Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem to Swansea)
Fee: £12m. Age: 24. Nationality: Ivorian. Position: Forward.
Has already impressed in Swansea’s Europa League campaign. The Ivory Coast striker had a trial at Liverpool aged 18 but began his European career at Sparta Prague before moving to the Netherlands two seasons ago. Top-scored in Eredivisie last season with 31 goals as Arnhem came fourth – their best league finish in 15 years
Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre to Arsenal)
Fee: Free. Age: 20. Nationality: French. Position: Forward.
This reversion to cliché – a young Frenchman from Ligue 2 – was not quite what Gunners fans were expecting from their new “gung-ho” transfer policy but Arsène Wenger may have unearthed another gem. Top scorer for France’s successful Under-20 World Cup team in Turkey this summer. Strong, quick and technically gifted, but injury-prone.
Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City)
Fee: £30m. Age: 28. Nationality: Brazilian. Position: Midfielder.
Highest fee paid so far this summer by an English club, and for a 28-year-old who will have limited resale value, but it should be worth it. City are getting a very classy midfielder who could form a formidable partnership with Yaya Touré. The Brazilian is composed on the ball with good control and a fine passing range. Inclined to defensive roles but has a powerful shot and is dangerous when getting forward – as was seen when he scored against Chelsea in the Champions League last season. Arrived in Ukraine at 20, having caught the eye when scoring the winner in the 2003 World Youth Championships, and has played a significant role in Shakhtar’s domestic dominance.
Roberto Soldado (Valencia to Tottenham)
Fee: £26m. Age: 28. Nationality: Spanish. Position: Forward.
Penalty-box predator who has had to work hard to fulfil early potential. Began with Real Madrid, scoring on debut from a David Beckham cross, and was in the national team at 21, but by the time he was 23 he had been sold to the relative obscurity of Getafe. However, 33 goals in 66 games earned him a move to Valencia to replace David Villa, which he did so effectively that he returned to international consideration. Missed out on Euro 2012 but figured in the recent Confederations Cup, scoring against Uruguay.
Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen to Cardiff City)
Fee: £8.5m. Age: 20. Nationality: Danish. Position: Forward.
Has been eclipsed by the signings of Gary Medel and Steven Caulker but was a club-record buy at the time – doubling their outlay on Michael Chopra in 2009 – and something of a gamble at this price given he has just one season of senior football behind him. That, however, brought him 18 goals in 32 matches and earned a place with the national side.
Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus to Sunderland)
Fee: £6.5m. Age: 28. Nationality: Italian. Position: Midfielder/winger.
Short but highly versatile. The 5ft 6in Italian came to prominence playing in attack for Cesena, was switched to a central midfield role by Antonio Conte at Juventus, and made his debut for Italy as a wing-back before moving to a more central role. Quick-footed and a slick dribbler, he scored against Brazil in the Confederations Cup. Won back-to-back titles with Juventus, but was rarely guaranteed a starting place. Had his spleen removed at 15 after colliding with a goalkeeper.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon to Norwich)
Fee: £8.5m. Age: 24. Nationality: Dutch. Position: Forward.
Arguably the best-named Premier League player since Jan Vennegor of Hesselink, he will hope to do better for Norwich than his compatriot managed at Hull. Averaged a goal every other game for a Sporting team that is no longer one of the dominant clubs in the Portuguese league. Capped twice, in 2010 and this summer in Indonesia.
Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma to Fulham)
Fee: £4.76m. Age: 30. Nationality: Dutch. Position: Goalkeeper.
Highly experienced keeper who succeeded Edwin van der Sar at both Ajax – whom he captained – and then the national side, whom he represented in the 2010 World Cup final. Not always the safest pair of hands – he famously dropped the Dutch championship shield from a bus when holding it with Jan Vertonghen. Hopefully Fulham will invent a more original nickname than Roma’s “Olandese volante” (flying Dutchman).
Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina to Man City)
Fee: £22m. Age: 23. Nationality: Montenegrin. Position: Forward.
Teenage prodigy – he was the Serbian league’s top scorer and captain of Partizan Belgrade at 18 – who has come back well from a cruciate ligament injury. That cost him the whole of the 2010-11 season, but he has scored 27 goals in 58 Serie A appearances since then. Able to play every forward role except as an outright winger. Arsenal tracked him for several seasons but, as with Juan Mata and Jan Vertonghen, they delayed too long.
Jores Okore (Nordsjaelland to Aston Villa)
Fee: £4m. Age: 21. Nationality: Danish. Position: Defender.
Born in Ivory Coast but moved to Denmark as a toddler and came through Nordsjaelland’s youth system. A quick and powerful centre-back, he was capped by Denmark at 18, just three months after making his club debut. He rejected Chelsea in January having impressed in his club’s debut Champions League campaign.
Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk to West Ham United)
Fee: Free. Age: 32. Nationality: Romanian. Position: Defender.
Highly experienced attacking left-back who spent a decade at Shakhtar having first come to prominence at Rapid Bucharest in his homeland. Good on the ball and athletic. He was very quick at his peak but he’s into his 30s now.
Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem to Chelsea)
Fee: £9m. Age: 20. Nationality: Dutch. Position: Midfielder.
Had been at Arnhem since the age of seven, graduating to the first team at 17. Describes himself as a “box-to-box” midfielder who “covers a lot of metres and can score goals”. Hit a dozen last season, often through late runs into the box. Add Jose Mourinho’s observation that he is a “natural athlete” and it appears, though he played deeper pre-season, he is lined up as Frank Lampard’s successor. Fittingly, then, his father was also a professional: Alex van Ginkel was a striker with Utrecht.
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo to Liverpool)
Fee: £9m. Age: 26. Nationality: Spanish. Position: Forward.
His goals helped Celta Vigo to win promotion two seasons ago and to preserve that status last year, but his finishing is not the reason why he could prove an apt replacement if Luis Suarez departs. Aspas has similar problems with discipline: he has received four red cards, including one for a head-butt last campaign, and was suspended for a third of a season as a youth-team player.
Dejan Lovren (Lyons to Southampton)
Fee: £8.5m. Age: 24. Nationality: Croatian. Position: Defender.
International who crosses the Channel after three and a half years at Lyons, whom he joined from Dinamo Zagreb. “He is quality as a player, has a presence on the field and he’s good at solving difficult situations,” said Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino of the centre-half.
Leroy Fer (FC Twente to Norwich)
Fee: £7m. Age: 23. Nationality: Dutch. Position: Midfielder.
Defensive-minded but versatile and athletic, he has been compared to Patrick Vieira. Former manager Steve McClaren said he was “perfect for the Premier League” and Fer would have joined Everton in January but for a knee injury. God-fearing (with tattoos to prove it) but prone to attracting off-field attention. Once spent £25,000 on a horse for his girlfriend, who could not keep it as she lived in a block of flats.
André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea)
Fee: £18m. Age: 22. Nationality: German. Position: Forward.
It took Chelsea a year (and three managers) to land this pacy midfielder-cum-striker with a powerful shot. Is known for surging off the left flank towards goal, though he began in a more central role. Three good seasons and one patchy one in the Bundesliga, where he broke through under Jürgen Klopp when he was in charge at Mainz before moving to Leverkusen. Claims to have worn a Frank Lampard shirt as a boy, which must make his new team-mate feel old.
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona to Everton)
Fee: Loan. Age: 19. Nationality: Spanish. Position: Forward.
Something of a coup for Roberto Martinez as the left-sided striker has long been regarded as La Masia’s next star graduate – he had a boot contract as a 12-year-old. Shone at the European Under-19 finals in 2012 and in this year’s Under-20 World Cup. Lacks lightning pace but very elegant and highly skilled. Like many Barça frontmen, Deulofeu is adept at drifting in off the flank. Has a £30m buy-out clause and a contract that runs to 2017 – so this is very much just a loan.
Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven to Stoke)
Fee: £3m. Age: 25. Nationality: Dutch. Position: Left-back.
Strong and consistent defender who replaced Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the Dutch national team until injuries hit. Joined PSV for £2.2m from Utrecht in 2008, which suggests Stoke have got a bargain – but he missed nine months last year with a broken foot, followed by three months out after slashing his arm punching a window after being sent off on his return.
Nacer Chadli (FC Twente to Tottenham)
Fee: £7m. Age: 23. Nationality: Belgian. Position: Forward.
Another Belgian comes into the Premier League: Chadli, like his compatriot Marouane Fellaini, is of Moroccan descent. A versatile and creative player capable of playing in the centre or behind the striker but is likely to figure on the left flank for Tottenham. Suffered injury problems last season.
Diego Lugano (Paris St-Germain to West Bromwich Albion)
Fee: Free. Age: 32. Nationality: Uruguayan. Position: Defender.
Outstanding in the 2010 World Cup but arrives off the back of two poor years in Paris which were concluded by a decent loan spell with Malaga. He previously did well at Fenerbahce and if he settles he will provide leadership, experience and a threat at set-pieces.