Best Cut-Price January Buys: 10 Players Available for Less Than £10 Million
There was once a time when £10 million sounded like a lot of money. However, these days, in the world of the football transfer market, it's a snip.
With the January window approaching faster than the Premier League's next managerial sacking, we've taken a look at some of the cheaper transfer options available in the new year.
Arranged from most to least expensive, we've selected 10 players who represent great value for money. To be considered for the list, all players must have a current market listing of £10 million or less.
All player values come from Transfermarkt.co.uk, unless stated otherwise.
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Fabian Schar—FC Basel
Price tag: £10 million
The 21-year-old has impressed for FC Basel since signing for the club in 2012. Primarily a centre-back, Schar can also operate at right-back.
Chelsea fans may recognise the young defender from this season's Champions League ties, in which Schar played his part in RotBlau's two comfortable wins against Jose Mourinho's team.
Schar is already a full Swiss international, with five caps and three goals to his name.
In the Express, James Dickenson writes that Schar is also a target for Juventus.
Price tag: £7-8.6 million
Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence of late.
The 28-year-old has returned from a period of being frozen out of Remi Garde's side to score nine goals in 18 appearances.
Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Swansea have all been linked with the striker, as have Lazio and Roma—seen here in a report by Ben Jefferson in the Express.
It's thought that the Frenchman would cost somewhere in the region of £7 million, with a potential £1.6 million in add-ons, according to a Mirror article written over the summer by Jason Mellor.
Price tag: £7.5 million
Kostas Mitroglou has been on fine form for Olympiacos this season. In 10 Super League games, the 25-year-old has notched 14 goals and has also scored three in five Champions League appearances.
Mitroglou would be a relatively cheap addition to any top-flight club who are looking to bolster their ranks in January.
Olympiacos manager Michel admitted in the Mirror: "If he keeps on doing well, it will be hard to keep him. We've known for some time that there has been interest from many clubs, but that's only logical considering how well he has been doing lately."
Robert Lewandowski—Borussia Dortmund
Price tag: £7 million
It's a story that has already taken more twists and turns than your average transfer saga, but if reports are to be believed, Robert Lewandowski might be on the move in January for a heavily discounted price.
The Borussia Dortmund striker was widely tipped to be on his way to Bayern Munich over the summer, but a move failed to materialize.
With his contract set to run out at the end of the 2013/14 season, he could still move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer, yet it has been reported that BVB may want to move him on in January, to earn a fee.
According to an article by Jack Wilson that appeared in the Express in October, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are all interested in the 25-year-old.
This season, the Poland international has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp's side and has years ahead of him at the top level.
If he is snapped up in the new year, he'll be a bargain of the highest order. Whether it will actually happen, only time will tell...
Price tag: £6.6 million
Thomas Ince is on the radar of many clubs across Europe. Widely admired as one of the best players in the Championship, it is only a matter of time before the England U21 international leaves Bloomfield Road.
Out of contract next summer, Ince has been offered a new deal to try to keep him at the club beyond January, as reported this week by the Daily Mail's Declan Warrington.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire, via the Daily Mail:
We get compensation if he goes abroad, but I think it's more likely a domestic club will make an offer in January.
It's down to Tom and his father whether we choose to sell or keep him until the end of his contract. We have offered him a new contract. It's very fluid, there's nothing definite and I certainly shall not start speculating. Who knows what will happen, but it's an interesting situation.
As reported on the BBC Sport website, Ince can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January, although Blackpool would be due compensation for the player, as he is under the age of 24.
Aiden McGeady: Spartak Moscow
Price tag: £6 million
Aiden McGeady sprang to prominence with Celtic—famous for his blistering runs down the wing, he made almost 200 appearances for the club.
His move to the Russian Premier Liga was a surprise choice in 2010, when he swapped Scotland for Spartak Moscow. Now three years later, McGeady has admitted that he is keen on a move to England. In an interview with The Observer's Ewan Murray, he said:
I have made no secret of the fact that one day I would like to play in England. I would be disappointed if I never get the chance to do that.
I only have until next summer left on my contract. The club have offered me a new one but I'm not of a mind to sign it. It is in my mind to get back somewhere closer to home. I have told the club and they are fine with it.
The Republic of Ireland international has been suspended from training with Spartak's first team by coach Valery Karpin, which has led to increased interest from Everton, as seen here in an article by The Guardian's Andy Hunter.
The Mirror's Darren Witcoop also suggests that Aston Villa and Fulham are interested in signing McGeady on a cut-price deal.
Bruno Martins Indi—Feyenoord
Price tag: £6 million
Dutch international and Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi is said to be on Everton's January shopping list.
The 21-year-old, who has been described as "the new Sol Campbell," came close to joining Roberto Martinez's side over the summer, and according to Dominic King in the Daily Mail, the Toffees may bid for him again in the new year.
In October, Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman told the Mirror's Jim Hughes: "Sometimes you can't stand in the way of a player who needs a bigger stage to develop into a world-class player. We have two or three players who we may have to sell, and Bruno is one of them."
Alfred Finnbogason: Heerenveen
Price tag: £5.7 million
It seems that Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason has been attracting interest from the Premier League and Scottish Premier League.
The 24-year-old has netted 46 goals in 51 games for Heerenveen since joining the side in 2012. His performances for Iceland in their recent World Cup qualifiers have also put him on the radar of many clubs across Europe.
The Express' Scott Burns has reported that Celtic are interested in securing his services in January. Elsewhere, in the Mirror, Alan Nixon suggests that Everton could try to bring Finnbogason to Goodison Park, with the bidding set to start at £2 million.
Price tag: £5.7 million
Fenerbahce left-back Caner Erkin is being tracked by Liverpool, according to the Daily Star's Nick Lustig.
The 25-year-old will be out of contract next summer and could be available for a cut-price fee in January.
Erkin has made 13 appearances in the Super Lig so far this season—where Fener currently top the table—his nine assists and one goal demonstrating he has a lot to give going forward as well as defensively.
The Turkish international has made 133 appearances since signing for Fenerbahce in 2010 from CSKA Moscow.
Roberto Rosales: FC Twente
Price tag: £3.3 million
Out of contract next summer, FC Twente defender Roberto Rosales could find himself the target of many clubs this January.
Arsenal have already registered an interest in the 25-year-old, according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail.
Primarily a right-back, Rosales can also operate as a left-back or on the right wing. He has played every minute of Twente's Eredivisie fixtures so far this season—the club currently boast the league's second-best defensive record and sit in third place.
The Venezuelan international has 143 appearances under his belt for Michel Jansen's side, whom he signed for in 2010.