Black Friday. The day when people go shopping crazy for the items they have been scouting for months, whether it be the Nintendo Switch you don’t need or a new television for the spare room.
The Premier League is a prime example of when bargains have paid off, with new cost-effective signings bringing success to their clubs by playing at a standard way higher than their market value.
In classic Black Friday fashion, we look back at the ten greatest bargains in Premier League history.
Premier League’s greatest ever bargains
1) Seamus Coleman – £60k – Sligo Rovers to Everton
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The quintessential Premier League bargain, Everton captain Seamus Coleman initially cost the club a measly £60k.
He’s gone on to make 393 appearances for the Toffees and was even named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2013/14 season.
2) Edwin Van der Sar – £2m – Fulham to Manchester United
Manchester United’s Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United, on May 28, 2011 at Wembley stadium in London.Barcelona won 3 to 1. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
After Peter Schmeichel’s departure from the Red Devils, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side struggled to find a replacement for the Danish shot-stopper.
That was until the 2005/06 season when they opted to sign Dutch international Edwin Van der Sar after an impressive spell for Fulham.
The fee was an estimated £2m, and looking back on it seems like an incredible bargain considering the success he helped bring to Old Trafford.
During his Manchester United career, he kept 135 clean sheets in 266 games and was a four-time Premier League winner and a two-time UEFA Champions League winner.
3) Patrick Vieira – £3.5m – AC Milan to Arsenal
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Patrick Vieira arrived at Arsenal from Italian giants AC Milan to strengthen the midfield back in 1996.
His glory days at Arsenal came under Arsene Wenger, where he was the general in their engine room.
Vieira won an array of trophies with Arsenal, including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three Community Shields.
Vieira made 400 appearances for Arsenal before moving to Juventus.
4) Nicolas Anelka – £500k – Paris St Germain to Arsenal
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After impressing briefly for Paris St Germain, Nicolas Anelka got moved to Highbury to join Wenger’s project.
The then 18-year-old grabbed 12 goal contributions in 26 games during his debut campaign in which Arsenal won the Premier League title.
He followed up with 17 league goals in the following season, setting the Premier League alight before securing a move to Real Madrid in the 1999/2000 campaign.
5) Phillipe Coutinho – £8.5m – Inter Milan to Liverpool
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The most expensive Premier League outgoing in history had to be included on the list considering the mark-up Liverpool eventually made on Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazillian lit up the Premier League with his incredible long ranged goals and breathtaking ability on the ball.
Liverpool would make a huge profit when Barcelona signed Coutinho for an estimated £130m, having initially shelled out just £8.5m.
6) N’Golo Kante – £5.6m – Caen to Leicester City
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Kante’s spell at Leicester City was brief but effective, as he was the heart of Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City side that won the Premier League.
The Frenchman’s only season at the King Power Stadium is arguably the best debut campaign of any player in Premier League history.
Following his time at Leicester, Kante went to Chelsea, where he’s won another Premier League title as well as a UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA SuperCup, and FA Cup.
7) Eric Cantona – £1.2m – Leeds to Manchester United
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One of the most iconic players in Premier League history, Cantona showcased his class at Old Trafford and instantly became a legend at the club. He was influential in Manchester United winning their first four Premier League titles.
Cantona played 181 games, scoring 81 goals and grabbing 62 assists. His unique personality made him a fan favourite and a true United icon. Not bad for £1.2m.
8) Vincent Kompany – £6m – Hamburg to Manchester City
Former Manchester City defender, and Anderlecht’s player manager Vincent Kompany waves to the fans ahead of the Vincent Kompany testimonial football match between the Manchester City Legends and the Premier League All-stars XI at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on September 11, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The definition of a Manchester City legend, Vincent Kompany is one of the greatest signings in the club’s history.
Signing in 2008, Kompany was brought in just before the financial takeover and looking back on the price tag now, City fans will be laughing.
Kompany won 12 trophies with the Citizens, which included four Premier League titles.