Top 10 Premier League transfers this year

 15 Aug 2014 - 0:09

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Frank Lampard, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez

LONDON: The Premier League has lost Luis Suarez following his move from Liverpool to Barcelona, but there will be plenty of new faces on show when the 2014-15 season begins.
Here are the 10 most significant transfers to have taken place over the course of the close season (transfer fees approximate and as reported by British media):
Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid (ESP) to Chelsea; (£32m)
Bruising Brazil-born striker Costa, 25, joined Chelsea after firing Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title last season with 27 goals. Had a chastening experience at the World Cup with adopted country Spain, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hopes he will be the final piece in his title jigsaw.
Eliaquim Mangala
Porto (POR) to Manchester City; £32m
Despite a spending cap imposed on them by UEFA for contravening Financial Fair Play regulations, Manchester City found the funds to bring France centre-back Mangala to the Etihad Stadium. 
Alexis Sanchez
Barcelona (ESP) to Arsenal; £30m
Twelve months after smashing their transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil, Arsenal flexed their financial muscles again with a move for Chile’s star forward Sanchez, who can play wide or as a central striker. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that Sanchez would “add power, creativity and quality to our squad”.
Cesc Fabregas
Barcelona (ESP) to Chelsea; £30m
After a mixed three years with Barcelona, 27-year-old former Arsenal captain Fabregas returns to the Premier League with Chelsea. The goal-scoring midfielder will come up against his old employers for the first time on October 5.
Ander Herrera
Athletic Bilbao (ESP) to Manchester United; £29m
Following an aborted transfer in the summer of 2013, Basque midfield organiser Herrera became the first new recruit of the post-David Moyes era at Old Trafford. Has impressed in pre-season with his slick distribution.
Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea to Everton; £28m
Amid renewed competition for places at Chelsea, 21-year-old Belgium striker Lukaku elected to join Everton on a permanent basis, having scored 16 goals while on loan at Goodison Park last season. Everton broke their club record to sign him.
Luke Shaw
Southampton to Manchester United; £27m
After a fine 2013-14 campaign, which saw him named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year and supplant Ashley Cole in the England squad, 19-year-old left-back Shaw joined United in a move that made him the fourth-most expensive defender in history.
Adam Lallana
Southampton to Liverpool; £25m
Another Southampton player who sought new pastures after breaking into the England squad, attacking midfielder Lallana left St Mary’s after eight years of service. The versatile, two-footed 26-year-old can play in any position in support of the striker.
Lazar Markovic
Benfica (POR) to Liverpool; £20m
A 20-year-old Serbia international, winger Markovic is one of the attacking players who Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes will soften the blow of Suarez’s departure. 
Frank Lampard
New York City FC (USA) to Manchester City; loan
After 13 years at Chelsea, 36-year-old England midfielder Lampard left for new Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC, only to be immediately loaned to their sister club Manchester City.                

AFP