Transfer Special: Strike force
Adam France takes a look at some of the best signings of the summer transfer window so far, starting with the attackers.
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Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Signed from Atletico Madrid for a reported £32 million, Diego Costa is already looking like he is worth every penny, scoring in both of Chelsea’s opening two league games.
The Spanish international caught Jose Mourinho’s attention last term as he scored 36 goals for Atletico Madrid in a season that saw them win the La Liga title and reach the Champions League final.
There is nothing pretty about how the Brazilian-born striker operates but you can’t deny he has an eye for goal and his physical presence is tailor-made for the Premier League. He is sure to terrorise defences as the season continues and is an early contender for top goalscorer gong.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
After scoring 15 league goals for Everton on loan last season, fans and pundits thought Lukaku was destined for Chelsea’s starting XI. But with the arrival of Diego Costa the Belgian once again slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and opted to return to Everton.
Tofees chairman Bill Kenright smashed through their financial glass ceiling in spending a club record £28 million for the young striker, showing the other teams in the league that Everton are ready to compete with the top four and leaving fans at Goodison full of optimism.
Manager Roberto Martinez uses the word 'unique' to describe Lukaku as he is young, incredibly strong, fast and can finish extremely well.
Although £28million seems like a lot, Lukaku is a long-term investment and one most Everton fans are happy they have made.
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool)
Tabloid journalists around the county will be celebrating the return of Mario Balotelli to the Premier League after the headline-maker signed for last season’s runners-up for a reported £16 million.
When asked what Balotelli brings to his squad, Liverpool manger Brendan Rogers jokingly answered "trouble", but for £16million the Italian striker is a risk worth taking. Although he is mostly in the news for his off-field antics, there is no denying the natural ability of 'Super Mario' and under the guidance of Rogers could do really well this season.
It is not yet known if Balotelli will start alongside Daniel Sturridge or be an alternative, but either way Liverpool have significantly boosted their attacking threat and invested their Luis Suarez funds well.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
The Chile international signed from Barcelona for around £35 million and has had a mixed start to his Arsenal career but looks full of potential.
The winger had a good game in their opening day win against Crystal Palace but struggled during the 2-2 draw at Everton. He played as a lone striker at Goodison but didn't fit the role well and was taken off at half-time.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the World Cup star will perform for the North London club, he just needs time to physically adapt to the demands of the English game.
Paying £35million seems quite a lot for essentially a winger but if he can adjust to life in the Premier League and play like he did for Barcelona, he could be a real force to be reckoned with having both pace and the ability to finish.
Remy Cabella (Newcastle)
Maybe not the Remy Newcastle fans were hoping for, but the French international looks to have really livened up Newcastle's attack and looks dangerous on the ball.
The tricky forward made a very encouraging debut against Manchester City on the opening day of the season and looked sharp again in Newcastle's 0-0 draw to Aston VIlla.
Although the Magpies are still lacking an out-and-out striker, Cabella has given Newcastle fans something to smile about and is good vaue at an estimated £7million.
Other notabe signings:
Shane Long (Southampton)
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea)
Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace)