With the World Cup nearing its end it is nearly time to turn our attentions back to domestic football and in my case the Premier League in particular.
With Liverpool striker Luis Suarez looking set to move to La Liga with Barcelona, the Premier League look to have lost another star performer to the Spanish top-flight, just as last summer with Gareth Bale moving to Real Madrid.
However, despite the fact that last season’s Player of the Year looks set to leave the league, the Premier League still looks exciting with some talented newcomers arriving at English clubs this summer.
Here are five of those new arrivals this summer:
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Although not strictly a newcomer to the Premier League, Fabregas is returning from foreign climes so is being included in this list.
Fabregas proved in his spell at Arsenal that he can produce the goods in the English top-flight.
The midfielder will supply intelligence and guile to that Chelsea midfield in the coming season. The former-Arsenal captain should be influential in the Blues midfield. Fabregas has returned from Barcelona a far better player than the one we saw at Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Arsenal has won the race for the in-demand Chilean forward, signing the 25-year-old from Barcelona for a fee in the region of £30million. The likes of Juventus and AC Milan had also been linked with a move for the highly-rated forward.
Arsenal was in need of a new forward ahead of the Premier League campaign kicking off in a months’ time. Sanchez could just be the perfect solution to their forward problems. He has pace, power and trickery.
The World Cup star is the calibre of player that the Gunners need to add to their squad in order to mount a realistic challenge for the Premier League title next season.
Ander Herrera (Manchester United)
Herrera has finally arrived at Old Trafford this summer. United failed in a move for the talented playmaker last summer, as then-United boss David Moyes stumbled around in the transfer market and ended up paying over the odds for Marouane Fellaini.
However, this summer the Red Devils have secured the Spaniard’s signature for a fee in the region of £28.5million. The 24-year-old helped former club Athletic Bilbao to fourth place last season and a Champions League spot.
He will bring brains and guile to that Manchester United midfielder, which last season looked toothless and lacking in creativity.
Siem De Jong (Newcastle)
The Holland international moved to Tyneside from Ajax for a fee in the region of £6million. His brother Luke was on-loan at Newcastle last season, but failed to impress. However, Siem will be determined to be successful with the Magpies.
De Jong has scored 57 goals in 168 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax and has won the Dutch domestic title for the last four seasons. De Jong has played a key role in that success and had been captain of the Dutch giants for the past two seasons.
He maybe is not the out-and-out striker that Newcastle needs, but he should provide a threat some a deeper position for the Magpies.
De Jong moves to Newcastle on the back of a stop-start campaign in Amsterdam, but will be looking to enjoy a more fruitful season after starting just 16 league games last season.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
The Serbian attacking midfielder is another player who has arrived from the Eredivisie. However, unlike De Jong, Tadic was impressive last season scoring 16 goals in 33 Eredivisie appearances and helping FC Twente to third place in the table. Tadic also produced 14 assists in the last campaign.
Tadic has been brought in as replacement for Adam Lallana and is just as versatile. He can play on either wing, in central midfield or as an attacking midfielder.
His creativity and skill will be needed for the Saints next season, as they have lost two of their biggest attacking threats from last season Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
It is only early in the summer and I am sure there are plenty of fresh faces heading to the Premier league this summer. Spanish international striker Diego Costa looks set to move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, while numerous other players are being linked with moves to the English top-flight.
The Premier League may lose one of its biggest stars this summer, but that is unlikely to prevent next season in the English top-flight being very exciting and entertaining.
Who has been the biggest Premier League signing of the summer so far?
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