Summer Savings: Top 5 Premier League Transfer Deals
By Sumit Rehal
Premier League clubs have now spent more than £1 billion during the summer transfer window.
It is the fourth summer in a row that a new record has been broken for Premier League spending. Highlight Nation takes a look at the deals that will prove to be the best value for money as “Squeaky bum time” approaches in our top 5 Premier League transfer deals.
5. Eric Bailly – £32.30m
Manchester United stole all the headlines this summer with their transfer links, namely Paul Pogba, yet it was their defensive arrival that has had an outstanding impact. Many questioned the price tag of the transfer from Villareal, who cost a similar price to the world class Rio Ferdinand years ago. Considering Manchester City paid over £50m for John Stones, Eric Bailly looks to be a golden nugget for his new club.
The Ivorian has earned himself United’s Man of the Match three times in a row for his commanding displays in the centre of back line. Not even the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra were able to make such a progressive impact on their arrivals, remember that 2-0 defeat to Man City? The 22-year old is now a shoo-in as he keeps Chris Smalling out of the team despite the Englishman’s strong previous season, the future looks bright for the Bailly.
4. N’Golo Kante – £30.43m
70% of the world is covered by water, the rest is covered by N’Golo Kante. The France international earned this analogy following his dominating performance in the heart of Leicester City’s Premier League winning squad last season.
Despite having a league winning squad last season, Chelsea were unable to provide the edge that they had in seasons prior. Now with a commanding new manager in Antonio Conte, all The Blues needed was a few clever touches to grow an all round team again and Kante has provided just that. The midfielder has helped Chelsea win 3 out of 3 and will only settle in further as he gels with his new teammates.
3. Christian Benteke – £27m
Despite being a bit part player for Liverpool last season, Christian Benteke still scored 9 goals in 29 games last season. We are all aware of the Belgian beast’s potential and if he is given the freedom to rule upfront as he did for Aston Villa for all of those years, he can be a crucial player for Crystal Palace’s campaign.
With Loïc Rémy also joining The Eagles on loan, the two could form a tasty partnership as the club look to make up for the lack of goals during the second half of the 15/16 campaign. The price tag isn’t that bad either, considering that Liverpool paid £32.5m for him just a year earlier.
2. Ilkay Gündoğan – £22.95m
The transfer of Ilkay Gündoğan slipped under the radar but this deal could prove to be the most underrated transfer of the year. The German International had been killing it for Borussia Dortmund over the last few seasons and was a central figure during Jürgen Klopp’s title winning side.
The current Liverpool manager has praised Gündoğan, describing him as an “intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths”. Pep Guardiola obviously sees the same by snatching the player for a tidy price while he is still only 25-years old.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimović – Free
“Welcome to Zlatan” was the sign displayed in Manchester as United completed their transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimović from Paris Saint-Germain in July that had cost absolutely nothing! This is a player that has won the league for his club in The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and France respectively with his state of the art finishing. At the ripe age of 34, the big Swede only seems to be getting better, taking his tally to 38 goals in 31 appearances during his last season in Paris.
There were some initial concerns to see if the striker’s relaxed and flamboyant swag could be a match for England but these doubts were quickly put to bed by the man himself. Ibrahimović netted on his debut for Manchester United with a powerful header against Leicester City in the Community Shield and then went on two finish a further 3 times in his first two Premier League games.
With an array of youngsters in the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford supporting on the flanks, the veteran’s influence is likely to shed onto them in the same way Eric Cantona influenced Fergie’s Fledglings in the mid 90s. The number 9’s will leave a legacy on his new club.