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Another frantic January transfer window has concluded and now is the time to take a look at some of the players who moved clubs in big-money deals and will be plying their trade in England for the first time.
Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal (£56 million, about $79.5 million)
Despite some possible doubts over his temperament, Arsenal’s new record signing is a welcome addition to the Premier League. A proven goalscorer, with 127 in 198 games for Saint-Étienne and Borussia Dortmund in the past seven years, he has pace to burn and could form a staggering attacking threesome with Mesut Özil and Alexandre Lacazette.
Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur (£25 million)
Tottenham could have found a bargain. Although he has failed to start a single league game in France this season after unsurprisingly falling behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in the PSG pecking order, he has tons of talent and can play anywhere along the front line. A superb addition as Spurs aim for another top-four finish.
Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City (£57 million)
Pep Guardiola loves a player who is unafraid to pass under pressure and he may have bought the best young ball-playing defender in Europe. Laporte, 23, has a superb range of passing, is strong in the air and looks a better prospect than John Stones. He may lack pace, but is likely to form a solid partnership with Nicolás Otamendi. Crucially, he is also available for the Champions League.
11am kick-offs unless stated
Burnley v Manchester City, 8.30am
Burnley have scored the fewest home goals in the Premier League and will struggle to find the net here. They will be hard to break down but City have the ability to do it. Prediction: 0-2
Bournemouth v Stoke City
Eddie Howe’s men will be full of confidence after beating Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in midweek, but may have to settle for a point here against a team who are much harder to beat since Paul Lambert took the reins. Prediction: 1-1
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United
Another big game towards the foot of the Premier League. West Ham are unbeaten in the league since Christmas but injuries have left them looking short on quality up front. Although Brighton have won just once in 13 league games, they could grab a vital three points. Prediction: 1-0
Leicester City v Swansea City
This game revolves around Riyad Mahrez and if he will be in the right frame of mind for this match after a dream deadline day move to Manchester City fell through. If he is, Leicester could sneak it. If he isn’t, Swansea could add Leicester to their list of victims under Carlos Carvalhal. Prediction: 2-1
Manchester United v Huddersfield Town
José Mourinho’s side were woeful on Wednesday night against Tottenham, who could have easily won by more than 2-0. Fantasy League managers should expect Mourinho to make plenty of changes after that abject display — Phil Jones will be lucky to keep his place for starters. Whoever Mourinho picks should do the job against Huddersfield, who are now just one place above the relegation zone after failing to win in their past eight league games. Prediction: 2-0
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
The bottom two teams do battle and the home team looks more likely to come out on top. Daniel Sturridge is a great loan signing and could be a potential transfer for fantasy managers to consider. If he remains injury free, he could fire enough to get West Brom out of trouble. Southampton are without a win in 12 games and that stat will not be improved this weekend. Prediction: 2-0
Arsenal v Everton, 1.30pm
Mesut Özil has put pen to paper on a new contract, they have a new record signing and a fantastic home record. Expect them to steamroller Everton, who should have an in-form Theo Walcott facing his old side, before putting in another terrible defensive display in their next away match. Prediction: 2-0
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United 10.15am
Another big game at the bottom. Palace are likely to move closer to safety, despite Newcastle doing some good business by getting striker Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester. Prediction: 2-1
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, 12.30pm
Expect plenty of goals as both teams go head to head. Harry Kane and Mo Salah are trying to outdo each other in a bid to be this season’s top goalscorer. Expect both to find the net in a thrilling encounter. Prediction: 2-2
Watford v Chelsea, 4pm
Antonio Conte is cutting a forlorn figure at Chelsea. Seemingly lacking support from the board, there is a feeling he may leave at any time. Watford players were involved in arguments with their fans after their FA Cup defeat at Southampton and new manager Javi Gracia has his work cut out to arrest an alarming drop in form. Prediction: 1-1
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