From the outrageous to the bloody unthinkable, the transfer market went mad this summer. But away from the limelight, there were meaningful and shrewd signings that didn’t receive as much credit. Here are the top 5 bargains of the summer.   Loris Karius – Liverpool Age- 23 Position – Goalkeeper Transfer Fee – £4.7 – 

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Porto’s Colombian striker Jackson Martínez has agreed to join AC Milan, FC Porto’s president, Pinto da Costa confirmed last week. “I learned just now that Jackson has chosen Milan. This is what he wants, the destination is irrelevant as far as I am concerned. I want him to be happy.” The Rossoneri look set to 

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“Segna per noi” shouted 2,000 AC Milan fans to Filippo Inzaghi as he was unveiled as the club’s new coach back in July. They were asking him to score a goal, a nostalgic request to the former striker who made a living off his predatory instinct. There would be no doubt that Inzaghi would have 

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The omnipresence of Jorge Mendes in this summer’s transfer window has been hard to escape, even before FIFA and UEFA officially turned the spotlight onto the super-agent with their investigation into the ubiquitous practice of third-party ownership. Mendes has this summer dominated the European transfer market as a representative of among others Angel Di Maria, 

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It has been an odd start for Ander Herrera at his new club Manchester United. After arriving this summer from Athletico Bilbao, he is part of the new wave within the club that is expected to revive the club’s former glories. However, as their game against Leicester City proved at the weekend they require much 

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If Danny Welbeck’s move to Arsenal was accompanied by any remaining doubt over where his best position is, he answered the questions emphatically on international duty this week. Sitting beside Roy Hodgson in a press conference before England flew out to Switzerland for their first Euro 2016 qualifier, Welbeck announced “I prefer to play as 

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Almost constantly levelled at Chelsea last season was the criticism that they were too dull, especially against other top teams where they would “park the bus”. An original Mourinho quote, pictures of a Chelsea bus would almost always appear on social networks as fans ridiculed and pointed out the defensive and apparently boring strategies used 

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After a nervous opening to Sunday afternoon’s engagement at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Juan Mata was on hand to turn home Antonio Valencia’s driven cross to remind everybody of the match-changing quality Manchester United possess in attack. Minutes later Jack Rodwell would head an equaliser, rising unchallenged at a corner to expose the vulnerability at 

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Ronald Koeman’s introduction to Premier League life would not have received the same extent of media examination as that of his former mentor Louis Van Gaal just 24 hours before him, but both the league’s two new Dutch coaches move on with similar problems but with very different campaigns lying in wait. After Van Gaal, 

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After the fantastic achievement of last season, when Atletico Madrid were taken to the final of the Champions League and to their first league title in 18 years, it has been a summer where reality has returned to bite the club that is still crippled by debts despite their remarkable turnaround in fortunes under Diego 

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Romelu Lukaku’s departure from Chelsea leaves this fan with mixed feelings. It seems like more than 3 and a half years ago that most of us including me first heard about Romelu Lukaku, an exciting young talent at Anderlecht. He was scoring for fun, and his age brought him somewhere near the level of excitement 

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It appears increasingly likely that Alexis Sanchez will be leaving Barcelona in this summer’s transfer window. Having spent three relatively successful years at the Catalan giants the impending arrival of Luis Suarez from Liverpool has seemingly left him surplus to requirements. His arrival from Udinese in 2011 had been billed as somewhat of a coup 

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After an impressive second half to last season, with a Liverpool side growing in confidence and adapting to Brendan Rodgers ideas, the summer transfer window represented an important crossroads for the club if it is to get back to where it wants to be. It’s not rocket science to know that in order to compete 

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The transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window came as a complete surprise to all football fans. The arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham left Ozil surplus to requirements at the Bernebeu although clearly there were financial implications for the club to sell too. Another 

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For the transfer activity done by Chelsea this summer, totalling nearly £70 million in spend, it is the one that didn’t happen that was most significant. Samuel Eto’o, Willian, Andre Schurrle, Marco Van Ginkel and Christian Atsu were the arrivals as Jose Mourinho added unbridled quality to a squad already packed full of it, but 

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