Premier League transfer window closed at exactly 7 PM British Summer Time on Thursday evening. The media main focus was Manchester United because Jose Mourinho has been pushing for more players to be signed. However, it was business as usual in Old Trafford and no new faces were seen there by the time the window closed. Chelsea actually made headlines with the £71 million signing of Kepa from Athletic Bilbao. All other big teams did not do any more deals. Today, we want to look at six most surprising transfers in Premier League this Summer.
6. Jack Wilshere to West Ham- Free
Arsenal academy product Jack Wilshere will not wear the famous red and white shirt any time soon. This is because the Gunners decided to let the England playmaker join West Ham United for free. The club decided not to extend his contract after the previous one came to an end this June. The Hammers snatched quickly.
It was a surprise to many Gooners fans because even the player used to say he will never leave Emirates. However, poor form and injuries have interfered with his development in the last few years. He has played for several clubs on loan but last season Arsene Wenger gave him a last chance to impress and failed. Manuel Pellegrini now has the task of reviving his career.
5. Joao Moutinho to Wolves- £5 Million
Premier League new boys Wolves knew they needed experienced players if they want to survive the relegation fight in their first season back in the top flight. They shocked everybody when they signed experienced Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho from AS Monaco for only £5 million. The playmaker has been linked with big clubs over the years but a deal never really materialized. It was not only surprising the 31-year-old signed for Wanderers, but the fee too was a massive scoop. He has played 113 times for his country. He will help calm down the team in midfield.
4. Richarlison to Everton- £50 Million
Brazil has many great young players coming through at the moment. The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Malcom and Richarlison will be ready to displace some first team players come 2022 World Cup. However, nobody ever expected Everton to pay £50 million for a 21-year-old winger. The Toffees boss signed him during his time at Watford. This means he knows what exactly the club is getting from this deal. The winger netted only 5 goals in 41 appearances. The signing was not a surprise but the fee shocked even Goodison Park. Time will tell if this was a great investment or just another expensive mistake.