Top 10 Pre­mier League trans­fers of 2017-18

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LON­DON: Ahead of Ar­se­nal’s home game with Le­ices­ter City in the cur­tain-raiser to the new Pre­mier League sea­son to­mor­row, AFP Sport selects the 10 big­gest trans­fers of the close sea­son:

Romelu Lukaku

Ever­ton to Manch­ester United; £75 mil­lion Af­ter four in­creas­ingly pro­lific sea­sons at Ever­ton, Bel­gium striker Lukaku has been given an­other shot at the big time with Manch­ester United. Lukaku, 24, has been brought in to re­place Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and will hope to do a bet­ter job of im­press­ing man­ager Jose Mour­inho than he man­aged dur­ing their time to­gether at Chelsea.

Al­varo Mo­rata

Real Madrid (ESP) to Chelsea; £58 mil­lion With Diego Costa hav­ing been very pub­licly frozen out by man­ager An­to­nio Conte, Chelsea broke their trans­fer record to sign 24-year-old Spain striker Mo­rata. He made an in­aus­pi­cious start to his Chelsea ca­reer by squan­der­ing his spot-kick in a Com­mu­nity Shield penalty shootout loss to Ar­se­nal.

Ben­jamin Mendy

Monaco (FRA) to Manch­ester City; £52 mil­lion Sad­dled with an age­ing group of full-backs, Pep Guardi­ola found it dif­fi­cult to play the kind of thrust­ing foot­ball he loves in his maiden cam­paign as Manch­ester City man­ager. He has taken re­me­dial ac­tion dur­ing the close sea­son, most no­tably fork­ing out £52 mil­lion to make France left-back Mendy the game’s most ex­pen­sive de­fender.

Alexan­dre La­cazette

Lyon (FRA) to Ar­se­nal; £46.5 mil­lion ris­ing to £52.6 mil­lion

France striker La­cazette had been poised to join Atletico Madrid, only for the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport to up­hold a trans­fer ban against the Span­ish club. Ar­se­nal stepped in, break­ing their trans­fer record to sign the 26-yearold, who was the top-scor­ing French­man in Ligue 1 in each of the last three sea­sons.

Kyle Walker

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur to Manch­ester City; £45 mil­lion

The sec­ond of Manch­ester City’s three new full-backs (the other be­ing Brazil­ian Danilo), Walker ar­rived from Spurs af­ter Dani Alves opted to join Paris Saint-Ger­main over re­join­ing forces with Guardi­ola. Walker’s fly­ing raids down the right flank for Tot­ten­ham have turned him into Eng­land’s first-choice num­ber two.

Bernardo Silva

Monaco (FRA) to Manch­ester City; £43 mil­lion Por­tuguese play­maker Silva pitched up at City af­ter his 11 goals and 12 as­sists in­spired Monaco to Ligue 1 glory and a place in the Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nals. The 22-year-old is ex­pected to line up on the right flank for City, as he did at Monaco, but is likely to have been ear­marked as the long-term suc­ces­sor to his name­sake David Silva.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Monaco (FRA) to Chelsea; £40 mil­lion The third player to have left Monaco for Eng­land, France mid­fielder Bakayoko will make Chelsea’s mid­field an even more in­tim­i­dat­ing prospect. Tall and mus­cu­lar, the for­mer Rennes player will pro­vide a re­doubtable phys­i­cal pres­ence along­side the buzzing N’Golo Kante.

Ne­manja Matic

Chelsea to Manch­ester United; £40 mil­lion Deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments at Chelsea fol­low­ing Bakayoko’s ar­rival, Matic moved to United to link up with Mour­inho, who pre­vi­ously brought him back to Chelsea from Ben­fica in 2014. A stylish but steely hold­ing mid­fielder, the 28-year-old Ser­bia in­ter­na­tional will pro­vide a coun­ter­weight for the for­ward runs of last year’s star sign­ing, Paul Pogba.

Eder­son

Ben­fica (POR) to Manch­ester City; £35 mil­lion The goal­keep­ing sit­u­a­tion gave Guardi­ola con­stant prob­lems dur­ing his first sea­son at the Eti­had Sta­dium, with Clau­dio Bravo prov­ing an in­ad­e­quate re­place­ment for Joe Hart, who was loaned out to Torino. Guardi­ola moved to rem­edy the prob­lem by sign­ing 23-year-old Brazil­ian Eder­son, who be­came the world’s sec­ond most ex­pen­sive goal­keeper af­ter Gian­luigi Buf­fon.

Mo­hamed Salah

Roma (ITA) to Liver­pool; £34 mil­lion A bright light in a gloomy trans­fer win­dow for Liver­pool. Egyp­tian winger Salah did not get a look-in dur­ing his pre­vi­ous spell with Chelsea, but he ex­celled in Serie A with Fiorentina and Roma, scor­ing 35 goals in 81 games. de­notes fee as re­ported by Bri­tish me­dia. —AFP

Romelu Lukaku

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