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Summer signings hoping to spearhead their new sides to Premier League success

Between them last season’s Premier League’s top six have already spent over $220 million on new recruits for the netransfer windoww season. And with Liverpool triggering Christian Benteke’s $32.5 million release clause and Chelsea pursuing $25 million John Stones, that figure could be a lot higher come the close of the transfer window.

Defending champions Chelsea have so far brought in two new faces to Stamford Bridge. The capture of Radamel Falcao on loan was the one that raised the most eyebrows after the Colombian striker endured a torrid time with title rivals Manchester United last season.

The Monaco forward managed only four goals in 26 Premier League appearances for United last season having been rushed back from a serious knee injury to play for his country in the 2014 World Cup last Summer. With the Blues having released Didier Drogba, Falcao will most likely take his place on the subs bench as Diego Costa will remain Mourinho’s number one striker.

Asmir Begovic will probably also get well acquainted with the Blues’ bench having signed from Stoke City. He’ll be behind first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois but is a fantastic replacement for the Belgian for all those pesky League Cup games.Falcao

If John Stones moves to Stamford Bridge he will be able to learn his trade at centre back from John Terry and Gary Cahill and is already being tipped as being one of England’s future stars, but Everton are adamant they won’t be selling the 21 year-old.

Last year’s runners up Manchester City have been busy this Summer as they look to plug the eight gap that separated themselves from Chelsea last campaign. sterling city

$49 million of there $69 million outlay so far was on signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool in the biggest deal – and longest transfer saga – of the window so far.

City have also completed the signing of Fabian Delph for a comparatively meagre $8 million, which could be the shrewdest piece of business done by any of the top sextet. The 25 year-old had a pass success rate of 85.2% last season and has forced his way into the England squad, earning six caps since last September. His partnership in the centre of midfield with Yaya Toure has the potential to be the best in the league.

The third signing for the two-time Premier League champions is another Englishman – 17 year-old Patrick Roberts from Fulham. Roberts is highly rated and will definitely be one to look out for in the future.

On the other side of Manchester, Louis Van Gaal has been splashing the cash strengthening his United side ahead of a season that sees them return to Champions League action. schwschnei

United beat off competition from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to sign Memphis Depay for $25 million at the end of May and have since added central midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger to their squad.

Schneiderlin has performed well for Southampton over the past couple of seasons and can form a brilliant possession-based partnership with World Cup winner Schweinsteiger at the heart of United’s midfield. However, the Red Devils need to carry more of a threat up top if they are to improve on last season’s third place finish, which is where Depay could come in.

Italian full-back Matteo Darmian has moved to Old Trafford too, and he will certainly aid United’s attack as he likes to get forward whenever possible, but Van Gaal might need to strengthen his defence more if they are to challenge for a 14th Premier League title.

One high profile departure is Robin Van Persie, who has joined Turkish side Fenerbahce, so another striker could well be on Van Gaal’s wish list.

Arsenal showed signs last year that they could challenge for the title and have signed a consistent, consummate  cech arseprofessional to wear the gloves in goal. And, at £10 million, Petr Cech could be one of the bargains of the Summer.

Cech’s former captain at Chelsea, John Terry, has already said that the ‘keeper will save the Gunners around 12-15 points a season, which would come in handy, as Arsenal finished 12 points adrift of their London rivals’ points tally last term.

Liverpool disappointed last season with a sixth place finish, but Brendan Rodgers has already added six new faces to his squad, and is on the verge of completing a deal for Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

Adam Bogdan, James Milner, Danny Ings all joined on free transfers, while young defender Joe Gomez signed from Charlton for £3.5 million, though is probably one for the future.

Brazilian midfielder Firmino cost the Anfield club over $21 million and had attracted a lot of interest from around Europe, though didn’t set the Copa America alight last month.

With Glen Johnson being released Rodgers has snapped up Nathaniel Clyne for $12.5 million from Southampton to fill in at right-back in what looks like a very astute signing.  benteke v

If the Benteke deal goes through Liverpool will have spent just shy of $70 million so far this window, although they did recoup $49 million from the sale of Sterling, but the aim will probably be a top four finish as opposed to a title tilt.

Finally Tottenham have spent the Summer improving their defensive options, having conceded 53 league goals last season – more than anyone else in the top 13.

Toby Alderweireld joins from Atletico Madrid having spent last season in the Premier League on loan at Southampton. toby

Full-back Kieran Trippier will also be at White Hart Lane next season having signed from Burnley while Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer also joins Mauricio Pocchetino’s squad.

Chairman Daniel Levy has said he does expect to bring in more new faces but anticipates anymore business will be done at the end of the transfer window.

So, with just three weeks to go until the new season gets underway, it’s safe to say that more money will be spent by the Premier League’s leading clubs before the transfer window shuts on September 1st and the title race looks to be a very competitive one for the 2015/16 season.

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