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After a 2016-17 season where spending records were shattered.

We take a look at the top five signings made by Premier League clubs.

Top 5 signings of the 2016-17 Premier League season5. David Luiz (PSG to Chelsea)

After re-signing Luiz from PSG for £34 million, there were questions over the amount Chelsea paid for him to come back and what type of a signing he had become.

Slotted into the back three designed by manager Antonio Conte along with Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta, they made up a dominant defence which guided the Blues to the title.

Luiz was solid in his defensive ability – an aspect for which he has been criticised for throughout his career – while showing the passing and shooting skills that we saw in his last spell at Stamford Bridge.

Some fans were joking about this signing, but after producing a great year and winning another title, Luiz will have the last laugh.

4. Victor Wanyama (Southampton to Tottenham)

Wanyama’s experience proved vital for Spurs as they finished the season in second place. He was able to stabilise the midfield, which allowed the likes of Eric Dier to retreat back to his old position at the heart of defence.

Ranked in the top 10 for tackles with 90, Wanyama showed his defensive attributes and enthusiasm to spark Tottenham throughout a challenging campaign.

3. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa to Everton)

The Senegalese holding midfielder should get more credit for what he brought to Everton this season. He lead the league in tackles with 135, at a 73% success rate and was important in denying opposition attacking plays with 82 interceptions.

His side finished seventh at the end of 2016-17 and due his work as the lynch pin, Everton only conceded 44 goals and earned a spot in the Europa League for next season.

2. Sadio Mane (Southampton to Liverpool)

The attacking winger was instrumental in Liverpool’s rise to the top four. He started the season with all guns blazing despite his price tag, which was questioned by many media personnel.

Mane put Liverpool in title contention until he left for the African Cup of Nations, which translated to a dip in his club’s form. This showed how valuable he was to Jurgen Klopp, even though he was only in the team for half a season.

Missing the last three months of football due to a knee injury, Mane has been a brilliant signing for Liverpool, which previously lacked the necessary pace on the wings that could score and set up goals.

1. N’Golo Kante (Leicester City to Chelsea)

Kante continued on from his impressive first season in the Premier League at Leicester with an even better 2016-17 at Chelsea, as he guided his team to the title.

Ranked second in terms of tackles and sixth in passing, Kante was a machine in the midfield with his superior fitness and ability to counter any attacking plays by the opposition. He would also play important passes to give the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa chances to score.

Doubts at the start of the season as to whether he was worth £30 million were comfortably put to rest and he has now won two Premier League titles in-a-row, so whichever club has Kante looks likely to win the title.

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Matthew Balales for Outside 90
Blog: outside90.com, Twitter: @Outside90

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