Premier League fans look forward to their clubs landing new players, bargains or even wonder-kids every transfer window.
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Perhaps thanks to the boatloads of cash clubs have to throw around, there’s been a fair share of flops to go along, making the best transfer hauls even more valuable.
A top signing can turn a club’s fortune around and deliver plenty of joy when fans watch Premier League fixtures.
Premier League fans are lucky to have seen some of the best talents to ever play football, but what are the best transfers in the Premier League era?
We’ve compiled a top-five list that considers how much of an impact the transfer had on the club, the Premier League, all with consideration for some bargains, too.
5. N’Golo Kante – SM Caen to Leicester City - £5.6 million
Kanté only played for Leicester during the 2015-16 season, but what a season it was. The low transfer fee for a player who became the midfield lynchpin and arguably most important player for Leicester’s historic Premier League title makes this transfer one of a kind.
Other bargains on that Leicester team, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez had longer stints at Leicester, but they were purchased when the club was in the Championship.
Despite the historic goal-scoring of Vardy and trickery on the wing from Mahrez, Kanté won the Leicester City player of the season award, given to him by his teammates.
After the league title, Leicester sold Kanté to Chelsea for £32 million, nearly six times what they had paid for him. It’s a testament to the Frenchman’s quality that this much larger fee could also be considered a bargain after he helped Chelsea win a league title the next season.
4. Sergio Aguero - Atletico Madrid to Manchester City - £35 million
Compared to Kanté, this one comes at a much steeper price, especially considering it was in 2011, but the Argentine striker was worth every pound.
At Manchester City, Agüero became one of the Premier League’s top goal scorers and lifted the club to greatness.
He has been an integral part of four Manchester City titles and produced one of the most legendary moments in Premier League history in his first season at the club. In the last game during the dying seconds against QPR, Agüero won the title with a beautiful strike that has been immortalized by the accompanying commentary of “AGUEROOOOOOOOOOO!”
3. Cristiano Ronaldo - Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United - £12.2 million
At the time of this transfer, Ronaldo was the most expensive teenager in history, so the young Portuguese forward had a lot on his plate. And live up to expectations he certainly did.
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What was the most expensive transfer for a teenager quickly became a steal for United. In six seasons at the club, Ronaldo cemented his status as a club legend and built his legacy, which he would later further in Madrid and Italy.
In his time at the club, United won three Premier League titles and a Champions League, but most importantly United fans can say with some confidence that they got to see the best player in the world play for their team.
2. Frank Lampard – West Ham to Chelsea - £14.4 million
Despite his time at other clubs, if you think of Chelsea, you think of Frank Lampard. Despite his lack of success during his stint managing the club, Chelsea faithful still remember Lampard as their biggest success in the Premier League era.
A goal-scoring machine from the midfield, Lampard put away an unheard-of 22 goals in one Premier League season for Chelsea. His goal-scoring prowess leaves him at 5th all-time in goals scored in the Premier League, the highest midfielder by far.
Three Premier League titles, a slew of FA Cups, and a Champions League win make Lampard one of the most decorated Premier League players of all time.
1. Thierry Henry – Juventus to Arsenal - £14.5 million
The best team in Premier League history, Arsenal’s 2003-2004 Invincibles squad, deserves to have a player on this list. It could have gone to Dennis Bergkamp or Patrick Viera, but in the end, it has to be the French forward.
Henry struggled at Juventus and did not have an amazing goal-scoring record at Monaco before he came to London. But Henry quickly put any fears to rest when he notched 17 goals in his first season, at that point a career-high.
Year after year, he proved it wasn’t a fluke and scored more and more goals, finishing at an amazing 174 goals in 254 Premier League appearances.
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He won two Premier League titles with Arsenal and helped the club to its best-ever Champions League finish, losing to Barcelona in the 2006 Final.
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