MOVERS & SHAKERS

THE transfer window slammed shut in the Premier League on Monday night after an exciting deadline day.

With hundreds of millions spent, clubs weren’t shy in bringing in new talent, despite the financial repercussions of coronavirus – especially Chelsea.

How the PL's best transfer XI for this summer could look

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How the PL’s best transfer XI for this summer could look

A host of top stars swapped Premier League clubs in the summer, while the top-flight also welcomed a host of superstars newbies.

But who makes SunSport’s best XI of transfers from the summer window?

We’ve picked our top TWO teams – and there’s no room for Manchester United new-boy Alex Telles in either…

GOALKEEPER – Edouard Mendy

Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy to be their No1 replacing £71.6m Kepa

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Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy to be their No1 replacing £71.6m KepaCredit: AFP or licensors

From: Rennes

To: Chelsea

Cost: £24m

BOY, did Chelsea need a goalkeeper with error-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga continuing his abysmal for between the sticks early on this season.

And although it’s early days, Mendy appears to have brought a sense of calm to the Chelsea back-line.

In his one league start, Mendy kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

RIGHT-BACK – Nelson Semedo

Semedo joined Wolves this summer from Barcelona on what could become a club-record deal

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Semedo joined Wolves this summer from Barcelona on what could become a club-record dealCredit: PA:Press Association

From: Barcelona

To: Wolves

Cost: £36.8m

WOLVES went on something of a Portuguese spree this summer, with Semedo just one new face from boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s home nation.

The right-back is a good-looking upgrade on Matt Doherty – who left in a £15m deal to Tottenham in the same window.

Semedo struggled a tad for consistency at Barcelona, but there’s no doubting his talent at right-back.

For a fee potentially rising to a club-record £36.8m, Wolves could still have landed a bargain in Semedo.

CENTRE-BACK – Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva was snapped up by Chelsea on a free transfer

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Thiago Silva was snapped up by Chelsea on a free transferCredit: EPA

From: PSG

To: Chelsea

Cost: Free

HE struggled mightily during his first-ever Premier League game – the shock 3-3 draw at West Brom.

But Silva, 36, will eventually bring a veteran know-how to a young Chelsea back-line having been let go by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.

And he performed much more admirably in the 4-0 drubbing of Palace.

CENTRE-BACK – Ruben Dias

Guardiola once again spent big in the pursuit of a solid back-four

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Guardiola once again spent big in the pursuit of a solid back-fourCredit: AP:Associated Press

From: Benfica

To: Man City

Cost: £64.5m

PEP GUARDIOLA knew he had to bolster his defence – again – this summer.

And he did so twice, bringing in both Dias and Nathan Ake for more than £100m combined.

Only time will tell if they prove good value for money – with City struggling in the bottom half as things stand.

LEFT-BACK – Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell was worth every penny of the £50m Chelsea spent on him

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Ben Chilwell was worth every penny of the £50m Chelsea spent on him

From: Leicester

To: Chelsea

Cost: £50m

ENGLAND’S first-choice left-back and arguably the second-best in the entire Premier League, behind only Andrew Robertson, Chelsea spent big to land Chilwell.

But it was a position they sorely needed a star, with Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri struggling last season – so much so, Cesar Azpilicueta was often deployed instead.

But in Chilwell, the Blues have a player who’s solid in defence and dangerous in attack – a bargain at £50m in the current era of inflated transfer fees.

There were so many top Premier League signings this summer, we had to make two XIs

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There were so many top Premier League signings this summer, we had to make two XIs

CENTRE-MID – Thiago Alcantara

Alcantara excelled during his only 45 minutes with Liverpool against Chelsea

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Alcantara excelled during his only 45 minutes with Liverpool against ChelseaCredit: AFP

From: Bayern Munich

To: Liverpool

Cost: £27m

SOME eyebrows were raised when Liverpool moved to sign Thiago from Bayern despite having a backlog of central midfielders in the squad.

But with the games coming thick and fast – as well as transfer speculation surrounding James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all summer – Jurgen Klopp decided to grab him.

And in his first match, Thiago broke the Premier League record for most passes in a single half in the 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Despite playing just once, the Reds clearly missed Thiago against Aston Villa – he’ll be arguably the PL’s bargain buy of the window.

CENTRE-MID – Thomas Partey

Arsenal fans were thrilled after Partey completed his move on deadline day

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Arsenal fans were thrilled after Partey completed his move on deadline dayCredit: AFP OR LICENSORS

From: Atletico Madrid

To: Arsenal

Cost: £45m

FEW saw this coming after months of arguing over a transfer fee between Arsenal and Atleti.

But on deadline day, Gooners were left pleasantly surprised after the club triggered Partey’s release clause.

The Ghanaian will surely become the rock in the heart of midfield they so desperately needed.

CENTRE-MID – James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez has been on-fire since joining Everton

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James Rodriguez has been on-fire since joining EvertonCredit: The Mega Agency

From: Real Madrid

To: Everton

Cost: £22m

MANY wondered if Rodriguez’s best days were behind him. Many also wondered how he’d cope in the Premier League.

Extraordinarily well, as it happens – with the Colombian scoring three goals and laying on two assists in his opening four games.

Everton are now top of the Premier League thanks in no small part to Rodriguez – who has linked up with boss Carlo Ancelotti for the third time in his career.

RIGHT-WING – Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz will hope to show off his talent when played in his natural No10 role

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Kai Havertz will hope to show off his talent when played in his natural No10 roleCredit: EPA

From: Bayer Leverkusen

To: Chelsea

Cost: £70m

ANOTHER transfer saga which seemed to rumble on for months, Chelsea finally got another of their top targets.

Havertz will likely play in his favoured No10 role once Frank Lampard has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

And at just 21-years-old, Blues fans should be excited at what the once-in-a-generation talent can bring to Stamford Bridge.

LEFT-WING – Timo Werner

Timo Werner will be hoping to get amongst the goals in the Premier League

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Timo Werner will be hoping to get amongst the goals in the Premier LeagueCredit: AFP or licensors

From: RB Leipzig

To: Chelsea

Cost: £48m

CHELSEA feature heavily in this XI – and it’s easy to see why given the calibre of their signings.

Werner was being pursued by champions Liverpool and the Blues – with Klopp and Co pulling out over Leipzig’s valuation.

But Werner will undoubtedly be a star at Chelsea when he’s played in his favoured centre-forward role, rather than out on the left.

Quick and lethal in front of goal, the German could be just the player Chelsea have needed since losing Didier Drogba.

STRIKER – Edinson Cavani

Cavani is costing Man Utd £200k a week, but the club will hope he still has his lethal touch in front of goal

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Cavani is costing Man Utd £200k a week, but the club will hope he still has his lethal touch in front of goalCredit: AFP or licensors

From: PSG

To: Man Utd

Cost: Free

THIS one could go either way… in Cavani, United may have bought the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic – but they could have signed the next Radamel Falcao.

A global star who shone in Europe, Cavani is a risk worth taking on a free transfer – despite his £200,000 a week wages.

The Uruguayan is a lethal finisher, but United will need to get him match ready after he sat out most of his final season at PSG last term.

Desperate Man Utd snap-up striker Edinson Cavani on free transfer worth £200,000-plus a week

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