Top 5 bargain signings in the history of Premier League 

With the transfer window well and fully open, clubs across the country are working hard to ensure they are as well prepared as possible for the next season.

Whether it’s to avoid relegation, gain entry to Europe, or even win the Premier League title, the managers of all 20 Premier League clubs understand that just one or two new recruits may make all the difference.

Manchester United, for example, requires new faces in midfield to provide quality and replace elderly veterans like Paul Scholes.

Meanwhile, Chelsea must boost their defence if they are to defend their Champions League crown and reclaim the Premier League.

So, which signings have proven to be the most fruitful throughout the years?

●   Vincent Kompany

Shortly after Manchester City was launched into newfound affluence following billionaire Sheikh Mansour’s acquisition, Vincent Kompany was signed from Hamburg. He would go on to play a crucial role in the club’s ascension into Europe’s elite.

In 2011, the Belgian was named City’s club captain after swiftly establishing himself as one of the league’s best central defenders. Kompany stayed at the Etihad for over a decade, captaining the team to four Premier League titles, including ending the club’s 44-year drought for a league title in 2012.

Kompany was part of the team that set a new club record with 100 points in 2017/18. He also helped City win English football’s first-ever domestic treble the following season before announcing his departure to join old club Anderlecht as player-manager.

●   Nicolas Anelka

When Arsene Wenger signed the 18-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain, he had only 12 professional outings under his belt, and Gunners supporters were sceptical.

However, 28 goals in two full seasons at Highbury soon changed their thoughts, as he led the line magnificently in the club’s 1998 Double-winning season.

Despite the fact that the rest of his career was a mixed bag, Anelka’s stint in north London can be considered a big success.

●   Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 

In the summer of 1996, when Alan Shearer chose to join his boyhood club Newcastle United, the Red Devils were disappointed to see a little-known Norwegian weasel his way into the club instead.

They had no idea that the club had just recruited one of the most clinical and effective strikers in Premier League history, which would help them complete a historic treble three years later.

After a series of injury issues, Solskjaer led United’s reserve squad, although he remains a fan favourite at Old Trafford.

●   Jamie Vardy

Given that the Foxes paid the largest transfer fee for a non-league player in history to get him to the King Power Stadium in 2012, this transfer appears to be a bargain.

Vardy had scored goals for pleasure at Fleetwood Town with his quickness and direct attitude, but it wasn’t until the 2015/16 season that he revealed his class when he won the league title with Leicester City against all odds.

He represented England at the European Championships in France later that summer, setting a new Premier League record by scoring in 11 straight games. He was also a member of the 2018 World Cup semi-finalist side.

●   Eric Cantona

After Leeds had called to query about United’s Dennis Irwin, Sir Alex Ferguson cheekily asked about the controversial Frenchman’s availability, according to the narrative of Cantona’s move between these two northern rivals.

Although Irwin was not for sale, Leeds were happy to part with the enigmatic forward, with manager Howard Wilkinson willing to sell the problematic Cantona for £1.2 million.

Few could have predicted Cantona’s impact upon his arrival at Old Trafford, with the attacker proving to be the driving force behind United’s title-winning season in 1993.

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