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English Premier League: the top 10 signings of the summer

Bhargab Sarmah | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:34 IST

The English Premier League is set to kick off this weekend, with 20-time champions Manchester United taking on Tottenham Hotspur in the opening game on Saturday, 8 August.

The 20 clubs in the league have, over the last few weeks, made extensive preparations for the new season. Millions have been spent in signing new players, as all clubs aim to make their mark in the league.

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While there are still a little over three weeks left for the summer transfer window to close, the advantage of signing players early in the pre-season cannot be downplayed. Ahead of the new season, Catch picks the top 10 signings of the summer so far.

Petr Cech

Current club: Arsenal

Previous club: Chelsea

Transfer fee: 10 million pounds

Petr Cech. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in the last decade, Petr Cech lost his first team place at Chelsea to youngster Thibaut Courtois last season.

Not content with sitting on the bench, Cech moved to Chelsea's city rivals Arsenal this summer, in a deal worth around 10 million pounds.

With Arsenal having a long-standing goalkeeper problem, Cech's signing is being seen as hugely significant. The Czech custodian recently helped his new club beat his former employers in the Community Shield, and will hope to play a key role in the club's quest for a league title.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Current club: Manchester United

Previous club: Southampton

Transfer fee: 25 million pounds

Morgan Schneiderlin. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

One of Premier League's most consistent players in the last three seasons, Schneiderlin is a key addition to the United midfield.

The Frenchman has played in England for seven seasons across three different divisions, and is hailed as one of the best holding midfielders in the league at present.

United, who have been heavily dependent on the injury-prone Michael Carrick in the defensive midfield department in the last few seasons, will be hugely boosted by Scheneiderlin's arrival, which they hope will help them win back the league title.

Raheem Sterling

Current club: Manchester City

Previous club: Liverpool

Transfer fee: 49 million pounds

Raheem Sterling. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

English football's most promising talent, Raheem Sterling had a long-running contract standoff with Liverpool, which culminated in the club finally agreeing to sell the player for an unprecedented 49 million pound fee to Manchester City.

While City may have overpaid for the 20 year-old, the club views Sterling as a long-term investment. Sterling will inject some fresh blood into the aging squad as they aims to regain the title they won in 2014.

Memphis Depay

Current club: Manchester United

Previous club: PSV

Transfer fee: 16 million pounds

Memphis Depay. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

One of the world's brightest footballing prospects, Memphis Depay was the inspiration behind PSV's Eredivisie triumph last season, as he racked up a total of 28 goals in all competitions.

Predominantly a left-winger, Depay can comfortably slot in at other attacking positions as well.

In light of Angel di Maria's departure from United this summer, the Dutch international will have a crucial role to play for the club.

Roberto Firmino

Current club: Liverpool

Previous club: Hoffenheim

Transfer fee: 29 million pounds

Roberto Firmino. Photo: Alex Broadway/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

An excellent season with Hoffenheim saw Roberto Firmino earn a regular place in the Brazilian national team this year.

Hailed as one of the most skillful attacking midfielders in the world, Firmino can double up as a winger or forward as well.

With Liverpool having sold Raheem Sterling to Manchester City this summer, Firmino will help in bolstering the attacking options available at the club.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Current club: Manchester United

Previous club: Bayern Munich

Transfer fee: 14 million pounds

Bastian Schweinsteiger. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been, without a doubt, the most high-profile signing by a Premier League club this season.

The 31 year-old World Cup-winning midfielder saw the latter stages of his Bayern career disrupted by injuries. However, there is no denying his ability on the field.

Having won every trophy there is to win with Bayern Munich, he moved to Manchester United this season in search of a new challenge. If he manages to keep himself fit, he could play a crucial role in United's potential title challenge.

Christian Benteke

Current club: Liverpool

Previous club: Aston Villa

Transfer fee: 32.5 million pounds

Christian Benteke. Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Aston Villa's leading goalscorer for the last three seasons, Christian Benteke will be an important addition to the Liverpool squad.

The Merseyside club has found it hard to get the ball in the back of the net since Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona, and Benteke could help fill the void left by the Uruguyan forward last summer.

A regular in the Belgian national team, Benteke will hope to help Liverpool in their search for Champions League football this season.

Yohan Cabaye

Current club: Crystal Palace

Previous club: PSG

Transfer fee: 10 million pounds

Yohan Cabaye. Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images

Crystal Palace's signing of Yohan Cabaye came as a major surprise this summer, especially with clubs like Tottenham Hotspur having reportedly expressed an interest in the player.

A French international midfielder, Cabaye has the experience of playing in the Premier League, having spent three-and-a-half seasons at Newcastle. He had left for French champions PSG in the winter of 2014, but lost his place in the first team last season.

His signing will significantly bolster Crystal Palace, who will be aiming for another top half finish this season.

Andre Ayew

Current club: Swansea

Previous club: Marseille

Transfer fee: Free

Andre Ayew Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Swansea City pulled off a major transfer coup this summer when they signed Ghanaian international Andre Ayew on a free transfer from French club Marseille.

Ayew, son of the legendary Abedi Pele, has been a key player in the Marseille squad in the past five seasons, and has the experience of playing in the Champions League, as well as in two World Cups.

The 25-year-old midfielder signed for Swansea after the expiry of his contract with Marseille, and could play an important role in the club's quest for European football.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Current club: Newcastle United

Previous club: Anderlecht

Transfer fee: 13 million pounds

Aleksandar Mitrovic. Photo: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

Since Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba strung up a relatively successful strike partnership for Newcastle back in 2012, the Magpies have been short of goals up front. Ba left for Chelsea during the 2012/13 season, while Cisse has failed to recreate his form ever since. In such a scenario, Aleksandar Mitrovic comes as a very significant signing for the club.

The Serbian forward scored 36 goals in the Belgian Pro League in the last two seasons for Anderlecht, playing a crucial role in the club's 2013/14 league title win. While the Premier League will be an entirely different animal from the Belgian top-flight, Mitrovic looks like the man to solve Newcastle's striking woes in the long run.

First published: 7 August 2015, 6:30 IST
Bhargab Sarmah @BhargabSarmah

An avid fan of the beautiful game since his childhood, Bhargab has been writing about football in India for the last three years. He supports I-League club Shillong Lajong, as well as English giants Manchester United. Having recently graduated with a degree in commerce, he now writes about football and other sports at Catch.