As the European Transfer Window approaches its halfway mark for the Summer, I decided to take a look at a few of the biggest done deals in the Premier League thus far.
Memphis Depay to Manchester United:
Memphis Depay joins the Red Devils as Louis Van Gaal's first signing of the Summer. The €36m (54m AUD) deal to bring the Dutchman to United will span four years and remains a piece of business that has many fans in the red half of Manchester licking their lips.
It was a 2014 to remember for the 21 year-old. His two goals and third-placed finish with Holland at the World Cup was merely the platform for what was to come in the 2014/15 campaign. By season's end Depay finished with a league-high 22 goals as PSV romped to the title and, in doing so, became the most sought after talent for the Summer.
His raw energy, speed and skill make Depay incredibly hard to mark and will no doubt cause Premier League defences all sorts of havoc. Joining him at Old Trafford this Summer include Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin, Sergio Romero and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Christian Benteke to Liverpool:
It seems Brendan Rodgers has finally found his man. Christian Benteke has joined Liverpool on a long-term contract after the Reds were able to trigger his €46m (69m AUD) release clause from Aston Villa. The fee becomes their second-most expensive transfer of all time.
In his three seasons at Villa Park the big Belgium was a priceless asset. His 42 goals in 88 league games often made the difference between the Villans reaching mid-table and relegation. His ability to bully defenders and poach a goal out of nothing is something his Anfield employers will be hoping he delivers in abundance.
Liverpool finished last season in a disappointing sixth position and will be desperate to make UEFA Champions League football a reality once again. They have splashed the cash yet again this Summer and following Benteke to Merseyside include Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Roberto Firmino.
Raheem Sterling to Manchester City:
Without a doubt, the most expensive deal of the Summer thus far sees Raheem Sterling join Manchester City on a five-year deal worth €63m (95m AUD). The transfer, that pertains a potential performance bonus of €7m, finally puts to bed the circus that saw the player leave on turbulent terms.
The 20 year-old versatile winger scored 18 goals in 95 senior appearances for the Reds and was their 'Young Player of the Year' on two successive occasions. Nevertheless, the English international will be hoping to prove all doubters wrong as he joins the Sky Blues yearning for a bigger challenge. Although a fantastic player on his day, he remains convincingly hot-and-cold in terms of consistency, and this will definitely be an issue Manuel Pellegrini will want to rectify.
Manchester City finished runners-up in the league last season and will want to challenge for silverware on all fronts this time around. Following Sterling into the Etihad for the coming season include fellow England international Fabian Delph, as well as Patrick Roberts and Enes Unal.
The English market is known for their big money deals and, with one month of activity still to follow, further high-profile transfers may yet take their place.