MANY Premier League clubs have been busy in the transfer market with the eagerly-anticipated start of the new season just a day away.
The latest big money transfer was that of Andre Gray from Burnley to Watford in a club record move that cost the Hornets a fee believed to be in excess of £18million.
Here’s a check on some of the summer movers and shakers since the transfer window opened….and we judge them accordingly.
Andre Gray – Burnley to Watford – £18.5m
A big price and a big gamble for Watford who have never spent this sort of money before. Good deal for Burnley who paid £9million for the striker in 2015. On the upside, at least the Hornets won’t have to rely so heavily on Troy Deeney.
Mario Lemina – Juventus – Southampton – £15.4m
Saints scouts must have done their homework – the manager too – and he might prove to be a surprise hit on the south coast. Not convinced though.
Richarlison – Fluminense – Watford – £11m
Another surprise signing but the Brazil Under 20 international is highly rated back home. Watford are certainly ‘going for it’ this season.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City – Leicester – £25m
Seems an excessive amount to pay for the 20-year-old Nigerian international but he did show promise during his time at City who may live to regret letting him go.
Nemanja Matic – Chelsea – Manchester United – £40m
A no brainer – this man is a class act. He’s already proved it in the few pre-season games he has played. United fans will love him…his teammates too.
Javier Hernandez – Bayer Leverkusen – West Ham – £16m
Always been a big fan of the ‘Little Pea’ who gives his heart and soul in every game. He will prove to be an inspired signing by Slaven.
Benjamin Mendy – Monaco – Manchester City – £52m
Talented left back, obviously, but I hope City haven’t dropped a clanger. He’s already injured and set to miss the start of the season.
Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid – Chelsea – £60
Money’s no object to the reigning champions who have added a class act to their already impressive squad.