Dessert is often served for last and for Leicester City, the best was saved for last when they signed striker Islam Slimani from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. Albeit still speculative, the signing is believed to have cost the Premier League champions £29 million, surpassing the 16 million paid for Ahmed Musa in July, to become
Premier League spending has already reached an unprecedented £1 billion this summer. This has smashed the previous record of £870 million last season. 13 teams have broken their previous transfer record, signalling the importance of staying in the Premier league and a sign of the increased revenue available to the teams in England’s top flight.
Olivier Giroud had a European Championship campaign so outstanding — he was the second-joint top scorer — that it has prompted transfer requests from an array of European heavyweights. Although Arsenal have turned down the interested parties’ advances, he cannot, as evidenced by the 2015/16 campaign, wholly shoulder Arsenal’s striking responsibility. A striker is the