With the Premier League campaign just a little over a week away from its return, the top flight of the English game could well look more reminiscent of the German Bundesliga this year due to the amount of transfer dealings between the two divisions. German teams have already received over £150 million in transfer fees from English sides over the summer, with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka and most recently Leroy Sane making big money moves to England. So who will have the biggest impact in the Premier League, and are there still more arrivals to come?
Arsenal were the first to kick off proceedings, announcing a deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka before the Swiss star joined up with his national team for Euro 2016. The 23-year-old is believed to have cost in the region of £30 million, and with Arsenge Wenger keen to build upon his side’s second place finish from last year, Xkaha looks to be an excellent at the Emirates. Arsenal’s odds on winning their opening match against Liverpool currently sit at 5/4 with bookmakers Betway, while Ozil and Co are 13/2 outsiders in the football odds to claim their first title since 2004.
The next big money arrival from the Bundesliga came in the shape of Dortmund’s Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan, with Manchester United splashing just over £20 million for the 27-year-old. New manager Jose Mourinho has wasted little time in making his mark at Old Trafford, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and the imminent transfer of Paul Pogba making them among the favourites for the title in the football betting from Betway.
Despite having only played in 47 Bundesliga matches, Manchester City were determined to land young German International Leroy Sane from Schalke. City had earlier in the transfer window confirmed the transfer of Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, with Pep Guardiola making full use of his time in the Bundesliga to add to his new squad. Meanwhile, Sane, who cost a total of £42 million, became the 11th player to move from Germany to England this summer, with a number of weeks still remaining for further deals. Guardiola is 5/2 favourite with Betway in the football betting market to claim the Premier League title in his first season with the club.
The likes of Julian Draxler and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have both been linked with moves to England, with City at 5/1 with Betway to sign the Gambon striker in another deal from Dortmund. German clubs have certainly not been tight with their money this summer however, with both Dortmund and champions Bayern investing heavily in new players. Mats Hummels and Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches will head to the Allianz Arena, while Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle are among eight new signings for Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund.