In one of a number of polls conducted by the Spanish newspaper Marca after deadline day, the Spanish public were asked to vote on the best signings outside of Spain.
A number of big-named players such as Cesc Fabregas, Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez headed to the Premier League this summer, but it was Manchester United and Chelsea’s signings of Angel Di Maria and Diego costa respectively which topped the list.
Argentine international winger Di Maria moved to Red Devils from La Liga giants real Madrid for a club record transfer fee of £59.7 million.
The 26-year-old winger was utterly superb for Los Merengues last season, completing an unrivalled 17 La Liga assists as he topped the assist charts in Europe’s top five leagues.
His fast, direct style of play and wizardry dribbling skills on the wing fit in perfectly with the Manchester United footballing philosophy and he has been tipped to shine in the Premier League.
Real Madrid supporters know they have lost one of their most influential players of recent seasons, and the poll results show accordingly. Di Maria tops the list as the best signing of the summer outside of Spain, acclaiming 17.4% of the votes.
Behind the Argentine in second place is new Chelsea striker Diego Costa, picking up 13.3% of the votes ahead of third-placed Colombian international Radamel Falcao.
Towards the end of last season, Jose Mourinho was already planning a big summer swoop for the striker as the Portuguese coach bid to rectify the Blues’ lack of efficiency in-front of goal.
Previous strikers Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba mustered up just 19 Premier League goals between them, whereas Diego Costa hit 27 La Liga goals alone as he helped Atletico Madrid lift their first La Liga title since 1995.
The Stamford Bridge outfit met the 25-year-old’s previous £32 million release clause at Atletico Madrid and tied him down on a five-year deal worth £150,000 a week.
Despite coming with a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders, the Brazilian-born scorer has begun life with a bang in West London – netting four goals in his first three Premier League games for the club.
Here are the top ten signings of the summer outside of Spain as voted by the Spanish public:
Angel Di Maria – Manchester United – 17.4%
Diego Costa – Chelsea – 13.3%
Radamel Falcao – Manchester United – 12.9%
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich – 8.9%
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea – 8.8%
Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich – 6.3%
David Luiz – Paris Saint-Germain – 6%
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – 5.3%
Mario Balotelli – Liverpool – 2.6%
Diego Lopez – AC Milan – 2.5%