This summer’s transfer window has seen astronomical fees for sometimes mediocre footballers.
With this in mind, we’ve picked out five transfers that we believe represent real value for money in the craziest transfer window to date.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City to Leicester City – £25M
At the age of 20 and brimming with so much potential – Iheanacho represents an absolute steal for Leicester City. He had the ability to lead the Manchester City line in the absence of Sergio Aguero, and still, maintains one of the best goals-to-minutes ratios in Premier League history. This young man guarantees goals, is proven in the Premier League and has his best years ahead of him. One of the summer’s best signings.
Javier Hernandez – Bayer Leverkusen to West Ham United – £16M
£16M for one of the best poachers in the world represents an incredible piece of business by West Ham. A club who have struggled to find a prolific centre forward – their prayers have been answered in Hernandez. Many questioned why Manchester United let him go, and his goals in Germany only further backed up their arguments. Hernandez has struck in the Premier League before, and will most certainly do so again. A real improvement on some of West Ham’s previous signings.
Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus to AC Milan – £35M
In today’s market – regardless of age, signing one of the world’s best defenders for £35M represents an absolute steal. Bonucci has been a stalwart of Juventus’ incredible success in recent years and was coveted by many of the world’s top clubs, so for Milan to get their man is a real statement of intent. Milan looks to rejoin Europe’s elite in the near future, and with a centre-half like Bonucci at their service, few would question why they can’t.
James Rodriguez – Real Madrid to Bayern Munich – 2 Year Loan With Option To Buy
This is a fantastic piece of business by Bayern. One of the world’s top talents, signings like these are marketable and economic. James guarantees goals, assists and would certainly improve any side in world football. Should the loan not work out, Bayern has nothing to lose. This could be one of the best transfers in recent years should Bayern continue their recent run of success.
Sandro Ramirez – Malaga to Everton – £5.2M
Once on the books at Barcelona, and relatively prolific in last season’s La Liga – this is peanuts to pay for Sandro. He possesses plenty of potential at the age of 22, and with Wayne Rooney to show him the ropes at Goodison Park, it won’t be long until we begin to see Sandro’s name appearing on the scoresheet, and admitting that this was an absolute bargain for the Toffees.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.