With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deciding to swap Arsenal for another top Premier League club we look at 10 of the biggest and best transfers that have taken place between the Premier League’s top teams. Big clubs hate offloading their top players to their rivals but sometimes it is inevitable.
10 – Fernando Torres
Liverpool – Chelsea (£50 million)
Torres swapped the red of Liverpool for the blue of Chelsea in 2011 smashing the British transfer record at the time. Unfortunately for the Blues they did not get the same Torres that the Anfield club loved as he scored 20 times in 110 appearances after his arrival. While it is the biggest fee on the list it was not the most successful signing. It was even suggested that Rafa Benitez was brought into Chelsea between 2012-13 on the basis he would get the best out of ‘El Nino’. It just was not to be.
9 – Robbie Fowler
Liverpool – Leeds (£11 million)
The second Liverpool striker on the list made the switch to then title contenders Leeds. Fans at Anfield still loved Fowler at the time he left referring to him as ‘God’. The then manager Gerard Houllier was not as keen. He had played strike duo Emile Heskey and Michael Owen far more often. Fowler played 30 times for Leeds scoring 14. After an injury in his second season at the club Leeds encountered financial trouble seeing Fowler leave Elland Road. In 2006 he would return to Liverpool for a season.
8 – Daniel Sturridge
Chelsea – Liverpool (£12 million)
Sturridge has had an interesting career. He finally got his big chance at Liverpool and boy did he take it. As a youngster at Manchester City he had potential and a move to Chelsea came soon after. After 4 years in London (1 of which was spent on loan at Bolton) he made the switch to Anfield. Here he developed into a dangerous striker and formed a formidable front three with Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling that very nearly brought Liverpool their first Premier League title.
7 – Raheem Sterling
Liverpool – Manchester City (£49 million)
Exciting English prospect Sterling decided to move to Manchester City in 2015. He was criticised for moving for increased wages after a contract dispute with manager Brendan Rodgers. Becoming a vital part of Liverpool’s squad the loss hit the club hard. He has not made the kind of impact he wanted at his new club…… yet! With increased pressure on him with new signings and playing under Pep Guardiola, this season is an important one for Sterling and his hopes for national team regularity.
6 – Andy Cole
Newcastle – Manchester United (£6 million + Keith Gillespie)
This turned out to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best moves. Cole was a vital member of the United team during his 6 years at the club. Cole was the top scorer for the ‘Toon’ in the 1993/94 season, his last full season with the club. Newcastle would go on to be United’s main title rivals after Blackburn’s title triumph in 94/95. Cole would be important in holding off his former clubs advances towards the title and keeping Ferguson and the ‘Red Devils’ on top. He sits third in the all time Premier League goalscorer rankings with 187 goals. He is only behind Wayne Rooney (200*) and Alan Shearer (260)
5 – Carlos Tevez
Manchester United – Manchester City (£25.5 million)
Tevez was a wonderful talent. Work rate, passion, raw ability and the trait of being able to step up and deliver when his team needed it most. As Manchester City emerged as the super power they now are in English football the chance to sign the Argentinian developed. Signing a quality striker and getting under the skin of your fiercest and local rivals is too good an opportunity to pass up. He played 113 times for the blue side of Manchester and scored 58 times become a hero. His inconsistent attitude hindered his long term success at Manchester City and he went awol for some time. This led to him being moved on to Juventus in 2013.
4 – Ashley Cole
Arsenal – Chelsea (£5 million + William Gallas)
Ashley Cole was the greatest left back in the world at one point. The transfer fee now looks like peanuts even though Gallas went on to captain Arsenal. The transfer initially was seen as a way for Cole to earn more money earning him the nickname ‘Cashley’. However, it was a simple choice in reality with the dominance Chelsea were experiencing under Jose Mourinho. He would spend 8 years at Stamford Bridge developing his talent and establishing himself as one of the greatest attacking full backs of his generation.
3 – N’golo Kante
Leicester City – Chelsea (£32 million)
The most recent transfer on the list. Kante did a lot with his single season at Leicester City. Coming to the club relatively unknown his hard working high intensity style of play soon won over the fans of his new club. Leicester’s unbelievable title win was made possible by his contribution. When he moved to Chelsea his former clubs fortune fell off. While there are a number of reasons why this happened Kante’s departure must be one. If you consider his first year at Chelsea saw him retain the Premier League crown you see how much of an impact the little Frenchman has on players around him and team structure.
2 – Robin Van Persie
Arsenal – Manchester United (£24 million)
The historic rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United must have made this one even more difficult for ‘Gunners’ supporters to stomach. Ferguson, disappointed with losing out to Manchester City in the title race the year before, went out with the intention of signing a striker with the ability to fire United to the title. He succeeded bringing Van Persie to the club. The new United number 20 fired the club to their 20th title. Unfortunately or Van Persie injuries and the retirement of Ferguson meant that he fell out of favour at Old Trafford and was sold by Louis Van Gaal in 2015. There is no signing that more directly effected the destination of the Premier League trophy than this one.
1. Eric Cantona
Leeds – Manchester United (£1.2 million)
As the Premier League came into existence an extremely influential transfer took place. Leeds United winners of the last English First Division tittle in 1991/92 offloaded Eric Cantona to Manchester United. The rest is history. United won the first Premier League trophy with great aid from Cantona who became a true legend at the club and gained eternal hero status. Defending top division champions Leeds fell to a 17th place finish in the first Premier League season. Cantona and Ferguson helped create the foundations that made Manchester United so successful in the Premier League.
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