The start of the Premier League season is now only a few weeks away, with Arsenal v Leicester City kicking off this year’s campaign on Friday 11th August. Although the transfer window stays open until the start of September, there have already been some big signings in preparation for the beginning of the season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest signings in the Premier League so far.
LACAZETTE JOINS ARSENAL
Alexandre Lacazette has been deemed one of the best strikers in European football for quite some time now, and Arsenal’s interest in the player is something that has been talked about for a number of transfer windows. They managed to secure Lacazette’s signature early on in the window, as part of a club record £46.5 million fee on a five-year deal.
LUKAKU JOINS MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United signed striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton for £75 million on a five-year-deal. However, it is believed that the deal includes £15 million in add-ons. Former Club Chelsea also made a bid for Lukaku, who in the end settled for the Red Devils. Lukaku scored 25 times last season, and has netted 68 Premier League goals across his two spells at Everton. He cited Paul Pogba as a key influencer in his decision to move to Manchester United. Aside from the massive sum of money paid for Lukaku, the best thing about this deal was the epic back page error made by Irish newspaper The Herald. They used a picture of UK rapper Stormzy instead of Lukaku. In what became the source of so much football satire news at the time, Stormzy happens to be a massive Manchester United fan, yet he took to Twitter to show just how annoyed he was after the mistake. He said: “I don’t find none of this funny btw. Don’t want to sound like the party popper who missed the joke…”
MORATA JOINS CHELSEA
Like Arsenal, Chelsea also broke their club-record fee by signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for £65 million. The deal smashes the previous record, which was set in 2011 when they signed Fernando Torres for £50 million. The striker has said that Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, played a key role in his decision to join the Blues.
DEFOE JOINS BOURNEMOUTH
This may not be one of the biggest headlines of the summer, but most people would agree that it is one of the best pieces of business. Defoe, who is now 34-years-old, joined Bournemouth on a free transfer from Sunderland, who were relegated last season. Despite this, Defoe managed to net 15 league goals throughout the campaign. He said the decision to join Bournemouth was an easy one.
ROONEY JOINS EVERTON
Last but not least, we have the homecomings or all homecomings, as Wayne Rooney joined Everton 13 years after leaving the Merseyside club for the Red Devils. Rooney scored 253 goals and played for United 559 times, making him their record goalscorer. He signed a two-year deal, which sees him re-join his boyhood club in a move that he described as ‘emotional’ yet something he was ‘ecstatic’ about.