During every transfer window, fans argue over who their club should pursue, and clubs will try to get the players needed to reach the next level. About eight months have passed since the closing of last summer’s transfer window, so it’s time to see which deals have proved to be great value for money.
Here are the five best signings of the season so far:
5. Ander Herrera, Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United
He has become a hit after starting regularly. He makes United tick, has an eye for passing and can score goals, too. It’s surprising manager Louis van Gaal didn’t give him a chance in the team earlier. They do love classy midfielders at Old Trafford, which works in his favor.
4. Mame Biram Diouf, free agent to Stoke City
He’s a deceptively effective forward and terrific value for being a free agent. He struggled at Blackburn before making a move to the Bundesliga to join Hannover. He’s taken his goal-scoring form from Hannover back to the English Premier League with Stoke. He has scored more than one goal in every three starts and has scored important goals. Diouf has been an unsung hero for Stoke this season.
3. Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea
His blistering start to the season means he’ll be in every list similar to this one. His 19 EPL goals are one of the main reasons Chelsea will probably win the EPL title. Fans at Stamford Bridge have also bought into his style of play. He bullies defenders and is fairly nasty, which is perfect for any Chelsea team.
2. Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona to Chelsea
Where would Costa have been without Fabregas this season? His season got off to a fast start as well. He was producing assists at will as Chelsea made easy work of opponents at the beginning of the season. His form has dipped recently, but he’s worthy of making the list because he’s been reintroduced to the EPL. You also get the sense that he could move through the gears if necessary, too.
1. Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona to Arsenal
Simply put, he’s an outstanding player. He’s capable of turning zero points into three and putting opposition under immense pressure every time he touches the ball in the attacking third of the field. He’s proven this season that he’s one of the best forwards in the world after playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi and Neymar at Barcelona. He’s also shown Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that it’s wise to shell out money on supreme quality every now and then.