Five transfers that could transform the Premier League

SuarezWith the World Cup over, all eyes are now on the Premier League, which is just weeks away. In a bid to bolster their teams, managers in the top Premiership teams are making desperate last minute transfers to get their hands on the coveted title.

Last year’s title went to Manchester City, but could Liverpool go all the way this season? More importantly, will the signing of Louis van Gaal turn the fortunes of seventh place Manchester United around? Here are just a few of the most important transfers which could change the fates of the league’s biggest teams.

Luke Shaw: Southampton – Manchester United

Southampton is saying goodbye to some of its most promising talent this season from Adam Lallana to Rickie Lambert, but none more promising than 19-year-old Luke Shaw. He had clearly shown his potential to England manager Roy Hodgson, who chose the then 18-year-old to take to Brazil this year instead of favourite Ashley Cole. Shaw’s left back skills were put to the test in England’s sign off match against Costa Rica, and though he was signed before Louis van Gaal was on the scene, he’ll be hoping to see some impressive performances from Shaw.

Diego Costa: Atlético Madrid – Chelsea

After a disappointing World Cup campaign, Spanish native Diego Costa will be hoping to change the fortunes of Chelsea this season. Doubtless manager Jose Mourinho will have been monitoring Costa’s performance during La Liga, in which Atlético Madrid are the current champions, but he will have a lot on his plate if he’s to prove the value of his £32 million transfer fee.

Alexis Sánchez: Chile – Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was typically frugal in the run up to the transfer window opening this summer. He has made one vital transfer however, that some experts are deeming will end Arsenal’s fourth-place reputation and catapult them to the top: Alexis Sánchez. The 25-year-old scored two goals during the World Cup, including one against Brazil, so he should be worth every penny of his £32 million transfer fee.

Filipe Luís: Atlético Madrid – Chelsea

Atlético Madrid will really be suffering this year thanks to another poaching of one of their best players, Filipe Luís, courtesy once again of Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian left back was signed for £20 million, and despite not playing in the 2014 World Cup, has the La Liga title under his belt. At 28 years old, he’s a little more experienced than his former Atlético Madrid counterpart Costa, but we’ve yet to see whether wisdom will fare well for Chelsea.

Luis Suárez: Liverpool – Barcelona FC

One of the biggest shake ups to the Football Association this year was Luis Suárez’s infamous biting scandal, the third in which the striker was involved. He received a four-month, nine-match ban, which saw Liverpool’s odds of winning the Premier League drastically reduced. Now however, their dream is even further away, as the 27-year-old has recently been signed to Barcelona for a whopping £75 million.

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