The transfer window is over and it’s time to get down to the real business on the pitch. We’ve seen an estimated £1.26 billion spent by Premier League clubs this summer. Some fans are happier than others. Liverpool were the biggest spenders, while Spurs didn’t spend a penny. Now that the season is underway, over the coming weeks we will start to find out who have invested wisely, and who should have kept their receipts.

We take a look at some of the new names who we think will be making an impact on the Premier League this season.

Lucas Torreira- Arsenal

Following on from 5 World Cup appearances for Uruguay and a stellar breakthrough season for Sampdoria, Torreira looks set to be a vital part of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery’s plans this season. The midfielder will add some of that quintessential Uruguayan grit and determination to the Gunners. In Serie A, he was second only to Lazio’s Lucas Leiva in terms of tackles won last season, meaning that he is exactly the type of player Arsenal have lacked in recent years. Alongside some handy looking new signings in other positions, the £26m man could make the difference in Arsenal’s attempts to break back into the top four.

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Jean Michael Seri – Fulham

Many were surprised this summer when the Ivory Coast international opted to move to Craven Cottage. This was mainly because less than 12 months ago he was on the verge of joining FC Barcelona, before the deal mysteriously collapsed shortly before the transfer deadline. The compact, hard-working box-to-box midfielder has received many comparisons to N’Golo Kante and Naby Keita but he is equally adept with the ball at his feet as he is at breaking up play. Definitely one to watch, Seri will be very important in Fulham’s fight for Premier League survival. However, having spent upwards of £100m this summer, Fulham may have their sights set a little higher than merely surviving.

James Maddison- Leicester City

21 year old Maddison shone in what was an otherwise hugely forgettable season for Norwich City in the Championship. The former Coventry man scored 14 goals last season, some of which were absolute screamers. Leicester City fans will be hoping that his creativity and eye for goal will fill the gap left by Man City bound Riyad Mahrez. At £22m he hasn’t come cheap but if the England U21 international comes anywhere near his full potential it could prove to be a tidy bit of business.

Issa Diop- West Ham

In what has been a very active window for West Ham, this one seems to have gone a little under the radar, overshadowed by the more glamorous signings of Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson. A towering centre half at 6ft4, at 21 years old he was already club captain of his hometown club Toulouse. Diop joined at the start of the summer for what was then, a club record fee of £22m. Physically prominent, quick across the ground and comfortable on the ball- the France U21 international should certainly be an upgrade on the outgoing James Collins.

Mohamed Elyounoussi – Southampton

After scoring less than a goal a game last season, it’s safe to say that Southampton have been lacking something going forward. In Norway international Elyounoussi, Mark Hughes has a more than capable replacement for Ajax bound Dusan Tadic. As a winger with a very impressive scoring record in both Norway and Switzerland, Elyounoussi will find the Premier League a big step up however, Southampton have a good record in recent years of finding gems from outside of Europes big leagues. After tracking him for 6 years, they’ve certainly done their homework on him.

Max Meyer – Crystal Palace

This could potentially be one of the coups of the summer. It wasn’t long ago Meyer was touted as one of Europe’s hottest talents. Capped 4 times by Germany, the midfielder ran down his contract with Schalke due to the club not being able to satisfy his huge wage demands. There were plenty of clubs sniffing around the free agent however all-bar Palace were put off by the thought of paying him a reported £150k+ weekly wage. During his breakthrough years in the Bundesliga Meyer operated as an attacking midfielder or winger however has excelled recently after being converted into a deeper lying playmaker role.

Joao Moutinho – Wolves

One of the surprise signings of the summer is probably not that big of a surprise when you consider Wolves’ ambition and their relationship with ‘super-agent’ Jorge Mendes. The one thing that was a shock was the price tag of just over £5m for a player with 113 caps for Portugal. Moutinho has appeared at 4 major tournaments including his country’s triumphant Euro 2016 campaign. The signing of the playmaker is clearly a statement of intent from Wolves. The former Monaco man wouldn’t look out of place in the starting 11s of any of the top 6. The same could be said for Portugal’s number 1 Rui Patricio, who also arrives at Molineux, on a free transfer.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga – Chelsea

Poor old Alisson, it was less than a month before his title of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper was snatched away from him. Safe to say the pressure on Kepa is huge. Not only does the 23 year old have the tag of world’s most expensive goalkeeper around his neck, he also has to fill the boots of one of the best, in Madrid bound Courtois. And if all that wasn’t enough, he has to compete for his place with the likes of Willy Caballero and Rob Green… But Chelsea clearly have faith in the young Spaniard after parting with such a huge amount of cash, especially considering there were much cheaper options available, namely Stoke and England keeper Jack Butland. However, if Chelsea’s Community Shield performance is anything to go by, they will probably get their money’s worth out of him.

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As always, the World Cup had a big say on the transfer activity this summer. 3 of our 10 World Cup “ones to watch” have ended up in the Premier League. With another 3 making moves elsewhere in Europe. To see for yourself, check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Which club do you think has done the best business this summer and who has been the best signing? Don’t be shy, let us know via social media!