The best transfers of the summer in one team

Yes, some of them are overpriced, but they’re already proving their worth.

Meryl D'Souza September 7, 2016

The football transfer window is closed and the international break is over. This week we return to club football action.

To celebrate, we took all the best transfers of the summer window from Europe's top leagues and put them into one team. See if any new signings from your favourite club have made the cut.

Loris Karius
From: Mainz
To: Liverpool
Approximate transfer fee: €6.2 million

Liverpool has needed an upgrade to Simon Mignolet for a while now. Karius’ signature may not have been met with the same fervour as a superstar signing, but it’s a shrewd piece of business. Both Karius and Mignolet conceded 42 goals last season, but Karius boasts a better save per goal ratio – 2.10 to Mignolet’s 1.27 – despite playing for a smaller club. Trust Jorgen Klopp to unearth a gem from the Bundesliga.

Mats Hummels
From: Borussia Dortmund
To: Bayern Munich
Approximate transfer fee: €35 million

After eight seasons with Borussia Dortmund, Hummels is now a Bayern Munich man. With him and Jerome Boateng in the middle of that Bavarian defence, Bayern now boasts one of the best, if not the best, defensive line-ups in the world. 

John Stones
From: Everton
To: Manchester City
Approximate transfer fee: €55.6 million

Stones had a torrid season last year, but there’s no denying his potential. With Pep Guardiola by his side, there’s no one better to help him realise that potential. Just ask Joshua Kimmich. 

Eric Bailly
From: Villareal
To: Manchester United
Approximate transfer fee: €38 million

Unlike John Stones, Bailly had a breakout season last year and has already shown signs of improving on that with top-notch performances. The Ivorian resembles Rio Ferdinand in his style of play and is even versatile enough to play as a fullback if need be.

N’golo Kante
From: Leicester City
To: Chelsea
Approximate transfer fee: €35.8 million

This deal was a no-brainer for Chelsea. They were thoroughly outrun in the middle of the field last season, which is why they went ahead and bought a man who covered every blade of grass for last season’s champions.  

Miralem Pjanic
From: Roma
To: Juventus
Approximate transfer fee: €32 million

Here’s a stat to open your eyes: last season Pjanic played 365 minutes fewer than Paul Pogba and yet he managed to notch up the same number of assists, more goals and more key passes forward. The Bosnian deep lying playmaker is perfect for Massimiliano Allegri's tactically adept team. 

Paul Pogba
From: Juventus
To: Manchester United
Approximate transfer fee: €105 million

He may be overpriced, but in the few games that he’s played for the Red Devils, he’s bossed the midfield. Whether we’re talking about going forward or tracking back, Pogba is the complete midfield package. Not to mention he’s an upgrade on Marouane Fellaini.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
From: Borussia Dortmund
To: Manchester United
Approximate transfer fee: €42 million

For an established attacking midfielder with 11 goals and 15 assists to his name from last season, United got away relatively easy with an under 50 million transfer fee in a bloated transfer market.

Sadio Mane
From: Southampton
To: Liverpool
Approximate transfer fee: €41.2 million

Over the years, Southampton has become nothing but a Liverpool academy. Following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, Mane joined Liverpool to help Klopp and The Reds cope with Daniel Sturridge’s frequent visits to the hospital. The winger provides pace and directness, but also works equally hard while tracking back.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
From: PSG
To: Manchester United
Approximate transfer fee: Free

You could say this is a luxury buy for United. The club has Rooney and a budding Rashford in its ranks, but with three goals in three games, the Swede is showing those boys how to get things done. It’s only a matter of time until there’s a clash of egos at Old Trafford, but if they do it with the Premier League in the bag, no one will care.

Ahmed Musa
From: CSKA Moscow
To: Leicester City
Approximate transfer fee: €19.5 million

Leicester City surpassed its club-record fee to sign the speedster and he wasted no time, scoring a brace against Barcelona in a preseason friendly. The 23-year-old is still raw but is versatile enough to play on the flank as well as a second striker. With a little more experience, he could become a world-beater.