Here are the 20 best signings of the 2013/14 English Premier League season.
The list is subjectively ranked via two key determinants: economic efficiency and performance.
Explaining Notable Omissions
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal CAM, Age: 25 | Signed From Real Madrid For £42.5 million
In Ozil's last three seasons at Real, he tallied up 17, 17 and 13 assists in league play. This season for the Gunners, he has nine.
Quality is not the issue, it is psychological.
He has given up on games, and if he does not improve his resolve to fight through adversity, he risks turning into Arsenal's answer to Juan Sebastian Veron.
Mata has scored six times and created four goals in 15 Premier League games for United, so he is statistically solid.
However, his £37.1 million price tag dictates that he needs to consistently come up big in major games, which he has yet to do.
Willian, Chelsea RAM/CAM, Age: 25 | Signed From Anzhi Makhachkala For £32million
Willian is an aesthetically pleasing player to watch.
Though, he has not been productive enough this season with only four goals and two assists in 25 Premier League games.
Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City CF, Age: 28 | Signed From Sevilla For £16.4 million
Negredo started the season in top form but has not scored a goal in the Premier League since January.
He finished the season on a 12-game scoreless run in league play.
Mignolet has been hit-and-miss.
While he had an outstanding game in the 1-0 win over Stoke City, he has committed several Pepe Reina-esque mistakes.