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It's hard to find a bargain in the modern era of football.

In the Premier League, it can almost be impossible at times as most clubs seem to be able to offload a player to an English side at an inflated price.

However, since the year 2012, there have been cases of clubs picking up some top talent for impressively low fees.

In fact, even in a decade where numerous players have gone for £50m or above, clubs in England's top-tier have managed to make some stellar acquisitions for less than £10m.

So here they are, the 10 best bargain buys in the Premier League since the year 2012, with all costing below £10m.

CESAR AZPILICUETA (2012 - £6.5m)

It's amazing to think Chelsea managed to steal the versatile Spanish defender from Marseille for such a ludicrously low fee back in 2012.

He's been a crucial cog in Chelsea's defence ever since his arrival, playing left-back, right-back and even centre-back in Antonio Conte's three-man defence.

Azpilicueta has arguably been the most consistent defender in the Premier League since he swapped France for England, all for just £6.5m.

Azpilicueta

DELE ALLI (2015 - £5m) 

The fee Spurs handed to MK Dons for Alli is pretty steep for a player in League One, but it couldn't have been more of a bargain in hindsight.

Alli took no time settling into the Premier League, quickly establishing himself as the club's second biggest goal threat behind Harry Kane.

He recently signed a new deal until 2024 and if he were to ever leave north London, he would command an enormous sum of money.

Alli in action for Spurs

N'GOLO KANTE (2015 - £5.6m)

Probably the most famous bargain in the history of the Premier League.

Both Riyad Mahez and Jamie Vardy don't make the cut as they were signed when Leicester were in the Championship.

Kante arrived after Nigel Pearson somehow saved the Foxes from relegation and was then the driving force behind Claudio Ranieri's title-winning side.

He made Leicester a cool £33m when he moved to Chelsea and would probably be worth nearly triple that these days.

Kante with Chelsea

PHILIPPE COUTINHO (2013 - £8.5m)

There was a buzz surrounding Coutinho's arrival in the Premier League, but no one was really labelling the transfer a 'bargain' back in 2013.

However, after four years on Merseyside, it was evident that the £8.5m Liverpool handed to Inter Milan that summer was a stroke of genius.

Coutinho was Liverpool's main man in Klopp's early days and the earned the Reds £142m when he moved to Barcelona in January.

That fee allowed Liverpool to pay for Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri. The definition of a bargain.

Coutinho celebrates a Liverpool goal

JOHN STONES (2013 - £3m)

Not much was said when Everton signed a promising young centre-back from Barnsley for a minimal fee back in 2013.

Certainly no one predicted that it would be an inspired move by the Toffees' scouting department, who would earn the club £50m in 2016.

Stones was brilliant during his three years on Merseyside and Manchester City handed them £47m worth of profit - what a piece of business.

Stones with Man City

JAMES MILNER (2015 - Free)

Premier League clubs don't do free transfers quite like Bayern Munich and Juventus, but Liverpool delivered a masterstroke in 2015.

Milner agreed to take a £15,000-a-week pay cut to leave Manchester City for the Reds and has been a crucial member of the Klopp era.

He played an entire season at left-back and then slotted back into midfield the next as if he'd never been gone.

His performances in the Champions League last season were enough reason alone to justify the move - top work from Liverpool.

Milner celebrates vs Arsenal

ANDY ROBERTSON (2017 - £8m)

When Liverpool signed Robertson from Hull, the internet decided to mock them for not being able to bring in 'world-class talent'.

How silly they all look in 2018, with the Reds now having the best left-back in the Premier League on their books for less than £10m.

It's scary to think how much Robertson would be worth in the current market, particularly given that Manchester City paid around £54m for Benjamin Mendy.

Robertson of Liverpool

IDRISSA GUEYE (2016 - £7.1m)

Aston Villa's 2015/16 season was one of the most disastrous in Premier League history, but Gueye was the one shining light.

The Senegalese midfield enforcer was signed from Lille in 2015 and was the only Villa player to give a good account of himself that year.

And Everton were one of the few clubs to notice his talent, snapping him up for as little as £7.1m.

He's improved further during his time at Goodison Park and given the need all teams have for a player like Gueye, he would probably be worth an enormous fee in the present day.

Gueye on the ball

JOSH KING (2015 - £1m)

Probably an unexpected inclusion, but the purchase of King was an exceptional move by newly-promoted Bournemouth in the summer of 2015.

The Norwegian hadn't set the world alight during his career with Blackburn Rovers, but the Cherries clearly thought he was worth a £1m risk.

Fast-forward three years and King is one of the most feared strikers in the league and certainly one of the best outside the top six.

To put it into context, you could only pay Alexis Sanchez only two weeks wages with King's entire transfer fee...

King on the ball vs West Ham

KIERAN TRIPPIER (2015 - £3.5m)

One of England's World Cup heroes cost Tottenham a pittance and is now their first-choice right-back.

Trippier was forced to wait for his chance due to the presence of Kyle Walker until 2017, but he's really made the position his own since.

The fact Gareth Southgate used him at right-back and pushed Walker to third centre-back at the World Cup just shows how good Trippier has become.

Spurs fans really owe Burnley for that £3.5m relegation clause.

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N'Golo Kante
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