August 16, 2006

Five Good Value Transfers

With transfer values seemingly rocketing again after the collapse of ITV Digital it's been an interesting summer in the world of football. But who has spent the most wisely? Here are my top five value for money transfers so far.

5) Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan to Chelsea £30m)

Arguably £30m can never be good value for somebody whose primary function is to kick a football around, however when you have just bought a player who was seemingly unbuyable then it's a whole different matter. Shevchenko looked to be way out of Chelsea's league, but they got him and whilst the fee may be high, it's hardly a risk. If Chelsea make chances he will score.

4) Jimmy Bullard (Wigan to Fulham £2.5m)

Wigan's central figure last season, Bullard nipped off to Fulham when contract negotiations stalled. For £2.5m he is a steal especially given the amount that he offers a side. Could be the difference between Fulham staying up or going down.

3) Craig Bellamy (Blackburn to Liverpool £6m)

Whilst Newcastle search desperately for a striker Liverpool have snapped up their former star for a bargain thanks to a get–out clause in his Blackburn contract. Bellamy could be the difference between 1st and 2nd for Liverpool so long as he stays fit and Benitez can keep the famous temper in check.

2) Tomas Rosicky (Dortmund to Arsenal £7m)

A global superstar for under £10m? No, I couldn't believe it either but Wenger is a sneaky guy. Should be immense for Arsenal and still only in his mid twenties.

1) Damian Duff (Chelsea to Newcastle £5m)

Without doubt the bargain of the summer so far. £5m for a player of Duff's quality is extraordinary, but then given Newcastle's recent transfer dealings it's about time they got someone on the cheap. It could all be futile though it Roeder can't find at least one striker to go with him.


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  1. Allan Smith

    Shevchenko was the subject of a few 'Will he adjust to English football?' pieces, but seeing his workrate and sublime finish on Sunday, it's clear that class can travel anywhere.

    If Bellamy stays out of bother, he's a cracking signing. The Welsh Nicolas Anelka, if you will.

    Duff is good value, but maybe not for Newcastle. They desperately need a real striker. Luque can play there, but he's no poacher. And Charles N'Zogbia now has another obstacle between him and the first team. Provided Newcastle are still actively looking for a forward and the Duff fee has no effect, it's quite the bargain.

    Fabio Aurelio on a free was good work by Rafa too.

    16 Aug 2006, 13:51

  2. Mathew Mannion

    I think the buy of the summer will probably be Owen Hargreaves beign signed by Man United, if it happens… Someone that hard–working will do that team a lot of good

    16 Aug 2006, 13:52

  3. Umm… Ballack for £0 !!
    will be quality if Mourinho works out how to fit him in the side.
    Not too sure whether Bullard represents good value.
    Where is Hargreaves going to fit in if Carrick and Scholes are playing central midfield? Carrick is a deep lying playmaker and worker, and Scoles would play attacking midfielder. If Hargreaves comes in defensive mid, does that leave a 19 million pound Carrick on the bench?

    20 Aug 2006, 16:40


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