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Football: Check out top 10 Premier League transfers

The transfer window closed on Monday with Angel di Maria, Diego Costa, Mario Balotelli and Radamel Falcao among the names signing for English Premier League clubs.

AFP Sports lists the 10 most eye-catching moves as curtains come down over the window:

ANGEL DI MARIA - Real Madrid (ESP) to Manchester United; £59.7 million (S$124 million)

Desperate to halt the slide that saw them finish seventh in the Premier League last season, United signed Di Maria for a British-record fee of almost £60 million.

The skillful Argentina winger, voted man of the match in May’s Champions League final, made his debut in United’s 0-0 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

LUKE SHAW - Southampton to Manchester United; £27 million (S$56 million)

After a fine 2013-14 campaign which saw him supplant Ashley Cole in the England squad, 19-year-old left-back Shaw joined United in a move that made him the fourth-most expensive defender in history.

But he's currently sidelined by a hamstring injury.

RADAMEL FALCAO - Monaco (FRA) to Manchester United; £6 million loan (S$12.5 million)

United pulled off a stunning coup on the last day of the transfer window by signing prolific Colombia striker Falcao on a season-long loan. There's an option for a permanent £43 million transfer too.

The 28-year-old could form a devastating three-pronged attack, alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Others who have joined Manchester United:
Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao)
Luke Shaw (Southampton)
Vanja Milinkovic (Vojovdina)
Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon)
Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid)
Daley Blind (Ajax)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)

DIEGO COSTA - Atletico Madrid (ESP) to Chelsea; £32 million (S$66.5 million)

Brazil-born striker Costa, 25, joined Chelsea after firing Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title last season with 27 goals.

He had a chastening experience at the World Cup with adopted country Spain, but has scored four goals in his first three appearances for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

CESC FABREGAS - Barcelona (ESP) to Chelsea; £30 million (S$62 million)

After a mixed three years with Barcelona, 27-year-old former Arsenal captain Fabregas has returned to the Premier League with Chelsea.

The Spain midfielder has been quick to settle, notably producing an exquisite assist for Andre Schuerrle in Chelsea’s opening 3-1 victory at Burnley.

Others who have joined Chelsea:
Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona)
Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split)
Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Didier Drogba (Galatasaray)
Loic Remy (QPR)

ELIAQUIM MANGALA - Porto (POR) to Manchester City; £32 million (S$66.5 million)

Despite a spending cap imposed on them by UEFA for contravening Financial Fair Play regulations, Manchester City found the funds to bring France centre-back Mangala to the Etihad Stadium.

The 23-year-old spent three years at Porto, winning two league titles, and has played three times for France.

Others who have joined Manchester City:
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Fernando (Porto)
Willy Caballero (Malaga)
Frank Lampard (New York City)
Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club)
Eliaquim Mangala (Porto)

ALEXIS SANCHEZ - Barcelona (ESP) to Arsenal; £30 million (S$62 million)

Twelve months after smashing their transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil, Arsenal flexed their financial muscles again with a move for Chile’s star forward Sanchez.

The 25-year-old provided the first return on the investment when he scored the goal against Besiktas that took Arsenal into the Champions League group phase.

Others who have joined Arsenal:
Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United)
David Ospina (Nice)
Calum Chambers (Southampton)
Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

ROMELU LUKAKU - Chelsea to Everton; £28 million (S$58 million)

Amid renewed competition for places at Chelsea, 21-year-old Belgium striker Lukaku elected to join Everton on a permanent basis, having scored 16 goals while on loan at Goodison Park last season.

Everton broke their club record to sign him, with manager Roberto Martinez saying he was “worth every penny”.

Others who have joined Everton:
Gareth Barry (Manchester City)
Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros)
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Brendan Galloway (MK Dons)
Christian Atsu (Chelsea)
Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)

ADAM LALLANA - Southampton to Liverpool; £25 million (S$52 million)

Another Southampton player is attacking midfielder Lallana, who left St Mary’s after eight years of service.

The versatile, two-footed 26-year-old has yet to make his debut after injuring his knee pre-season.

MARIO BALOTELLI - AC Milan (ITA) to Liverpool; £16 million (S$33 million)


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Following a challenging two-year spell in Milan, maverick striker Balotelli returned to England, where he previously played for Manchester City.

Renowned as much for his erratic off-pitch behaviour as for his footballing ability, the 24-year old Italy striker has to fill the void created by Luis Suarez's departure.

Others who have joined Liverpool:
Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen)
Lazar Markovic (Benfica)
Dejan Lovren (Southampton)
Divock Origi (Lille)
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid)
Alberto Moreno (Sevilla)
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)

Read the full list of who's in and who's out in all the Premier League Clubs here.

Sources: Reuters, Premier League

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