After over £250 million was spent by Premier League clubs in June, there has been no let-up in July. By the start of August, spending had totalled over £800 million.
Following our Premier League June signings starting XI below we profile our squad of July transfers. With over £370 million of talent in the starting line-up and a further £82 million on the bench
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (West Ham United, Loan)
After being exiled from Man City under Pep Guardiola, Hart secured premier league football by joining West Ham on loan. The move suits everyone, with Hart getting the game time he needed in preparation for the world cup next summer, City trimming their wage bill and West Ham gaining a top-class keeper for a cut-price wage.
Right Back: Kyle Walker (Manchester City, £45 million)
After releasing Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, Man City needed a high quality Right Back. In Walker and Brazilian Danilo, they now have two. Walker makes our team though; his marauding style and huge transfer fee make for exciting times at the Etihad.
Centre Back: Michael Keane (Everton, £30 million)
Way back at the start of July, Everton snapped up 24-year-old Michael Keane from Burnley. After making his senior England debut this year, Keane will be hoping to continue his form from last season and force his way into next summer’s squad.
Centre Back: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea, £29 million)
Rudiger’s emergence was somewhat unnoticed in England. After spending two years with Roma and consolidating his place in the German national team, he was scouted out by Europe’s superpowers at the Confederations Cup this summer. Chelsea won the race and he will compete with Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta for a place in Chelsea’s back three.
Left Back: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City, £52 million)
The second City signing to make the list already, 23-year-old Mendy became the world’s most expensive defender after he swapped Monaco for Manchester. Having won Ligue 1 last season, Mendy’s appetite for silverware should not relent as City pursue their first Premier League title since 2014.
Right Midfield: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United, £20 million)
Versatile Austrian Arnautovic gets the nod in midfield after leaving Stoke for West Ham. At 28, Hammers fans will be hoping he has many years left at this level. Surprisingly, Stoke haven’t replaced him with anyone of note, a risky tactic as the season approaches.
Centre Midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko (Chelsea, £40 million)
After dominating Man City in the Champions League, the English media couldn’t ignore lanky midfielder Bakayoko anymore. The 22-year-old has subsequently joined the mass exodus of talent from Monaco and strengthens Chelsea’s midfield.
Centre Midfield: Vicente Iborra (Leicester City, £10.5 million)
Four years ago, Foxes fans would’ve struggled to believe you if you told them they’d sign the captain of Sevilla. Here and now, Vicente Iborra arrives at the King Power Stadium with barely a flicker of shock. 2015/16 champions Leicester are strengthening.
Left Midfield: Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United, £12 million)
After breaking into Norwich City’s first team last season, Murphy secured a move to boyhood club Newcastle. He performed excellently when called upon in England Under 21’s run to the last four of the European Championship and provides youth and pace in abundance at St James’ Park.
Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United, £75 million)
After letting go of talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United turned to money to find a replacement. For all of £75 million (potentially rising to £90 million) they have bought 24-year-old Lukaku. The big Belgian guarantees goals, but will need to score in the biggest games if he is to become a legend at Old Trafford.
Striker: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea, £60m)
Having been in the market for Lukaku, Chelsea ended up spending big money on another 24-year-old, Spaniard Alvaro Morata. Morata has an impressive scoring record wherever he has played but has rarely been his club’s first choice. A season with Chelsea replacing unwanted Diego Costa is ideal for both parties in a world cup year.
Subs: Willy Caballero, Kurt Zouma, Andrew Robertson, Jack Cork, Wayne Rooney, Alexandre Lacazette, Javier Hernandez.
Written by Sam Hanys.