The summer transfer window is shut and all the teams have reinforced their squad. A lot of big money signings took place during the window as the Premier League giants splashed huge amounts of cash to restructure their squad. While some of the transfers were totally worth every penny spent some were a little overpriced.
We are making a list of 5 major overpriced signings in this transfer window:
Anthony Martial (Manchester United, €80m)
Manchester United made the biggest buy of the transfer window as they signed 19-year-old French striker Anthony Martial from AS Monaco on the transfer deadline day for a whopping €80m. The club paid €50m at present but if the add-ons are considered then the amount sums up to €80m. It is a world record fee for a teenager and the striker also became the most expensive French footballer beating Zinedine Zidane.
Anthony Martial is an extremely talented player who has been tipped to be the next ‘Thierry Henry’. Martial scored 10 goals last season for AS Monaco in Ligue 1 which is incredible. But for United paying such a huge amount for a relatively unknown face is a bit too much and kind of a desperate buy. The player has no experience in Premier League where even the stars of world football struggle to adapt. Thus, we consider Manchester United move as an overpriced transfer.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City,€66.68m)
England’s youth sensation Raheem Sterling completed a big move this season as he left Liverpool and joined Manchester City for a record transfer fee of €66.68m. The fee was the highest ever for any British player and thus, created a huge furor in the media.
Raheem Sterling had made it clear since the conclusion of last season that he does not want to play for the Reds. Initially, Liverpool were not too keen on selling one of their assets to a league rival but City made such a humongous bid for the player that it became difficult for Liverpool to reject.
None can doubt the abilities of Raheem Sterling who has a bright future ahead and can be a superstar in future. But for now paying a world record fee for a 21-year-old was way too much on Manchester City’s part. Thus, we would have to tag this transfer as an overpriced buy for Manchester City.
Abdul Baba Rahman (Chelsea, €30 m)
Chelsea desperately needed a quality defender to bolster their back line which struggled from the very beginning of the season. The defending champions have secured just 4 points from the first four matches which are pathetic. Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Everton’s young central defender John Stones, but the Toffees rejected their multiple offers. Chelsea finally made two signings in the defense the most prominent one being the signing of Ghanaian youngster Abdul Baba Rahman from Bundesliga side Augsburg for €30m.
Baba Rahman, a left full-back, played 31 league matches last season and was thoroughly praised by many for his show. Jose Mourinho wanted a cover in the full-back as Branislav Ivanovic has seemingly lost his form. In future, the manager can use Rahman in the left-back position and shift Cesar Azpilicueta in the right-back which is his natural position.
All said and done we feel that splashing €30m for a young unproven talent is way too much. Mourinho might not even field Rahman for this entire season if Ivanovic improves. Thus, we tag this transfer also an overpriced transfer for Jose Mourinho’s team.
Christian Benteke (Liverpool, €44.23 m)
Liverpool made an array of signings in this season’s transfer window in order to restructure the squad. Brendan Rodgers brought in several big names and made quite a few shrew buys. Among all the players the Reds roped in this season, Christian Benteke was the biggest name of all as he made a big move from Aston Villa for €44.23 m.
Christian Benteke is a proven name in Premier League as he has been playing at Villa Park since 2012. The Belgian international grew up to be a lethal striker for the Premier League side and was their main striker until last season. So it was kind of expected that Aston Villa would not have let him go for a cheaper price.
But from Liverpool’s point of view the money they actually paid for Benteke, they could have brought in Ligue top scorer and French international Alexandre Lacazatte. Lacazatte was exceptional last season and a striker who had beaten players like Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to become the top scorer will obviously have something special. Thus, we would tag Benteke signing an overpriced deal as better players with the same price was available in the market.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United, €34 m)
Manchester United features once more in our list of overpriced players for obvious reasons. They made several big signings this season too as Louis van Gaal is looking forward to changing the squad completely according to his wishes.
The first player they signed this summer was Eredivisie and Dutch sensation Memphis Depay from league champions PSV Eindhoven. Depay was in tantalizing form last season for the champions and single-handedly gifted PSV the title.
Thus, Louis van Gaal did not waste any time and roped in the young winger beating rivals Liverpool in the race. In the process, Manchester United had spent €34 m for the player.
While we have no doubts regarding the talent of Depay and agree that the player holds the potential to become one of the best in future but at present spending €34 m for an unproven player seemed a bit too much and thus, we tag it as an overpriced buy.