Alisson, Torreira, Muto and Moutinho: The Premier League arrivals from the World Cup

A look at some of the new names in the English top flight who have signed for clubs following their involvement in Russia

DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 04: Alisson Becker of Liverpool during the international friendly game between Liverpool and Napoli at Aviva Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Ahead of the new Premier League season, here is a look at five players who will be making their bow in the Premier League this season, who have joined clubs in the English top flight after playing at the World Cup in Russia in the summer.


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DUBLIN, IRELAND - AUGUST 04: Alisson Becker of Liverpool during the international friendly game between Liverpool and Napoli at Aviva Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Liverpool hope Alisson will solve a problem area for them in goal. Getty Images


At almost £70 million (Dh334m), the Brazilian became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when moving to Liverpool from Roma. Alisson is his national team’s No 1, so good that he kept Manchester City’s Ederson on the bench during the World Cup.

The Brazilian No 1 cures what has long been a problem position at Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp described him as “exceptional” during his first week at training.

FILE PHOTO: Uruguay's Lucas Torreira after World Cup match against Egypt in Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 15, 2018   REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo
Uruguay's Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal. Reuters

Lucas Torreira

A £25.6m signing from Sampdoria, the Uruguayan brings some much-needed bite to Arsenal’s midfield. Played in all five of his country’s matches at the World Cup, exhibiting his talent and tenacity.

Torreira is only 22, but has taken significant experience from two seasons in Italy. Arsenal have for some time had a soft centre, but Emery looks to have remedied that almost immediately.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Brighton looks on during a Pre-Season Friendly between Brighton and Hove Albion and FC Nantes at Amex Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Alireza Jahanbakhsh has joined Brighton. Getty Images

Alireza Jahanbakhsh

One of Asia’s standouts, the Iran winger will offer Brighton & Hove Albion another dimension in attack. Jahanbakhsh joins from AZ Alkmaar for a fee believed to be around £17m, having performed well for the Dutch side since arriving in 2015.

Featured in all three of his country’s World Cup matches. His versatility will be a huge positive for Brighton, who are seeking to settle into the Premier League following last season’s relegation escape.

DERBY, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Joe Ledley of Derby County passes the ball ahead of Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers during a pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park on July 28, 2018 in Derby, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Joao Moutinho, left, will play for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season. Getty Images

Joao Moutinho 

Linked forever with a transfer to the Premier League, the Portuguese midfielder made the shock switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It represents a statement of intent from last season’s Championship champions: Moutinho spent five years at Monaco and won the 2016 European Championship with his country in France.

At £5m, and given Moutinho’s skill set and CV, could turn out to be one of this summer’s best pieces of business.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Friendly - Switzerland vs Japan - Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano, Switzerland - June 8, 2018   Japan's Yoshinori Muto reacts during the match   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
Yoshinori Muto has been brought in to boost Newcastle's forward line. Reuters

Yoshinori Muto

Seeking to ease their troubles up front, Newcastle United plumped for the Japan striker. The frontman scored eight times for Mainz last season to help the German club avoid relegation from the Bundesliga.

The fee is reported to be £9.5m, a decent outlay for a player who made an appearance at this summer's World Cup. Can create as well as score, but has a tendency to drift during matches.