Premier league signings that could make an impact this season

This summer’s transfer window saw Premier League clubs spend a record-breaking £1.165billion in total, the first time the tally has surpassed £1billion. The biggest spenders were Manchester City, who splashed out £174.05million, while not far behind were neighbours Manchester United, who spent £149.55million, including a world record £89million on Paul Pogba, and Chelsea, who spent £123.45million.

Stoke City spent the least on transfers in the Premier League – just £18.25m. While newly-promoted Middlesbrough spent just £20.8million, they were the busiest club, signing 12 new players. Among these were Spanish winger Adama Traoré, signed from relegated Aston Villa. With the 20-year-old Barcelona youth product having made only 13 appearances in his first season in English football, what impact he, along with many other new Premier League signings, remains to be seen.

Paul Pogba

Age: 23

Position: Midfielder

Left: Juventus

Joined: Manchester United

Fee: £89million

Considered one of the most promising young footballers in Europe, being awarded the Golden Boy award in 2013 and winning four consecutive Serie A titles with previous club Juventus, Paul Pogba will have his work cut out justifying the world record transfer fee Manchester United spent on him this summer.

New Red Devils manager José Mourinho will look to build his side around the French international in an effort to get the most from his explosive energy, creativity and eye for goal as he bids to revive the club’s fortunes.

N’Golo Kanté

 Age: 25

Position: Midfielder

Left: Leicester City

Joined: Chelsea

Fee: £32million

Leicester City’s acquisition of N’Golo Kanté from Ligue 1 club Caen is considered one of the top ten Premier League signings ever due to the crucial role the French international played in the Foxes unlikely, incredible title win last season.

The 25-year-old Parisians incredible energy transformed the East Midlands side, averaging as he did the highest number of tackles and interceptions per game in the Premier League last season. Can Kanté make a similar difference to a Chelsea team still smarting from its damp squib of a title defence? There’s every chance he can.

David Luiz

Age: 29

Position: Defender

Left: Paris Saint-Germain

Joined: Chelsea

Fee: £34million

A further boost to Chelsea’s title hopes comes in the form of returning Brazil defender David Luiz, who should raise morale at Stamford Bridge as he was popular with supporters during his previous spell at the club, when he was part of a side that won the FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Luiz won nine trophies in his two seasons with Paris St-Germain, so Chelsea supporters will be hoping his return signals a fresh haul of silverware for their club.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

Age: 35

Position: Striker

Left: Paris Saint-Germain

Joined: Manchester United

Fee: Free

Considered to be one of the best footballers of his generation, Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović has spent his career plying for Europe’s biggest and best clubs, so his arrival in the Premier League seems long overdue.

While it has been suggested that, at 35, Ibrahimović is way past his prime, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan striker has apparently been driving training at Manchester United, pushing his younger teammates to their limits.

His flamboyant, aggressive footballing style is reflected by his personality, which means Ibrahimović doesn’t always play nice with others, but if he can avoid clashes with officials, the opposition, management and colleagues, one of Europe’s greatest footballer will undoubtedly have an impact in the Premier League.