Top 10 absolute bargain strikers to look out for in the January Transfer Window
The position of center-forward has always been the most expensive position in the transfer window. It is for an obvious reason, strikers bring goals and goals win matches. Over the last few decades, most clubs splashed incredible amount of cash in signing a player that can play at the number nine position. There have been numerous examples of record-breaking football transfer at this position. Romelu Lukaku, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez are in the list of expensive striker signings in recent times.
Even this colossal spending can’t guarantee success. Romelu Lukaku is still finding it difficult to settle at Manchester United. Higuain failed to replicate his Napoli’s goalscoring form with Juventus. Being surplus to the requirements for the Old Lady, he was loaned out to AC Milan in 2018.
On the contrary, there are some instances of absolute bargain transfers as well. Arguably the best striker in the Premier League history, Thierry Henry was bought by the Gunners for £11 million. The French striker later went on to score more than 250 goals for the North London based football club. Considering the fact that Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona for €24 million after eight years of productive service, the deal can be regarded as an absolute steal.
The most recent example in the similar thread is Mohammad Salah. When Liverpool signed the Egyptian for a transfer fee of €42 million from Roma, many pundits doubted the investment done on a player who was once regarded as a Premier League failure (with Chelsea). But Salah silenced his critics in his maiden season with the reds by winning Premier League golden boot award. As a result of his 45 goals in 56 matches, the market value of Salah has tripled in the last couple of years to €150 million now.
As of today, many top European football clubs are in search of a striker for various reasons. For example, due to below-par performances of Morata and Giroud, Sarri has to play Hazard at the tip of attack for Chelsea.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are also looking at replacements for their aging Benzema and Suarez respectively. With January transfer window now open let us look at top 10 affordable (market value less than €40 million) striking options that any football club can consider buying in order to bolster their attacking weaponry.