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Premier League Round-Up: Summer So Far

19 June 2015

Everything has been quiet at the Emirates Stadium so far apart from the fact that Abou Diaby won't have his contract renewed when it expires at the end of this month. The French international played 180 times for the Gunners since arriving in January 2006 but injuries have hampered him over the past four years.

Tim Sherwood has made two highly-rated English players from bygone years his first two summer signings, bringing in ex-Eagle Scott Sinclair after he impressed at Villa Park on loan last season and Micah Richards, both from Manchester City. Meanwhile Darren Bent has made a move to Derby County on a free transfer.

The Premier League new boys have began to strengthen their squad ahead of their first ever season in the top-flight. Artur Boruc has been signed on a permanent deal while Adam Federici will provide him competition between the sticks after his move from Reading.

Having seen limited game time at Everton last season, Christian Atsu will be looking to impress on loan from Chelsea, and a hot prospect in Joshua King from Blackburn Rovers has been claimed by Eddie Howe.

The champions are expected to be busy this summer but their headline news has been the fact that club legend Didier Drogba has departed after his contract expired.

One capture has been made by Jose Mourinho though – 19-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Nathan from Atletico Pararaense. He has represented Brazil at under-17 and under-20 levels and  scored five goals in five games at the under-17 World Cup in 2013. 

Having looked destined to remain at Aston Villa after his loan deal ended, Tom Cleverley ended up signing for the Toffees on a free transfer after his Manchester United contract expired. Meanwhile long-serving defender Sylvain Distin has departed Goodison Park, as well as Antolin Alcaraz.

Nigel Pearson moved quickly to seal his first signing of the summer transfer window by bringing in Austrian international captain Christian Fuchs on a free transfer from Schalke. The 29-year-old left-back will add plenty of experience to the Foxes backline, having played in the Champions League last season.

After a disappointing campaign last year, Brendan Rodgers has so far shied away from big money signings but has still managed to capture two of the biggest free agents available in James Milner and Danny Ings.

England international Milner arrives from Manchester City having enjoyed a renaissance at the Etihad Stadium last season, but with no guarantee of regular first-team football he has moved to Anfield where he will team up with Ings who hit 11 goals last season for Burnley. Adam Bogdan has also arrived from Bolton Wanderers, and Steven Gerrard's long farewell has come to an end as he heads to LA Galaxy.

With home-grown players Milner, Sinclair, Richards, Frank Lampard and Deydrick Boyata all departing, City could be forced to buy British this summer to ensure they meet Premier League squad regulations. Swedish striker John Guidetti has also been released.

The biggest deal of the summer so far has come from the red side of Manchester with bright talent Memphis Depay arriving from PSV Eindhoven for a rumoured £25 million. 

The Dutch international played under Louis van Gaal at last summer's World Cup and banged in 22 goals in 30 games in the Eredivise last season to finish as the league's top scorer, but with rumoured interest from Paris St Germain United acted quickly to secure his signature.

While there may not be any transfer activity this summer so far at St James' Park, the club have appointed former England manager Steve McClaren as their new manager on a three year contract after he left Derby County last month. 

John Carver, who filled in as caretaker manager following Alan Pardew's move to Palace last season, has left the club as well as first-team coach Steve Stone. Veterans Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor have left after their contracts expired.

Having only been promoted via the play-offs a few weeks ago, Alex Neil has tied down the permanent move of Graham Dorrans from West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer. The Scottish midfielder played 18 times for the Canaries on loan last season, scoring three times.

Two men have arrived on the south coast so far this summer – the first being highly rated Spanish striker Juanmi from Malaga. The 22-year-old has signed for around £5 million and made his debut for Spain last March in a friendly against the Netherlands.

He was followed through the entrance to St Mary's by Portuguese defender Cedric Soares for £3.6 million. The right-back has come from Sporting Lisbon, penning a four year deal, and is believed to be a replacement for former Palace player Nathaniel Clyne.

Mark Hughes has been busy this summer so far by bringing in three new faces, with the biggest being Hannover striker Joselu for £5.75 million. The former Spanish under-21 striker scored 10 goals in 32 games in the Bundesliga last season and previously played for Celta Vigo and Real Madrid.

Philipp Wollscheid has made his move from Bayer Leverkusen permanent and Danish goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard has also arrived, promoting speculation that either Asmir Begovic or Jack Butland could be on their way. Long serving players Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson and Wilson Palacios have all departed.

Like their north-east rivals, there's been no transfer activity but the Black Cats might have secured their biggest deal of the season by getting Dick Advocaat to sign a one year contract. The Dutchman had originally stated he wasn't going to stay after keeping the club up last season, but has gone back on that decision.

The Welsh side have looked to have made another shrewd signing in Andre Ayew who has arrived on a free transfer from Marseille. The 25-year-old is a Ghana international and scored 10 times in 29 outings for the French side last season, and will be looking to fill the void left by Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City in January.

It's all been pretty quiet at White Hart Lane so far, with one signing completed so far in the form of Kevin Wimmer. The central defender has arrived from FC Koln in Germany and has been capped at international level by Austria.

After Slavisa Jokanovic departed as Hornets boss, former Atletico Madrid manager Quique Flores has been appointed as his successor. Meanwhile Sebastian Prodl and Giedrius Arlauskis have arrived from Werder Bremen and and Steaua Bucharest respectively.

There's been no new additions to Tony Pulis' squad so far, but a summer clear-out has seen Graham Dorrans, Youssouf Mulumbu and Chris Baird all depart The Hawthorns as well as a number of youngsters.

After Sam Allardyce was told his contract would not renewed minutes after the season ended, Slavan Bilic has been appointed as manager for the Hammers' final season at Upton Park. The ex-West Ham man has previously managed Croatia and Besiktas in his career.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Darren Randolph has arrived from Birmingham City and Spanish under-21 international Pedro Obiang has arrived in east London from Sampdoria for around £4.5 million.

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