A summer filled with speculations, gossip, contract-negotiations, agent-denials, player-confirmations and wide scale bargaining ended August 31, when the Barclays Premier League’s Transfer Window closed. Ganesh Shankar takes a look at the top four transfers…
Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh
Liverpool in desperation of a creative mid-fielder to support the likes of Torres and Gerrard, and Arsenal in need of a striker to play off Ashravin and to cope with injury-prone Van Persie, both made intelligent moves securing Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh respectively on free transfers.
The Ghanaian International surprised everyone with his stellar performance at the FIFA 2010. The 24-year old, broke the club record for a fee of 13 million pounds to secure his signature. Though expensive, this will be an investment with a huge return – GOALS!
‘Chicharito’ – another World Cup sensation – is definitely being considered the bargain of the summer, as ManU paid only 8 million pounds for the Mexican prodigy. A natural goal scorer, he will play a major role in United’s chase of an elusive 19th Premier League title.
Rafael van der Vaart
With a price tag of 18 million pounds the day before the deadline, Tottenham Hotspurs managed to secure the Dutch Wizard for only 8 million pounds. The signing was completed on deadline day; Harry Redknapp will feel he hit the jackpot with this attacking midfielder.