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10 Premier League summer signings to watch out this season

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The 2018/2019 Premier League season is underway, and now that the transfer window has closed, we pick out 10 summer signings to watch out for.

Jorginho – Chelsea

After being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, Jorginho has left Napoli for a reported £57 million to reunite with manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

The 26-year-old is an intelligent player who loves to make a pass and to be in control of possession. The deep-lying midfielder made more passes and had more touches of the ball than anyone else in Seria A last season.

Jorginho admires Sarri’s footballing philosophy and understands the manager’s system inside out.

With an excellent passing range and an ability to dictate the tempo, the Italian will be a key figure in introducing an attractive style of play to Stamford Bridge.

Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City

It was inevitable that Riyad Mahrez would leave Leicester City sooner rather than later.

Signing for £60 million, Premier League champions Manchester City were the ones who have priced away the wantaway attacker, bolstering their squad even further as they aim to retain the title.

The Algerian is sure to provide competition for places in Pep Guardiola’s starting 11 and after a World Cup which heavily featured City players, Mahrez may be thrown into the first eleven straight away.

The 27-year-old is the only Premier League player to have contributed at least 10 goals and 10 assists in two of the last three seasons – this included the 12 goals and 10 assists he provided over the last campaign.

It will be interesting to see how Mahrez fits into Guardiola’s side and whether he can reach the heights he once did with Leicester during their surprise title triumph in 2016/2017.                                 

 

Naby Keita – Liverpool

After agreeing a transfer from German side RB Leipzig last summer, Naby Keita has now officially joined Liverpool and is sure to offer plenty of quality in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Guinea international has established himself as one of Europe’s brightest talents during a two-year spell in Germany. Keita is an all-round midfielder who can make things tick going forward as well as make vital challenges and interceptions when tracking back defensively.

The 23-year-old has been given the iconic number 8 shirt at Liverpool, last worn by Reds legend Steven Gerrard. The African has big shoes to fill if he is to come anywhere close to replicating the illustrious career that Steven Gerrard once had at Anfield.

In what looks to be an exciting Liverpool side, Keita could well be a vital cog in their squad this season. 

Jean Michael Seri – Fulham

The transfer of Jean Michael Seri to newly-promoted Fulham surprised many and is considered quite a coup for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.

The Ivory Coast international nearly joined Barcelona last summer and had also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

However, the 26-year-old decided to leave Nice and head to West London for a reported £18 million. As a box-to-box midfielder, Seri’s physicality and athleticism will offer something a little different to that which Fulham already have in that area.

He’s also technically proficient which suits Fulham’s passing style of play. The signing of Seri may also allow club captain Tom Cairney to play further forward for the Whites.

Fulham have strengthened very well this summer and Seri is one signing that could become a very important player for the London club. 

 

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Brighton & Hove Albion

Signing for a club-record fee of around £17 million, the Iranian has joined Brighton after a superb season for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar where he scored 21 goals and provided 12 assists from midfield, which included two hat-tricks in their final four matches of the campaign.

The 24-year-old has been on Brighton’s radar for a few years now, but after a fantastic season, the Seagulls have decided that the time is right to bring the attack-minded midfielder to The Amex.

Jahanbakhsh played for Iran at the 2018 World Cup in Russia but was unable to guide his nation beyond the group stages.

The Iranian will create a number of chances for Chris Hughton’s side along with teammate Pascal Gross and is sure to be a threat going forward for the Seagulls.  

Joao Moutinho – Wolves

One surprise transfer that happened this summer was the arrival of Joao Moutinho to newly-promoted Wolves, strengthening Nuno Espirinto Santos’ Portuguese contingency at the Midlands club.

The 31-year-old joined from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for a reported £5 million – a fee surprisingly low for a player with so much quality.

Moutinho has had success at both club and international level – most notably winning the 2016 European Championships with Portugal as well as overcoming Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title in the 2016/2017 season – their first league title for 17 years.

As a senior figure in Monaco’s side, Moutinho has helped aid the development of several young players whilst with the French club. Now at Wolves, he will help guide the highly-talented midfielder Ruben Neves, who he is set to partner in the middle of the pitch.

Moutinho is a central midfielder who can pick out passes for the wide players and attackers to chase, whilst remaining as a shield for the backline. His experience and quality could be vital if Wolves are to have a successful campaign back in the Premier League.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – Chelsea

In what has been a massive transfer window for goalkeepers on the move, the biggest of them all was the world record signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea for a reported £71.6 million, eclipsing the initial world record fee Liverpool splashed out on Brazilian keeper Alisson.

The 23-year-old has replaced Thibaut Courtois who was desperate to sign for Real Madrid after having his heart set on a return to the Spanish capital.

Arrizabalaga made 80 saves and kept 6 clean sheets in 26 league appearances last season. He nearly signed for Real Madrid in January for just £18 million, but after that move failed to materialise, Kepa signed a new deal at Bilbao with a release clause that Chelsea have now activated this summer.

Chelsea have spent big money on a top young goalkeeper who will have to settle in quickly if he is to impress early on.

Although he doesn’t have a lot of experience, the Spaniard has the talent to rise on the biggest stage and may prove to be a shrewd purchase for Maurizio Sarri’s side.

Lucas Torreira – Arsenal

Unlike recent transfer windows under Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery’s Arsenal managed to get virtually all of their transfer business done early, and one deal that has impressed the Gunners fans was the arrival of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for a fee of around £26 million.

The 22-year-old is a pacey, tough-tackling defensive midfielder who prioritises protecting the back-four and is one who is not afraid to put his body on the line.

Torreira has flourished in the last few years, where he has made 71 appearances in Seria A as well as gaining international recognition from Uruguayan manager Oscar Tabarez, most recently featuring for the national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

At 5’6 ft, Torreira may not be the strong, powerful presence that Arsenal fans have been craving for, but the Uruguayan’s determination and quality could prevail in Emery’s side.

The likes of N’Golo Kante and Fernandinho are two examples of shorter defence-minded midfielders who have featured in title winning sides, so with that in mind, there’s no reason why Torreira shouldn’t be a success for the Gunners.

Felipe Anderson – West Ham United

West Ham have made a real statement of intent with 9 new arrivals this summer, and one of the stand out additions new boss Manuel Pellegrini has made was the club-record signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio.

Anderson scored 25 goals and provided 33 assists in Seria A during a five-year spell with the Italian side.

The Brazilian winger possesses bundles of pace and has the ability to glide past players with ease. He is capable of using both feet and can play on either flank as well as a striker - a position where he was deployed on occasions for Lazio.

Creativity is also a big aspect of Anderson’s game as he can create space for himself as well as pick out perfect passes to his teammates from either out wide or from central areas.

The 25-year-old is a bright signing for the Hammers and one that is expected to excite the fans. The link-up between himself and the likes of Marko Arnautovic and fellow new signing Andriy Yarmolenko is an intriguing one that could light up the Premier League this season.

Yerry Mina – Everton

With just minutes left on the clock, Everton managed to complete the signing of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina on Deadline Day for a reported £28.5 million.

Mina won many admirers with his performances for Colombia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he scored 3 goals including a last-minute equaliser against England in the knockout stages.

He was linked with Manchester United for much of the window, however, it was the Toffees who finalised a deal for the talented central defender.

The 23-year-old only joined Barcelona in January and made just 5 appearances for the first team, however, now he has made the move to the Premier League he will hope to feature regularly under Marco Silva.

Mina is a tall, powerful defender that can be a real threat in both boxes. He has all the attributes to become a top Premier League defender and if he can perform consistently under the new boss, then he could help contribute to a strong campaign for the Toffees.

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