Beckham was a legendary player for Manchester United, but things didn’t go well with him and manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and it only got more intense when a boot was kicked at him, and the English midfielder was left with no option other than to leave United. He joined Real Madrid for £24.5m, won a league title with them and went to the USA to play in the MLS league.
Southampton have been a big shopping market for Liverpool in the past few years, and Adam Lallana was one of those players that was signed by the Merseyside club from the Saints. Lallana is a versatile player as he can play both centrally and on the wings in the midfield and it took £25m to sign him up for the Reds.
Milner was an important part of the Aston Villa team especially after Manchester City signed Gareth Barry. City didn’t stop at Barry as they seek to get Milner’s signature later. City were persistent enough to force Villa to sell Milner as the English midfielder signed for them for a fee of £26m. He didn’t have a great spell at City as he struggled with game time and joined Liverpool later.
The 18-year-old Englishman looked deadly when he started his career with Everton. He was one of the hottest prospects in England then, and Sir Alex Ferguson wasted no time in signing him up as Manchester United spent £27m to sign him up. Rooney went on to become United’s all-time highest goal scorer in his 13-year spell at Old Trafford and has now returned to his boyhood club, Everton.
Post Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, Manchester United have had a lot of struggle, but in the process, they have invested well in some young and talented players. Luke Shaw was one of Louis Van Gaal’s signing as United faced great competition from Chelsea to sign the English left back for a fee of £30m. Shaw is yet to reach his best at United as he continues his development with the Red Devils.
It was a surprise for plenty of fans and critics when Sir Alex decided to sign Rio Ferdinand from West Ham for a huge fee of £30m in 2002. It was a lot of money for a defender but Rio with time proved how amazing he was and one can say it was a classic signing from Sir Alex.
It was a tremendous task to replace Fernando Torres when he left Liverpool for Chelsea. The then manager Kenny Dalglish decided to sign two strikers, one being Luis Suarez and the other being Andy Carroll. Carroll was a big hit at Newcastle United then as Liverpool spent £35m to sign the tall English striker. Unfortunately, the move didn’t work out well as Carroll, later on, moved to West Ham United.
John Stones was in huge demand last season especially after showing some superb form at Everton. With a lot of clubs eyeing to sign him, the fee was expected to get higher. But it did look ridiculous when Manchester City spent £47.5m to sign the English center back. It is a good investment though, and although he did not have a good time last season, he expected to show his caliber in the coming years.
It was a transfer which created a lot of chaos. Sterling had an excellent run at Liverpool for two seasons, and it all got pumped up when it was reported that he fell out with the then manager Brendan Rodgers. Manchester City took up the opportunity and signed him but for a huge fee of £49m. It is a lot of money but only time can tell how worthy it was to spend.
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Manchester City suffered a setback this summer as the much-expected signing of Dani Alves went south as he joined Paris Saint Germain. City already had their eyes on Kyle Walker, who had a great last season but they got desperate post-Alves’ move to PSG. In the end, they ended signing up Walker for a massive fee of £53m, which is considered outrageous by many critics and fans.
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