The deadline day of the 2020 summer window for EPL transfers remained eventful with clubs sweeping in to materialize surprising deals at the very last moment. While Manchester United signed free agent Edinson Cavani after a failed Jadon Sancho move, Arsenal finally got their long-term target Thomas Partey.
However, some of the bigger EPL transfers were done way ahead and few of them have already proved their mettle in the Premier League. Here’s a look at the five best EPL transfers of summer 2020.
JAMES RODRIGUEZ TO EVERTON
After an underwhelming season with the Toffees last time around, where Carlo Ancelotti saw Everton finish 12th in the Premier League table, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has come back stronger with a string of big signings in the summer. And it is quite evident that roping in Columbian star James Rodriguez was his wisest move.
Ancelotti had previously managed James Rodriguez in Real Madrid and Bayern Munich with the playmaker scoring 18 goals and 19 assists under the manager before he moved to Everton. Hence, there wasn’t a shred of doubt about his potential at Goodison Park. The £20m import from Real Madrid has already scored thrice and assisted twice in his four Premier League starts so far, proving Zinedine Zidane wrong.
THIAGO ALCANTARA TO LIVERPOOL
Unlike their rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, defending Premier League champions Liverpool had entered the summer transfer market a little late. With a readymade UEFA Champions League and domestic league winning squad already at disposal, Jurgen Klopp was in no hurry to spend on redundant reinforcements. Fans had seen Liverpool miss out on Timo Werner to Chelsea as a failure for the club, who now had the lure of everything.
However, Liverpool’s patience was worth the wait as they got their hands on 2019-20 UEFA Champions League-winning midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The Spanish midfield maestro was looking for a new challenge after spending almost an era with Bayern Munich and Liverpool was always the destination for him. However, what makes this transfer brilliant is his price tag of £20m. In his very first Premier League match against Chelsea, the 29-year-old broke the PL record for most passes in a game despite coming on after half-time.
HELDER COSTA TO LEEDS UNITED
Leeds United had identified Helder Costa last season itself when the Portuguese international had arrived at Elland Road on loan. His impact was instant as well with Costa helping Leeds seal a Premier League promotion for the first time in 16 years. After the forward scored thrice in the Championship last season, Marcelo Bielsa is now giving him a first-team run on the big stage alongside other new imports, and the former Wolves man has outshone everyone.
After four EPL matches, Costa has scored twice and assisted once, executing Bielsa’s high pressing tactic to perfection. The fact that he cost just £16m is astonishing and says a lot about Leeds United’s scouting staff, who should be equally credited for the team’s current eighth position in the points table.
SERGIO REGUILON TO TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
The Spaniard had already turned heads during his time with Sevilla last season, where the left-back not only helped his side finish in the top four of La Liga but also lift the UEFA Europa League title. Sergio Reguilon was the talk of the town after he had scored the winner in Europa League semi-final to knock Manchester United out of the tournament before seeing off Inter Milan in the final.
Under Jose Mourinho, Reguilon has further continued to rise as he opened his account with an assist in the EFL Cup. He was also a part of the Spurs squad that beat Manchester United 6-1 at the Old Trafford. Though the Real Madrid product cost a hefty £21m, the youngster already looks to be one of Mourinho’s best transfers.
THOMAS PARTEY TO ARSENAL
The Ghanaian international remains the only name on the list, who is yet to play in the Premier League. But the name and price tag makes it one of the biggest deadline day signings in the Premier League this summer. The transfer was so last-minute that Atletico Madrid didn’t have contingency plans for Thomas Partey and Arsenal’s direct communication with La Liga to trigger the player’s release clause will be spoken about in impolite terms in Atletico Madrid circle.
However, the £45m price tag for a player like Partey makes it a shrewd buy for the London club. Having come up through the Atletico Madrid ranks, he had cemented his place in the senior squad only in the 2015-16 season before gradually becoming Diego Simeone’s main man in the midfield. The towering midfielder was quintessential in eliminating defending champions Liverpool’s from the Champions League last season and is widely believed by experts to have solved Arsenal’s single biggest problem over the last one and half decade – replacing Patrick Viera.
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