It can be tough to find value in a summer transfer window filled with World Cup-induced inflation and dodgy deals, but look hard enough and you'll stumble across a few bargains.
Valentin Stocker has already swapped FC Basel for Hertha Berlin for just €5 million. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg have signed Sebastian Jung for a measly €2.5 million. Loic Remy for circa £8 million isn't in the same tier, but it's as close as an established French international is going to get in terms of value for money this summer.
Per the Daily Mail, Harry Redknapp has confirmed his on-loan striker has a buyout clause "at a reasonable level; not much more than we paid for him." The Queens Park Rangers boss also hinted Remy is looking for UEFA Champions League football next term and won't be interested in returning to Loftus Road.
He signed for the club in January 2012 but was unable to keep them up, striking six goals in vein and dropping down to the Championship as a result.
Newcastle United took him on loan for the 2013-14 season and used him as their No. 1 striker in the Premier League. The Magpies reaped the benefits of his 14 goals from 24 starts, per WhoScored.com, and finished 10th in the table.
QPR were promoted back to the Premier League on Saturday following their last-gasp playoff final victory over Derby County, and afterward Redknapp told reporters he hadn't even thought about next season's plans yet.
We're looking forward to it [being back in the Premier League]. We're looking forward to the break now, have a week off, see where we go, where we are. I haven't thought about what next year brings.
Everything was around today's game. now we know where we're playing, we can look at it. [Before the game] you can't look at players yet; I didn't know if we needed players good enough for the Championship or the Premier League.
R's fans outside Wembley, celebrating in their droves, were unanimous in their belief that Remy would now rejoin the group and fire them to survival next season. Some even suggested that, should they play it right this time around, a top-10 finish was a reasonable expectation.
However, it appears not even Premier League football can sway Remy's mindset. The plan seemed to be to get promoted without him then welcome him back into the fold, but he wants out—Redknapp has confirmed as much—and now the scrap begins.
The Frenchman is likely a little too limited (and shot-happy) to play as a regular centre-forward for a top-four club, but off the left flank—Thierry Henry-style—is a very apt role for him.
He can play off the left in a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1, making him a strong fit for Arsenal and Liverpool, and his thunderous shot and clever ability to move into halfspaces, channels and drop into pockets of space make him tough to pick up.
He's lightning fast once he gets going and his Premier League pedigree is without question. In a way, he's Lukas Podolski plus pace and a better all-round game in the other two thirds of the pitch.
If the Gunners were to plug him in running beyond a new striker and the mercurial Mesut Ozil, he'd wreak havoc. For Liverpool, creating a goalscoring trident in Remy, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez would be one step closer to the league title in 2015.
Remy is in a near-unique situation, whereby even an incredible World Cup cannot enhance his price tag. Anyone interested—and there should be suitors aplenty—must seek to tie up a deal before the big kick-off on June 12.
After all, at £8 million, you'd be mad not to.
*All quotes and context obtained first-hand unless stated otherwise.
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