Graphic: Best Premier League transfer XI; Aston Villa and Liverpool stars feature

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Here we take a look at the best transfers made this summer; Aston Villa, Liverpool, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and West Ham United players feature.

According to an article from the BBC, the Premier League transfer spending this summer has reached the £500 million mark - £335 million short of the all-time record set 12 months ago.

With one month of the window remaining and a number of clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea still holding back somewhat, don’t be surprised to see a new record set this time around.

But as of the summer signings to date, which players have caught the eye and which players would feature in a best transfer XI? As per the graphic above, here is a possible selection and why.

Back five:

Arsenal’s new signing Petr Cech makes the team for a number of reasons, with the most obvious being his evident winner’s mentality and the Gunners’ need for a genuine world-class shot-stopper of his ilk.

At left-back we have Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi, the exciting 21-year-old arriving from Nice following a terrific campaign where he averaged 3.9 tackles and 4.6 interceptions per Ligue 1 encounter.

West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld are the proposed centre-back duo – the two players boasting a combination of speed, height, power and plenty of experience.

Nathaniel Clyne opted to trade Southampton for Liverpool this summer, the England international is a clear upgrade on Glen Johnson and represents a real coup for the Reds.

Midfield duo:

Fabian Delph’s Manchester City move from Aston Villa may have been the most controversial this summer, but at £8 million, City have got themselves one of the best deals around.

Crystal Palace’s acquisition of Yohan Cabaye is arguably the standout signing of the summer, considering he was a Champions League player for Paris Saint-Germain only last season.

The French international’s arrival was a real statement of intent from the Eagles, and he’s exactly the sort of player that will help Palace consolidate themselves as a solid Premier League outfit.

Attacking quartet:

Arguably the toughest to select, but Manchester United’s Memphis Depay gets the nod ahead of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, with the Dutchman expected to excite immensely this season.

In the middle, it’s a no-brainer regarding the Hammers’ acquisition of Dimitri Payet. The former Marseille man scored seven goals and added a whopping 17 assists in Ligue 1 last season, a fabulous record.

While Bournemouth’s addition of Max Gradel is impressive, Stoke City’s deal to get Ibrahim Afellay on a free could be the bargain of the summer if he performs to his potential.

The former Barcelona man played in 29 games for Olympiakos last season, a sign that his fitness problems could be behind him. He represents a real coup for the Potters.

Last but not least is Liverpool’s Christian Benteke up top. The Belgian international may not have come cheap, yet the Reds know exactly what they have acquired from Villa.

The 24-year-old almost single-handedly kept the Villans up last season, scoring 13 goals in 26 Premier League starts and helping the club to an FA Cup final appearance.

Substitutes bench: Sergio Romero (MU), James Chester (WBA), Kieran Tripper (TH), Max Gradel (BOU), Youssouf Mulumbu (NOR), R. Firmino (LIV), A Mitrovic (NU).

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