Once again, Premier League spending has reached over £1bn with 14 of the 20 clubs breaking their transfer records. This article will focus on five of the clubs who have smashed previous transfer records, sometimes more than once, during the summer of 2017.
Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette (£52.6m)
Arsenal’s previous record signing – Mesut Ozil for £42.4m in September 2016
Arsenal have been crying out for a world-class striker for years and they finally signed one this season. Alexandre Lacazette joined from Lyon with an impressive record of 76 goals in the last three Ligue 1 seasons. The Frenchman got his Arsenal career off to the best start when he scored two minutes into his home debut with just his second touch. In doing so, Lacazette became the fastest-scoring debutant in Premier League history. For some unknown reason, Lacazette was on the bench for Arsenal’s 4-0 humiliation at Anfield. Hopefully his confidence has not been affected and he can be the striker that Arsenal desperately need.
Bournemouth – Nathan Ake (£20m)
Bournemouth’s previous record signing – Jordan Ibe for £16m in July 2016
After a promising loan spell down on the south coast which was cut short when Chelsea recalled him in January, Nathan Ake signed for the Cherries on a permanent basis. Ake was sorely missed by Bournemouth and they will be glad to have him back after he scored three goals in 12 appearances during his loan spell. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has a huge amount of faith in Ake and this will help the 22-year-old develop into an excellent defender. Ake has started all three matches so far this season with Bournemouth yet to win a match. However, a trip to Arsenal after the international break should change that.
Chelsea – Alvaro Morata (£60m)
Chelsea’s previous record signing – Fernando Torres for £50m in January 2011
Romelu Lukaku was Chelsea’s top target for the summer but Jose Mourinho’s Man United got there first. This meant that Chelsea bought Alvaro Morata instead. With the Diego Costa situation still rumbling on in the background, there were doubts as to whether Morata could be an adequate replacement. The Spaniard has proved his doubters wrong so far with two goals and assists in his first two home games. He is the first player in Premier League history to do so. Morata has been at Real Madrid and Juventus but this is his first real chance to be the main man.
Huddersfield Town – Steve Mounie (£11.5m)
Huddersfield Town’s previous record signing – Aaron Mooy for £8m in June 2017
Huddersfield were one of four clubs who broke their transfer record more than once this window. Along with Brighton, another newly promoted club, they broke their transfer record three times. The Terriers signed Laurent Depoitre for £3.5m then Aaron Mooy for an initial £8m before acquiring the services of Steve Mounie for £11.5m. Mounie joined from Montpellier after scoring 14 goals in 32 starts. The Benin international has already scored twice for Huddersfield as they recorded an opening day win against Crystal Palace. One of the most important signings for a newly promoted club is a striker. Mounie will be invaluable to Huddersfield as they aim to remain in the Premier League.
West Bromwich Albion – Oliver Burke (£15m)
West Bromwich Albion’s previous record signing – Nacer Chadli for £13m in August 2016
After finishing 10th under Tony Pulis last season, the Baggies want to progress even further. Oliver Burke was the fourth of five major signings for West Brom. Burke has gained invaluable experience by spending a year in Germany with RB Leipzig. The most expensive Scottish player ever returned to England to play more regular football after making just five starts in 25 appearances for the Bundesliga club. Burke is a very talented player and should be an excellent acquisition for West Brom.