With the summer transfer window reaching a fever pitch, all of the countries clubs will be looking to pay as little as possible, for as much as possible. With that in mind we look at some of the best value for money transfers of all time.
In a time when Scottish football actually had a genuine competitive edge, that attracted some of Europe’s best players, a little heard of Swede rocked up at Parkhead. He had scored plenty of goals in Sweden, but a modest return of 42 goals in 149 games at Feyenoord was solid if unspectacular. Yet something persuaded then Celtic manager Wim Jansen to invest a modest £650,000 in him. 313 games and 242 goals later Larsson is considered one of the greatest ever to pull on the famous green and white hoops.
Anelka has had some serious funds spent on his signature over the years. However the man who helped make his name, Arsene Wenger, only spent £500,000 on him. He went on to score plenty of goals for the Gunners and fire them to a league and cup double in 1998. The most telling contribution though could of been the whopping £22,000,000 profit he netted Arsenal when he moved to Real Madrid in 1999.
The greatest keeper of The Premier League era to date, the big Dane cost Alex Ferguson just £505,000. He would go on to earn as many points with his saves, as strikers would win with their goals. Numerous league and cup medals as well as the famous 1999 treble win in his final season at Old Trafford places him among the Old Trafford greats. An absolute beast.
Robin Van Persie
When Arsenal paid just £2,750,000 for a young Dutchman from Feyenoord people assumed he would just be another Arsene Wenger youth project that maybe fell short. Not the case at all. 277 games and 132 goals is good enough but if it wasn’t for his injury plagued years, would have been many more. He won a PFA player of the year award while at the gunners and also became club captain. However he couldn’t win trophies with The Gunners, so departed for Manchester united, turning a £24,000,000 profit in the process. Nice business again Arsene.
Another Goalkeeper to feature on the list, this time form the other side of Manchester, Joe Hart was brought in for £600,000. After a few loan spells to the lower leagues, he burst onto the scene while on loan at Birmingham. He returned to Manchester City and displaced Shay Given as number one that season, and has not looked back since. Four years on and he is a double Premier League winner and undisputed England number one. That would make it bargain enough but when you realise Hart is only 27, this bargain will no doubt look even better in ten seasons time.
A man who cost £12,000,000 is probably a controversial choice on a bargain list. But when you think of all he did at Manchester United and the numerous trophies won, you can’t really argue. To top it off United made nearly £70,000,000 profit on him when he left for Real Madrid. Mind you given his 254 goals in 247 games £80,000,000 looks like a bargain as well.
After an impressive run of form for Millwall, Everton decided to spend a bargain £1,500,000 on the springy Australian. A ridiculous amount of goals and assists from midfield later and he is a legend in the blue half of Merseyside.
Everyone loves a freebie! Especially if you happen to bring one in that goes on to become one of the best midfielders in Europe. Yes once again Arsene Wengers canny transfer business makes the list, with perhaps his best deal of all time. Poached from Barcelona’s academy Cesc went on to become a talisman for Arsenal. Once again though he fell victim to a lack of trophies arriving at The Emirates and he returned to Barcelona. The £30,000,000 Arsenal got back for him though must have softened the blow, and it was all PURE PROFIT!