Two weeks of the new season have passed, and the Premier League’s biggest clubs have each made moves in the transfer market for the players they think will improve their squads in the new season ahead.
Champions League winners Chelsea received heavy investment from owner Roman Abramovich this summer, signing twinkle-toed attackers Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Victor Moses, playmaker Oscar, as well as right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Blues are light on alternatives to Fernando Torres in attack but look to have made considerable improvements to their squad already as they seek to improve on last season’s sixth place finish.
Arsenal made the biggest sale of the summer as 30-goal striker Robin van Persie left for Manchester United, but made two replacement signings up front in the form of Ligue 1 top scorer Olivier Giroud and German international Lukas Podolski.
Midfield creator Santi Cazorla arrived from Malaga to lift the mood of the fans, but the sale of midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona put a dampener on the sense of anticipation at the Emirates and has prompted suggestions of the need for a defensive midfielder to replace the Cameroonian.
Van Persie’s decision to sign for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United gives the Red Devils great strength in depth up front, with the attacking line-up already having been bolstered by the arrival of playmaker Shinji Kagawa and Chilean Angelo Henriquez.
Versatile left-back Alexander Buttner arrived to add depth to the squad in a position where alternatives to Patrice Evra had looked thin, but the season opening defeat to Everton laid the team open to suggestions that it was a central midfielder that was most desired at Old Trafford.
Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City saw sporadic speculation about a marquee signing at the moneyed club but as the summer went on it was only the youthful central midfielder Jack Rodwell who arrived.
Adam Johnson left in search of first team football for Sunderland and manager Roberto Mancini looks set to wrap up a move for the speedy Scott Sinclair as a replacement, but further firepower could be desired at Eastlands, with an assault on the Champions League expected this time around.
Emmanuel Adebayor completed his move from Eastlands to Tottenham after a lengthy saga was concluded as the north London side, true to form, waited until the final days of the transfer window before adding the much needed central striker to their squad.
But although Daniel Levy and the newly appointed Andre Villas-Boas had successfully moved much earlier in the window for Belgian international centre-back Jan Vertonghen and Icelandic attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, the tale of Luka Modric’s move to Madrid is only now drawing to an end.
White Hart Lane is set to be a hive of activity in the final days of the window as the club seek a replacement for the Croatian playmaker, with Porto’s Joao Moutinho, Fulham’s Moussa Dembele, and Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Willian touted as potential arrivals.
Brendan Rodgers promised considerable changes to Liverpool’s style on his arrival, and pass-masters Joe Allen and Turkish international playmaker Nuri Sahin arrived accordingly, joined by winger Oussama Assaidi and versatile striker Fabio Borini.
Rodgers' arrival had prompted suggestions of target man Andy Carroll’s departure, but the giant striker remains at Anfield with days remaining and with the Reds failing to take several chances that came their way over the first two matches, a proven finisher might be what the club most need as they look to come back into Champions League contention.
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