Best XI of Premier League summer signings: Zlatan Ibrahimovic & N'Golo Kante make the gradePublished July 27, 2016
After what seems like an incredibly short break, football fans across the country are counting down the days to the start of the new Premier League season, in just over two weeks.
With new mega-money TV deals, and the competitiveness of the Premier League being at an all-time high, clubs up and down the country are frantically looking to improve their squads, with most sides being extremely proactive thus far.
Whilst there is still some time to go, until the transfer window slams shut on August 31st, we at Free Bets, bring you our combined XI of the best transfers so far this summer.
Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace)
Whilst Victor Valdes and Lorius Karius were worthy mentions, Palace’s purchase of the 31-year-old French keeper for a fee of £1.3m was an absolute bargain. The former Marseille keeper is expected to claim the number 1 jersey off Wayne Hennessey this season.
Centre-Back: Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
The 22-year-old Ivorian defender looks like he will be trusted by Jose Mourinho to feature prominently at the back next season. The former Villarreal defender has all the attributes to be a success in the Premier League.
Centre-Back: Joel Matip (Liverpool)
The former Schalke defender arrives at Anfield this summer on a free transfer, which many experts in Germany perceive to be a real bargain. The 24-year-old was one of the top defenders in the Bundesliga last season, and he has potential for further development.
Centre-Back: Luis Hernandez (Leicester City)
The Spanish defender arrives at the King Power with the element of the unknown. The 27-year-old performed well for Sporting Gijon last season, but it’s a complete unknown what will happen with him in the Premier League. Maybe he’ll be the next big surprise of the ever-surprising Leicester.
Midfield: N’ Golo Kante (Chelsea)
The arrival of new summer signing N’Golo Kante may turn out to be the most important transfer Chelsea have made in years. The Frenchman will bring energy, and tenacity to the Blues in central midfield, something they badly missed throughout last season.
Midfield: İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City)
The combative German midfielder, was Pep Guardiola’s first signing at Man City, which should give some indication on how highly he is regarded.
The 25-year-old been chased by Man United and Arsenal in the past, before City swooped for his signature. At £20m, the signing of the German ace, could prove to be a real bargain at Eastlands.
Midfield: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)
The 23-year-old has been labelled the best Swiss player by many in his home country, ahead of the likes of the talented Xherdan Shaqiri, and highly-rated left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
Xhaka has been likened to Jack Wilshere, though he is far more durable than then injury plagued England midfielder, making his arrival in North London something for Arsenal fans to get excited about.
Right-Midfield: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)
The Armenian was the leading assist-maker in the Bundesliga during 2015-16 and many are predicting that he could repeat the same feat in his debut season in England.
The 27-year-old shone on his debut in pre-season, and it looks as though Jose Mourinho will use the talented midfielder in the No.10 roll, which should give him more license to make a real impact.
Left-Midfield: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
The £30m+ signing of Southampton forward Sadio Mane has got everyone talking on Merseyside. The Senegalese striker has proved his worth already in the Premier League, and fans at Anfield hope that Mane turns out to be the next Luis Suarez, and not the next Christian Benteke.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
The signing of the Swedish superstar on a free transfer could end up being a masterstroke from Jose Mourinho. Although Zlatan is coming to the end of his career, at 34, the striker still has time to make one last impression in football, and there would be no surprises if he was to make a real impact in the Premier League next season.
Striker: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)
The Belgian starlet arrives at Stamford Bridge having completed a £33m move from Marseille. The 22-year-old has been touted as the new Didier Drogba, and the talented youngster may prove to be a legend in the making in West London.
Check out this pretty awesome XI below.