25 New arrivals! Here are details of the flood of Premier transfer deals in the first week of July (which also happened to be kit-launch week)
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon
The Gunners smashed their transfer record to bring French international Lacazette to North London, and the striker immediately said it is titles he’s after.
“I want to give one hundred per cent in every match,” 26-year-old Lacazette told the club’s official website after putting pen-to-paper on a five-year deal. “I want to show I am worthy of the shirt. I want to do everything I can to make sure we win titles.”
Lacazette managed almost a goal every other game for Lyon, his final strike completing a century for the club in 203 games
Arsene Wenger was delighted with the capture and said of his compatriot; “He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.
“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character
“So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”
Conor Mahoney – Blackburn Rovers
The Cherries snapped up former England youth international Mahoney after his contract at Blackburn expired.
It had been reported that the winger would join Nottingham Forest but the opportunity to move to a Premier League club proved too good to refuse and the 20-year-old signed a four-year-deal.
“I think I am ready to step up and challenge myself,” said Mahoney who will initially link up with Bournemouth’s development squad.
“I’m a young, hungry player who wants to attack and get past my man.”
Charlie Taylor – Leeds United
The Clarets’ first summer arrival joined the club after turning down a new contract at Elland Road.
Leeds had offered the full-back a new two-year contract but Burnley offered one of four years and that, plus the opportunity to move into the top flight proved impossible to resist.
Taylor, Player of the Year at his former club last season, said after signing; “It’s my first move permanently away from Leeds, so it’s something different for me but something I can’t wait to crack on with.
“I’ve been there [at Leeds] since I was nine and I knew it was the right time really. There were so many things that attracted me to Burnley; it ticks every box and it was a no-brainer really.”
The fee for Taylor will be decided by a tribunal but with the money banked from the sale of Michael Keane, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is likely to to look for further additions before too long.
Willy Caballero – Manchester City
The Premier champions filled the back-up ‘keeper gap left by the departure of Asmir Begovic when bringing in the experienced Caballero.
The 35-year-old should prove a perfect potential stand-in for first choice Thibaut Courtois, having worked in a similar role at previous club Manchester City.
After completing the deal, Caballero said “I am very happy to join Chelsea, the Champions of England.
“I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season”.
Argentine Caballero, who began his career with Boca Juniors in his homeland and who spent ten years plying his trade in Spain, played under 50 games in three seasons at the Etihad but always performed well when called upon, including saving a penalty from Eden Hazard in a 2-1 City win at Stamford Bridge.
Michael Keane – Burnley
Ronald Koeman’s Toffees have been one of the most active clubs in early transfer action this summer and the Dutchman brought his tally to six newcomers when adding the sought-after Keane from Lancashire rivals Burnley.
Keane, whose fee could rise to a club record-equalling £30million, said that the opportunity to work with former world-class defender Koeman was impossible to turn down.
“He used to play in my position,” said the 24-year-old, who signed a five-year contract with his new employers.
“I feel like he was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things.”
Having been developed at Manchester United, Keane’s career really took off after his move to Burnley and fine performances last season earned a call-up to the England squad and he made his full international debut in the defeat to Germany in March.
Sandro Ramirez – Malaga
Everton triggered the £5.25million release clause in Ramirez’s contract with Malaga, beating off a number of other suitors, and may well have bagged themselves a bargain.
The 21-year-old striker scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for his former club last season and the Barcelona youth product is excited to be moving on.
“I have joined the ideal club and ideal manager,” said Ramirez after signing a five-year contract.
“I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career.
“I cannot wait to wear the blue shirt in front of the Everton fans at Goodison Park. It’s a big jump in my career coming to the Premier League and for a club like Everton which is really on the up.”
Ronald Koeman was delighted with the capture, saying; “There was a lot of interest in Sandro because, of course, he’s a goal scorer, he’s young and he has a big future in the game.
“We have been trying to bring in good players so we can have greater productivity in the team and he will bring that.
“He will bring a lot of good qualities and he’s a really good goalscorer too.”
— Everton (@Everton) July 3, 2017
Henry Onyekuru – Eupen
Everton signed striker Onyekuru from Eupen although Toffees fans are going to have to wait at least a year to see him in action.
The just-turned 20-year-old, whose transfer fee was a reported £7million, signed a five-year deal, but will remain in Belgium for next season having been loaned to Champions League-bound Anderlecht.
Onyekuru is coming off an excellent first season in the Belgian first division, where he scored 22 goals in 38 appearances for his newly promoted team.
A product of the Aspire Academy in Qatar, the youngster received his first international cap in June when called up to play for Nigeria against Mali.
Boris Mathis – Metz
Koeman added another one for the future when signing former Metz striker Mathis, 19, on a two-year deal.
Mathis made just two appearances for his former club after learning his trade in the Lyon academy and will join up with David Unsworth’s title-winning Under-23 squad, although his sights are already set higher.
“My dream is to play for the first team here,” Mathis said. “It is a great club and I have always liked English football and the Premier League.
“Ronald Koeman is a huge figure, not only as a coach now but his reputation as a player speaks for itself as well.”
Steve Mounie – Montpelier
The Terriers smashed their club transfer record when forking out a reported £11million for Benin international Mounie as David Wagner made his seventh addition of the summer.
Mounie had a fine 2016-17 season in Ligue 1, bagging 14 goals in 32 appearances for ‘La Paillade’ to help his club retain their top flight status.
The 22-year-old penned a four-year contract with his new team and Wagner was delighted with the signing, and the timing.
“I’m delighted that we could sign Steve ahead of the start of pre-season training,” said Wagner. “He has a very exciting combination of attributes that makes him a very attractive proposition as a young striker.
“He has real physical attributes that should be perfect for the Premier League, plus we have already seen his talents as a footballer in his remarkable season in France.”
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) July 5, 2017
Tom Ince – Derby County
England Under-21 international Ince, who has had a somewhat chequered career to date, will get the opportunity to prove himself in the top flight after Huddersfield completed a deal that could be worth up to £10million to his former club.
Ince, 25, had already appeared for 6 clubs having started out on Liverpool’s books. The winger/attacking midfielder has shown enough to indicate that he has the talent to play regularly at the top and Town will now give him that opportunity.
The son of former England international Paul scored 27 goals in 97 appearances for Derby and his new boss is happy to give him the chance to prove himself at the highest level.
“Everybody in England knows that Tom has high-quality; he has been one of the best players in the Championship for many years now,” said David Wagner.
“He has had a taste of the Premier League for two short spells and he is desperate to show everyone that he belongs in the top division.”
Kasey Palmer – Chelsea
Palmer is returning to Huddersfield for a second loan campaign after spending last season with the club.
The Chelsea youngster made a sparkling start with the Yorkshire club last term, scoring with his second touch on the opening day of the season.
The 20-year-old continued to impress until a hamstring injury kept him out of the line up from February until he returned for the playoff final win over Reading. Now boss Wagner is happy to be bringing him back for a second season.
“I’m very happy to have Kasey back at the club,” said Wagner. “As we know from last season, he’s a very talented English player with high potential.
“Just as important he is a fantastic personality.”
Before agreeing to rejoin the Terriers, Palmer signed a new four-year deal with his parent club after which he said; “I’m buzzing for the season to start now.”
Jonas Lossl – FSV Mainz 05
After losing last season’s playoff hero Danny Ward who returned to his parent club, Huddersfield brought in Danish international goalkeeper Lossl who joined on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Mainz.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to keep Ward at Anfield for the new season so Wagner has plugged the gap with the once-capped Dane who enjoyed a good campaign in Germany last year, appearing 34 times for Mainz.
Wagner said after completing the deal; “He is a good shot-stopper, he is a real presence, and he is good with the ball at his feet too.
“I also know he is a good character – a real family man who speaks fluent English. He will fit perfectly with our squad.”
Danny Williams – Reading
Town picked up another former opponent from last season when adding US midfielder Williams on a two-year deal.
Williams played against Huddersfield in the Championship playoff final at Wembley and coach Wagner said; “Danny brings a lot of quality to any team he plays for. His way of playing – his aggressiveness, tenacity and athleticism – fits our ‘Terriers Identity’ perfectly.
“It is not usual that a player of Danny’s ability is available on a free transfer, so there was understandably a lot of interest from clubs.
“When we spoke it was clear that he wants to prove himself at the highest level in England and that he had a real desire to come and play for Huddersfield Town.
Williams, 28, who spent four years at Reading, said after completing his move; “I want to thank everybody at the club for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself in the most exciting league in the world.”
Scott Malone – Fulham
The signings were coming thick and fast at the John Smith’s Stadium and the arrival of Malone from Fulham was the fifth in a 24-hour period.
Malone, who had an outstanding season in the Championship with Fulham last year, signed a three-year deal with Town with the option of a fourth.
Malone was yet another to arrive after playing against Town last year and Wagner said; “Our fans will have seen in our games against Fulham last season what a good player he is and I know his abilities will suit our style of play very well.
“Scott is a good physical presence and a very capable defender, plus he adds a lot going forward. He shows good football intelligence to time his forward runs and can set up goals for teammates and score them himself.”
Vicente Iborra – Sevilla
After experiencing the skills of Iborra first-hand in the Champions League last season the Foxes splashed out around £12.5million to bring the former Sevilla skipper to the KingPower Stadium.
After agreeing a four-year contract with his new club, Iborra said; “I’m looking forward to experiencing the Premier League with my new teammates next season.
“Everything about this club seems good and it’s been great to meet my new teammates.”
Iborra received a glowing testimonial on leaving his La Liga club. A statement from Sevilla after his departure said; “Iborra has always shown exemplary behaviour and has earned the unanimous love and respect of all Sevillians.”
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare said of his capture; “I’m absolutely delighted that Vicente has joined us.
“He’s a player with such a good pedigree from his time in Spain with Sevilla and he adds some really strong competition to our squad.”
Leicester failed to adequately replace the energy of N’Golo Kante last term.The capture of the competitive Iborra should go a long way in addressing that issue.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 6, 2017
Florian Lejeune – Eibar
Defender Lejeune admitted that he thought he was being pranked when he received a phone call from Rafa Benitez offering him the chance to play for Newcastle.
The Frenchman joined the Magpies for £8.7million from Spanish side Eibar and said after signing; “Getting a call from Rafael Benitez was absolutely amazing, and I could only say yes. It was like a dream.
“When I got the call, I thought it was a prank so I didn’t say anything. After a few hours, I said ‘yes, that’s Rafael Benitez’, so I had to say yes.
“He was very important to my decision. He’s a great coach. Everyone knows him and he has won lots of trophies – that is Rafa Benitez.”
It is, in fact, the second time Lejeune has joined a Premier League team. He signed for Manchester City from Girona in 2015 but was immediately loaned back to Girona and then sold to Eibar.
Now, however he hopes to get the chance to actually play in England and he added; “It’s always been a dream. I have played in Spain and France and everyone was telling me that the English league was very important and very intense.”
Stefan O’Connor – Arsenal
Josef Yarney – Everton
The Magpies jointly announced the captures of O’Connor and Yarney who will both link up with the club’s Under-23 squad
Central defender O’Connor, who is 20, spent seven years at Arsenal making one senior appearance, and has been capped by England at Under-17 level. Yarney, also a defender and a year younger never cracked the first-team squad at Goodison.
Jan Bednarek – Lech Poznan
Polish Under-21 international Bednarek became the first signing of the new regime at St Mary’s, arriving on the South coast shortly after Mauricio Pellegrino took the reins.
Bednarek competed in the recent European Under-21 Championships in his home country after enjoying a fine season at Lech Poznan who finished 3rd in the First Division.
Bednarek said after signing; “I am so happy that I could join a club like Southampton. This is the moment I have worked for that makes my dreams come true. It only gives me motivation to work hard, to show my skills and to help Southampton get better and better.
“I think it’s a good step for me, because I have heard Southampton is such a good club for young players, so I can improve here.
“I think it will be a good move for me.”
Bednarek certainly fits the Saints profile, being a young promising player with the skill-set to make it to the very top.
Roque Mesa – Las Palmas
Swans splashed out £11million to bring Mesa to England and the player has signed a four-year deal with his new club.
It has been a long road to the top for the 28-year-old who helped Las Palmas climb to Spain’s top division and made his La Liga debut just two seasons ago aged 26.
The midfielder said on his arrival in Wales that he hopes his performances in the Premier League might help him win a call-up to the Spanish national team, and might therefore help him win a bet with his wife and shave his moustache.
After signing the deal, Mesa said; “It’s a small promise with my wife because I told her I wouldn’t shave my moustache until I get called up by the Spanish national team.”
Clement knows of Mesa from his own time in Spain with Real Madrid and the player added; “the manager knows me, he knows how I play and what I can contribute to the team. I’ll try to make them play.”
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) July 6, 2017
Tammy Abraham – Chelsea
Abraham was extremely impressive during the recent European Under-21 championships in Poland, came back, signed a new five-year contract with his parent club, and was promptly shipped out on loan to the Swans.
Last season couldn’t have gone much better for the London-born 19-year-old with 23 goals in 41 appearances for Bristol City in the Championship proving he was ready to move up a level. He will now get his chance to shine on the big stage under former Chelsea man Paul Clement.
A number of clubs were reportedly interested in taking Abraham on loan, including Newcastle, Celtic and Brighton but both Chelsea and the player reportedly felt that his footballing education would be enhanced most by a move to the Liberty Stadium
The word from Stamford Bridge is that the club feel Abraham needs another two years first-team experience elsewhere before he will be ready to play a part in Chelsea’s own senior squad but that they do feel he can make it to the very top.
OFFICIAL: #watfordfc is delighted to announce the signing of right-back Kiko Femenía on a four-year deal.
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) July 1, 2017
Kiko Femenia – Alaves
Spanish full-back Femenia moved to Vicarage Road after his contract with Alaves in his homeland expired.
The 26-year-old, who helped his former club to a 9th-place finish last season confessed that he was excited to begin a new chapter in his career.
“I’m extremely happy to be here in this great club,” he said after agreeing a four-year contract. “I hope the team has a very good season and hopefully I can do the same.”
Femenia, who has spent time with the B squads of both Barcelona and Real Madrid added, “I came here first of all because it’s a new, unique experience. It’s a chance that not every player has, to play in England.
“I come here to give everything I have and to do my best.”
Daniel Bachmann – Stoke City
Bachmann signed a three-year contract with the Hornets after his contract at Stoke expired.
The 22-year-old spent six years at the bet365 stadium and has recently broken into the Austrian senior set-up having been chosen for the last two full international squads.
With Jack Butland, Lee Grant and Jakob Haugard all seemingly ahead of him in the Stoke pecking order the shotstopper has now decided to seek a different route to the top.
At Vicarage Road, Bachmann will need to outshine Heurelho Gomes and Costel Pantilimon to earn a first-team slot
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— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) July 2, 2017
Jay Rodriguez – Southampton
Whilst many others have been taking a chance on overseas hit-men to pep up their scoring ranks, the Baggies went for proven Premier League quality, bringing in Southampton front man Rodriguez for an initial £12million.
The fee could rise to £15million for the 27-year-old depending on performance incentives and Rodriguez who has already made over a century of appearances for both Saints and his hometown club Burnley admitted that after ‘one or two near misses’ when coming close to joining Albion before he is looking forward to the new challenge.
“The most important thing is to be wanted,” Rodriguez told the club’s website. “Tony Pulis and Albion have made it clear just how much they have wanted me to join. That’s fantastic for any footballer to hear.
“I’m genuinely delighted to be joining a club of Albion’s stature. The team is full of top players and it’s pretty clear that they are also a great set of lads.”
Yuning Zhang- Vitesse
Albion added young Chinese striker Zhang to their ranks, bringing the 20-year-old over from Holland for an undisclosed fee and immediately sending him to German club Werder Bremen on a 2-year loan deal.
The club said they would not have been granted a work permit in England for the player who has made nine appearances for his country as China are outside the top 50 in FIFA’s rankings but added that the deal “aligns strongly with the commercial strategy of Albion’s controlling shareholder Guochuan Lai in his efforts to grow the club’s profile in his homeland.”