Dan Dalton counts down the top five bargain buys of the Premier League summer transfer window.
This transfer window has seen the big clubs spend huge money on names such as Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. But who are the signings that may prove to be the bargain buys of the transfer window?
While some teams have spent big money to acquire quality players many teams may be looking for more value in the market as seen in previous seasons with players such as Michu for a measly £2m, or Demba Ba who proved to be a hit at Tyneside after arriving on a free transfer.
While Manchester City have acquired Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna on a free transfer, they may not see much game time at the Etihad, so they are notable omissions. Here are five of the best bargain buys so far of this transfer window.
5.Javier Manquillo to Liverpool – Two-year loan deal with option to buy
Liverpool have essentially signed one of the best young defenders in Spanish football for free on a two-year contract. Manquillo had been lined up to replace Dani Alves last summer and Barcelona were thought to hold first refusal on the player.
Manquillo’s performances in the u20 World Cup last year for Spain caught the eye of many big teams in Europe.
One of the right-back’s main attributes will be his athleticism with the ability to surge up and down the right flank. The deal for Manquillo is expected to be a loan deal with an option for a permanent deal.
The full back area has proven to be a problem position and while the Spaniard is not the most high profile signing at Liverpool he could prove to be a vital one.
4.Jefferson Montero to Swansea – £4million
Montero is a pacy wide man and will suit the style of play at Swansea. The 24-year-old joined Villareal in 2009 but failed to establish himself at the La Liga side. Montero did however impress for Real Betis in the 2011-12 season.
Montero is a right footed winger capable of playing on both sides and will suit Swansea’s 4-3-3 system. The pace of the Ecuadorian will give Gary Monk’s side a good counter attacking threat.
He has surprisingly played his football in Mexico in the last two seasons but if the 24-year-old finds his best form he will surprise a lot of people in the Premier League next year and at £4million this could be a very good piece of business by Garry Monk
3. Bafetimbi Gomis to Swansea – Free Transfer
Swansea also picked up French striker Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer as he was out of contract at French club Lyon. Gomis scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for Lyon last year and will provide competition for Wilfried Bony. He has signed a four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Gomis has 12 caps for Les Bleus and has scored four goals at international level. Gomis appeared in the Euro 2008 squad for the French and will be 29 on the 5th of August. He will provide experience and a physical presence up front for Swansea who were overly dependent on star man Bony last year.
Swansea have picked up a proven goal scorer in French football and a former international striker on a free transfer which could give Garry Monk’s side the flexibility of utilizing a two-man attack of Bony and Gomis.
2. Mauricio Isla to QPR – One-year loan
QPR are expected to utilize a 3-5-2 formation this season and Isla looks to be a perfect signing as he impressed in the World Cup for Chile. The 26-year-old impressed with Udinese earning himself a move to Serie A giants Juventus, however a lack of game time has now led to a loan move and Harry Redknapp is delighted to have acquired a wing back of the Chile international’s quality.
He spoke to QPR’s official website after the deal had been completed.
“He’s a top player and we’re delighted to have him here. He showed his quality in the World Cup for Chile and it’s a great loan signing for us.
“He’s a versatile player, he’s full of energy. I’m confident he’ll be a really big asset for us this season.”
Isla has earned 47 caps for Chile and it is quite a coup for QPR to pick up the Juventus player on a loan deal for the season. Isla could prove a valuable asset on the right wing for the R’s this upcoming season.
1. Gareth Barry to Everton – Free Transfer
After such a successful loan spell at Everton last year the signing of Gareth Barry on a free transfer could prove to be a vital piece of business if Roberto Martinez is to build on the foundations of last season.
The former Manchester City midfielder provides experience and composure in midfield which complements the more dynamic nature of James McCarthy, their partnership in midfield was vital to Everton’s success last season and Evertonians must be relieved that the midfielder is set for another few seasons at Goodison Park.
McCarthy explained his joy to evertontv at the news that Barry would remain at Everton.
“It’s brilliant to have Gareth back. Obviously we played a lot together last season and I really enjoyed it.
He’s an experienced head and he gives you so much. He helped me kick on last season and now he’s back here full-time, which is brilliant for the club and also each and every one of us.”
The 33-year-old will be vital to Everton again this year, especially with the club aiming to push towards a top four finish this year, which could prove difficult in an even more competitive league this upcoming season.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.