Top Five bargain deals in the Premier League this transfer window
The jubilation of World Cup football was finally over with favourites France grabbing the utmost glory and the clubs, who slowed down the tempo of the transfer business during the football fiesta in Russia, are now back in full throttle, hunting down their preferred targets to meet season objectives.
With less than a month remaining for the club season to kick off, Premier League outfits have already wrapped up several high-profile resources for bargain fees despite market inflation and here are five such shrewd businesses that are likely to portrait themselves as the best value-for-money deals over the course of the season.
Arsenal‘s goalkeeping conundrum might finally see a settlement following the announcement of Germany international Bernd Leno, who has been roped in from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of around £19.3m. The 26-year-old keeper enjoyed a scintillating season with the Bundesliga outfit and played a huge role in guiding them to clinch a 5th-place league finish.
Neither veteran Petr Cech nor David Ospina enjoyed a productive campaign between the sticks for the Gunners and their disastrous run away from home was mostly due to defensive frailty.
Cech, in particular, had several erroneous outings, hence, it’s now time for Leno to step up and bring back stability in goal.
Jean Michael Seri
The Ivorian has been recruited by Premier League new boys Fulham for £25m – a club-record fee which is much lower than the estimated amount considering the current market valuation.
The 27-year-old former Nice midfield general had been linked with several high-profile moves in the past 12 months but the Cottagers have surprisingly knocked out every other suitor and struck a deal to bring him to West London.
The addition of Seri will be a massive uplift for Slavisa Jokanovic‘s men, who will be eyeing to ensure top-flight safety next season and the marquee recruit will be extremely crucial for them at Craven Cottage to run the show from the middle of the pitch.
The Baggies were forced to sell the Northern Irishman earlier this window when Leicester City triggered a release clause that got activated upon their demotion.
The former Premier League winners now have another towering central defender alongside skipper Wes Morgan and English hotshot Harry Maguire, hence, allowing Leicester to challenge for a place in Europe.
A host of clubs were reportedly interested in the 26-year-old midfield general who was available on a free transfer after failing to agree on a new contract with his boyhood side Arsenal.
Wilshere is an absolute steal of a deal as he will orchestrate the Hammers’ game from the middle of the park. The fans can finally dream of something bigger.
The Swiss sensation wanted a transfer to Liverpool four years back while he was at Bayern Munich but the move was blocked by then Bavarians gaffer Pep Guardiola. The player eventually completed a low-key switch to Premier League side Stoke City, where he played three seasons and featured week in week out, offering some immense performances.
But the Potters’ demotion to Championship saw the clubs circling like vultures to trigger his £13m release clause and Liverpool reacted sharper than others to finally grab their long-term interest.
The winger enjoyed a productive run in the World Cup and will offer much-needed depth, quality and versatility to Jurgen Klopp, who is building a squad worthy of clinching silverware after missing it out narrowly in recent years.