The 25 year old Venezuelan makes his first jump to the Premier League in the form of West Brom. The club paid 12 million pounds to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The forward has been bouncing from club to club throughout his career, never staying in one place more than 3 seasons. The forward does score everywhere he goes, putting up double digit goals at each stop before making his way to England.
Well, his time in Italy didn’t last very long. Shaqiri has moved to the Premier League, with Stoke City being the suitors. The Swiss midfielder has had a whirlwind 2015, moving from Bayern Munich to Inter Milan, and now to Stoke City. He signed a 5 year contract, while the clubs agreed to a 12 million pound fee. At 23, he can be the foundation to build upon for Stoke, especially if they want to become relevant in the Premier League.
It isn’t so much a surprise that this player is moving, more than the fee the clubs agreed to for the defender. 25 million euros is what AC Milan paid Roma for the Italian, which is a huge suggestion about how many good defenders are actually on the transfer market. He is only 20, which increases his price a little bit, but this fee doesn’t seem like a very good deal. Either way the pen has been put to paper, and the Serie A will be that much more interesting this season.
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne’s initial voyage in the EPL didn’t go exactly as planned, but he has gotten his career back on track at Wolfsburg. Now it seems that Manchester City is calling with boatloads of money in tow. Who knows what De Bruyne is thinking, but all that cash is sure speaking loudly. Transfer rumors are just rumors, but with Man City, they can make those rumors a reality pretty quick.
This left back from Ghana has certainly blown up in the media recently. Chelsea are apparently hot on his trail, looking for his signature. Chelsea has an aging back line, and are likely looking to bring in some young blood to groom for the future. The 21-year old is currently with FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga, but a move to England looks to be in the cards.
Unlikely, but Possible
The youngster will be a key for Everton this season, unless he goes to Chelsea of course. In a world where money talks, Everton have recently rejected a 30 million pound offer for the defender. English players typically see their fees get a bit inflated in the English leagues, but Stones is a legit talent. With Roberto Martinez struggling last season, he will likely want to keep every top quality player he can on his roster this season.
QPR’s relegation seemed like a long time coming, and it is now a reality, playing in the Championship this season. A player of Austin’s quality likely won’t want to play in the lower tier, but reports are surfacing of a generous contract extension. I’d look for him to play the first half of the season, deciding if QPR are going to be promoted for next season before making a decision.
Will They, Or Won’t They?
We hit on him last week, but things seem to be getting interesting with Benzema allegedly in London for a medical with Arsenal. Wenger is clearly interested in the player, but this move seems slightly connected to another move for a certain goalkeeper.
David De Gea
Louis Van Gaal dropped him from the squad for the opening Premier League game, but recently included him on the Champions League roster. United have demanded a world record (for a goalkeeper) fee for De Gea from Real Madrid, which isn’t surprising. It seems that Real Madrid might be calculating the costs, and perhaps will use a sale of Karim Benzema to justify spending the amount of cash needed for De Gea.