Premier League Transfer Round-up

Premier-League-TransferThe Premier League action returns next weekend and all the top teams in England have already geared up for the new season. Most squads won’t shape up exactly like the last year as the clubs have strengthened themselves over the summer transfer window.

The supporters in England will witness one of the best German players of all time in the 2015-16 Premier League season. Bastian Schweinsteiger has definitely been the most startling transfer yet and the midfield general will certainly be a big presence in Louis van Gaal’s team. The former Bayern Munich legend has won almost all the major silverwares with club and country and he’d be hoping to prove himself in this huge new challenge. Morgan Sneiderlin will also be seen at Old Trafford next season alongside Schweinsteiger in the midfield. The 25-year-old Frenchman moved from Southampton in the hope to play in the Champions League and his wish might finally be granted if United win the play-offs to advance to the group stages.

Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal publically announced that Victor Valdes won’t be a part of his team next season and to replace him the United hierarchy have brought in the Argentinean keeper Sergio Romero. Romero was involved in the World Cup final last year and he’s not an unknown to Van Gaal, who coached the player in his time AZ Alkmaar. Despite being the number 1 keeper for Argentina, Romero will most probably be utilized as a substitute goalie as David de Gea’s imminent move to Real Madrid is apparently postponed till next year.

The 2014-15 Dutch Eredivisie’s top scorer Memphis Depay has the skills, pace and brilliance to give tough competition to the likes of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez. The talented young winger is being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo who was also polished, to become the best player in the world, in Manchester. United have been drafted in as the bookies fourth favourites to win the the Premier League next season, but a good start could see their odds shorten dramatically.

Arsenal’s biggest signing this summer, which can also prove to be their most crucial one, is the former Chelsea number 1 – Petr Cech. The towering goalkeeper fall out of favour at Stamford Bridge last season as the Belgian keeper Thirbaut Courtois was shown the green signal. Cech, 33, has won every major trophy with Chelsea and his presence in the Arsenal dressing room can be a key factor next season. Cech’s attendance in between the posts for the Gunners will inject confidence in outfield players and his winning mentality will also be infectious to Arsene Wenger’s delight. With the addition of a consistent goal scorer, the North Londoners will become genuine title contenders.

The English giants Liverpool have been the most active team in this transfer season. The Merseyside giants have brought in Danny Ings, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne. Brendan Rodgers might be sacked at the end of the season if the Reds don’t finish the season in top four. The Reds’ most promising signings – Milner, Benteke and Firmino will hope to replace the club’s long serving captain, Steven Gerrard and one of their best players last season – Raheem Sterling.

Pellegrini’s Manchester City stumbled in the second half of last season before finishing second on the table. It was expected that the City’s ageing squad would be renovated from the scratch but till now the Citizens have brought in only a few new names at the Etihad. Raheem Sterling moved from Anfield to City for a whopping 49 million pounds and he’d have a lot of pressure to prove his price tag next season. Former Aston Villa captain, Fabian Delph will also be seen at Manchester City from this season onwards.

The Premier League champions, Chelsea, haven’t had many changes to their squad. The Blues have replaced the outgoing Petr Cech with Asmir Begovic and Didier Drogba’s place will be taken by the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. Falcao failed at Manchester United last season and he’d have a point to prove if he manages to redeem his lost confidence under Jose Mourinho.

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