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The overpriced Premier League eleven with Arsenal and West Ham

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Kepa Arrizabalaga – Chelsea, £72m

Who else? When Chelsea scoured the market for a new goalkeeper in the summer of 2018, they narrowed down their search to two top contenders; Kepa and Alison Becker. Whenever they invent time machines, expect Thomas Tuchel to be first in line.

Kepa’s ill-fated Chelsea career is best summed up in February’s League Cup final defeat by Liverpool at Wembley.

Kepa came on from the bench in the dying embers of injury-time hoping his penal-saving penchant would bring Chelsea the trophy and failed to save any of Liverpool’s 11-takers before firing his own over the bar.

Emerson Royal – Tottenham Hotspur, £26m

Corresponding the telegraph, Barcelona were stunned to learn Tottenham were willing to pay £26million for Emerson last summer. You are not the only ones. Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 formation calls for his full-backs to wreak havoc in the final third, but Emerson, once he crosses the halfway line, looks as comfortable down the middle as an acne-ridden teenager at a school disco.

The awkward Brazilian is already in talks to join Atletico Madrid at the end of this season.

Davinson Sanchez – Tottenham Hotspur, £42.5million

There is only a limited amount of time that a player can rely on their “potential” alone. And at the age of 25, the former Ajax stopper really should have ironed out those rough edges, those lapses in concentration that have infuriated successive Spurs bosses.

Sanchez is now behind all-action Cristian Romero in Tottenham’s pecking order.

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Harry Maguire – Manchester United, £80m

What else do we really have to say at this point? The much-maligned Manchester United captain, if any player sums up the seemingly endless malaise of a club crystallized in quicksand, it’s Harry Maguire.

Who knows where he would be now if Manchester City and not United had signed him from Leicester a few years ago?

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Vitaly Mykolenko – Everton, £17m

No one writes off Mykolenko yet. It will take time for a 22-year-old left-back to get used to the pressures of the Premier League, especially considering he came from a league ranked lower than Serbia and Scotland in the FIFA coefficients.

The fact remains, however, that for almost £20m Everton appear to have bought a player who can’t hold a candle to his Goodison Park predecessor Lucas Digne.

Boubakary Soumare – Leicester City, £17m

Another player who, like Mykolenko, could still make it into the Premier League. But the signs are not looking good at the moment.

Soumare has only played 11 games in the starting XI since joining Leicester from Ligue 1 champions Lille. And perhaps more worryingly, the former PSG youngster appears unable to develop an effective partnership with Wilfred Ndidi in Brendan Rodgers’ engine room.

fred – Manchester United, £52m

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Mo Salah. sadio mane Luis Diaz. Ilkay Gundogan. Bernhard Silva. Thiago Alcantara. N’Golo Kante. Mateo Kovacic. These are just a few players that cost fewer when Man United paid to lure Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk to Old Trafford.

One of Erik Ten Hag’s top priorities at Old Trafford must be finding a substantial upgrade for a man who would struggle to start games for Newcastle, West Ham or Southampton.

Nicholas Pepe – Arsenal, £72m

Arsenal have struck a deal with Lille that sees them pay Pepe’s staggering transfer fee over five years. But there is a very real chance the furious Ivorian will no longer be a Gunners player once his £72million fee is paid in full.

Incredibly gifted but oh so frustrating, Pepe has started just five Premier League games under Mikel Arteta this season.

Alex Iwobi – Everton, £35m

Former Everton director Marcel Brands was reportedly overruled by Farhad Moshiri before Iwobi joined from Arsenal for £35million on deadline day 2019. Perhaps the club’s majority shareholder should have heeded Brands’ advice.

Moshiri has spent over half a billion pounds on new arrivals since taking over at Goodison Park six years ago. And it speaks volumes that Iwobi isn’t even the worst signing Everton have made in this period.

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Nikola Vlasic – West Ham United, £22m

Returning to the Premier League from CSKA Moscow last summer, Vlasic rocked at the London stadium with a point to prove after a memorable spell at Everton. It’s fair to say few at Goodison will look back with great regret at their decision to capitalize on the Croatia international as he stumbles through a difficult debut season at Bordeaux and Blue.

Vlasic has one goal and no assists in 18 league games.

Cenk Tosun – Everton, £27m

Sam Allardyce famously described Tosun as the best pound-for-pound forward one could ask for when the Turkey international came from Besiktas. A claim that has aged about as much as a pack of Cravendale left in the Istanbul sun.

Tosun has scored just nine league goals in Everton colors so far and will leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in July.

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In other news, ‘Quality’ Tottenham target Newcastle agree to £72,000-a-week deal on transfer

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Brian Ashcraft

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