Premier League clubs on Friday reconciled their financial strength in the race for the world’s best talent ahead of the 2022/23 season. AFP Sport looks at five of the biggest signs of the summer to make an impact.
Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
City have fulfilled their need for a central striker, and are one of the most sought after players in the world to do so, beating competition from across Europe for Haaland.
The Norwegian’s buyout clause from Borussia Dortmund was a deal worth £51 million ($63 million), but will reportedly set City back £190 million on sign-on fees, agents’ fees and wages over the course of the five-year contract .
Haaland may have made a debut to forget as he practically missed an open goal in City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday.
But Pep Guardiola warned his side’s challengers for the title “goal will come”.
Holland scored 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund and although he is signed as the last piece to line up Guardiola’s men in the Champions League, his arrival would make the champion favorites for a fifth league title in six years. Is.
Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)
Unlike Hollande, Nez made the right start to his Liverpool career by scoring in the Community Shield against City and winning a penalty.
The Reds have relied on Uruguay to develop their attacking options following Sadio Mane’s departure from Bayern Munich.
Nez cost Benfica an initial €75 million ($77 million), but that fee could rise to €100 million depending on his success at Anfield.
Luis Diaz is expected to replace Mane on the left side of Liverpool’s front three, with Nez phasing out Roberto Firmino.
Their aerial presence gives Jurgen Klopp’s men a distinct focal point in the attack, but it may take some time for the Reds to adjust.
Lysandro Martinez (Man Utd)
Much of the debate over United’s only big money signing has revolved around how his 5ft 9in (1.8m) presence will cope with the rigors of the Premier League.
Argentina is best known for new United manager Erik ten Haag, who signed Martinez for Ajax.
The £57million transfer fee suggests Ten Haag sees Martinez as a regular starter at Old Trafford, but in what condition it remains to be seen.
Martinez played in centre-back, left-back and center midfield during his time with the Dutch champions.
Ten Haag made the most of him at the center of his defence, which would jeopardize United captain Harry Maguire’s position as French World Cup winner Rafael Varane was also competing to start from centre-back.
Raheem Sterling (Chelsea)
A key player who won City’s first two Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola, Sterling found himself gradually out of place at the Etihad with the arrival of Jack Grealish and the emergence of Phil Foden.
Still a key part of England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans in a World Cup year, Sterling has headed south to become the face of Chelsea’s new era.
The 27-year-old was the Blues’ first signing since Todd Boehli’s consortium bought the club from Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea are badly in need of a goalscorer if Chelsea are to compete with City and Liverpool for the title and Sterling is the most likely member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad to score 20 goals.
He hit three consecutive seasons between 2017 and 2020 and did not get guaranteed minutes under Guardiola over the past two years to reach that tally once again.
Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)
The attackers in Jesus City were another victim of a wealth of talent as Brazil look to restart their careers at the Emirates ahead of the World Cup.
Despite winning seven major trophies at the Etihad, Jess never became the successor to the Sergio Aguero City they were expected to buy six years earlier.
Arsenal were badly in need of a striker after the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Jesus has already enthused Gunners fans after scoring seven times in the pre-season, including thrashing Chelsea and Sevilla.
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