Sunday 25 March 2018

The signings of the summer

Raheem Sterling is one of the signings of the summer
Raheem Sterling is one of the signings of the summer

After what seems like an incredibly short break, the Premier League is back.

All 20 teams have been busy buying new players in the off-season.

Here, Press Association Sport brings you a combined XI of the best transfers this summer.

(4-3-3) Cech (Arsenal); Clyne (Liverpool), Mings (Bournemouth), Alderweireld (Tottenham), Ogbonna (West Ham); Milner (Liverpool), Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Schneiderlin (Manchester United); Depay (Manchester United), Benteke (Liverpool), Sterling (Manchester City).

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (From Chelsea to Arsenal, £10million)

Despite being a spectator for much of last season, Cech remains one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet. Arguably the best goalkeeper Arsenal have had since David Seaman.

Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool, £12.5million)

England's first-choice right-back after three successful years at Southampton. Fine operator defensively and on the attack.

Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld (From Atletico Madrid to Tottenham, £11.5million)

Looked set to move to Southampton after an impressive loan spell at St Mary's, but Spurs beat them to the chase. One of the best centre-halves in the league last year.

Centre-back: Angelo Ogbonna (From Juventus to West Ham, £7.75million)

Played 55 times for Juventus in two years at the club. Has been a regular member of the Italy squad for the last four years.

Left-back: Tyrone Mings (From Ipswich to Bournemouth, £8million)

A high fee for a 22-year-old defender with no top-flight experience, but Mings was one of the best players in the Championship last year and Bournemouth did well to fend off strong competition for his signature.

Midfielder: Yohan Cabaye (From Paris St Germain to Crystal Palace, £10million)

Reunited with Alan Pardew following a frustrating spell at PSG. A dynamic midfielder who stood head and shoulders above the rest during his time at Newcastle.

Midfielder: James Milner (From Manchester City to Liverpool, Free)

Surely the best value for money deal of the summer. Milner brings skill, versatility and experience. City offered him more money to stay, but he wanted regular first-team football instead.

Midfielder: Morgan Schneiderlin (From Southampton to Manchester United, £25million)

A key player in Southampton's rise from League One to the top-flight. Calm and creative on the ball. Heir apparent to Michael Carrick at the base of the United midfield.

Right winger: Raheem Sterling (From Liverpool to Manchester City, £49million)

The most expensive transfer of the lot - but with good reason. Sterling has all the attributes to be one of England's best for the next decade if he can deal with the jibes that come his way as a result of his bitter contract dispute with Liverpool.

Left winger: Memphis Depay (From PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United, £25million)

Top scorer in the Eredivisie with 22 goals last year. His hulking physique, free-kick taking ability and pace have led to comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo. Star of United's pre-season tour.

Striker: Christian Benteke (From Aston Villa to Liverpool, £32.5million)

A tad on the expensive side, but if he scores many more goals like he did on his debut against Swindon last weekend, Liverpool fans will grow to adore the big Belgian, who almost single-handedly kept Aston Villa up last season.

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