Top 10 Hottest Premier League Transfers for Summer 2023
Pau Torres (Aston Villa), Harvey Barnes (Newcastle United), Mason Mount (Manchester United), Jurrien Timber (Arsenal), Arnaut Danjuma (Everton), Dominik Szoboszlai (Liverpool)
INS: Kai Havertz (£65m, Chelsea), Jurrien Timber (£34.3m, Ajax), Declan Rice (£100m, West Ham)
OUTS: Pablo Mari (£6m, Monza), Nikolaj Moller (undisclosed, St Gallen), Mazeed Ogungbo (undisclosed, Barrow), Granit Xhaka (£21.4m, Bayer Leverkusen), Mauro Bandeira (loan, Colchester), Matt Smith (free, Wigan), Hubert Graczyk (loan, Slough Town), Billy Vigar (loan, Eastbourne), Mika Biereth (loan, Motherwell), Auston Trusty (£5m, Sheffield United), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (released).
INS: Youri Tielemans (free, Leicester City), Rico Richards (free, West Brom), Pau Torres (£27.77m, Villarreal), Moussa Diaby (£34.6m, Bayer Leverkusen).
OUTS: Marvelous Nakamba (undisclosed, Luton), Kaine Kesler-Hayden (loan, Plymouth), Ashley Young (free, Everton), Viljami Sinisalo (loan, Exeter City), Morgan Sanson (loan, Nice), Louie Barry (loan, Stockport), Wesley Moraes (undisclosed, Stoke), Finn Azaz (loan, Plymouth), Jed Steer and Brad Young (released).
INS: Hamed Traore (£20m, Sassuolo), Justin Kluivert (£9.5m, Roma), Romain Faivre (£12.8m, Lyon), Milos Kerkez (£15.5m, AZ Alkmaar), Ionut Radu (loan, Inter Milan).
OUTS: Romain Faivre (loan, Lorient), Siriki Dembele (undisclosed, Birmingham), Jack Stacey (free, Norwich), Jordan Zemura (free, Udinese), Christian Saydee (undisclosed, Portsmouth), Jefferson Lerma (free, Crystal Palace), Will Dennis (loan, Kilmarnock), Ben Pearson (undisclosed, Stoke), Junior Stanislas (released), Mark Travers (loan, Stoke City).
INS: Mark Flekken (£11m, Freiburg), Ethan Brierley (undisclosed, Rochdale), Kevin Schade (£22m, Freiburg), Ji-soo Kim (undisclosed, Seongnam), Romeo Beckham (undisclosed, Inter Miami), Nathan Collins (£23m, Wolves).
OUTS: Pontus Jansson (free, Malmo), Daniel Oyegoke (loan, Bradford), Fin Stevens (loan, Oxford), Halil Dervisoglu (£430,000, Galatasaray), Mads Bidstrup (£5.3m, Red Bull Salzburg), Matthew Cox and Tristan Crama (loan, Bristol Rovers), Saman Ghoddos, Joel Valencia and Tarique Fosu (released).
INS: Joao Pedro (£30m, Watford), James Milner (free, Liverpool), Mahmoud Dahoud (free, Borussia Dortmund), Bart Verbruggen (£16.3m, Anderlecht), Igor (£14.5m, Fiorentina).
OUTS: Taylor Richards (undisclosed, QPR), Alexis Mac Allister (£35m, Liverpool), Haydon Roberts (free, Bristol City), James Beadle (loan, Oxford), Abdallah Sima (loan, Rangers), Antef Tsoungui (undisclosed, Feyenoord), Kjell Scherpen (loan, Sturm Graz), Reda Khadra (£1.65m, Stade Reims), Jeremy Sarmiento (loan, West Brom), Marc Leonard (loan, Northampton), Carl Rushworth (loan, Swansea), Aaron Connolly (£1.1m, Hull), Deniz Undav (loan, Stuttgart), Robert Sanchez (£25m, Chelsea).
INS: Jordan Beyer (£13m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Obafemi (£3m, Swansea), Dara O’Shea (£7m, West Brom), Zeki Amdouni (£16.15m, FC Basel), James Trafford (£14m, Man City), Nathan Redmond (free, Besiktas), Luca Koleosho (£2.6m, Espanyol B), Jacob Bruun Larsen (loan, Hoffenheim).
OUTS: Ashley Barnes (free, Norwich), Will Norris (free, Portsmouth), Lukas Jensen (free, Lincoln), Matthew Lowton (released), Michael Mellon (loan, Morecambe), Bobby Thomas (£2m, Coventry), Bailey Peacock-Farrell (loan, AGF Aarhus), Luke McNally (loan, Stoke).
INS: Christopher Nkunku (£52m, RB Leipzig), Nicolas Jackson (£31.7m, Villarreal) Diego Moreira (free, Benfica), Alex Matos (free, Norwich), Angelo (£13m, Santos), Lesley Ugochukwu (£23m, Rennes), Axel Disasi (£38.7m, Monaco), Robert Sanchez (£25m, Brighton).
OUTS: Xavier Simons (undisclosed, Hull), Dujon Sterling (free, Rangers), Nathan Baxter (free, Bolton), N’Golo Kante (free, Al-Ittihad), Kalidou Koulibaly (£17m, Al-Hilal), Mateo Kovacic (£25m, Manchester City), Kai Havertz (£65m, Arsenal). Edouard Mendy (£16m, Al-Ahli) Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£14m, AC Milan), Charlie Webster (loan, Heerenveen), Tiemoué Bakayoko (released), Mason Mount (£55m, Manchester United), Cesar Azpilicueta (free, Atletico Madrid), Baba Rahman (free, PAOK Salonika), David Datro Fofana (loan, Union Berlin), Christian Pulisic (£20m, AC Milan), Ethan Ampadu (£7m, Leeds United), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (free, Marseille). Omari Hutchinson (loan, Ipswich).
INS: Jefferson Lerma (free, Bournemouth), Matheus Franca (£17m, Flamengo).
OUTS: Jack Butland (free, Rangers), Rob Street (undisclosed, Cheltenham), James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic (released), Kofi Balmer (loan, Port Vale), Owen Goodman (loan, Colchester) Wilfried Zaha (free, Galatasaray), Luke Plange (loan, Carlisle).
INS: Ashley Young (free, Aston Villa), Arnaut Danjuma (loan, Villarreal).
OUTS: Moise Kean (£25m, Juventus), Niels Nkounkou (£1.7m, Saint-Etienne), Harry Tyrer (loan, Chesterfield), Lewis Gibson (free, Plymouth), Ellis Simms (£8m, Coventry), Asmir Begovic (free, QPR), Yerry Mina (free, Fiorentina), Lewis Warrington (loan, Plymouth), Tom Davies, Andros Townsend, Isaac Price, Einar Iversen (released).
INS: Raul Jimenez (£5m, Wolves), Calvin Bassey (undisclosed, Ajax).
OUTS: Paulo Gazzaniga (free, Girona), Shane Duffy (free, Norwich City), Taye Ashby-Hammond (free, Stevenage), Joe Bryan (free, Millwall), Neeskens Kebano (free, Al-Jazira), Luca Ashby-Hammond (loan, Crawley Town), Steven Sessegnon (released).
INS: Alexis Mac Allister (£35m, Brighton), Dominik Szoboszlai (£60m, Leipzig).
OUTS: Sepp van den Berg (loan, Mainz), Naby Keita (free, Werder Bremen), Calvin Ramsay (loan, Preston). James Milner (free, Brighton), Harvey Davies (loan, Crewe), Leighton Clarkson (undisclosed, Aberdeen), Rhys Williams (loan, Aberdeen), Fabio Carvalho (loan, Leipzig), Roberto Firmino (free, Al-Ahli), Owen Beck (loan, Dundee), James Balagizi (loan, Wigan), Layton Stewart (undisclosed, Preston), Jordan Henderson (£12m, Al-Ettifaq), Fabinho (£40m, Al-Ittihad), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (released).
INS: Chiedozie Ogbene (free, Rotherham), Mads Andersen (undisclosed, Barnsley), Tahith Chong (£4m, Birmingham City), Marvelous Nakamba (undisclosed, Aston Villa), Issa Kabore (loan, Manchester City), Ryan Giles (£5m, Wolves), Thomas Kaminski (£2.5m, Blackburn).
OUTS: Fred Onyedinma (loan, Rotherham United), Josh Neufville (free, AFC Wimbledon), Sonny Bradley (free, Derby), Henri Lansbury and Harry Isted (released).
INS: Mateo Kovacic (£25m, Chelsea), Josko Gvardiol (£77m, RB Leipzig).
OUTS: Shea Charles (£15m, Southampton), Ilkay Gundogan (free, Barcelona), Liam Delap (loan, Hull), Kian Breckin (loan, Wycombe), Yangel Herrera (£4.3m, Girona), Callum Doyle (loan, Preston), Benjamin Mendy (free, Lorient), James Trafford (£14m, Burnley), Issa Kabore (loan, Luton), Josh Wilson-Esbrand (loan, Stade Reims), Riyad Mahrez (£30m, Al Ahli), Carlos Borges (£12m, Ajax).
INS: Mason Mount (£55m, Chelsea), Andre Onana (£47m, Inter Milan), Rasmus Hojlund (£64m, Atalanta).
OUTS: Alex Telles (£4m, Al-Nassr), Zidane Iqbal (£850,000, Utrecht), Ethan Laird (undisclosed, Birmingham), Charlie Savage (undisclosed, Reading), Anthony Elanga (£15m, Nottingham Forest), Will Fish (loan, Hibernian), Di’Shon Bernard (free, Sheffield Wednesday), David de Gea, Axel Tuanzebe, Ethan Galbraith, Eric Hanbury, Charlie Wellens, Manni Norkett and Phil Jones (released).
INS: Yankuba Minteh (£6m, Odense), Sandro Tonali (£52m, AC Milan), Harvey Barnes (£38m, Leicester)
OUTS: Chris Wood (£15m, Nottingham Forest), Yankuba Minteh (loan, Feyenoord), Matt Bondswell (loan, Newport), Jamal Lewis (loan, Watford), Karl Darlow (£300,000, Leeds), Allan Saint-Maximin (£23m, Al-Ahli), Harrison Ashby (loan, Swansea), Matty Longstaff, Harry Barclay, Niall Brookwell, Dan Langley, Joe Oliver, Josh Stewart, Isaac Westendorf and Ciaran Clark (released).
INS: Chris Wood (£15m, Newcastle), Ola Aina (free, Torino), Anthony Elanga (£15m, Manchester United).
OUTS: Will Swan (undisclosed, Mansfield), Cafu (free, Rotherham), Dale Taylor (loan, Wycombe), Jack Colback (free, QPR), Oli Hammond (loan, Cheltenham), Josh Bowler (loan, Cardiff), Richie Laryea (loan, Vancouver), Braian Ojeda (undisclosed, Salt Lake), Jesse Lingard, Andre Ayew, Lyle Taylor and Jordan Smith (released).
INS: Benie Traore (£4m, BK Hacken), Anis Slimane (£1.2m, Brondby), Yasser Larouci (loan, Troyes), Auston Trusty (£5m, Arsenal).
OUTS: Enda Stevens (free, Stoke), Jack O’Connell, Kyron Gordon and Billy Sharp (released), Harry Boyes (loan, Wycombe), Oliver Arblaster (loan, Port Vale), Ilman Ndiaye (£20m, Marseille).
INS: Pedro Porro (£39m, Sporting), Dejan Kulusevski (£25.6m, Juventus), Guglielmo Vicario (£17.2m, Empoli), James Maddison (£40m, Leicester), Manor Solomon (free, Shakhtar Donetsk), Ashley Phillips (£2m, Blackburn).
OUTS: Harry Winks (£10m, Leicester), Lucas Moura (free, Sao Paulo), Jamie Bowden, Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Roshaun Mathurin, Marqes Muir and Romaine Mundle (released).
INS: Sean Moore (undisclosed, Cliftonville).
OUTS: Declan Rice (£100m plus £5 add-ons, Arsenal), Arthur Masuaku (£2m, Besiktas), Krisztian Hegyi (loan, Stevenage), Kamarai Swyer (loan, Crawley), Manuel Lanzini (free, River Plate), Armstrong Oko-Flex (released).
INS: Boubacar Traore (£9.5m, FC Metz), Matt Doherty (free, Atletico Madrid).
OUTS: Dion Sanderson (£2m, Birmingham), Jeong Sang-bin (£2m, Minnesota United), Ruben Neves (£47m, Al-Hilal), Conor Coady (£7.5m, Leicester), Nathan Collins (£23m, Brentford), Nigel Lonwijk and Theo Corbeanu (loan, Grasshoppers), Hayao Kawabe (£1.2m, Standard Liege), Ki-Jana Hoever (loan, Stoke), Chiquinho (loan, Stoke), Joao Moutinho, Diego Costa, Michael Agboola, Lee Harkin, Jack Hodnett, Taylor Perry, Jack Scott and Luke Matheson (released), Raul Jimenez (£5m, Fulham), Dexter Lembikisa (loan, Rotherham United), Ryan Giles (£5m, Luton), Matija Sarkic (£1.2m, Millwall).
It has been a lot of fun to follow the transfer activity in the Premier League this summer, with so many big names moving to new clubs.
Declan Rice will likely end up being by far the most expensive signing of the summer, but boy is he worth it. Rice was acquired by Arsenal for close to $130 million, outbidding Manchester City. The talented attacking players at Arsenal can all improve with the help of the 24-year-old England international. Rice, who is already a superb leader for Arsenal and is so composed on the ball and skilled at winning it back, will add balance to their midfield. In addition to his football skills, he has a lot to offer. future captain of Arsenal.
This is possibly the transfer that a Premier League team needed the most. Since Christian Eriksen left, Tottenham has been in desperate need of a pure midfield creator, and Maddison possesses the skills and personality to serve as their offensive center. With Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in front of him, Maddison excels at both releasing flawless shots and free kicks while also threading through perfect passes to attackers. The 26-year-old Maddison is prepared to play for a top six team, and Spurs moved quickly to acquire him from Leicester City for a respectable $51 million.
The departure of David de Gea this summer came as a bit of a shock, but United moved quickly to secure their replacement. Andre Onana, a goalkeeper from Cameroon who has previously collaborated with Erik ten Hag, was outstanding during Inter Milan’s run to the UEFA Champions League final last season. Onana, 27, is excellent with the ball in his hands as well, which is important for the style of play that ETH wants United to adopt. Onana ought to fit in at Old Trafford without a hitch.
This signing slipped a little under the radar, but it shouldn’t have. The 22-year-old Nicolas Jackson had an outstanding final month of the previous La Liga season and was being pursued by Bournemouth and Southampton in the January transfer window before an injury ended any hopes of playing in the Premier League. Jackson has consistently scored during Chelsea’s preseason tour of the United States. In the end, everything worked out for him. His speed and willingness to run off the last defender’s shoulder will fit Mauricio Pochettino’s system admirably, and he is also a skilled finisher.
Man City suffered a setback when they lost captain and clutch player Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona this summer, but Mateo Kovacic is a very similar player, and they were able to sign him from Chelsea for a relatively cheap price of $32 million. If Kovacic, 29, can avoid getting hurt, Pep Guardiola’s preferred style of play is made for him because of his ability to hold onto the ball, pass, move, and drive forward from midfield. Kovacic will play plenty of minutes this season in all competitions with Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne, and Kalvin Phillips also in the middle, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him establish himself as a regular in a No. 8 position.
The World Cup champion from Argentina will add a completely new dimension to Liverpool’s midfield, and Jurgen Klopp made a very astute choice in making this acquisition. When they learned that Mac Allister’s contract contained a release clause, they immediately bought him for $45 million. That is a good deal, even if Liverpool does wind up having to pay another $20 million or so in add-ons throughout the course of his contract. The 24-year-old Mac Allister, who can play almost anywhere, will infuse Liverpool’s engine room with creativity and vigor. Both the player and Liverpool, who sorely need fresh ideas and energy in the midfield, benefit greatly from this transfer. That is provided by Mac Allister.
After months of rumors and Nkunku’s injury recovery, the deal finally materialized. If his preseason goals and performance are any indication, the wait should be worthwhile. That attacking trio, which includes Jackson and Raheem Sterling, looks to be exactly what Chelsea needs to turn things around this season. Pochettino is known for his high pressing, and when his team recovers the ball high up the field, Nkunku comes to life. He has a cool finish and enjoys cutting in from the left to attack defenders. He might end up being the Premier League’s top acquisition of the summer.
When you look at it more closely, it makes a lot of sense that Arsenal paid Chelsea more than $80 million for Havertz. Havertz is ideal to play in any of Arsenal’s front four positions, but he never really fit Chelsea’s playing style. It’s simple to forget he’s only 24 given the way he moves around and joins plays with Martinelli, Jesus, Saka, and Odegaard. Given his strong sense of self-assurance and dedication to the team, Havertz exudes confidence and seems like he will thrive at Arsenal.
Amazing acquisition for Aston Villa. Diaby is a great dribbler, and the Frenchman’s speed will be essential given how Unai Emery prepares his teams to be dangerous on the break. However, the 24-year-old Diaby, who enters from the right and has already scored a few goals in preseason, is about much more than just speed. He gives Villa another attacking option to wear down opponents. He is composed when he has the ball, has a great cross, and runs with such clarity.
Although Eddie Howe acknowledged that Tonali is still adjusting to their system during preseason, it won’t be long before the Italian international is dictating games in the Premier League. This was a significant acquisition for Newcastle. His dexterity with the ball will give Newcastle a new dimension, enable them to control the pace of games, and add a layer that enhances their counter-attacking prowess. Tonali, 23, joined for $67 million, and his signing served as a reminder that Newcastle wants to maintain their Champions League status for many years to come.
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