Big-spending French club Paris St. Germain are believed to be considering a world-record £100 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo over the upcoming transfer window.
The transfer rumor (per Goal) has obviously gathered some great speculation, and with PSG already splashing out big money to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, the French club should not be underestimated in their capacity to make such an offer for Ronaldo.
However, the biggest question for me is as to why you'd pay £100 million?
I'm not saying that Ronaldo isn't good or that he's worth an exuberant amount of money; I'm wondering as to why you'd pay £100 million for one player alone?
I mean, if PSG want to spend £100 million, there's better ways to spend it.
For the fun of it, let's take a look back at the summer transfer window that was and see just what Paris St. Germain could have bought for £100 million—rather than spending that money on a transfer bid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lukas Podolski kicks off our list here with his summer move to Arsenal from Cologne that cost the Gunners a reported £11 million.
The German international has already been a huge hit at the North London club—starring in attack out on the left wing and up front already this season—and with strong Champions League and Premier League performances to date, looks like he's worth every cent of his transfer purchase.
Running total: £11 million
Lukaku is having a strong season at the Hawthorns and is a huge reason behind the Baggies' superb start to the Premier League season—currently sitting second in goals scored at the club this year.
For what is essentially a free transfer, the acquisition of Lukaku has been a fantastic move by Steve Clarke already this year.
Running total: £11 million
For a player who was rated as the German Player of the Year last season to be sold for little over £13 million, Borussia Dortmund have made one of the top transfer buys of the season.
The world-class forward possesses a brilliant ability to create goals out of nothing and is excellent on the ball in attack for the reigning German champions—as shown already through his strong performances in the UEFA Champions League.
Reus has played in the same match as Ronaldo twice this year, and on the performances shown, you'd have to say the German star looked like the better purchase.
Running total: £24 million
Maybe Paris St. Germain would also like some defensive assistance; they could have signed French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris like Tottenham Hotspur did for around £13 million.
The star shot-stopper hasn't been afforded a whole stack of opportunities at White Hart Lane due to the brilliance of veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel, but there is little doubting the ability and skills that the Frenchman has at his disposal.
Considering that goalkeepers can play well into their late 30s, Lloris, at age 26, is certainly a great buy for the North London club's future—and it didn't cost them all that much either.
Running total: £37 million
La Liga followers knew just how big a move Arsene Wenger had made when he picked up Santi Cazorla from Malaga for around £16 million. It would take regular English league followers a few weeks longer to realize the same thing—this was one brilliant transfer by the Gunners boss at a ridiculously low price.
Cazorla has been arguably the player of the season so far and by far the Gunners' best (and perhaps only) option going forward in attack. He is the mastermind behind every attacking raid, and his ability to dominant and dictate the flow of attack is a crucial reason that Arsenal are into the final 16 of the Champions League and not that far off the pace in the English league.
Running total: £53 million
You might not have heard of Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz or hadn't heard of him before the current Champions League competition.
Let's just say that the 27-year-old scored 33 goals in 34 Turkish league games last season for Trabzonspor last season and yet he was only sold to Galatasaray for £4 million due to a certain release clause in his contract.
Regardless of whether he scores two or 50 goals this season, for just £4 million, it's hard to argue against picking up a player with the proven talent of Yilmaz—especially when his recent goal-scoring form has been simply phenomenal.
Running total: £57 million
Another free loan to think about—Andy Carroll's move from Liverpool to West Ham, as Brendan Rodgers' Reds let the former £35 million transfer leave the club in order to try and find some form again.
Like Yilmaz, it doesn't matter whether Carroll scores a lot or a little for the Hammers this season; you simply cannot argue against the acquisition of a player with his class—especially when it doesn't cost the club anything in transfer fees to get him.
It's little surprise that Carroll has been West Ham's best player of the season so far.
Running total: £57 million
Michu came to the Premier League on the back of a 15-goal season for Rayo Vallecano and under no real expectations to be anything but another Spanish transfer.
What the EPL got was a dynamic attacker who simply worked his way through midfield with ease and unable to be contained by defensive units around the league.
For a club that sold their best midfielder and lost their manager to still be competitive in the Premier League this season, Swansea must have had something special arrive at the club, and that something special was Michu.
Oh, and he only cost £2 million.
Running total: £59 million
Let's also throw in Tottenham Hotspur attacker Clint Dempsey, who made an expected move from Fulham over the summer transfer window for just £6 million.
The American international has already netted two goals for his new club and has shown that he can be a strong force in attack, although he will need time to adjust to new surroundings, players and tactics than what he experienced at Craven Cottage.
But given his experience and proven skill at both a domestic and international level, it's hard to ignore a player of Dempsey's class—especially when he comes at less than £10 million.
Running total: £65 million
What about Kevin Mirallas as a possible transfer—the man once named as the Belgian Maradona and who has been excellent for Everton this year?
Mirallas has been superb for the Toffees this year and only cost the club £5 million to sign him to Goodison Park in the summer transfer window.
His ability to beat defenders on either flank or through the middle as well as his excellent finishing skills have proven to be a huge hit at the Merseyside club—playing a similar role to the man that PSG are seemingly offering everything for (Cristiano Ronaldo).
Only that the costs one-20th of the price.
Running total: £70 million
Maybe PSG want some more goals and a proven striker to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their dominant attack? How about Dimitar Berbatov, the former Manchester United striker who has done his best to reinvent himself with the Cottagers this season.
Unwanted by Sir Alex Ferguson, Berbatov made a £5 million move to Craven Cottage and immediately started to produce results for Martin Jol's men.
Berba has five goals and three assists through his opening eight games for the club and has been their best attacking option this year—something that looks set to continue throughout the remainder of the season.
Running total: £75 million
Should PSG go through and purchase the players mentioned, perhaps then they'd want another backup goalkeeper for Hugo Lloris? What about West Brom's Ben Foster, who, for me, is one of the most underrated goalkeepers playing top-class football in the world right now.
The Baggies shot-stopper faces a plethora of shots every match but always seems to rank highly in the clean sheets category every year—topping the stats sheet last year for clean sheets per shots faced.
Currently, West Brom have conceded fewer league goals than Manchester Untied, Everton, Tottenham, Swansea and Liverpool—all of whom boast strong defensive players.
Current total: £79 million
Time to make sure that new-look PSG defense has some solidarity to it—let's throw in former Ajax captain and now Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.
Another Belgian international, Vertonghen has shown great leadership and strength in the EPL this year and has been arguably Spurs' best defender through the season.
The 25-year-old is currently second only to midfield machine Sandro in tackles and interceptions through the year and, for just £10 million, is proving to be a great signing for Andre Villas-Boas' men.
Running total: £89 million
Let's throw in Chelsea winger Victor Moses here as one final player for PSG's transfer list, just to complete our team and come close to the £100 million mark.
The former Wigan winger is simply explosive out wide and has already shown he can be a threat for the Blues this season, scoring goals in both the Champions League and Premier League so far.
He ranks in the top five also in goal-scoring chances created and is a great squad addition for a side that already boasts several strong attacking midfielders. For under £10 million, I think this is a real nice pickup by the West London club.
Running total: £99 million (see, we even have room to spare!)
So with our stack of players totaling £99 million and PSG's rumored £100 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo in mind, the question then becomes as to which option you would want.
Obviously this is not a completely serious list and the prices quoted would not all be an option for the French club over the winter transfer window, but the point remains the same—to spend £100 million on one player alone is simply ridiculous.
Be it Chelsea, City or PSG, no player in the world is worth £100 million—not when you can buy so many good attacking and defending players combined for a price under that amount. Even if it is Cristiano Ronaldo, there's simply no way the Real Madrid winger is worth more to a club than all of these players combined.
Paris St. Germain might win the French league and the Champions League with Ronaldo, but they would definitely stand more of a chance if they brought in all of the players mentioned on this list. Heck, they could even field an entire starting team from this list.
A £100 million transfer bid is simply ridiculous.
Especially with the shopping that can be done with that amount.
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