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Five ‘Big Name’ Premier League Signings That Never Happened

The transfer window is finally over, and Premier League managers and chairmen can rest easy and concentrate on the matters on the pitch, for another few months at least.

Now that the dust has settled, we can take a look at the five ‘big name’ transfer deals in the Premier League which were very close to happening but never happened in end.

1. Hulk (Porto) to Chelsea
The Brazilian was continuously linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout June and July and at one stage it looked like it was almost a done deal. Hulk even admitted he wanted to leave Porto and join the European Champions, but the Portuguese champions insisted they had never recieved an offer from the Blues. In the end, Chelsea gave up the chase because of his hefty price tag and wage demands and instead signed Wigan’s Victor Moses. The powerful left-footed forward joined Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg this week, for a fee of around £40m.

2. Joao Moutinho (Porto) to Tottenham Hotspur
The Portuguese playmaker was the man Andre Villas-Boas wanted to replace Luka Modric at White Hart Lane. But Spurs had to first sell the Croatian to free up funds to buy new players and Modric’s transfer to Real Madrid took weeks to be agreed and completed, which left the London club with just few days to wrap up the Moutinho deal. On deadline day, Spurs did agree a club record £20m fee with Porto but problems surrounding personal terms and third party ownership issues scuppered the deal.

3. Lucas Moura (Sao Paulo) to Manchester United
The Brazilian wonderkid was Manchester United’s top transfer target this summer after the Red Devils failed in their pursuit of Eden Hazard. After seeing a £23m bid rejected by Sao Paulo, United came back with an improved offer and also reportedly had a bid in the region of £30m accepted by the Brazilian club. But the mega-rich PSG came in at the last minute, paid £35m for the youngster and snatched him away from under the noses of Sir Alex Ferguson

4. Yann M’Vila (Rennes) to Arsenal
The French midfielder was reportedly very close to joining Arsenal before the Euros in Poland & Ukraine but a training ground bust-up with his France teammates made Arsene Wenger to reconsider. The sale of Alex Song to Barcelona saw the rumours start again, but Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham had also entered the fray and in the end, Wenger decided against a late move for the Rennes midfielder and stuck with his players.

5. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) to Liverpool
Liverpool’s American owners were so confident of signing the Fulham forward that they announced on their official website the US international had signed for the club in July. A month later, the Reds did look favourites to complete the deal on transfer deadling day, with the 29-year-old desperate to leave Craven Cottage and join the Merseysiders. But with Liverpool refusing to pay anything more than £4m for the forward, Dempsey joined Tottenham late in the day for £6m, leaving Brendan Rodgers with just two senior strikers at his disposal.

Premier League’s Twenty Most Expensive Transfers Of The Summer

The summer transfer window has shut down and as expected the Premier League clubs were the most busiest this summer, spending a total of around £480 million. In our today’s Picture Special, we look back at the twenty most expensive transfer deals of the season.

Eden Hazard (LOSC Lille to Chelsea – £35.2m)

Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid – £30m)

Oscar (SC Internacional to Chelsea – £25m

Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United – £24m)

Joe Allen (Swansea City to Liverpool – £16.7m)

Santi Cazorla (Malaga to Arsneal – £16.7m)

Moussa Dembele (Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur – £16.7m)

Javi Garcia (Benfica to Manchester City – £15.8m)

Alex Song (Arsenal – Barcelona – £15m)

Steven Fletcher (Wolves to Sunderland – £13.3m)

Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United – £13.2m)

Jack Rodwell (Everton to Manchester City – £13.2m)

Matija Nastasic (Fiorentina to Manchester City – £13m + Stefan Savic)

Gaston Ramirez (Bologna to Southampton – £12m)

Fabio Borini (AS Roman to Liverpool – £11.7m)

Lukas Podolski (FC Koln to Arsenal – £11.4m)

Adam Johnson (Manchester City to Sunderland – £11m)

Jan Vertonghen (Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur – £11m)

Matt Jarvis (Wolves to West Ham United – £10.7m)

Olivier Giroud (Montpellier to Arsenal – £10.7)

FIFA 13 – Career Mode Transfers (Video)

Timed nicely with the closing of the Transfer Window, EA Sports have released a video featuring Career Mode producer Santiago Jaramillo talking about the new transfer features in FIFA 13 Career Mode.

You get to have proper look at the club’s valuation of the player, the changes in the transfer screen as well as some explanations about the new CPU AI features. Have a look at the video here..

EA Sports have released a full TV advert of their upcoming game FIFA 13, and here is a small teaser of it…

Transfer Deadline Day – Premier League Ins And Outs

Transfer deadline day is one of the busiest days in the Premier League football calender and IntoTheTopCorner will keep you updated with all the latest Ins and Outs.

Here is a list of all the confirmed transfers involving the twenty Premier League teams. Note – Transfer Window Slams Shut. This doesnt mean the deals won’t come through.


  • Nicklas Bendtner – Arsenal to Juventus (Loan)
  • Park Chu-Young – Arsenal to Celta Vigo (Loan)
  • Geroge Brislen-Hall – Arsenal to Inverness (Free)


  • Jordan Bowery – Chesterfield to Aston Villa (£500,000)
  • Ashley Westwood – Crewe Alexandra to Aston Villa (£2m)
  • Nathan Delfouneso – Aston Villa to Blackpool (Loan)
  • Christian Benteke – Genk to Aston Villa (£7m)


  • Amind Affane – Chelsea to Roda JC (Loan)
  • Thorgan Hazard – Chelsea to SV Zulte Waregem (Loan)
  • Gael Kakuta – Chelsea to Vitesse (Loan)
  • Yossi Benayoun – Chelsea to West Ham United (Loan)
  • Michael Essien – Chelsea to Real Madrid (Loan)
  • Raul Meireles – Chelsea to Fenerbahce (£8m)


  • Bryan Oviedo – FC Copenhagen to Everton (£5m)
  • Matthew Kennedy – Kilmarnock to Everton (Nominal)
  • Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe – Club Brugge to Everton (Loan)


  • Kieran Richardson – Sunderland to Fulham (Undisc)
  • Corey Gameiro – Fulham to FC Eindhoven (Loan)
  • Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United to Fulham (£4m)
  • Ashkan Dejagah – Wolfsburg to Fulham (£2m)
  • Clint Dempsey – Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur (£6m)


  • Jay Spearing – Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers (Loan)
  • Charlie Adam – Liverpool to Stoke City (£5m)
  • Nathan Ecclestone – Liverpool to Blackpool (Free)
  • Dani Pacheco – Liverpool to Real Valladolid (Loan)


  • Nigel de Jong – Manchester City to AC Milan (£3.5m)
  • Scott Sinclair – Swansea City to Manchester City (£6.2m)
  • Maicon – Inter Milan to Manchester City (£3m)
  • Roque Santa Cruz – Manchester City to Malaga (Loan)
  • Richard Wright – Free to Manchester City
  • Matija Nastasic – Fiorentina to Manchester City (£13m)
  • Stefan Savic – Manchester City to Fiorentina (Free)
  • Ryan McGivern – Manchester City to Hibernian (Loan)
  • Dedryck Boyata – Mahcester City to FC Twente (Loan)
  • Javi Garcia – Benfica to Manchester City (£15.8m)


  • Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United to Fulham (£4m)


  • Paul Dummett – Newcastle United to St. Mirren (Loan)


  • George Francomb – Norwich City to AFC Wimbledon (Loan)
  • Harry Kane – Tottenham to Norwich City (Loan)


  • Jay Bothroyd – Queens Park Rangers to Sheffield Wednesday (Loan)
  • Sam Magri – Portsmouth to Queens Park Rangers (Undisc)
  • Joey Barton – Queens Park Rangers to Marseille (Loan)
  • Stefane Mbia – Marseille to Queens Park Rangers (Undisc)
  • Patrick Agyemang – Queens Park Rangers to Stevenage (Free)


  • None


  • Gaston Ramirez – Bologna to Southampton (£11.8m)
  • Cody Cooper – Free to Southampton
  • Billy Sharp – Southampton to Nottingham Forest (Loan)
  • Dean Hammod – Southampton to Brighton and Hove Albion (Loan)


  • Charlie Adam – Liverpool to Stoke City (£4m)
  • Maurice Edu – Rangers to Stoke City (Free)
  • Steven N’Zonzi – Blackburn Rovers to Stoke City (£3.5m)


  • Kieran Richardson – Sunderland to Fulham (Undisc)
  • Danny Rose – Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland (Loan)


  • Pablo Hernandez – Valencia to Swansea City (£5.5m)
  • Andrea Orlandi – Swansea City to Brighton & Hove (Undisc)
  • Scott Sinclair – Swansea City to Manchester City (£6.2m)
  • Federic Bessone – Swansea City to Swindon Town (Free)
  • Stephen Dobbie – Swansea City to Brighton and Hove Albion (Undisc)


  • Danny Rose – Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland (Loan)
  • Giovani Dos Santos – Tottenham Hotspur to RCD Mallorca (Undisc)
  • Rafael van der Vaart – Tottenham Hotspur to Hamburg (£10m)
  • Hugo Lloris – Lyon to Tottenham Hotspur (£8m)
  • Clint Dempsey – Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur (£6m)
  • Harry Kane – Tottenham to Norwich City (Loan)


  • Goran Popov – Dynamo Kive to West Brom Albion (Loan)


  • Yossi Benayoun – Chelsea to West Ham United (Loan)
  • Nicky Maynard – West Ham United to Cardiff City (Undisc)


  • Roman Golobart – Wigan Athletic to Tranmere Rovers (Loan)

FIFA 13 – Career Mode Twitter Q&A

On 23rd July, EA Sports FIFA 13 producer Santiago Jaramillo answered questions about the Career Mode on their official Twitter account. Here is the complete set of the Question and Answers.


Q: bponair: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13CAREER so you can now work as an international manager, separately to league, or with a league team?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @bponair You can accept an offer to manage a national team IN ADDITION to managing your club #FIFA13Career

Q: chrisglend: @EASPORTSFIFA as a career mode manager will you be able to manage your club and national teams at the same time? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @chrisglend As a Manager you start with a club. then, depending on where you manage and how well you are doing, you will get offers from national teams.

Q: Caolan_LFC: @EASPORTSFIFA will the World Cup/Euros/Confed. Cup be on career mode aswell? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Caolan_LFC Lots of International tournaments to play in. World Championship, European Championship, Conf. Cup, qualifiers, friendlies.

Q: dvillabon: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career is Venezuela one of the national teams this year?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @dvillabon Yes, Venezuela will be in the game. I already played them with Colombia 🙂 #FIFA13Career

Q: DavidMikhail: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career Will Canada be one of the national teams?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @DavidMikhail No, no Canada national team this year 😦 Maybe next year!

Q: LawrieTubb: @santiagoj83 In career mode, can your players get called up? Eg African cup of nations, so you’d lose players like gervinho? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @LawrieTubb @santiagoj83 We don’t have all the regional tournaments this year, but we do have a South America Cup and European Championship.

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA Can you get offers for a national team job while managing another national team?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 You can decide to ‘stall’ offers from national teams. The contract will have an expiry date, but you will continue to receive offers.

@MrCrazy3000 ./..but once you are managing a national team, you have to resign if you want to get new offers #FIFA13Career

Q: isisrocha: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career with an international team I can call the players of that country that I want?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @isisrocha Yes, you will be taken to a Squad Selection screen before tournaments and matches where you can choose from all the players.

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA @EASPORTSFIFA If you are managing a smaller club will you still get national team offers? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 Yes, but you won’t get offers from the best.For example,to get the Spain or Brazil job, you need to be successful in a top club.

Q: JudahS_: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career are you more likely to get an off from the country you’re working in or the nationality you are?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @JudahS_ if you do well in the top league, that country’s FA will be more interested in you. Same goes for your nationality. #FIFA13Career

Q: xDanny1812: Seem a bit easy to get a national offer @EASPORTSFIFA Thought you would have to wait at least a few seasons before an offer? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @xDanny1812 The best offers will only come starting in the second season, once you’ve made a name for yourself as a manager.

Q: Kav_LFC: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career Can you manage a club AND national team at the same time?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Kav_LFC Yes, if you accept a national team offer, you get to manage the national team AND your club. BUT, you start the career with club only #FIFA13

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA Can you just manager a national team and not manager a club? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 No, you always need a club job.

Q: Marc8Griggs15: #FIFA13Career when you manage a club,will your player get called up for international friendlies?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Marc8Griggs15 Yes, all AI Managers of the national teams will call up players, who will then leave your club if that is the case #FIFA13

Q: Frimponged: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13CAREER – Is it possible to test players for NT team in international friendlies?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Frimponged Yes, you can call up any players of the nationality that you manage and try them out in friendlies, qualifiers, or tournaments!

Q: _YOLOscar: @EASPORTSFIFA now that there are National Teams in #fifa13career, is the World Cup in the game?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @_YOLOscar We will have a World Championship that will follow the same format.


Q: FesLatif: @EASPORTSFIFA any changes made to the way transfers are done? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @FesLatif LOTS. Better Manager AI for CPU teams; ability to specify asking price for your players; more realistic transfers, Player + Cash

Q: chrisglend: @EASPORTSFIFA Could you explain the new FIFA 13 transfers system for #FIFA13Career?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @chrisglend Couldn’t possibly do that in 140 characters! Complete re-write. Will be much more authentic + lots of new features #FIFA13Career

Q: JasonE__: @EASPORTSFIFA any new features in this years #Fifa13Career thats never been used in the past ones? 

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @JasonE__ lots, for example, you can now ask for extra Transfer funds from your board, but you may have to commit to higher objectives!

Q: fieryrangaa: When being a VP, can you receive transfer offers for your player during the January transfer window, not only off-season? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @fieryrangaa Yes, you can now go on loan and on transfer as your pro in any transfer window. Ask my fellow producer @thisismunny for details.

Q: AntDutra15: #FIFA13Career I think you should have a feature so we know how much potential a player has before I waste money on him!

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @AntDutra15 We’re doing a lot of work on the player growth system as we speak! #FIFA13Career

Q: Dsluss13: #FIFA13Career @EASPORTSFIFA when doing a transfer will you be able to offer a player as well as cash?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Dsluss13 Yes. You can now offer one of your players in a transfer deal, and the CPU manager will evaluate how good of a fit he is.

Q: Breeno8: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career Are transfers more realistic now? In F12 we saw big names moving clubs every 6 months, that doesn’t happen in real life.

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Breeno8 Yes, Transfers will be much more realistic this year. @amb3ll has been working tirelessly on that!

Q: nathanrees7: @EASPORTSFIFA Can you reject a bid for a player, and then tell the bidding team what price you want? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @nathanrees7 Yes, ability to specify a counter offer is a big part of Transfers for #FIFA13Career

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA If you ask for too much in the counter offer, can they give an offer lower than your asking price? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 Yes, you will have to negotiate a lot with CPU managers! It’s a lot of fun! I had to fight really hard to get Falcao with CFC 🙂

Q: BrettUnwin: @EASPORTSFIFA could u please explain the counter offer with a bit more detail? Thanks #FIFA13 #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @BrettUnwin In the screen, which looks like a contract, you can specify how much you want for a player that the CPU has made a bid on.

Q: jrussell27: #FIFA13Career will it be possible to move clubs halfway through the season?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @jrussell27 Yes, we implemented the ability to do Mid-Season job changes. You can browse for new jobs, get offers, quit your national team.

Q: AntonHMill: @EASPORTSFIFA #FIFA13Career if I play Player Mode, can I hand in a transfer request or leave a club in the winter transfer window?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @AntonHMill Yes, you can hand in a transfer request at any point.

Q: bcfc: #fifa13career All these new additions wont matter when Birmingham city get took over and sign Kaka, Ronaldo etc…

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @bcfc we re-wrote the transfer system and there are lots of improvements there for authenticity.



Q: eivindws: Is youth academy still in #FIFA13Career? @EASPORTSFIFA

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @eivindws Yes, Youth Academy is still there 🙂

Q: mikeastuto: @EASPORTSFIFA Any updates to the youth academy? Specifically player growth? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @mikeastuto Some additions to the Youth Academy, and we are working on some very good improvements to the player growth system #FIFA13Career

Q: stowesport: @EASPORTSFIFA Will youth academy players be able to develop very quickly, like e.g. Rooney did in real life? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @stowesport It will depend on their potential, their playing time, match rating, and other factors that we are working on to improve it all.

Q: farrisonhorde: #FIFA13Career Players should progress even if they’re in the bench, in FIFA12 many potentially good players didnt get to be good cause of this

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @farrisonhorde I agree. We are doing a lot of work on player growth at the moment. It’s going to be MUCH BETTER #FIFA13Career

Q: Sabre0001: @EASPORTSFIFA If you get subbed while playing poorly or tired, will your match rating drop? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Sabre0001 Doing lots of improvements to the match rating system. We are still tuning it at the moment. Should be much better! #FIFA13Career


Q: JaKeR7: @EASPORTSFIFA what can you buy with the credits you get in easfc? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @JaKeR7 You can redeem lots of cool CM stuff with the EAS FC Catalogue: Re-match option, option to edit players’ appearance, get national team offfer…

Q: BrandonBednarek: @EASPORTSFIFA Will you be able to use these unlockables in other game modes or only CM? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @BrandonBednarek There will be unlockables for FIFA in general, and specific to modes too.

Q: lfcrusayne: #FIFA13Career Do you have to purchase the “edit player” option before starting the CM for it to take effect or does it update mid-CM?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @lfcrusayne You can ‘unlock’ the option to edit players inside #FIFA13Career from the catalogue, and it will work for in-progress CM games.

Q: PepsiJamie: @EASPORTSFIFA Why not add things like team chemistry and wages where you can buy new boots and items? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @PepsiJamie You will be able to unlock new boots and other cool stuff from the EAS FC catalogue. #FIFA13Career

Q: liam_Cotter: @EASPORTSFIFA can u change your team kit every few seasons? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @liam_Cotter No, you can’t change the kits. They are licensed. BUT, you CAN unlock historic kits for a variety of teams and have them in CM!


Q: eliotclements: @EASPORTSFIFA can you change clubs mid-season as a manager? #FIFA13Career 

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @eliotclements Yes. Get fired, look for new jobs, get job offers from other clubs… I just left Parma after getting a better offer 🙂

Q: MrCrazy3000: @EASPORTSFIFA What happens if you get fired from club job mid-season? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @MrCrazy3000 You will then see what other clubs have sacked their managers and are willing to give you an offer. Won’t be very prestigious!

Q: Murrayyyyyyyy: @EASPORTSFIFA Will more clubs receive face scans? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Murrayyyyyyyy Yes,I don’t have the details now,but more players have gone through the new face-scan tech and look incredible! #FIFA13Career

Q: pawlik_23: Did you fix match fixtures so we don’t have to play league match on Sat and then cup game on Sun? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @pawlik_23 We are fixing bugs on scheduling. Even more challenging now with Internationals, but we’ll get there! #FIFA13Career

Q: GoOnDanny: #FIFA13Career Can you choose the teams who you want to play in pre-season friendly games?

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @GoOnDanny I really wanted this too, but we didn’t have the time to implement the feature. We had higher priorities for #FIFA13Career

Q: ZS_mkd: @EASPORTSFIFA Is there any “My player mode” in the game? Where we start w/our player in small league and then become star? #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @ZS_mkd You can create a player and choose your position. Then work your way up! #FIFA13Career

Q: sirdaz12: @EASPORTSFIFA @sirdaz12: Are the celebrations better when you win a trophy? Should be seen going up and getting the cup. #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @sirdaz12 We have new celebrations, new stadium entrance sequences, etc…#FIFA13Career

Q: Shakhtar941: @EASPORTSFIFA Will be in FIFA 13 Ukrainian Premier League?,.,. #FIFA13Career

A: EASPORTSFIFA: @Shakhtar941 Sorry, no Ukranian league 😦

Top Ten Premier League Bargain Buys Ever

Buying a big name player for big money is guaranteed to excite fans, but sometimes the best signings don’t cost mega money.

Robin Van Persie has been outstanding for Arsenal, with 33 goals in his last 38 appearances, yet it’s easy to forget he cost the measly sum of £2.75 million when Arsene Wenger secured his services in 2004. The flying Dutchman is not the only bargain buy to light up the Premier League.

Have a look below at the top ten Premier League bargian buys. (No free Transfers)

10. Tim Cahill — > £1.5m (Everton)

Evertonians were hardly whooping for joy when David Moyes signed Cahill from Championship side Millwall. Fast forward a season and the Aussie was voted the fans player of the year and was the Toffees top scorer. Since then the 32-year-old has established himself as a club legend.

9. Kolo Toure –> £150,000 (Arsenal)

Part of Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’, Toure formed a rugged partnership at the back with England’s Sol Campbell. While Arsenal’s undefeated run stunned everyone, the rise of Toure was even more impressive. Picked up from Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas for hardly anything, Toure was a rock at the back for Arsenal before being flogged for a significant profit of £16 million to Manchester City.

8. David Ginola –> £2.5m (Newcastle)

At the same time that Liverpool shelled out a British record £8million for Stan Collymore, silky Frenchman Ginola headed for Tyneside from Paris Saint-Germain in a shrewd piece of business by Kevin Keegan. The winger quickly became a cult hero and a key part of the ‘Entertainers’ side built by Keegan. Another low money move to Tottenham followed, where Ginola would be crowned Footballer of the Year.

7. Sami Hyypia –> £2.5m (Liverpool)

Ten years, ten trophies and all this for a Finn who prompted Reds fans to go ‘Sami who?’ when he was signed from Dutch side Willem II. The rock hard centre-back went on to captain the club he supported as a boy, before making a tearful exit in 2009. A club legend and all for a knockdown price.

6. Nicolas Anelka –> £500,000 (Arsenal)

Anelka’s price rocketed from the £500,000 Arsene Wenger paid to a £22.3 million paid by Real Madrid just two years later, giving an indication of just how much of a steal the Frenchman was. ‘Steal’ being the operative word, as far as his former club Paris Saint-Germain were concerned. In his first full season Anelka inspired Arsenal to a Premier League and FA Cup double and won the PFA Young Player of the Year.

5. Joe Hart –> £600,000 (Man City)

To think that England and Manchester City’s number one cost a mere £600,000 is astounding. Voted League Two goalkeeper of the season in 2006 when at Shrewsbury, City did not need to flash the millions they do now and four years later he was the club’s established number one.

4. Edwin Van Der Sar –> £2m (Man Utd)

Sir Alex Ferguson has few regrets but not signing Van der Sar after Peter Schmeichel left rankles with the Scot. Still, at least he got the big Dutchman eventually and at what a price too. Replacing the great Dane had been one of Fergie’s biggest difficulties but snapped up from Fulham, the Dutch number one banished the memories of flops like Mark Bosnich and Roy Carroll to win four Premier Leagues, two Carling Cups and a Champions League at Old Trafford.

3. Patrick Vieira –> £3.5m (Arsenal)

Arsenal fans did not exactly lay out the red carpet for the arrival of unknown manager Arsene Wenger and his first signing Patrick Vieira. Wenger even demanded the club sign up the languid Frenchman a month before his official arrival. Vieira and his boss had an almost instant impact, however, winning the double less than two years after arriving. The powerful Frenchman went on to become club captain and a Gunners legend.

2. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer –> £1.5m (Man Utd)

The ‘baby-faced assassin’ cemented his place in Manchester United history when he scored the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999. For that alone the Old Trafford faithful would have parted with ten times the paltry £1.5 million United paid Molde. However, the Norwegian scored plenty more important goals during his hugely successful time at United, including six Premier League titles.

1. Eric Cantona –> £1.2m (Man Utd)

Perhaps the most cheeky bid ever made by Sir Alex Ferguson, but what a handsome return it provided. Cantona had spent a short spell at Leeds United, where he inspired the Whites to the 1992 title at Man United’s expense. Howard Wilkinson made a monumental error selling the Frenchman to Fergie, who’s Red Devils were struggling by November of the inaugural Premier League campaign. Once King Eric arrived, they never looked back, going on to win their first title in 26 years, as well as two doubles.