Football is no longer just the beautiful game, it’s a business and a pretty hefty business at that. The flush of money from the current TV deal has seen clubs fork out a fortune on the best talent the game has to offer, and with the next deal up for grabs soon, the figures being banded around are simply mind-blowing.
Here at RealSport we rank the top five summer signings so far. Do you agree with our list? Let us know your thoughts on the best Premier League signings of the 2017/18 season to date in the comment section below.
1 Romelu Lukaku - Everton to Manchester United
Arguably the biggest impact we have seen from a new signing has come from Romelu Lukaku's move from Everton to Manchester United with the powerhouse Belgian striker, one of the jigsaw pieces Jose Mourinho needed to make the Red Devils a force again.
Ridiculed last year for the lack of bite in the spine of their team, Mourinho has addressed these issues and United look strong contenders once again and having a focal point up top ensures that they have a consistent and experienced goalscorer in this league.
Already with seven goals in seven appearances in the league and 11 in 10 appearances in all competitions, Lukaku at just 24-years old has given United what was missing, for years to come and his Premier League record is outstanding, particularly across the last five seasons where he has scored nearly 100 goals.
He has had a massive effect on the Red Devils and with Mourinho addressing the spine of the Manchester United team, they will battle it out with neighbours Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs for the title.
2 Alvaro Morata - Real Madrid to Chelsea
The Premier League Champions had a quiet summer mostly but have upgraded from the fiery Diego Costa to the consistent Alvaro Morata who has started his Blues career by scoring six goals in his first seven appearances.
With a hat-trick to his name already in a 4-0 away win at Stoke City, Morata looks to have adapted to the Premier League quickly and Antonio Conte will hope he can continue his goal-scoring form and give Chelsea the best chance to retain their title.
Last week's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City has shown that they need re-enforcements in the January transfer window but one area they look sorted in, is up top with Morata firing the goals in.
3 Richarlison - Fluminense to Watford
The Brazilian youngster has caught the eye of many pundits and has taken to the Premier League quicker than expected and for just £11.2M, it seems the Hornets have got themselves a real bargain.
As one of the pre-season favourites to go down, Marco Silva's side have surprised teams this season and the flying winger has been at the heart of their good start to the season, already netting three goals in seven appearances.
At just 20-years-old, and in his first season in European football, it seems Richarlison has a bright future ahead of him and it surely won't be long before we see him in the famous yellow jersey of his home nation, having already had honours at Under-20 level.
4 Mo Salah - Roma to Liverpool
The pressure is firmly on Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp after his side have gotten off to an inconsistent start in the 2017/18 season, compounded by the will he/won't he Phillipe Coutinho transfer saga.
However, the one bright spark for Liverpool, has been the return to English football for Mo Salah who looks a different player to the one that left Chelsea having been classed as a flop.
The Egyptian International has formed a solid partnership up top with Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for the Anfield side and has been contributing with both assists and goals with four in seven appearances and some dazzling performances that have caught the eye.
5 Alexandre Lacazette - Lyon to Arsenal
The French striker has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and with reinforcements needed at the Emirates to quieten down the unrest building, Manager Arsene Wenger plumped for the prolific 26-year-old to spearhead the Gunners attack for the foreseeable future.
In seven appearances to date, Lacazette has scored four goals which has been enough to silence the restless Arsenal fans for the time being, buying Wenger some crucial time to address other issues in his squad.
If Arsenal are to get back into the Champions League next season, Lacazette's signing could prove crucial, and he has got off to a confident start and will hope to be the prolific striker the Gunners have been missing since the departure of Thierry Henry.
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