the arrival of Bojan at Stoke City was quite the capture. With over 50 goals in a Barcelona shirt and a haul of titles to match across the first team and B team, the still very young Spaniard will now attempt to thrive on cold Wednesday nights in Stoke. An impressive player, and a very impressive signing for the Potters.
Who else will arrive in the Premier League and break into the final transfer XI before August 31?