Who's your EPL Club's Top Signing?

Get up to speed with the big ins and outs at each club during the off-season!

Fri, 12 Aug, 00:00
It's that time of year again. The English Premier League kicks off at 9:30pm AEST this Saturday night with defending champions Leicester City taking on newly-promoted Hull City. We've had a hectic transfer window, which is still open for another few weeks, so let's run over each club's top signing before first round football begins.

Arsenal - Granit Xhaka, £34m
Arsenal smartly bought the Swiss holding midfielder before the Euros began. Xhaka is definitely an upgrade on the Gunners' central defensive options last season and will add steel in the middle of the park.

Bournemouth - Jordon Ibe, £15m
Former Liverpool youngster, Ibe joined Bournemouth to gain regular football. The 20-year old has plenty of potential, and offers tremendous pace, but will need to step up this season for the Cherries to justify his price tag.

Burnley FC - Nick Pope, £1.1m
Burnley's top signing is... err... Nick Pope, buying the goalkeeper from Charlton. The 24-year old will act as cover for regular man-between-the-sticks, Tom Heaton. Moving on.

Chelsea - N’Golo Kante, £32m
Kante is a great piece of business by new manager, Antonio Conte, and has impressed in pre-season. The Blues' first choice centre backs aren't getting any younger (or faster) and the Frenchman's energy in shielding the back four will help tighten things up.

Crystal Palace - Andros Townsend, £13m
Despite being relegated, the England winger rediscovered his form at Newcastle last year and looks like money well spent for Palace. The 25-year old adds to squad competition for a starting place and has gelled with Wilfried Zaha in friendlies.

Everton - Ashley Williams, £12m
The Welsh captain had an outstanding Euros campaign and brings experience and leadership to a Toffees dressing room which has seen several veterans leave this summer. The centre back was bought as a replacement for John Stones.

Hull City - Jonathan Edwards, undisclosed
Hull have been pretty quiet this window. Signing 19-year old striker, Jonathan Edwards, from Peterborough on a free transfer is their biggest deal. Next.

Leicester City - Ahmed Musa, undisclosed
Musa looks the goods. The speedy striker scored two excellent goals against the mighty Barcelona in a pre-season friendly and will help reduce Leicester's dependence on last season's hero, Jamie Vardy.

Liverpool - Sadio Mane, £36m
Mane is plenty criticised for his inconsistency, but when he's on a hot streak he terrorises even the best of defenders in the league. The 24-year old winger is ideally suited to manager, Jürgen Klopp's high tempo football.

Manchester City - John Stones, £47.5m
Despite the occasional error last season, City paid a whopping sum for Stones making him the second most expensive defender in history. The 22-year old has bags of talent and is expected to pick up manager, Pep Guardiola's passing philosophy very quickly. Hardly a bargain though.

Manchester United - Paul Pogba, £89m
Look, if you haven't heard about the Pogba transfer saga you've been living under a rock. United have splashed the big bucks to make the 23-year old, central midfielder the most expensive player ever. Let's see if he lives up to the insane hype.

Middlesborough - Alvaro Negredo, loan
Negredo returns back to the premier league from Valencia. Given his below average form in Spain, newly promoted Middlesborough are taking a gamble but add an experienced striker for free. Not bad from the head honchos at the Boro.

Southampton - Nathan Redmond, £11m
The attacking winger was signed as a replacement for Sadio Mane. While the Saints sell their best players each year, this deal is another example of the club's excellent scouting and recruitment process. Redmond will flourish.

Stoke City - Joe Allen, £13m
Some call him the Welsh Pirlo. The 26-year old midfielder starred at the Euros and continues manager, Mark Hughes' revolution of Stoke's playing style. While not the most exciting transfer, Allen's passing ability means he'll fit right in.

Sunderland - Donald Love & Paddy McNair, combined £5.5m
Sunderland are struggling before a ball has even been kicked. The former Manchester United youngsters are the club's only incoming players. Maybe we should chalk up new manager, David Moyes as a signing.

Swansea City - Borja Baston, £15m
Swansea broke their club record to sign striker, Baston on a four-year contract. With the 23-year old scoring 18 goals in La Liga in 2015/16, you can see why he was so expensive. We'll have to wait and see if the talented Spaniard adapts to the English league.

Tottenham - Vincent Janssen, £18.6m
Is Janssen the back-up striker Spurs have been looking for? The Dutch league's top scorer last season is expected to lighten the load on goal-scoring machine, Harry Kane, especially considering Spur's Champions League commitments this year.

Watford - Isaac Success, £12.5m
Success is yet another club record fee this window. The Hornets will look for the 20-year old forward to reduce the burden on Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Hopefully the name says it all.

West Brom - Matt Phillips, £5.5m
The Baggies desperately need to improve their firepower up front (scoring only 34 times last season, second last behind Aston Villa) and the winger's pace will certainly help. Signing a four-year contract, Phillips will compete for a starting spot.

West Ham - Andre Ayew, £20.5m
Ayew joins close friend, Dimitri Payet, to blow bubbles at the Hammers, again for a club record fee. The 26-year old attacker bagged 12 goals in his maiden campaign last season and his signing is quite a statement.

Tim Alexander

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