The transfer window has slammed shut on another record summer of spending in the Premier League, with the total spend among England's top flight clubs piercing the £800million barrier. But who got the best deals? Here's our top six...
6. Fabregas to Chelsea (£30m)
Fabregas may have had to consider whether moving to Chelsea after so many years at Arsenal was a wise move, but he’s already proving his worth at Stamford Bridge and has slipped into Jose Mourinho’s side seamlessly. Fabregas cost £30million and, by today’s standards, that’s not bad at all.
5. Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal (£35m)
Sanchez has already started paying off some of his huge transfer fee with the vital goal against Besiktas that ensured their qualification for the Champions League group stages. Sanchez provides proven pedigree and takes Arsenal a step closer to competing for major titles.
4. Falcao to Manchester United (£6m loan with option to buy)
Having already sealed a deal for Angel di Maria and with Daley Blind about to sign, many thought United’s summer spending was done – they were wrong. Enter Radamel Falcao, the world class striker United don’t really need. But Falcao oozes quality and is made for the Premier League. He will surely be a hit at Old Trafford.
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3. Diego Costa to Chelsea (£32m)
Costa, like Fabregas, has hit the ground running at Chelsea, already scoring three Premier League goals. Fernando Torres took 39 games to reach the same total at Chelsea and the early signs are the Costa will be a significant upgrade and, quite possibly, the difference between first and third.
2. Mario Balotelli to Liverpool (£16m)
Balotelli brings a lot to the table, as we all know, but he is a proven striker and someone that will add some bite to the Liverpool forward line in Luis Suarez’s absence. Once Balotelli starts firing, Liverpool could be unstoppable this season.
1. Angel di Maria to Manchester Unitred (£59.7m)
£60million for Angel di Maria reeks of desperation but there is no denying Di Maria’s value and he brings some A-List quality to United’s creaking squad. The early signs were there during his United debut against Burnley, where he linked well with his new teammates. He is surely one of the players that can get United back at European football’s top table.
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