5) Nemanja Matic – Manchester United
The Serbian powerhouse reunited with his former manager, Jose Mourinho, at Manchester United this summer. After four successful seasons with Chelsea, Matic looked for a change of scenery as the Blues brought Bakayoko from Monaco. While Chelsea were willing to sell Matic abroad, the Serbian was keen to move to Manchester United and was granted his wish by owner Roman Abramovich. Despite his success at Chelsea, he was always looked at with a cryptic eye particularly due to his ponderous style of play. Nevertheless, his style of play could be just the final piece in the jigsaw at Manchester United. With his defensive abilities, Matic would provide the freedom for the likes of Paul Pogba to do their thing. Now 29, Matic is in his prime. If Mourinho does indeed get the best out of Matic, the player he knows well during his time as Chelsea manager, then Antonio Conte and Chelsea might regret their decision of letting go the powerful midfielder. Get our betting tips here.
4) YouriTielemans – AS Monaco
Monaco may have lost Bernardo Silva, Bakayoko and Mendy to Premier League giants. However, the club still managed to hold on to the young prodigy, Kylian Mbappe. Over the years, the club has become a breeding ground for some of Europe’s top talents. The impressive work in the transfer market continued this summer as the French champions bought Belgian footballer of the year, YouriTielemans from Andrelecht. The Belgian, despite his young age, captained Andrelecht and was named in the Europa League squad of the season for 2016-17. The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea were gunning for his signature; however, Tielemans opted for Monaco in order to continue his development.
3) Federico Bernardeschi – Juventus
Bianconeri were keen on the Italian to join them after what had been a fine season for Bernadeschi in Florence. The attacker was by far the best player for Viola as the club finished eight. His 13 goals and five assists were enough to convince Juve to sign him instead of DomenicoBerardi, despite a buy-back clause in the latter’s case. With Juve now using a more traditional 4-2-3-1 system, Bernadeschi will have ample opportunities to showcase his talent. His flexibility to play anywhere behind the striker will be an asset as Juve hope to go one step further in the Champions League campaign.
2) Mohammed Salah – Liverpool
Mohammed Salah returns to the Premier League after a three-year hiatus from the English football. Only this time, the Egyptian returns as much more developed and evolved both as a person and a player. After nearly joining Liverpool in the January of 2014, Salah instead moved to Chelsea where he would fail to get any significant playing time. He left the club after just twelve months, to join Fiorentina on loan. He was a quintessential player for Luciano Spalleti last season as Roma finished second in the Serie A. Liverpool came back for the attacker, who could not resist the temptation of playing under Klopp. Alongside Mane, Firmino and Coutinho, Salah could form an unstoppable attacking line-up for the Reds.
1) Neymar – PSG
The biggest transfer saga of all time came to an end last week as PSG signed Barcelona superstar, Neymar on a five-year contract. The deal was worth 222 million Euros, breaking the record transfer fee paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba by a country mile. While the deal looked unthinkable for the most part, the transfer alone makes PSG a contender for next season’s Champions League. Neymar, reportedly, wanted to get out of Messi’s shadow and was convinced by PSG’s project. With PSG’s Ligue 1 success virtually a guarantee, Neymar’s season will undoubtedly be defined by his performances in the latter stages of the Champions league. He is unarguably the best player behind Ronaldo and Messi, assuming that he settles in smoothly in Paris, the move could prove decisive in Qatari owners’ ambition of conquering Europe.