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.
It's a well-known fact around the soccer world that the Premier League teams are absolutely stacked with large transfer kits, which leads to everyone demanding huge amounts from these sides in order to trade their players. Despite the awful inflation, the big Premier League teams have continued to break the bank in order to get some world-renowned star and improve their own brand. These clubs have already made some important signings in 2018 and will go back for even more in the next few months.
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.
20 Big One To Expect: Robert Lewandowski To Chelsea
Robert Lewandowski has proved to be one of the best strikers in the world during his tenure at Bayern Munich, with whom he's reached another level in his game. The Polish striker has been a ruthless goal-scorer and dazzled everyone with his incredible striker's instincts, but it seems he wants to move away from Munich.
Lewandowski aspires to play in the EPL and Chelsea seems to be front-runners to sign him.
He would be an amazing signing for the Blues and having scored 45 goals last season for Bayern, Lewandowski he proved how he's still at the top of his game. Lewandowski could be a revelation for a club like Chelsea and with his incredible goal-scoring ability, can usher them to another Premier League title.
19 Big One To Expect: 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.
It's his terrific eye for goal scoring and stunning dribbling ability which can make him a great fit at City.
The defending champions will boost their attack even more with the signing of Mahrez, who not only brings the champions experience along with him but will also add another dimension to City's already ruthless attack.
18 Big One To Expect: Gareth Bale To Manchester United
Gareth Bale made the headlines after his heroics in the Champions League final, scoring a sensational volley and winning the title for Real Madrid. But Bale's been quite persistent on leaving Madrid if he doesn't get a regular place in the starting XI and has sparkled rumors by stating that he could leave in look for a fixed position elsewhere.
The team who has been mostly linked to Bale is Manchester United, who has been eying the Welsh winger for quite sometime now.
Despite an injury-prone season, Bale still 24 goals and assisted 6 last season for Madrid. He proved his incredible ability in the Champions League final itself could be a huge hit at United if his massive move goes through in the summer.
17 Big One To Expect: Luke Shaw To Leicester City
Luke Shaw hasn't really enjoyed the most prominent of times at Manchester United and has been criticized by recent managers for not being up to the mark. Shaw has shown patches of brilliance, but he seemingly isn't fit enough to play week in, week out for a club like United. Shaw only made 19 appearances for United last season, much of which was as a substitute.
It seems like United have given up on him and might sell him, with Leicester City looking keen on signing him. Leicester can really benefit from signing him as that would not only solve their full-back problem, but Shaw's impressive attacking potential and young age can help settle their left-back issues for years to come.
16 Big One To Expect: Kylian Mbappe To Manchester City
Kylian Mbappe is probably one of the most promising young players in World Soccer and at the age of 19, he's already done some amazing things in soccer. Mbappe was terrific for Paris-Saint Germain in his debut season and scored 21 goals, also assisting 16 in the process. While PSG doesn't want to let go of this electric, clever striker, they will have to make up funds by selling some of their "big players" because of their problems with Financial Fair Play.
As a result, Mbappe has become a prime target for Manchester City, who will gladly splash the cash for him. City can definitely get the best out of Mbappe and will continue reaping their rewards as he slowly becomes one of the best soccer players in the world.
15 Big One To Expect: Mario Gotze To Arsenal
Mario Gotze has experienced a bit of a slump ever since scoring the stunning World Cup-winning goal for Germany in 2014 and a return to Borussia Dortmund hasn't really been that eventful for him. Gotze made 32 appearances for them last season but had a very average outing, scoring only 2 goals and assisting 7 in the process.
He doesn't look to have the form which made him into one of the World's best youngsters years ago and a move to the Premier League could light up his career.
Arsenal are apparently doing everything needed to get him and he can really thrive under their playing style and be a big, relatively cheap signing for the Gunners.
14 Big One To Expect: Wilfried Zaha To Tottenham Hotspur
Wilfried Zaha was an absolute revelation for Crystal Palace last season, playing savior for them on numerous occasions and bailing them out of trouble with his terrific attacking skills. Zaha was the shining light for Palace last season and scored 9 goals and assisted 5 in his 29 appearances, and was arguably one of the best wingers in the Premier League over the whole season.
His excellent outing caught the eye of bigger clubs and Tottenham Hotspur are apparently looking at the opportunity to sign him.
Zaha would be a perfect fit at Spurs because of his pace and excellent dribbling abilities and could be the "big signing" to take it up a notch in their hunt for the elusive Premier League title.
13 Big One To Expect: Kalidou Koulibaly To Chelsea
Kalidou Koulibaly was one of the best defenders in European Soccer last season and played a big part in Napoli's success in the Italian Serie A. Koulibaly was an absolute rock at the back for Napoli and proved to be an unstoppable force because of his physical prowess and impressive reading of the game. Koulibaly would also score 5 goals for Napoli last season and helped them rack up many clean-sheets thanks to his assured presence at the back.
Koulibaly's impressive outing has caught the eye of many fans and he's a top target for Chelsea. The Blues really need a center-back and Koulibaly could be the perfect general for their defense and help them become an impenetrable unit once again.
12 Big One To Expect: Nabil Fekir To Liverpool
Nabil Fekir was one of the break-out stars in European soccer last season when he had a terrific season with French side Lyon and caught the eye of many teams. In 45 appearances, Fekir scored 24 goals for Lyon and also made 9 assists! These amazing stats prove just how much of an exciting talent he is and he's been on Liverpool's radar for quite a long time.
The Reds even came extremely close to signing him recently, but after "talks broke down", it looks like the deal will be completed after the World Cup. Fekir will add even more thunder to Liverpool's already electric attack and could dazzle EPL fans all around with his fantastic goal-scoring ability and stunning trickery.
11 Big One To Expect: Felipe Anderson To West Ham United
West Ham United are looking to build a strong side after a disappointing season last time, where the barely managed to survive relegation. After getting Premier League winning manager Manuel Pellegrini on board, West Ham at aiming to sign some of the most talented players in the world and seem intent on bringing in Felipe Anderson to the club.
The Lazio attacker has been prolific in his years in Italy and scored 8 goals and assisted 10 last season for the Italian side. West Ham seems to be serious in signing Anderson and are ready to spend big money to sign the multi-talented midfielder, who can definitely light up proceedings for the Hammers with his dazzling game-play.
Editor's Note: This rumored transfer has officially taken place.
10 Best Of 2018: Fabinho To Liverpool
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.
9 Best Of 2018: 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.
8 Best Of 2018: 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.
7 Best Of 2018: 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.
6 Best Of 2018: 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.
5 Best Of 2018: 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.
4 Best One Of 2018: 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.
3 Best Of 2018: 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.
2 Best Of 2018: Ricardo Pereira To Leicester City
Leicester City might not have the kind of team to defy the odds and win the Premier League once again, but they're building a pretty strong unit for the upcoming season. They've been solving their defensive issues this year and signed a promising defender in Ricardo Pereira to fill in their right-back spot.
Pereira had a prolific time playing in Portugal and France, and scored 2 goals and assisted 7 in 43 appearances last season.
Pereira is a prolific wing-back who is impressive both attacking and defensively and can add some much-needed flair to their game. He can turn out to be a great signing for them and will definitely solve their defensive frailness s as well.
1 Best Of 2018: 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.
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