Best five pieces of transfer business this summer

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The European transfer window finally closed on Monday, weeks after the Premier League, so now is the time to look at the best pieces of transfer business.

The current market is as crazy as it has ever been with inflated transfer fees aplenty, but some very shrewd deals have still been done, while others look to be good signings despite the hefty fees involved.

Here we look at arguably the top five pieces of transfer business of the transfer window.

Philippe Coutinho – Kicking off with what could turn out to be the signing of the summer after Bayern Munich snapped up the Brazilian on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona.

Coutinho had a troubled time with Barca, who paid Liverpool £142million for his services. He failed to live up to the price tag and got nowhere near the performance levels he showed at Anfield. However, he is still world class and has a point to prove and Bayern could be the ones to benefit. If all goes well there is the option to sign on a permanent basis at the end of the deal. An absolute no-brainer for Bayern this one.

Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan have spent big to land the Belgium international from Manchester United. However the £75million could be money very well spent if Inter go on to break the dominance of Juventus by winning the Serie A title this season.

Inter boss Antonio Conte has been chasing him all summer and is delighted to have got his man. Lukaku has scored goals wherever he has been and could be a huge hit in Italy. The signs are already looking good as he has bagged a goal in each of Inter’s two opening Serie A games as they sit top of the table.

Tanguy Ndombele – After two transfer windows of not spending a penny, Tottenham finally got the cheque book out this summer to spend £54million on the Lyon midfielder.

At the tender age of 22, Ndombele could be around for a long while, making him an absolute snip at that price. Ndombele possesses great all-round ability and will have fans on the edge of their seats at the new stadium this season. Not been the best start to the season for Tottenham but the capture of Ndombele is a definite plus point.

Nicolas Pepe – Fellow north Londoners Arsenal also look to have pulled off a shrewd bit of business when snapping up Nicolas Pepe from Lille. The Gunners smashed their transfer record paying £72million, but if he can fire them back into the top four it will be money well spent. Pepe fired home 23 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Youri Tielemans – Maybe not a signing that has grabbed the headlines, but could be a masterstroke by Leicester City. Impressed while on loan from Monaco last season and a real surprise that none of Europe’s big guns took a punt. Especially for just £35million. Could potentially help Leicester break into the top six this season.