The summer transfer window is yet to get going but that hasn't stopped Premier League sides from splashing the cash

With the Confederations Cup, U21 and U20 European Championships all taking the spotlight in recent weeks, the transfer window has been somewhat ignored.

Now that all of those are coming to an end and the transfer window has officially opened, though, rumours and deals are likely to start flooding in from here on in.

While the window has largely been quiet, that has not stopped clubs making their moves ahead of the new season with spending likely to reach astronomical heights by the end of the window.

So who have made the biggest moves of the summer so far? Here are the five biggest deals to date.

Bernardo Silva to Manchester City - £43million

As if determined to sound out a warning note to the rest of the Premier League, Manchester City were quick to secure the big-money capture of Silva this summer.

One of the stars of the Monaco team that lit up Ligue 1 and the Champions League last season, the Portuguese midfielder was nicknamed ‘Bubblegum’ by one of his Monaco teammates. Why? Because the ball always sticks to his feet.

In a team that’s already full to the brim of both attacking and creative talent, it is going to be fascinating to see how Pep Guardiola plans to incorporate them all into one system.

Make no mistake if he plays half as well as he did at Monaco, £43 million will end up looking like a bargain.

Ederson Moraes to Manchester City - £35 million

After shipping Joe Hart out to Torino on loan and bringing in Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, Pep Guardiola would not have thought he’d be shelling out for another keeper just a year later.

However, the Chilean’s disastrous first season in England, in which he managed just five clean sheets and became a focal point for ridicule by the end of the campaign, has necessitated just that.

The fact Guardiola's team finished the campaign with Willy Caballero between the sticks and then let him leave for Chelsea on a free transfer this summer shows just how bad things were with Bravo.

In Ederson, Guardiola will be hoping it is second time lucky. The fact he is now the world’s most expensive goalkeeper ever means the pressure will be on from day one.

Mohamed Salah to Liverpool - £34.3 million

In what appears to be a move to ease the burden on Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s first move this summer has been to secure Mohamed Salah from Roma.

The Egyptian forward was in sensational form for the Serie A side last season, scoring 19 goals and registering 12 assists in all competitions. The Reds will be hoping it is more of the same next season.

Jurgen Klopp clearly thinks that can happen given he has elected to make Salah the club’s second most expensive signing ever.

Likely to take up a left wing berth with Mane on the opposite side, Liverpool could have a terrifying forward three at their disposal next season should they click alongside Roberto Firmino.

Victor Lindelof to Manchester United – £31 million

Given Manchester United had the second best defensive record in the Premier League last season; it seems strange that their first move of the summer was to add a new centre-half. 

That is just what they have done, though, with Jose Mourinho moving quickly to secure the capture of Victor Lindelof from Benfica in a £31 million deal.

A Swedish international, nicknamed ‘The Iceman’, Lindelof comes highly regarded and has been tracked by the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent years.

He is likely to form a formidable defensive partnership with Eric Bailly in the heart of the defence, something Mourinho will be hoping can be the foundations of a side capable of breaking back into the top four at least.

Jordan Pickford to Everton - £25 million rising to £30 million

Another Premier League manager who was less than impressed with his goalkeeping options last season was Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg both failed to prove themselves as capable number ones, with the Dutchman rotating between the pair of them over the campaign.

It is that lack of faith that has surely led to his capture of Pickford from Sunderland. The England U21 international enjoyed a breakout season with the relegated Black Cats last season, putting in a series of impressive performances despite their eventual relegation from the Premier League.

Several of the big sides were rumoured to be keen on his signature and the fee the Toffees have paid for him, one that made him the third most expensive goalkeeper ever, shows they have faith he will be a future star.

 

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