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Top 5: Premier League Transfers So Far

Posted on Jul 20th, 2013 by James Ellaby

With pre-season friendlies getting underway, the big kick-off is edging closer. This means that it's time for the transfer frenzy to really get going, but some clubs have been busy already. Here's the top five transfers from this window so far:

1. Iago Aspas - Celta Vigo to Liverpool
Hardly a household name and not a Spanish international, some Liverpool fans might be a little underwhelmed by the arrival of Aspas from Celta Vigo, especially with the prospect of Luis Suarez leaving Anfield. However, he's already hit the net and showed off his creativity in a pre-season friendly against Preston, and he seems like a player who will quickly become a favourite with supporters. Like Suarez, he's a nippy little guy with a never-say-die attitude that sees him hare around the pitch, and he managed a decent return of 12 goals for a team who only just avoided relegation. At 25, he's got the potential to be an important player for Liverpool for some time to come. And he rarely bites people.

2. Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Sporting Lisbon to Norwich
This was completed last season, but the Dutch international (he won his second cap last month, almost three years after his first) is quite a coup for the Canaries, although at a club record price. An attacking midfielder with an impressive goal tally (14 league goals in each of his two seasons in Portugal), he's exactly the kind of quality player who can help establish Norwich in the upper-middle reaches of the Premier League after a season that saw them struggle for goals. If he settles quickly, he could be one of the stars of the season.

3. Maarten Stekelenburg - Roma to Fulham
From Ajax to Italy to Fulham, Stekelenburg's career sounds awfully familiar for a Dutch goalkeeper and if he can be as successful as Edwin van der Sar was in his four years at Craven Cottage, then Martin Jol will have done a good bit of business. Stekelenburg didn't have the happiest time at Roma last season, and was in and out of the team, so he will relish the chance for regular football and the chance to regain the form that saw him succeed van der Sar at national team level. At 30 years old, he's got experience and plenty of good years ahead of him. We all remember what happened next for van der Sar after all...

4. Paulinho - Corinthians to Tottenham
He's only 24 but Paulinho is already well-traveled, having had spells in Lithuania and Poland before returning to Brazil where he helped Corinthians win the Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup last year. This summer he got the Bronze Ball for his performances for his nation as they won the Confederations Cup, scoring a late winner in the semi-final. If Spurs fans aren't excited about this signing, then they certainly should be. A powerful box-to-box midfielder, the only question about Paulinho is whether he'll settle quickly into the pace of the Premier League. He certainly didn't look out of his depth when he scored the late equaliser against England last month.

5. Jesus Navas - Sevilla to Manchester City
The first great work Manuel Pellegrini has done for Man City is convincing Navas to finally leave his hometown club and move to England six years after he was due to sign for Chelsea and called it off because he didn't want to be homesick. In his ten years at Sevilla, he's consistently been one of the best players in Spain, the kind of speedy little winger who can cause troubles for any team. There's a big question-mark over his temperament, with anxiety issues affecting his international career (and that Chelsea move) but he insists that he's ready for this move and his talent can certainly add a new dimension to City's attack after Roberto Mancini largely sacrificed the wing positions.

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