Mathieu Debuchy – Newcastle to Arsenal
Arsenal paid £12million to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle on Friday, to fill the gap left by Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City on a free transfer – effectively replacing France’s old right-back with France’s new right-back.
Although Debuchy isn’t quite in the same league as Alexis Sanchez – who signed for Arsenal in a £32million deal the week before – fans will be relieved that they won’t have to rely on Carl Jenkinson.
Lazar Markovic – Benfica to Liverpool
Liverpool should take a look at Tottenham’s season if they want to know how not to blow the crazy transfer fee you’ve just received for your best player.
As good as it might be add some depth to your squad, replacing your world-class, £70million, 30-goal-a-season striker with five distinctly average players probably isn’t a good idea. To be fair, replacing Suarez would be an impossible task, but if Arsenal can manage to sign Alexis Sanchez, then why can’t Liverpool?
Remy Cabella – Montpellier to Newcastle
What is it with Newcastle and French players? Cabella scored 14 times and provided seven assists in Ligue 1 last term, and judging by the Montpellier president’s reaction, he must be decent. Louis Nicollin has mocked Cabella for signing for Newcastle, who he.. claims isn’t one of England’s top clubs.
Newcastle claim they paid £7million to land the attacking midfielder, while Montpellier claim it was closer to £15million. Either way, he will probably fit in more at Newcastle – more French people.
Eder Valencia – Pachuca to West Ham
West Ham’s fifth signing this summer – and it looks like Sam Allardyce will give the Hammer’s owners the entertainment they have demanded. The striker impressed at the World Cup, scoring all three of Ecuador’s goals. Although, Valencia surely wouldn’t have cost the London club £15million prior to the tournament.
With signings like these, West Ham might just prolong their stay in their Premier League yet again.