Premier League clubs spent £630m in this summer’s transfer window. Was it worth the money?
The upcoming January could get cheaper if Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United decide to bet on a number of Bundesliga players, who all come at a low price. A low risk high reward scenario.
The most popular and most expensive player (wage-wise) is Borussia Dortmund’s striker Robert Lewandowski, who would be a good acquisition for either Arsenal or Chelsea to bolster their attack, but Bayern Munich are rumoured to have already struck a deal.
So here are five other options...
Rafinha, Bayern Munich’s right back has a market value of £3.5m but has battled with injuries. Rafinha’s stock is rising again after his market value had an all time high at £10.5m five years ago right before he left Schalke. The 27-year-old Brazilian is aiming for a ticket to the World Cup so he is highly motivated. Munich will most likely extend his contract, but if not he is up for grabs.
Another defender from Bayern Munich, who is waiting for a contract extension is Belgian international Daniel van Buyten. Sure the 35-year-old is way over his prime but recorded better stats in Champions League matches with Munich then every other Manchester United defender. We don't expect United to take a punt, but another lesser team light on numbers could look to benefit from his experience.
He is all over the news right now and there is a reason for it. A £23m price tag, once known for spectacular goals and assists during his heyday, Diego. He still could be a great steal especially for Arsenal. Reuniting alongside Ozil (they have played together in Werder Bremen) could be the best thing to happen to Diego’s career.
Another steal might be an old Premier League acquaintance, former Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf. The Senegalese international couldn’t establish himself with the Red Devils, a move to Bundesliga’s Hannover 96 paired with more playing time renewed his career. His market value went from £2.2m to a £9.7m all time high. German tabloid Bild feels sure that the 25-year-old won’t extend his contract. Stoke City are preparing a offer for the 25-year-old. Could he solve their goalscoring problems?
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