Five best value-for-money signings around Europe this summer transfer window


While astronomically-priced moves made the headlines, several clubs were also able to sign absolute bargains in the 2020 summer transfer window.   

Luis Suarez’s £5.5m move to Atletico Madrid from FC Barcelona was one of the most shrewd pieces of business Diego Simeone’s side have ever done in the transfer market.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan was forced out of the Camp Nou by new manager Ronald Koeman who reportedly told Suarez that he was no longer required at the Catalan outfit.

Barcelona’s loss is set to be the gain of their rivals Atleti who have benefited from Suarez netting 2 goals in his first three appearances for his new side.

His strike partnership with former Chelsea star Diego Costa might not be the quickest in La Liga but it would surely give opposition defenders much to think about as both the veterans know how to get their way on the pitch and win important points for their side.

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Suarez was forced out of the Camp Nou by new manager Ronald Koeman (Image Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Wire / xOscarxJ.xBarrosox)

#2: James Rodriguez to Everton (£20m)

Five best value-for-money signings around Europe this summer transfer window
Rodriguez joined Everton in a £20m move from Real Madrid (Image Copyright: imago images / Andrew Yates / Sportimage)

Real Madrid’s decision to get the highly-paid Colombian off their payroll might have reduced their wage bill but it has also immensely helped the 29-year-old’s new club.

Rodriguez has managed 3 goals and provided 2 assists in only four Premier League appearances to help Everton mount an unexpected title challenge.

The Colombia international, who looked out of place at both Bayern Munich and Madrid, has finally become the lynchpin for a side whose ambitions grow bolder with every upcoming victory. Carlo Ancelotti would be hoping that Rodriguez continues his early-season form to keep proving his doubters wrong.

 

#3: Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool (£20m)

After helping Bayern Munich win the last season’s Champions League with a man-of-the-man performance in the final, the Spaniard is ready to set the Premier League alight.

His arrival at Liverpool has come at a time when the Red half of Merseyside is no longer carrying the weight of decades without a Premier League title and, for the first time in thirty years, is hoping to retain the English top-flight trophy.

Thiago can certainly help his new side achieve that objective as his industry in the middle of the pitch – as well as incisive passing – can help the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino take their already elite game to the next level.

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#4: Pierre-Emile Hojberg to Tottenham (£15m)

Five best value-for-money signings around Europe this summer transfer window
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Since completing his move to Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, the Danish midfielder has shown why Jose Mourinho was so keen to get his signature.

The former Bayern Munich academy product has formed a solid partnership with Tanguy Ndombele and turned Spurs midfield into a formidable unit.

Nobody has completed more passes than Hojberg in the Premier League and the Denmark international has also been extremely effective at breaking opposition attacks for his new side. If he can maintain his early-season form, Spurs £15m capture of the 25-year-old will look an absolute steal.

#5: Mario Gotze to PSV Eindhoven (Free)

The scorer of the goal that made Germany 2014 FIFA World Cup winners might have struggled to remain fit since then but there are no doubts about the talent that Gotze possesses.

Which is exactly why a move to a league where his injury record won’t be under a microscope all the time makes sense for both Gotze and his new side.

After all, despite all his career-ruining injury record, the German midfielder is still 28. His experience of playing at the top level is also unparalleled and could well help PSV pip Erik ten Hag’s Ajax to the Eredivisie title for the 2nd time in four years.

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