As with previous years players that have joined on loan are not considered.
10. Mario Balotelli Manchester City from Inter
Moody, temperamental and supremely talented; sounds like a now former City player. However Mancini has worked with Balotelli before and if anyone can focus this incredible talent it is to be reasonably expected that the former Inter manager is that man.
9. James Milner Manchester City from Aston Villa
Another year, another Villa player that City bring into the fold. Ironic that two managers, Keegan and then Martin O'Neill, have both quit around the circumstances of Milner leaving Newcastle and Villa respectively. More recently Milner has played in the centre of the pitch but I'd be curious to see a formation with he and Adam Johnson playing as out and out wingers.
8. Christian Poulsen Liverpool from Juventus
An absolute steal at the 4.5 million reported, Poulsen should be the replacement for Mascherano in the defensive midfield position. The Dane played for Roy Hodgson when they were both at Copenhagen ten years ago. Curiously, in one of those facts that may only interest me, Poulsen has played in all four major European leagues, Germany with Schalke 04, Spain with Sevilla, Italy with Juventus and now in England with Liverpool.
7. Marouane Chamakh Arsenal from Bordeaux
What price 6 months? This move has been on the cards since last summer and Bordeaux must have known they were going to get nothing for the player. If Wenger makes this transfer, for say 6 million, in January then Arsenal not Chelsea are the defending Premier League Champions. A complimentary striker rather than a pure goal scorer, but still quality.
6. Ben Foster Birmingham City from Manchester United
Foster is not Joe Hart, not many are, but still the second best English keeper and yet another brilliant move by Alex McLeish. It's true the former Stoke keeper is prone to the occasional mistake and that's probably why United decided not to keep him, however his positioning is excellent and at 27 has not yet entered his prime as a keeper.
5. Joe Cole Liverpool from Chelsea
The best pure talent of his generation Cole should be rounding into form after suffering an ACL injury 18 months ago. Prefers the Attacking Midfield Role (AMC) and if played in a 4-2-3-1 could be devastating. His admission from the England squad is exhibit A as to why Capello should depart as the England manager.
4. David Silva Manchester City from Valencia
Supremely gifted winger, attacking midfielder and occasional support striker the only issue is whether Silva's size, at 5'7 will hold up to the rigours of the Premier League. Silva had an excellent rapport with David Villa while at Valencia and I'm curious to see which striker at City works best with the Spanish international.
3. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez Manchester United from Chivas de Guadalajara
Say what you will about Alex Ferguson, and I have constantly, but his squad building is second to none. If Sunderland's Asamoah Gyan is the poster child for possibly over paying for a player after a good World Cup display then here is the opposite. Half the price for a better striker with the move made before the World Cup.
2. Rafael van der Vaart Tottenham from Real Madrid
A brilliant acquisition in its own right the capture of the Dutch international is worth so much more to Spurs than just about any other club. Tottenham will live and die at the highest level based on the play of Luka Modric. If the Croat were to be injured then Spurs had no one to be the true world class creator in the middle. Enter van der Vaart. Pairing him with Modric could be amazing, but his value will be crucial long term. Unbelievably good move by 'Arry!
1. Yaya Toure Manchester City from Barcelona
When you look at the great Arsenal Invincibles team of 2003-04 it was the commanding presence of Patrick Vieira in his prime that is most remembered. The quintessential marauding box to box midfielder. I don't believe that Toure is or will be as good as Vieira, not least the former French captain had a better goal scoring record, but the early returns are incredibly encouraging for the City faithful. Kolarov, Boateng, Balotelli, Milner and Silva are great moves by Mancini but it is Toure that has the potential to be the lynch pin that allows City to reach the Champions League. As such his value is priceless.
And there you have my Top 20 transfers of the Summer. The clear winners are Liverpool, Birmingham City and Manchester City while United, Arsenal and Spurs made moves that will benefit them for years. All in all, a great summer transfer season.