The summer transfer window is shut and all teams have done reinforcing their squads. A lot of big money signings took place as well as some smart and shrewd buys. Let us take a look at ten most shrewd buys of the summer.
1> Petr Cech to Chelsea from Arsenal for £10 million
The 33-year-old Chelsea legend crossed the town to join arch rivals Arsenal after spending 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge. He is the second most capped player in the history of the Czech national team with 115 caps, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup, as well as the 2004, 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
Cech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League teams of the season in 2006. He is considered to be one of the best and most respected goalkeepers of his generation.
Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League. Cech holds a number of goalkeeping records, including the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances. Cech also won the Golden Glove three times in the 2004–05, 2009–10 and 2013–14.
2> Pedro from Barcelona to Chelsea for £21.4 million
The 28-year-old Spanish forward came to Stamford Bridge after winning every possible trophy at club level and internationals level both for Barcelona and Spain respectively. Considering his honours, his transfer fee looks like a bargain and he started his Premier League career on high with a goal and assist on his debut.
He won 20 major tournaments with Barcelona including three Champions Leagues. During the 2009–10 season, he became the first player in history to score in six different official club competitions in one season. He won 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2012 UEFA European Championship with Spain.
3> Yohan Cabaye from PSG to Crystal Palace for £13 million
The 29-year-old French central midfielder is a brilliant signing for Crystal Palace as the world class midfield maestro reunites with Alan Pardew. He has won Ligue 1 thrice, 2 with PSG and 1 with Lille.
He won UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in 2005 ith France and capped 39 times for the Les Bleus senior team.
4> Shinji Okazaki from Mainz to Leicester City for £7.5 million
The Japanese lethal striker joined Leicester City and touted to be a key part of Claudio Ranieri’s team. At club level, Okazaki is the most prolific Japanese player in Bundesliga history. Internationally, he is currently the top active Japan national team goalscorer and third all-time in Japanese history with 43 goals.
Capped 93 times for the Asian giants, he scored 27 goals for Mainz in last two seasons and is a very good buy for a lesser fee.
5> Gokhan Inler from Napoli to Leicester City for £5 million
The 31-year-old central midfielder is another amazing buy by Claudio Ranieri for Leicester City. With 83 caps for Switzerland, he represented his team in 2008 Euro Cup and 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and also captained his side in the 2014 campaign.
He comes to Premier League after making 166 appearances for Napoli winning 2 Coppa Italia and one Supercoppa Italiana. He also won one Swiss Premier League with FC Zurich.
6> Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven to £14.5 million
The 24-year-old Dutch international has come to St. James’ Park after a brilliant season with PSV where he was the pivotal figure for them to win Eredivisie and he was last season’s Eredivisie Footballer of the Year.
He is a key player for the Dutch national team as well with 21 caps already and represented them in 2014 FIFA World Cup that came third in the competition.
7> Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan to Stoke City for £12 million
The 23-year-old Swiss international is a very good buy for Mark Hughes’ stoke City. Nicknamed as the “Alpine Messi”, he won a lot of major trophies for FC Basel and Bayern Munich.
Capped 46 times for Switzerland, he represented them in 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
8> Andre Ayew from Marseille to Swansea City for free
The 25-year-old Ghana international has the potential to be the best bargain of the season. He is one-time BBC African footballer of the year and already started impressing for the Welsh side with 3 goals and 1 assist in his first four games for Garry Monk’s side.
With his versatility and vision to create and score goals, he has already become a key part for Swansea.
9> Dimitri Payet from Marseille to West Ham United for £10.7 million
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder is another departure from Marseille and for West Ham, he is a very smart buy.
Last season, he assisted 21 goals for Marseille and created most chances in Europe’s top five leagues and already looks to have adapted to England.
10> Joe Gomez from Charlton to Liverpool for £3.5 million
The 18-year-old English youth international came to Liverpool being relatively unknown but already started all the games at left back and has been praised by fans and experts.
Primarily a center back, he can play as a right back and left back also and looks like a very good bargain by Liverpool.