Every Premier League club’s most exciting ever transfer in the top flight

first_img The Robinho transfer was a sign of things to come at Man City 7 Southampton: Mario Lemina from Juventus in 2017The strong and powerful midfielder left Juventus for Southampton in 2017, with Saints handing over £17m. Arsenal had been linked with him, but he chose the south coast where he believed he would play more first team football. “Investing in a player of Mario’s quality and buying from a club like Juventus is a significant statement of intent from the club and this is a purchase that has set another club-record fee,” the club’s vice chairman of football Les Reed said at the time. Frustratingly, the player suffered an ankle injury in October which halted his progress.Manchester City: Robinho from Real Madrid in 2008On the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, City were bought by Sheikh Mansour’s mega wealthy Abu Dhabi United group and subsequently shocked the Premier League by signing Robinho, who came with a big reputation. “I just laughed, really, because it was all out for Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody,” City player Richard Dunne said, in reference to the club’s deadline bid for the Bulgarian striker, before attention was shifted to Robinho. It was clearly a sign of things to come. Van der Sar joined Fulham from Juventus in 2001 Ozil was a star of the 2010 World Cup and then was a hugely popular Real Madrid player 7 Watford: Jose Jurado from Spartak Moscow in 2015A product of Real Madrid’s youth setup, the 29-year-old made a handful of appearances for Los Blancos before moving to near neighbours Atletico Madrid in 2006. He played 115 times there and was part of the 2010 Europa League winning squad under Quique Sanchez Flores, who then brought him to Watford in 2015 and a year later at Espanyol.Everton: Romelu Lukaku signed from Chelsea in 2014“This signing is not just important for this season. It is a significant day in the history of this football club,” Roberto Martinez crowed when Everton signed 21-year-old Lukaku in 2014. The striker had scored 16 goals on loan during the 2013/14 campaign and cost £28m. He was popular with the fans and when he decided to join permanently it was a good day. There were similar scenes when Wayne Rooney returned to the club in 2017.Manchester United: Paul Pogba signs from Juventus in 2016There have been plenty of exciting signings at United since 1992, including Eric Cantona, Juan Veron and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Pogba, though, seemed to be on another level, possibly by the fact it seemed a drawn out saga. The midfielder left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012 and spent four seasons becoming one of the world’s best midfielders, so when he returned in a club record deal – said to be £90m – a lot of fans were very pleased, especially as it seemed they’d trumped other European football heavyweights. Alexis Sanchez’s arrival created an equal amount of hysteria.Fulham sign Edwin van der Sar in 2001When Juventus paid Parma £32m for Gianluigi Buffon, Van der Sar’s time at the club was over. However, he joined an ambitious Fulham side, who were playing in the Premiership for the first time and Mohammed Al Al Fayed, the owner, meant business. “The dream which I am trying to make come true is that Fulham are one of the leading Premiership clubs as quickly as possible,” he said. “I have a determination to turn Fulham into a great club that is known worldwide and I have a great faith in [manager] Jean Tigana and his proven talent as a manager and coach.” These were exciting times. 7 7 Bournemouth: Jordon Ibe from Liverpool in 2016Although it hasn’t quite worked out the way he and Bournemouth fans had hoped, at the time the deal appeared to be a strong statement of intent from the club. Ibe was 20 and the Cherries paid a club record £15m for him. He appeared to be Raheem Sterling’s successor when the England man left Liverpool for Man City a year earlier, so perhaps unfairly, big things were expected.Leicester: Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon in 2016Leicester fans had every right to feel happy when the club made Slimani their record buy. The Algeria international joined for £30m having scored 31 times in 44 games the previous season. However, he hasn’t been able to nail down a regular spot in the first team.Brighton: Pascal Gross from Ingolstadt in 2017Manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the signing of Gross – and rightly so. The midfielder scored four times for German side Ingolstadt as they were relegated, but had created more chances than any other player in the Bundesliga over the course of the 2016/17 campaign. He’s been a great addition, too, as Fantasy Premier League managers will tell you.Tottenham: Edgar Davids from Inter in 2005Jurgen Klinsmann was definitely exciting considering the mess Spurs found themselves in during the 1990s. He was a World Cup winner and he chose Tottenham. As was Rafael van der Vaart’s decision to join in 2010. In 2005, though, Spurs were still distinctly mediocre and the arrival of a player of Davids’ calibre was cause for major celebration among the White Hart Lane faithful. No disrespect, but for a team consisting of Andy Reid, Johnnie Jackson and Anthony Gardner, the arrival of Davids, 32 at the time, was a major boost given his Champions League and title-winning experience with Ajax and Juventus. 7 Alan Shearer was unveiled in front of 15,000 Newcastle fans Rui Patricio won Euro 2016 with Portugal 7 People got a shock when these two showed up and Hammers fans got a thrill 7 Chelsea: Andriy Shevchenko from Milan in 2006“I am going from one big club to another and joining a team of champions,” Shevchenko said upon signing for Chelsea in 2006. The striker was a goal machine at Milan and one of Europe’s deadliest strikers with a Ballon d’Or in 2004 to show for it. He wasn’t great and hindsight is a wonderful thing, but at the time, Chelsea, back-to-back Premier League champions were understandably excited at the prospect of signing one of the world’s best.Liverpool: Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid in 2007Robbie Fowler returning in 2006 was a sentimental one, with fans accepting he probably wasn’t going to be as prolific as he once was, but most knew or at least hoped Torres would score goals for the club. He arrived in a £20m deal with a growing reputation and the young superstar didn’t disappoint. He ended his time on Merseyside in 2011 with 81 goals in 142 games.Newcastle: Alan Shearer from Blackburn in 1996Newcastle paid Blackburn £15m to bring Shearer ‘home’ in 1996 and supporters were certainly delighted to see the goal scoring Geordie sign. There were 15,000 people at St James’ Park to see his unveiling. “As everyone knows I’ve always wanted to play for the club and the way things are going with the Bosman ruling, if I’d have gone elsewhere I’d have been playing for Newcastle with my best years behind me,” Shearer said. His best years were quite clearly still in front of him as he ended his career as the club’s greatest scorer with 206 goals and he is still the Premier League’s top scoring player with 260 goals. It’s that time of year when football fans start dreaming about the season ahead.Will the new players have the desired impact? Of course they will (hopefully).New faces definitely bring with them a massive buzz and here, talkSPORT.com has looked at every current Premier League‘s most exciting signing ever as a top flight side.Arsenal: Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013Alexis Sanchez was a big move, as was Bergkamp’s, but Ozil just seemed huge. Arsenal’s failure to sign proven world class talent had been a familiar lament since their last title win in 2004, so when they finally spent big it was an exciting moment for Gunners fans. Ozil is a huge name in world football and when Arsenal persuaded Real Madrid to sell him in 2013, it was said his team-mates at the Bernabeu, including Cristiano Ronaldo, were not happy with the decision. At £42.5million, no one could accuse Arsenal of scrimping on this deal. No Spurs fan could believe it when they landed Edgar Davids Crystal Palace: Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain in 2015Crystal Palace’s signing of Cabaye was one of the surprises of the summer. The midfielder international had spent a season and a half with Paris Saint-Germain after joining them for £19million from Newcastle United, but couldn’t make a starting role his own, though, and decided on south London despite interest from other clubs. No wonder the Selhurst Park faithful were excited.Cardiff sign Gary Medel from Sevilla in 2013Cardiff spent a record £11m on the midfielder known as ‘pit bull’ in their first season in the Premier League. His fighting spirit and passing impressed at first, but his stay in South Wales didn’t last long as he left after the club’s relegation in 2014. He played under both Malky Mackay and Ole Gunnar Solskajer in that time and we are just gutted Medel wasn’t around to play under Neil Warnock. What a combination that would have been – the Chilean seemingly has all the nutter credentials required.West Ham: Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians in 2006Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich were some of the clubs interested in the Argentine pair, who were genuine world class footballers at the time. Yet they moved to West Ham, a team that reached the previous season’s FA Cup final and finished ninth in the Premier League. What a time to be alive if you were a Hammers fan. Burnley: Steven Defour from Anderlecht in 2016Before injury hampered his career the Belgium international had been linked with a string of high profile clubs, including Man United. Sir Alex Ferguson even wrote the midfielder, then Standard Liège captain, a letter wishing him a speedy recovery from a broken leg in 2009. Burnley paid Anderlecht £7.5m for him, with manager Sean Dyche hammering home what sort of player they had bought. “He’s a good player with a depth of experience at international level and in the Champions League,” he said.Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy from Man City in 2017A year prior to his arrival, the 26-year-old spent the previous season on loan at the club and helped them win promotion to the Premier League in 2017. He had won the club’s Player of the Year award and supporters were happy when Huddersfield made the deal permanent – paying £8m – ahead of their Premier League debut.Wolves sign Rui Patricio from Sporting in 2018Ruben Neves was probably one of the more exciting signings, but seeing as he was snapped up in the Championship, talkSPORT.com is looking at Patricio, Portugal’s no.1. The goalkeeper has played more than 70 times for his country and was a member of the team that won Euro 2016, so it’s a big statement of intent to have this man between the sticks. Wolves fans will have higher hopes than they might normally about staying in the Premier League considering their stylish title win last season and ahead of the new, the club also bought Willy Boly (Porto, £10m) and Raul Jimenez (Benfica, loan).last_img