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Premier League’s Twenty Most Expensive Transfers Of The Summer

The summer transfer window has shut down and as expected the Premier League clubs were the most busiest this summer, spending a total of around £480 million. In our today’s Picture Special, we look back at the twenty most expensive transfer deals of the season.

Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille to Chelsea – £35.2m)

Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £30m)

Oscar (SC Internacional to Chelsea – £25m

Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United – £24m)

Joe Allen (Swansea City to Liverpool – £16.7m)

Santi Cazorla (Malaga to Arsneal – £16.7m)

Moussa Dembele (Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur – £16.7m)

Javi Garcia (Benfica to Manchester City – £15.8m)

Alex Song (Arsenal – Barcelona – £15m)

Steven Fletcher (Wolves to Sunderland – £13.3m)

Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United – £13.2m)

Jack Rodwell (Everton to Manchester City – £13.2m)

Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina to Manchester City – £13m + Stefan Savic)

Gaston Ramirez (Bologna to Southampton – £12m)

Fabio Borini (AS Roman to Liverpool – £11.7m)

Lukas Podolski (FC Koln to Arsenal – £11.4m)

Adam Johnson (Manchester City to Sunderland – £11m)

Jan Vertonghen (Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur – £11m)

Matt Jarvis (Wolves to West Ham United – £10.7m)

Olivier Giroud (Montpellier to Arsenal – £10.7)

Where Next For City Rejects?

Manchester City may be the Premier League champions and may have a huge transfer budget to strengthen their squad this summer, but there are many dead wood players in the squad which they need to get rid off. Here, we look at the possible destinations of those players who are expected to leave Eastlands this summer.

1. Kolo Toure

The former Arsenal defender has struggled to get his place back in Manchester City’s starting XI following the lengthy drugs ban last year, and with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott now City’s first choice pair in the heart of the defence, Toure looks likely to leave this summer. PSG and Bursaspor, were both rumoured to be interested in the Ivorian, but with the French capital side signing Thiago Silva and the Turkish side making no further contacts, it looks unlikely that Toure will move to anyone of those two clubs. Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are also chasing the strong defender, but his huge wage demands may create an obstacle to the potential deal.

2. Stefan Savic

With Vincent Kompany suspended and Kolo Toure on international duty, Savic had his opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League at the back for City. The result was disastrous, as he played a huge part in City’s defeat to Liverpool in the Carling Cup semi-final and his worst game was against Swansea, when he was subbed off after just 45 minutes. The Montenegro international still has three years left on his contract at the Etihad, but City could cut their losses by selling him this summer. Sporting Lisbon and Roma are both interested, while Wolves are ready to take him to the Championship on a season long loan.

3. Nigel de Jong

The hard-tackling midfielder has seen his role fall from a first team member to a squad player in the past couple of years, but yet the Dutch international claims he is happy to warm the bench and be useful whenever the club needs him. Italian giants Inter Milan are said to be interested in him and move to the San Siro could be hard to turn down.

4. Roque Santa Cruz

Signed for around £17.5m in 2009, the Paraguayan international is one of those City signings who has spent more time away on loan to other clubs rather than at the Etihad stadium. A brief spell at Blackburn was followed by a season-long loan to Real Betis in 2011/13. Mancini is not at all a fan of Santa Cruz, but Betis are certainly interested to sign him, after he scored some important goals for them in the La Liga last season. The former Manchester United target has expressed his desire to stay with the La Liga club on permanent basis and is ready to take a wage cut to do so.

5. Emmanuel Adebayor

The Togolese striker is another big money signing who has seen his career fall apart since joining City. The former Arsenal man had a bright start at the Eastlands, scoring in his first four games including against his former club but since the arrival of Roberto Mancini, the 6ft 3in slipped down the pecking order. Adebayor had successful loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur but both the clubs were unable to agree a deal to keep him. Spurs have made it clear they want to sign him but he will have to take a significant wage drop to make the transfer possible.

6. Edin Dzeko

The tall Bosnian striker became one of the Europe’s hottest prospects during his time at Wolfsburg, where he helped them win the Bundesliga title, but his time at City has been very disappointing. Dzeko scored just twice in his first season and was in some good goal-scoring form at the start of last season, but his goals dried up in the second half of the season and that resulted him in falling out of favour with Mancini. AC Milan are rumored to be interested in signing him as a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City’s Potential Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

What a season it was for Manchester City!! On a dramatic final day of the season, the Blues went on to win the Premier League for the first time in 44 years but were very disappointing in Europea – both the Champions League and the Europa League.

This summer, Roberto Mancini has not signed any player yet but is expected to sign a couple of big players before the start of the season to strengthen the squad. With the Citizens having won the Premier League in the previous season, their aim for the upcoming season will not only be to defend their title but also put in a good performance in Europe ie atleast reach the the quarter-finals or the semi-finals of the Champions League. Here are Manchester City’s potential summer transfer targets..

JACK BUTLAND – BIRMINGHAM CITY (GOALKEEPER)

The 19-year-old English keeper was the part of the England squad for the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine. The Birmingham City stopper – who spent the previous season on loan at Cheltenham Town – has impressed the England coaching staff and Joe Hart has urged City to try to sign him. However, the young keeper who is in the Great Britain squad for the upcoming Olympics, wants to sign for a club where he will be assured regular first team football so that he can progress and reach his potential. That looks highly impossible at City, but they could sign him and loan him away immediately to another Premier League or Championship club.

FABRICO COLOCCINI – NEWCASTLE UNITED (DEFENDER)

Roberto Mancini is reportedly trying to sign players that will strengthen his backline and the Argentine defender from St. James Park is said to be on his shopping list. Coloccini was at his best last season as he helped Newcastle finish fifth in the league, above Chelsea, and qualify for the Europa League. Coloccini will be a great good addition to the squad and will also add the necessary competition for places at the back. The 30-year-old has recently signed a new deal at Newcastle but the lure of Champions League football and winning titles will be very hard to reject.

STEFAN RADU – LAZIO (DEFENDER)

Stefan Radu is another name mentioned around the Etihad Stadium for the past couple of months. The 25-year-old Romanian has been in impressive form for Lazio since arriving in Rome, in 2008. His performances has attracted interest from many clubs across Europe. The 6ft centre-back, who can also play as a left-back, will be a great addition to the City squad and will also strengthen their defence which looked very vulnerable in the absence of Vincent Kompany. City will tough face some competition for his signature as Arsenal and Tottenham are also said to be interested in him.

MARTIN SKRTEL – LIVERPOOL (DEFENDER)

Stefan Savic looked vulnerable as a cover and with Joleon Lescott ageing, another centre-back is a need for City after their league winning season. According to the reports, Martin Skrtel is one of the transfer targets of the club. The 27-year-old was Liverpool best man last season, having featured in every league game. The arrival of the Slovakian, who is rated around £20m, will be a great addition to the squad and will no doubt strengthen the defence. The transfer might also see Lescott leave the club and head in the opposite direction.

THIAGO SILVA – AC MILAN (DEFENDER)

Manchester City being interested in Thiago Silva is no news as its been going on since the start of the summer. Reports in various UK papers claimed that Mancini met the Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri in May to discuss a possible deal for the £42m rated Brazilian defender but nothing as ever materialized. Some reports in the past month suggested that the 27-year-old could snub interested from City and join Paris Saint-Germain but he also squashed all those rumours by signing a new deal at the San Siro.

DANIELE DE ROSSI – AS ROMA (MIDFIELDER)

Its a well known fact that Roberto Mancini is a huge fan of Daniele De Rossi and with Nigel De Jong linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, the Italian, who starred for the UEFA EURO 2012 finalists in Poland/Ukraine this summer, may well join his compatriot in Manchester. The 28-year-old, who recently signed a new five year deal with the Serie A side, has said he is ready to try his hand in different league having played in the Serie A for more than 11 years. De Rossi would be a huge addition to City midfield, who are set to lose Yaya Toure in January due to the African Cup of Nations.

JAVI MARTINEZ – ATHLETIC BILBAO (MIDFIELDER)

With Nigel De Jong’s future doubtful and Yaya Toure’s international commitments during the mid-season, City reportedly are preparing a £25m offer for Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish international. Javi Martinez, who can also play as a holding midfielder or as a centre-back, has been attracting a lot of interest from many European clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich after an excellent season with the Europa League finalists. Martinez will be real coup for the champions but they are set to face some tough competition from Barcelona, who are said to be the favourites to land him.

GASTON RAMIREZ – BOLOGNA (MIDFIELDER)

Ramirez, 21, is an attacking central midfielder with an eye for goal and was impressive for his Serie A side during last season. Ramirez is rated around £16m by his Italian club and has attracted interest from many European clubs in the past one year with Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus being one of them. The midfielder who scored eight times last season would be a great signing for future and at the same time would provide good cover for David Silva and Samir Nasri.

WESLEY SNEIJDER – INTER MILAN (MIDFIELDER)

Sneijder has been linked with a move to the Red side of Manchester for the past couple of seasons but now City are the favourites to land him. Mancini has been looking at various different attacking midfield options since Hazard snubbed the Citizens to join Chelsea and signing Sneijder would be like putting salt on the wounds of Manchester United, who have spent more than 2 season in trying to sign him. The Dutch international would no doubt strengthen the team but he would cost more than £30m and his form since the World Cup has been very disappointing.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE – ARSENAL (STRIKER)

Along with Juventus, Manchester City are the favourites to sign the Arsenal skipper, Robin van Persie, who has said that he won’t be signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. Van Persie was in some outstanding goal scoring form last season and ended the league season as the Premier League’s top goal scorer with 30 goals. With Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor and Edin Dzeko set to leave during the summer, there is place for Van Persie in the squad. With just one year left on the 28-year-old’s contract, the Gunners are expected to cash in on the forward this summer and an offer around £16m-£20m may well be accepted.

GONZALO HIGUAIN – REAL MADRID (STRIKER)

The Argentine is one of the most hottest property available in European football this season. Higuain has scored 22 La Liga in just 18 starts last season and yet he is second choice at Madrid behind Karim Benzema. The 24-year-old was linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the summer but nothing at all developed. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has stated his intend to keep Higuain at the Bernabeu for many more seasons but a chance to play in the Premier League and alongside his Argentina teammates Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta may be too hard to reject.

EDINSON CAVANI – NAPOLI (STRIKER)

Along with Robin van Persie and Gonzalo Higuain, Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the inform Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. If the 25-year-old Uruguayan was unknown to English football then he made himself known by scoring against both Chelsea and Manchester City in the Champions League last season. Cavani has been tremendous goal scoring form since joining Napoli in 2010, having scored 66 times in 94 league matches. The strong forward would be a marquee signing for the club but the Premier League champions face competition for his signature from Serie A champions Juventus, who are also interested in him.

Top 20 Worst Premier League Signings Of The Season

As we draw near the end of a thrilling season in the Premier League, almost everything is still up for grabs – relegation, UEFA Champions League qualification, and the title itself.

While we wait for those matters to be decided, let’s debate who the worst signings of the season have been. Here are Into The Top Corner looks at the top 20 worst signings of this season. Tell us whether you agree or not in the comments section.

20. Romelu Lukaku – Anderlecht to Chelsea for £18m

Dubbed as the next Drogba, he joined the Blues in the summer for a huge fee. Everyone expected him to get a run in the team under the then new manager Andre Villas-Boas’ policy of giving young players a chance but it never happened. Lukaku was behind the likes of Drogba, Torres and Sturridge in the pecking order and made just six appearances this season – all as a substitute – and is expected to spend the next season out on loan. People would say he is the one for the future but spending that much amount of money and giving him just six appearances from the bench is a waste of money.

19. Raul Meireles – Liverpool to Chelsea for £11m

Decided to follow Fernando Torres and join Chelsea in the following transfer window and I have no clue why he did that. He was having a great time at Liverpool and was performing well for the Reds but since his move to the Stamford Bridge he has been very inconsistent this season. Apart from that one Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge, where he scored the equaliser, his season has been poor compared to his first season in the Premier League.

18. Owen Hargreaves – Manchester United to Manchester City for Free

Everyone was shocked – including me – when Hargo signed for City on deadline day. He used youtube to attract clubs and prove his fitness but that plan was a complete waste and it backfired. England’s player of the 2006 World Cup, was troubled by his injury nightmare again and was able make just a single league appearance this season. According to reports City are ready to release him again at the end of the season.

17. Sylvain Marveaux – Rennes to Newcastle for Free

Marveaux was reported to be very close to signing for Dalglish’s Liverpool at the end of last season but the two parties failed to agree a deal and so the winger joined Newcastle United for nothing in the summer. After recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season, Marveaux was a regular part of Newcastle’s Carling Cup team and made a handful of appearances in the league. He picked a groin injury against Everton which would keep him out for some week and later in November it was confirmed he would require a hip surgery in US, which will make him miss the whole season. The France U-21 international was able to make just six appearances for the Magpies in the Premier League this season.

16. Craig Gardner – Birmingham City to Sunderland for £6m

Gardner was Birmingham star last season and was signed up by Sunderland at the start of the season. Gardener started the season as he had ended the last one with Birmingham, on song. But soon his form dropped and subsequently he was dropped to the bench. Arrival of Martin O’Neill at the club saw a change of fortunes for the former Aston Villa man and an injury crises at Sunderland helped him to regain his place back in the team. There were some rumours in the press of him being homesick but the Black Cats rejected a loan offer from a Midlands club for him in January. Gardner who has scored three goals in 19 appearances this season hasn’t produced the same performances as he did for the Blues last season and will be hoping to get a chance next season.

15. Jordan Henderson – Sunderland to Liverpool for £16m

Many people would say he should be a lot higher in this list but I don’t think so. The 21-year old joined the Reds for a hefty transfer fee in the summer and has made 37 league appearances this season but the England U-21 international has been consistently inconsistent this season. Liverpool fans call him the next Steven Gerrard and he has the talent in him to follow the footsteps and maybe even replace the inspirational skipper but it’s still in the future. This season he has been used by Dalglish in different positions in the midfield and that’s probably the reason why he has shown us just blinks of his talent and not the real talent. Expect him to come good next season.

14. Stefan Savic – Partizan Belgrade to Manchester City  for £10m

The 21-year-old joined City in the summer for a fee which could have been more than 80% less had they signed him a season ago. The Montenegro defender was brought in as a backup for Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott but he failed to fill in the boots of Kompany, when the Belgium international was sidelined with injuries or suspended. Savic scored a goal in his 12 league appearances but he struggled to cope up with the pace of the English game and was badly exposed in Liverpool Carling Cup win at the Etihad.

13. David Goodwillie – Dundee United to Blackburn Rovers for £3m

The Scot came to the Premier League with a reputation of scoring goal but when he leaves, he will leave with a bad reputation. Rovers expected him to make the headlines with some goals and he did but for all the wrong reasons. The Scotland international has made just 16 appearances for Blackburn this season and has able to find the back of the net just two times. With all the controversies surrounding him this season, I expect him to be the first player Blackburn getting rid of in the summer.

12. Matthew Upson – West Ham United to Stoke City for Free

The West Ham United skipper joined Stoke City for free in the summer. He stated that his main reason of joining Stoke was Europa League football. Upson who was once linked with the top Premier League sides is now a backup for Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth at Stoke. The former Arsenal defender hasn’t had the best of the season at the Britannia with most his appearances coming in the Europa League or of the bench. The England international who scored in the World Cup 2010 against Germany, will be looking to move and try his trade in some other league perhaps.

11. Joey Barton – Newcastle United to QPR for Free

The one-cap England international had a successful campaign with Newcastle before falling out with owners in the pre-season and then deciding to leave the club for nothing. The busy man on twitter, joined the Rs in August and was handed the captaincy by the then coach Neil Warnock. Barton started the season impressively and scored his first goal for the club against Wolves but soon his formed dipped and has been largely inconsistent since. As expected, he was involved in controversies with Wolves skipper Karl Henry and was also shown a red card in a match against Norwich.

10. Gabriel Obertan – Manchester United to Newcastle United for £3m

The failure of Obertan in the Premier League is one thing that surprises me. The winger has a lot of pace in him to beat any defender in the Premier League and also has the talent to succeed at this level but he has never shown it. When he moved to Newcastle from Manchester United in the summer, everyone expected him to be one of the best buys of the season but he has been very poor for the Magpies also. Started the season in the first team, Obertan was then dropped to the bench because of unimpressive performances and now with the return of Hatem Ben Arfa he just makes the bench. The France U-21 international has made 23 appearances this season, most of them from the bench, but has managed to find the back of the net just once.

9. Scott Dann – Birmingham City to Blackburn Rovers for £7.7m

Dann was a solid player for Birmingham last season and with the Blues relegating a move away from St. Andrews was imminent. Speculation of a move to Arsenal was probably the highest point in his career. But Blackburn came in for him first and what looked a like a great buy at first has eventually led Rovers to a relegation battle. Dann has looked a completely different player that he was last season with Birmingham and maybe a season in the Championship will help him get his career back on track.

8. David N’Gog – Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers for £4m

Was very disappointing during his time with Liverpool and I can’t understand why someone would even pay £4m for him. Looked at as a possible replacement for Kevin Davies, N’Gog has scored just three goals this season in 32 league appearances for the Wanderers. Maybe a season or two in the Championship can help him prove his potential.

7. Shaun Wright-Phillips – Manchester City to QPR for £4m

It’s very sad how his career has declined since the departure of Jose Mourinho from Chelsea. Wright-Phillips who has 36 English caps to his name was told he is not wanted anymore by City at the start of the season and so he joined QPR on deadline in August. He started the season impressive and also won the Man of the Match award for his performance against Newcastle on his debut. But soon his form deserted and that saw him being dropped onto the bench. Wright-Phillips who has a Premier League winners medal to his name has made just 23 appearances for the Rs this season and hasn’t scored a single goal yet.

6. Wilson Palacios – Tottenham Hotspur to Stoke City for £6m

After falling down in the pecking order at White Hart Lane, Palcaios joined Stoke on deadline day along with Peter Crouch. He made his debut as a substitute against Liverpool in the 1-0 win but his start to his Stoke career was restricted by a by a knee injury and tonsillitis. He eventually made his first league start against City in December, but by March 2012 he still hadn’t managed to become a regular in the side playing mostly in cameo roles. His poor fitness levels and a long-standing knee injury restricted him to just 18 league appearances for Potters this season and hopefully with a good pre-season he would be back to his best.

5. Charlie Adam – Blackpool to Liverpool for £8m 

He was Blackpool’s performer of the season last term and proved to be a brilliant sale for his former employers. His performance with the Seasiders attracted a huge amount of interest from top teams in the Premier League and Anfield was his destination in the end. The Liverpool faithful were delighted with his arrival and expected a lot of him and probably even fill the boots of Steven Gerrard, as the skipper was injured for the most of the first half of the season with a hamstring injury. But the Scot has failed to stand to the expectations and his inconsistency has been one of the reasons for Liverpool poor season.

4. Roger Johnson – Birmingham to Wolves for £7m

He formed a formidable partnership with Scott Dann at Birmingham last season but this season he is right up there in the flops of the season. He costed Wolves a huge fee of £7m and was named the skipper of the team but he led to relegation. At the same time he was booed on and off the field by the Wolves supporters, maybe the sacking of Mick McCarthy has something to do with that. But the skipper turning up drunk for training and his one field bust-up with his own team-mate Wayne Hennessey is not at all good for the club and its image. In the Championship next season he will be too good for the other teams and will again attract good amount interest from the Premier League sides.

3. Park Chu Young – AS Monaco to Arsenal for £5.8m 

The Korean international joined the club with a reputation of scoring goals in the French league but it looks like Arsenal signed him just to sale shirts in South East Asia. The striker who has 25 goals to his name for his country in 59 appearances failed to settle in England and has also been troubled with injuries since his move to London. The former FC Seoul striker has made just a handful of appearances for the Gunners this season with his only goal coming against Bolton in the Carling Cup. The Korean international will be hoping to get some more opportunities next season before he leaves for national service.

2. Charles N’Zogbia – Wigan Athletic to Aston Villa for  £10m

N’Zogbia was one of the reasons of Wigan’s survival in the Premier League last year and that’s why Aston Villa paid a huge fee to get him to Villa Park. He was also seen as a replacement to both Stewart Downing and Ashley Young, who left the Villains for Liverpool and Manchester United in the summer, but the French international failed to live up to the expectations of the Villa fans. With just two goals and three assists to his name in 30 appearances this season, N’Zogbia has failed big time under Alex McLeish and maybe a change in manager may well get the best out of him.

1. Stewart Downing – Aston Villa to Liverpool for £20m

No prizes for guessing who our flop of the season is. Yes, it’s Stewart Downing. Liverpool paid a huge amount of £20m to get the England winger from Aston Villa in the summer. Everyone including Dalglish thought Downing could be the perfect player to get best out of Andy Carroll but it didn’t work out. Downing, an England hopeful and will probably always remain one, has made 34 appearances for the Reds in the league this season and has – wait for it – zero goals and zero assists to his name. Yes, Liverpool fans, yes, you can argue that he was the Man of the Match in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City but you can’t argue to the fact that he has been a complete waste of money and the worst signing of this season.