Friday 23 February 2018

5 of the best deals of the summer transfer window

Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United was the most eye-catching transfer of the summer
Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United was the most eye-catching transfer of the summer

Ahead of the transfer deadline on Wednesday, here Press Association Sport looks at five of the best deals concluded during the summer transfer window so far.

PAUL POGBA (Juventus to Manchester United, £89million)

United received just £800,000 in compensation when they lost Pogba to Juventus four years ago, yet so good did the player become after leaving Old Trafford that they paid more than 100 times that to get him back this summer. The transfer negotiations dragged on, but United will deem the time and world-record fee well worth it if the 23-year-old continues to deliver the world-class performances he did in Turin.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (Paris St Germain to Manchester United, free)

Another shrewd bit of business by United. At 34 Ibrahimovic is hardly the future, but such is the Swede's stature and continued productivity that, after three years of stagnation, United are sure to get a shot in the arm from his arrival. Hit the ground running with four goals in his first three games.

LEROY SANE (Schalke to Manchester City, £37.5million)

The 20-year-old has much to do to justify the price tag and injury has prevented him making a good start, but he is one of the most highly-rated young players in Germany and has four international caps. A rough diamond, but City are confident they have found something special.

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (Liverpool to Crystal Palace, £32million)

Benteke's move to Anfield never worked out, but the powerful Belgian striker always seemed an awkward fit for the Merseyside club. His quality is not in doubt, however, having proved himself a serious Premier League performer in a struggling Aston Villa side. Palace need to get the best out of him and may be more prepared to play to his strengths.

N'GOLO KANTE (Leicester to Chelsea, £32million)

The hard-working midfielder at the heart of Leicester's surprise title triumph already looks at home in the Chelsea side. The Frenchman provides a good shield for the back four and a good link to the attacking players. A high-energy player who could revitalise the Londoners.

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