It has been another summer of transfer drama for Premier League clubs, with well over £1 billion spent by top flight sides, as they all look to improve their squads ahead of the upcoming season.
With the transfer window having ‘slammed,’ shut as Jim White would say, we take a look at the five most expensive Premier League transfers:
Jorginho, Napoli to Chelsea, £57m
Having turned down Pep Guardiola’s champions at Manchester City, Italian international Jorginho decided to follow former boss Maurizio Sarrin from Napoli to Stamford Bridge.
The playmaker was a fundamental part of Sarri’s midfield in Naples, dictating their tempo as they pushed Juventus all the way in last season’s Serie A title race.
Likely to sit the deepest in his manager’s preferred midfield three, Sarri will be hoping the midfielder can exert similar influence on his new side having made more passes than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues last season.
Riyad Mahrez, Leicester to Manchester City, £60m
Having been rebuffed in his attempts to land Leicester’s mercurial Algerian in January’s window, Pep Guardiola finally landed Riyad Mahrez this summer for a club-record fee of £60m.
The inspiration behind Leicester’s shock title triumph two seasons ago, the 2016 PFA Player of The Year joins an embarrassment of attacking riches at the Etihad as the champions bid for back-to-back Premier League titles.
Capable of operating in a variety of positions across the frontline, Mahrez brings quality and versatility to a squad looking for success both at home and in Europe.
Fred, Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United, £61.2m
Brought in from from Ukraine to bolster United’s midfield ranks, Brazil international Fred is the marquee signing in what has been a frustrating transfer window for Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese will be hoping his new addition’s dynamic presence will help to close the gap to neighbours City and perhaps enable Paul Pogba to shine.
Having taken advice from former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva regarding the demands of the Premier League, a quick transition into English football could help United as they seek a first title since 2013.
Alisson Becker, Roma to Liverpool, £67m
Goalkeeper has been a problematic position for Liverpool for several seasons now with both Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius failing to convince.
The latter’s two costly errors in last season’s Champions League final saw Liverpool look for a replacement and led them to Roma’s Brazil international Alisson Becker.
A world-record fee for a goalkeeper was required to secure his signature, and after a string of impressive performances in Serie A, Liverpool will be hoping Brazil’s number one can add a solidity and a commanding presence to their back line.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea, £71.6m
After Thibaut Courtois made clear his desire to return to Spain to be closer to his children, Chelsea set their sights on young Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to become their new number one.
The 23-year-old, who had been a part of Bilbao’s youth setup since the age of 10, was signed for a goalkeeper world-record £71 million, shattering the fee Liverpool paid for Alisson earlier this summer.
A one-cap Spain international, Maurizio Sarri will be hoping his new addition can continue to show the maturity and skill set shown in his career thus far, and continue to develop despite the pressure of his lofty price tag.