Every year Premier League teams are spending huge sums of money looking to either change their fortunes or keep themselves in positions to which they’ve become accustomed.
With four English teams in European finals last year and Manchester City completing a domestic treble, the big clubs have plenty to try to replicate this season.
How are their big summer signings performing, though?
We look at the four biggest transfer deals of the summer and evaluate what impact the players are having.
Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £63m
Rodri was the big signing of the summer for the defending champions as they look to bring their domestic form into the one competition still to elude them: the Champions League.
He’s just 24-years-old and represents a good investment for the future, but he’s also slotted in nicely to the Man City side.
He is a natural successor to Fernandinho and has already proven adept at helping them transition from defence to attack. It’s not been a great start for Guardiola’s side, but Rodri certainly has a key role to play.
Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal) – £72m
Having been thumped in the Europa League Final, Arsenal’s business perhaps could have been centred around their back four. In Coral’s guide to this season’s Premier League teams, they note how the Gunners signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille for £72m, which is a club-record transfer.
He’s had a weak start to his life with the Gunners, chipping in one goal in eight matches. That’s in stark contrast to his time in Ligue 1 last season, where he bagged 22 goals.
His Ivory Coast teammate Wilfred Zaha has urged fans to keep faith with their new signing in an interview with Football London, claiming he has plenty to offer once he settles.
Harry Maguire (Leicester City to Manchester United) – £80m
Maguire is a stalwart of the England defence and made the move to Manchester United for a club-record fee after a summer of negotiations.
Sadly, although he represented a good purchase, he hasn’t solved the numerous problems facing the Red Devils. Their era of dominance has long since passed and they’re lacking going forward as much as they are at the back.
Recent defeats against Newcastle United and West Ham have underlined the size of the task at Old Trafford, with Maguire unable to solve all of their problems.
Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid to Chelsea) – £40m
Kovacic was the Blues’ only signing of the summer. An article by the Express explains how they’re currently under a transfer ban, but could bring the Croat in due to him being signed on loan in 2018.
He’s settled very well into the new-look Chelsea side. Whilst Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have impressed after coming out of the youth team, Kovacic has thrived with the new direction Frank Lampard has taken.
His driving runs from midfield have added an exciting dimension to their attack and he helped them to within two points of Manchester City ahead of the October international break.