Whilst many fans and managers would love to spend the cash in order to bring in big name signings this summer, a more realistic tool for clubs will be to look out for potential bargains.
The most likely source of transfer activity will be related to the bottom three – particularly QPR. If the London side are relegated at the end of the season then it’s more than likely that one or two key players will look to leave Loftus Road. Loic Remy would be one of the most noticeable departures and having already proved himself as a prolific goal-scorer in the Premier League he’ll almost certainly attract a number of clubs. The Express have already reported that Arsenal are plotting to offer a cut-price of £4m for the French striker if QPR go down, and for a player of his quality that really would be a bargain for the Gunners.
Juilo Cesar could also look to leave QPR if they go down. He’s a goalkeeper who is widely respected in the football world and there is no doubt that if the Brazilian becomes available that a number of teams will put in an offer. He too could be purchased for a reasonable price.
There is also the possibility of one of the top four grabbing a bargain, as Yaya Toure has reportedly threatened to leave Manchester City unless he is offered a new contract. If the Ivorian does look for another Premier League Club Chelsea would be the obvious choice, baring in mind they are the only side likely to match his wage demands, however, the west-London side might consider £22m a fair price considering the service he provides from midfield.
If this happens then City will undoubtedly look to replace him with a player with similar qualities – opening up a wide variety of possibly signings.
On the cheaper end of the spectrum, there have been fewer greater deals than the £2m spent on Michu by Swansea City. In terms of goals for money he has brought a bigger return than any other signing this season and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
If Swansea receives an offer for Michu it will certainly be a much higher figure than the one they bought him for, but that number may still be seen as a bargain considering how many goals he can bring to a club.
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