The 2014/15 Premier League season is set to be a thrilling affair following an intense summer transfer window in which English clubs spent a record-setting £835m.
Check out the ten most expensive summer transfers below.
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Di María finally arrived at Manchester United after intense media speculation proclaimed that the 26-year-old would have preferred a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Nevertheless, United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward triumphed with a bid of £60m for the world-class Argentina midfielder.
Costa arrived at Stamford Bridge and scored seven goals in his first four games to propel Chelsea to the top of the league and set the side off at a frightening pace.
Despite not being a regular for the French national team, Mangala is regarded as a rough diamond at 23 years old. A few games into the season and Mangala is yet to break up the defensive partnership of Vincent Kompany and Martín Demichelis.
Already it has become apparent that Fábregas is one of the shrewdest purchases on this list. For one reason or another, Barcelona simply didn’t value Fábregas. José Mourinho clearly knew better, because Fábregas came straight into the Chelsea side and contributed six assists during his first four games. Chelsea now have the most devastating attack in the league after their two most expensive summer acquisitions.
Sánchez is viewed as a luxury purchase from Arsenal, who were more in need of a quality central defender or defensive midfielder. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has yet another luxury attacking option to compliment the likes of Mesut Özil, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Santi Cazorla.
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After refusing to pay his release clause the previous summer, former manager David Moyes had to watch on as new manager Louis van Gaal sanctioned the completion of a £29m deal for the classy Spanish midfielder.
At 18 years of age, Luke Shaw was the most expensive teenager of all time when he sparked the Southampton transfer exodus after moving for £27m. Injury and fitness issues have held back the start of his Old Trafford career.
Lallana also followed Shaw northwards, but instead ended up at Liverpool in a £25m deal. Also like Shaw, injury has slowed his start to the season.
After a strong season at the core of the Southampton defence, the Croatian has struggled to replicate the same elite level of performance at Anfield after moving for £20m.
The 20-year-old Serbian has been signed to give Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers attacking options after selling superstar talisman Luis Suárez to Barcelona for a colossal £75m.