Ranking EPL's Biggest Offseason Developments

Orrie SielaffCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2011

Ranking EPL's Biggest Offseason Developments

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    The Barclay's English Premier League has just kicked off and already has one week of games under its belt.  

    Manchester United seeks to defend last year's championship effort, but there are plenty of clubs that have what it takes to knock them off the top.  

    Let's review some of the significant EPL stories that developed over the summer offseason.  

7. New Keeper for Manchester United

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    The defending champions made a move in goal this summer.  United brought in Spanish 'keeper David de Gea from Atletico Madrid.  

    Moving on from Edwin van der Sar, who retired after last season, Manchester United looks to the future with the 20-year old de Gea.

6. Cheslea Changes Managers

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    The Blues remained somewhat silent over the summer.  They once again failed in their bid to pry Brazilian wonderboy Neymar away from Santos.  

    Instead, Chelsea chose to bring in a new manager in former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas.  The 33-year old Villas-Boas is a former Jose Mourinho assistant and will take over the reins at Stamford Bridge for the ousted Carlo Ancelotti.

5. Ashley Young Leaves Aston Villa for Manchester United

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    Manchester United looked to shore up the midfield this summer by adding winger Ashley Young.  Young departs Aston Villa and will provide an attacking presence on the wing for Sir Alex Ferguson this year.  

    United signed the twenty-six year old Young to a five-year deal.  

4. Barcelona Finally Gets Cesc Fabregas

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    It's about time.  It seems like this deal has been as good as done for a few years now.  

    Barca finally pulled the trigger and brought Fábregas to play at the Nou Camp.  The Catalans (whose roster contains seemingly the entire Spanish national team) will welcome Cesc with open arms.  

    Although Fábregas was not the same player for Arsenal that he has been for Spain, he will still be tough to replace in the midfield.   

3. Carlos Tevez

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    Will he stay or will he leave?  

    It seems that Tevez fell out of favor with Man City, but his exit has not been prompt.  A move to Internazionale seemed to be imminent, but has not materialized yet.  

    Now, the feeling is that Tevez will stay at City.  If he does, City have a dynamic scoring duo with Tevez and fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero.

2. Wesley Sneijder Rumors

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    Rumors persisted throughout the summer that Dutch star Wesley Sneijder was heading to Manchester United.  

    However, the deal has not been finalized and Sneijder appears to be staying at Inter.  For now.

1. Sergio Aguero to Manchester City

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    Manchester City continued its habit of shelling out huge amounts of money to acquire players.  

    This summer, City signed one of soccer's premier talents in striker Sergio Aguero.  The Argentine has been a force in La Liga for a few years now, and should give City a top-notch scorer.