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No Nunez or Richarlison; Our Premier League Signing of the Summer XI

There is no space for Darwin Nunez, Richarlison, James Tarkowski, Fabio Vieira or even Christian Eriksen in our Premier League Signing of the Summer XI….

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There is no space for Darwin Nunez, Richarlison, James Tarkowski, Fabio Vieira or even Christian Eriksen in our Premier League Signing of the Summer XI. And that alone speaks volumes about the quality of the new players on their way to a ground near you.

Gavin Bazunu – Southampton, £12 million

Sam Johnstone on a free looks an inspired piece of business by Crystal Palace. And, in Dean Henderson, Nottingham Forest appear to have found an upgrade on fans’ favourite Brice Samba. 

But, when factoring in potential, longevity and simple raw talent, Republic of Ireland international Bazunu feels like one of the finest pound-for-pound signings made by any Premier League club this summer. 

At just 20, Bazunu could be Southampton’s number one not just next season but for years to come. 

Rasmus Kristensen – Leeds United, £10 million

10 goals, eight assists; Those are the sort of numbers many forwards would be proud to call their own. But Kristensen is no forward. The 25-year-old Dane puts the ‘wing’ into wing-back. His explosive acceleration and all-action approach should to make him an immediate fans’ favourite at Elland Road. 

Kalidou Koulibaly – Chelsea, £33 million

Back in 2018, Carlo Ancelotti described his then-Napoli stalwart as the finest centre-half in world football. A footballer worthy of a 150 million euro price tag.

Koulibaly is a couple of years older these days, and not quite so faultless, but a defender of his experience and nous still looks a bargain at £33 million. The post Antonio Rudiger era suddenly looks a bit brighter for Chelsea.

Diego Carlos – Aston Villa, £26 million

Aston Villa have a habit of pulling off the unexpected. Take Diego Carlos for instance. The granit-carved central defender looked set for Newcastle United before Villa snatched him from right under Eddie Howe’s nose, completing a transfer that no one saw coming in double-quick style. 

One of the finest centre-halves in Europe over the last couple of years, Carlos represents a colossal coup for a side who finished a lowly 14th last season. 

Sven Botman – Newcastle United, £35 million

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Whoever said left-sided defenders were hard to find? Manchester United bought Lisandro Martinez from Ajax, Tottenham landed Clement Lenglet and West Ham stumped up £27 million for Nayef Aguerd. 

Newcastle, meanwhile, will be hoping that Botman is worth the wait. The Dutchman’s impeccable performances as Lille stole the Ligue 1 crown from PSG’s head back in 2021 suggests that £35 million investment will be repaid with interest. 

Ivan Perisic – Tottenham Hotspur, free transfer

While Brentford snapped up one of Serie A’s most exciting youngsters in Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, Spurs went to Italy in search of a man at the other end of his career. At 33, Perisic is the oldest player in this XI.  

But the evergreen Croatian only gets better with age. Perisic was arguably the cream of a talented Inter Milan crop last term, and looks a perfect fit for Antonio Conte’s wing-back system. 

Yves Bissouma – Tottenham Hotspur, £25 million

Over the last couple of seasons, it almost felt like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s name was printed in magic marker onto the Tottenham Hotspur team-sheet. But with Bissouma arriving from Brighton, one of the Premier League’s ever-presents will be glancing nervously over his shoulder.

Is there anything the masterful Malian cannot do?   

Boubacar Kamara  – Aston Villa, free transfer

Noteable mentions must go to Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Cheick Doucoure (Palace), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Marc Roca and Tyler Adams (both Leeds United). 

But if Kamara’s quite exquisite performance during Villa’s 1-0 friendly victory over Leeds Down Under is anything to go by, the France international should already be making room on his mantelpiece for this season’s ‘Bargain of the Year’ award 

Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal, £45 million

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If Mikel Arteta had a reliable goalscorer on his books, would Arsenal be a Champions League team right about now? Alexandre Lacazette, for all his off-the-ball work, proved to be more of a hindrance than a help as The Gunners missed out on the Promised Land.  

Gabriel Jesus, then, feels like if not the final piece in Arteta’s jigsaw then certainly the sort of signing who can turn a fifth-place side into a fourth-placed one. Or even higher, perhaps, given the way Jesus has exploded out of the blocks in pre-season.

Erling Haaland – Manchester City, £51 million

What can we say about Manchester City’s new number nine Erling Haaland that hasn’t been said already? Sometimes, it’s best just to let the numbers do the talking. 

In his last 132 games for club and country, Haaland has hit the net a staggering 134 times. Imagine this goal-scoring machine’s mass-producing potential when he’s sharing a pitch Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish. 

A fearsome prospect indeed.

Raheem Sterling – Chelsea, £47.5 million

Given that Richarlison is far from guaranteed a place in Spurs starting XI – he has Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski for company, after all – Chelsea’s new number 17 gets the nod instead. 

Sterling may remain a somewhat divisive presence despite his enviable trophy collection and goals return. But, on paper at least, he is a major upgrade on the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic at Chelsea. 

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