Top 10 Transfers of the Summer (08/09)

10. Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff to Arsenal, £5m): Arsenal beat off Man United to sign the Welshman and though he may not be in the plans in the immediate future, all the signs point to a potential world class player. Ramsey is a box-to-box midfielder with two good feet and drive from midfield.

9. Amr Zaki (El Zamalek to Wigan, Loan): Wigan took a gamble when signing Zaki from Egyptian side Zamalek but the powerful striker has made a great start and could provide the goals to try and earn a top 10 position.

8. Steed Malbranque (Tottenham to Sunderland, Undisclosed): A surprise that Tottenham sold him, an often underrated player who thought he would finally get the chance he deserves at Spurs only to be sold a year later. Clever and can score the odd crucial goal.

7. Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea to Man. City, £9): Often England’s forgotton man on the right side in favour of Beckham wannabee Bentley, Wright-Phillips has got the chance to re-stake his claim in the squad. Great pace and a constant threat. 

6. Vincent Kompany (Hamburg to Man City, £15m): The tall defender can grace any top four side showing the ambition of City. Had a bad Olympics but it is a great coup Man City.

5. Deco (Barcelona to Chelsea, £8m): The Euro’s showed he has still got it and though he is not getting any older, the £8million Chelsea spent could be a bargain if he can pull the strings in midfield like he does for his country.

4. Jose Bosingwa (Porto to Chelsea, £17m): Had a good Euro’s for Portugal and is the right back Chelsea have been looking for. Great pace makes him a threat when attacking and is no slouch in defence.

3. Marouane Fellaini (Standard to Everton, £15m):Finally Everton have someone who can dominate games in the centre . The Belgian has got a good engine and has turned what looked like a gloomy summer into a season of renewed expectations.

2. Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham to Man Utd, £30.75m): The most drawn out transfer of the summer was completed in the last minutes and it could be the final piece in the United jigsaw. Great vision, link-up and finishing makes him almost the complete package. The price tag may be a tad steep but is the closet thing to a Dennis Bergkamp.

1. Samir Nasri (Marseille to Arsenal, £12m): Has taken to the premiership like a duck to water and has scored two goals for the Gunners already. Is quick, tricky and has the balance to cut it with the most physical sides. A bout of meningitis last year put most clubs off but Wenger knows a talent when he sees one and didn’t hesitate to snap the Frenchman up.

And the Best of the Rest…

  1. Alex Hleb (Arsenal to Barcelona, £13m)
  2. Amantino Mancini (Roma to Inter, £12m)
  3. Mattieu Flamini (Arsenal to Milan, Free)
  4. D. Alves (Sevilla to Barcelona, £28m)
  5. Amauri (Palermo to Juventus, £24m)
  6. Guiza (Mallorca to Fernebahce, £15m)
  7. Rafael Van der Vaart (Hamburg to Real Madrid, £11m)
  8. Danny (Spartak Moscow to Zenit, £24m)
  9. Hatem Ben Arfa (Lyon to Marseille, £12m)
  10. Jeremy Menez (Monaco to Roma, £13m)

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