Detiksport - It's the dream of every prominent soccer player to play in the highly competitive Premier League.
The glamour of the English Premier League has been growing exponentially over the past few years, which is why it's the dream of every prominent soccer player to play in this highly competitive league. It's because of this that we have seen so many world-class players join some of the Premier League sides over the years. Because of the big ambition and wealth of the English clubs, there will continuously be big transfers going on in the league.
It has already been a rollercoaster of a year for many Premier League sides, who've already signed some top class players before the new season has gone underway. There was a lot of transfer activity from Premier League sides in January and we can expect even more in the Summer.
There have already been some great transfers in the Premier League in 2018 and if rumors are to be believed, then there's much more to follow. Let's look at the 10 best Premier League transfers of 2018 and 10 big ones everyone can expect.
10. Riyad Mahrez To Manchester City
Riyad Mahrez came agonizingly close to moving to Manchester City in January and was left distraught after they opted not to sign him. But impressive work after that has seemingly changed City's mind and they are again on the pursuit of Mahrez. The Leicester talisman has proved to be a stunning player for Leicester, scoring 13 and assisting 11 goals last season.
While Liverpool's terrorizing attack might've dazzled everyone last season, it was also quite obvious that they needed some better defensive cover and were still quite vulnerable in that department. Liverpool themselves realized that and even after signing Naby Keita, they decided to splurge the cash on Brazilian midfielder Fabinho.
The midfielder is extremely versatile and can play in numerous positions around the field, with his impressive passing and game-reading ability making him an asset for the Reds. His signing is quite the prolific one for Liverpool and can turn out to be one of the best deals of the Summer if he manages to replicate his impressive form in the Premier League.
8. Olivier Giroud To Chelsea
Olivier Giroud wasn't really brought in to be THE guy in Chelsea, but more of a role of a super sub, something which he's played really well. Giroud was brought in to add some physical prowess and height to Chelsea's game and has actually turned out to be a really good signing for the Blues.
Giroud might've scored only a few goals for Chelsea so far, but his goals have been crucial and won games for them.
But, Giroud will probably have to be content with the role of a super sub in the foreseeable future. Knowing the impact he likes to make in games, the role is perfect for Giroud and is bringing in rewards for the club as well.
7. Alexis Sanchez To Manchester United
Getting Alexis Sanchez in the January transfer window was one of Manchester United's biggest coups as they got their much-needed #7 in the exciting Arsenal attacker. Sanchez made quite the reputation for himself at Arsenal, single-handedly carrying the team to success on numerous occasions and being a clinical goal-scorer as well.
While Sanchez hasn't adapted to life at United that well yet, he's shown patches of brilliance, especially in the FA Cup semi-final goal against Spurs. Sanchez has proven to be an extremely hard-worker and will stop at nothing to bring back success at United. He could actually prove to an excellent signing after he properly immerses himself into the club and finds back his terrorizing goal-scoring rhythm next season.
6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang To Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was considered as one of the best players in the Bundesliga before making his way into the Premier League when Arsenal splashed the cash to sign him. The Gunners needed a terrorising striker after losing Alexis Sanchez in the summer and got that in Aubameyang, who has proven to be an amazing signing for them.
Aubameyang adapted to life in England amazingly well and in the 13 Premier League matches he played after arriving in January, he went onto score 10 times and assist four goals as well. Aubameyang's terrific predatorial instincts for goals and all-around striking ability makes him an asset for Arsenal, who pulled off quite the coup in signing the clinical striker.
5. Theo Walcott To Everton
Theo Walcott surprised many when he decided to move to Everton in the January Transfer window after spending more than a decade at Arsenal. But what was Arsenal's loss was Everton's gain, as they got an electric winger who had the ability to be a potent goal-scorer for them.
Walcott has had a decent outing at Everton so far, scoring 3 and assisting 3 in the 14 games he's played for them. He may not be young anymore, but Walcott still has the speed and dribbling ability to trick his opponents. Walcott needs some better service and will probably be a dangerous attacking threat for Everton next season and prove how good he still is.
4. Fred To Manchester United
Fred will look to add some of the "Brazilian Flair" to Manchester United as he has been signed to improve their midfield next season and could play a crucial role in the team's hunt for top-level success. Fred was signed for over $65 million, but he's proved to have the ability to turn up at big occasions in the past.
He's proven to be a sturdy midfielder who not only excels in his defensive duties but can notch up some excellent passes with his creativity.
Fred's also got a lot of stamina and will look to add to the strength of the United team. Fred will look to repay the faith put on him by United next season and aim to prove his doubters wrong.
3. Aymeric Laporte To Manchester City
Manchester City has surprised many with their defensive signings in the past year or so, but the signings have proved to be extremely effective and played a vital role in them winning the Premier League title last season. Despite making many signings in the summer, City improved their defense even more in January 2018 when they signed French center-back Aymeric Laporte for a record $75 million fee.
But he's proven to be the perfect signing for them and has effortlessly transitioned into the team, with his ball-playing and impressive defensive intelligence making him an asset for City. Laporte has already proven why City was right in signing him and will remain a pivotal figure in their defense for many years to come.
2. Naby Keita To Liverpool
Liverpool thrilled many fans last season when they reached the UEFA Champions League final in entertaining fashion, but the crushing loss to Real Madrid meant that there's still work to be done with the team. Their midfield core looks pretty weak, which is why Jurgen Klopp has been actively looking for midfielders.
He seems to have gotten his man in Naby Keita, who, despite agreeing to sign with the Reds last year, will join them in the summer.
Keita's a great signing for Liverpool and has scored 10 goals and assisted 7 last season as an energetic central midfielder for RB Leipzig. He can be the perfect piece to unlock their midfield puzzle.
1. Rui Patricio To The Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers have seen a sudden splurge of impressive talents, with new rich owners and affiliation with Super-Agent Jorge Mendes letting the "minnows' add some very big names to their team. While they've made impressive signings in the past, Wolves' biggest signing for a long time will be Portuguese #1 Rui Patricio, who signed with the club recently.
Patricio has performed really well in the World Cup and been one of the brightest goalkeepers in Europe in the past few years. He'll be an excellent signing for Wolves and massively help them defensive-wise thanks to his terrific shot-stopping skills. Patricio could earn some valuable points for Wolves next season because of his amazing goal-keeping abilities and help them re-establish themselves in the Premier League.