After the amazing turnaround of last season, Nigel Pearson will be desperate to build next year and avoid the fabled second-season syndrome. His first addition of the summer is a real statement of intent, as the Foxes have completed the signing of former Schalke full-back Christian Fuchs – whose surname means Fox in German funnily enough – on a free transfer (via BBC Sport). The 29-year-old was regularly used in the Bundesliga last year, and played a handful of games in Champions League, and scored in the competition against Real Madrid.
James Milner (Manchester City to Liverpool)
With Steven Gerrard departing Merseyside this summer, Brendan Rodgers’ squad was crying out for some experience in the middle of the park. In James Milner, they have got the kind of the player that will help to bring the best out of the youngsters around him. It was a huge piece of business for Rodgers to do, considering the England international had offers from Arsenal as well as current club Manchester City on the table (via The Independent).
Andre Ayew (Marseille to Swansea City)
Swansea are now in the kind of position that has caught many sides out in previous years. Having arguably reached their peak, given the riches of some of the clubs above them, they face a difficult dilemma of how they burst through the ceiling without breaking the bank, as it could end catastrophically. In Andre Ayew, they have signed a player that brings the kind of quality that could help them develop further, but for a fee that represents no risk should the gamble not pay off. The Guardian report that the 25-year-old moved to the Liberty Stadium on a free.