Premier League: Grieving Chelsea end Cech farewell week on a high

Chelsea started the June-July 2015 crossover week on a low by selling long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech to Premier League title rivals (at least that is what the Gunners’ [5.5] Premier League winner odds say) Arsenal.

However, they finished it with the long-anticipated capture of Colombia captain Radamel Falcao from Monaco on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

The 29-year-old had a dreadful time at Manchester United in 2014/15, only being granted 14 Premier League starts and marking those with an abject four goals.

Yet the contrast between that and his first five seasons in Europe with Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, in which he fired 102 times in 136 league appearances, was drastic enough for Jose Mourinho to deem him to be salvageable. He has been backed at [24.0] to be Premier League top goalscorer.

The week’s most expensive deal was struck by Liverpool, who snapped up Southampton’s England international right back Nathaniel Clyne for £12.5 million, which seems like a bargain compared to the sums that they gifted the Saints last year for Adam Lallana (£25 million) and Dejan Lovren (£20 million).

The Reds made a bit of money back by handing Sebastian Coates, who started six Premier League games in four years on Merseyside, to recent loan employers Sunderland for around £2 million.

The Black Cats are also being linked with costlier moves for Dutch forward Jeremain Lens (£8.5 million) and Nicolas Lombaerts (£5 million), though this ambition isn’t enough to prevent them from being rated [3.5] fourth favourites to go down, the shortest price of last term’s survivors.

Watford are cast in the role of relegation frontrunners at [1.73], but have been active in trying to dispute that billing. In the past seven days, they have made the signing of Matej Vydra permanent after 38 goals across two prior loan campaigns and purchased Roma left back Jose Holebas.

The 31-year-old is not just a Greece international either, he is the player who kept three-time Premier League champion Ashley Cole out of the Giallorossi side for the majority of 2014/15. Given the calibre of their recruits to date and the fact that they missed out on the Championship title by a point, [3.3] is a tempting price on the Hornets being top promoted club.

Elsewhere, second-tier table-toppers Bournemouth, who are [2.92] in that market, confirmed the arrival of Sylvain Distin on a free transfer, while Swansea brought in Sporting Braga striker Eder for an estimated £5 million.

Finally, Tottenham didn’t enhance their squad of [6.6] top-four hopefuls this week, yet did trim some fat in flogging Paulinho to Guangzhou Evergrande and Lewis Holtby to Hamburg.