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With the influx of television deal monies, almost every transfer involving English clubs has seen ludicrous degree of overpaying.

When most defenders cost south of £10 million a few years ago, it is almost impossible to pull off a signing, especially from other league, in that price range.

Although it is fair to say almost every new arrival in the Premier League is overpriced, some clubs have chosen to pay twice as much as their new arrivals’ market value.

Here are our top three most overpriced signings.

Notable mentions: Yannick Bolasie to Everton (£30 million) and Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace (£32 million)

 

Paul Pogba

Manchester United have proved that rebuilding a team that was under the stewardship for a single manager for decades is never the easiest task.

After David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to restore the club’s lost glory, the United head honchos resorted to a path none would have expected them to take a couple of years ago: appointing a high-spending gaffer in Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese pragmatist shelled out upwards of £89 million on the French midfielder.

Although his presence in the midfield has bettered United as a team, frequent Man of the Match performances and goals should come with such hefty transfer fee.

Should United proceed to lift the top-flight title in the next couple of years, they will redeem the transfer fee, but as things stand, the former Juventus man seems an over-priced signing who produces £89 million-worthy performances only every now and then.

 

Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko has often been scapegoated by the Newcastle United supporters for not putting in a shift and, in the black and white strip, he often looked overrated, especially because of his sub-par dribbling – reminder: he is an attacking midfielder – and passing.

However, a few good performances for France in the European Championship ensured that Rafael Benitez was able to eke out £30 million from Tottenham Hotspur.

Whether he can replicate such performances in the lilywhite strip remains to be seen; however, with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen producing consistent 8/10 displays, he will only be an overpriced benchwarmer.

His playing a combined 12 minutes over two appearances for Tottenham bears testimony to the claim.

 

David Luiz

Injury to Kurt Zouma and John Terry’s potential senescence meant Antonio Conte was in desperate need of defensive additions.

With their pursuits of Kalidou Koulibaly, Kostas Manolas, John Stones, and Shkodran Mustafi not producing the result they would have fancied, they were forced to overpay for their former player in David Luiz on transfer deadline day.

Although he enjoyed a decent career during his first stint with Chelsea, a £50 million move to Paris Saint-Germain June 2014 made him one of the most ridiculed figures in European football.

Given his poor tackling ability – reminder: he is a defender – and age, it is safe to assume that the Blues have spent a few millions too much on him.

The Stamford Bridge faithful should love to be told that Chelsea’s first league loss coinciding with Luiz’s second debut was merely a coincidence.

 

Written by Praveen Paramasivam

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