The Most Important 2012-13 Premier League Transfers

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With the 2012-13 Premier League season kicking off on the 18th of August, the time has come to look at the activity in the transfer market to determine what effect this will have on the outcome of the tournament and key betting markets.

The dissolution of Glasgow Rangers in Scotland has seen more than a few players from one of Scotland’s top clubs brought into the Premiership fold, with a number of mid-tier Premiership clubs bolstering their squads with some fine talent from up North without having to reach deep into their pockets. Apart from this sudden release of talent, there have been few high-profile moves in the transfer period, with Premiership managers playing it conservative with their checkbooks.

There are the selections we’ve marked as the most important 2012-13 Premier League transfers:

1. Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Belgian, Eden Hazard, is the most expensive signing of the season, with Roman Abramovich flashing his checkbook at the attacking midfielder to the tune of £32 million. Hazard has been courting attention from some of Europe’s top clubs for a couple of seasons now, and his second consecutive UNFP Player of the Year award convinced Chelsea he was worth a price tag that may look exaggerated to some. He’ll certainly add some precision to the Chelsea midfield, and will be paired with another major midfield signing, Oscar.

2. Oscar – Chelsea
Attacking midfielder, Oscar, comes to Chelsea with a £20 million price tag. His recruitment alongside Hazard shows where the focus will be at Chelsea this season, and indicates that Roberto di Matteo will be looking to his midfield to plug the attacking gap left by Didier Drogba. Oscar was a fairly prolific goalscorer for his previous club, Inter Milan, scoring at an average of around a goal every four games over the past two seasons. His inclusion gives Chelsea more attacking options, but at his price, his move to Stamford Bridge looks like something of a gamble.

3. Santi Cazorla – Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s never been a big fan of splashing out on new players, but the Frenchman has shelled out £16.5 million on the winger. Carzola is a decent attacking player, giving Arsenal additional options in the forwards, but his primary role will be bringing the ball up the field rapidly and serving it to Arsenal’s strikers. He’s proven himself repeatedly on the international scene, playing for Spain in both their Euro-winning campaigns, and he bolsters our prediction that Arsenal is probably going to be a top three contender this season.

4. Fabio Borini – Liverpool
If there’s one traditional powerhouse club that’s looked short of inspiration over recent seasons, it’s Liverpool. Since the season when Fernando Torres paired up with Steven Gerrard with devastating effect, Liverpool have often struggled up front. Andy Carroll’s transfer from Newcastle gave Liverpool has not lived up to expectations, with Carrol struggling to find consistent form. Enter Fabio Borini, who joins the club from Roma for £10 million. At the age of 21 he’s obviously been sized up as a long term prospect, and if he manages to keep up his scoring rate from last season (where he scored 9 goals in 24 appearances) will play a crucial role in the outcome of Liverpool’s season.

5. Shinji Kagawa – Manchester United
Manchester United has played it conservatively in the transfer markets this season, making just two major signings, with the £17 million Shinji Kagawa the most significant of these. Kagawa joins United from Borussia Dortmund where he spent two seasons establishing himself as an attacking midfielder. Kagawa looks to be the best value scoop in the transfer markets, as he offers United the prolific goalscoring ability of a striker, along with a precision passing game that allows him to play other strikers into space.

You can find out more about the 2012-13 Premier League season on Gambling Guru’s dedicated Premiership site. Our coverage of the 2012-13 Premiership season includes best prices for every key Premier League market, live scores, the latest betting specials and weekly previews of high-profile matches. To find our more, visit our Premiership site now.

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