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7 clubs which are the masters of the transfer market

Joseph Jacob
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Arsene Wenger knows when his players have crossed their peak
Arsene Wenger knows when his players have crossed their peak

A club’s activity in the transfer window can make or break their season. Signing key players, offloading dead weight, making buys for the future, spotting potential talents, strengthening weaknesses and negotiating bargain deals are all part of what makes for an efficient transfer window. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the clubs that have proven themselves to be adept at good business in the transfer market over the last few years.

Please note: All transfer values have been taken from transfermarkt.

1) Arsenal

In spite of losing big name players like Robin van Persie, Francesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Vermaelen etc. over the past years, Arsenal have managed to maintain their performance levels. While they’ve bought some star players for big money like Alexis Sanchez at £36.13m and Mesut Ozil for £39.95m, they also brought in some top talents in good deals, like Gabriel Paulista from Villareal in a deal worth £12.75m, Petr Cech from Chelsea for £11.9m and Santi Cazorla at £16.5m from Malaga FC.

Arsene Wenger made neat profits on some of his high profile sales. Arsenal fans sometimes moan about Wenger’s transfer policies, but he has shown himself to be shrewd in his buying and selling of players. It’s interesting to note that many players once sold by the club never maintained or increased their market value at their new clubs. Their performances and value more often than not take a plunge, implying that Wenger has a knack for knowing when he’s got the best out of his players and when to let them go.

Francesc FabregasBarcelona£2.72mBarcelona£28.9m£26.18m
Robin Van PersieFeyenoord£3.83mManchester United£26.1m£22.27m
Emmanuel AdebayorMonaco£8.5mManchester City£24.65m£16.15m
Kolo ToureASEC Mimosas£157kManchester City£15.9m£15.74m
Alexandre Song BillongSC Bastia£3.4mBarcelona£16.15m£12.75m
Samir NasriOlympique Marseille£13.6mManchester City£23.38m£9.78m
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