Manchester City can turn £1.7m into around £30m with Oleksandr Zinchenko, but Premier League clubs have turned peanuts into fortunes before.
It’s not the biggest transfer profits ever made by top-flight clubs; Philippe Coutinho has no place here. They are, however, some of the best examples of a relatively small investment becoming a substantial sale. The following five players were all signed for a small fee and then sold at great cost. A bit like Oleksandr Zinchenko introduces himself if he joins Arsenal.
Robin van Persie – £2.75-24m over eight years (772.72% increase)
Two days after ending their Invincibles season with a win from behind at home to Leicester, Arsenal sought to complete maintenance on a vehicle in apparent cruise control. The signing of Feyenoord problem child Robin van Persie, who had spent most of the relevant campaign on the bench due to a series of disagreements with manager Bert van Marwijk, has been announced for 2.75million of pounds sterling. It was widely reported that this would be Arsene Wenger’s last renovation project, an attempt to mollify the thunderbolt of Thierry Henry’s transformation from mercurial winger to world-class centre-forward to strike twice. Even the optimistic Gunners manager couldn’t have predicted such success.
It took time. Van Persie showed flashes and glimpses to score 63 goals in 177 games. But the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor in the summer of 2009 shifted a level of responsibility onto the Dutchman’s shoulders and he thrived under the pressure. A handsome 69 goals in 101 games in his last three seasons in north London marked him at elite level. Then, with the hard work done and Van Persie fully converted, Arsenal reacted to their reluctance to sign a new contract by selling the 28-year-old to direct rivals Manchester United. A tidy profit was made, but the Premier League title was effectively handed to retired Sir Alex Ferguson.
Robin van Persie was capable of brilliance and petulance
John Stones – £3-50m in three and a half years (1566.67% increase)
Manchester City were among the clubs, on an eclectic list which included Aston Villa, Chelsea, Sunderland and Wigan, who had shown an interest in Barnsley defender John Stones. But David Moyes gave Everton a parting gift with his latest signing from Toffees in January 2013, guaranteeing the Merseyside club a future transfer bonanza.
Stones stayed at Goodison Park for just three years and hadn’t even reached 100 appearances by the time his exit became inevitable. The defender sent Jose Mourinho into a tailspin in the summer of 2015 when Chelsea had already rejected three offers. Stones submitted an accidental transfer request. The Blues had to settle for Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector instead. But Manchester City patiently waited another 12 months to secure their man. The 15% sell clause Barnsley had negotiated with Everton three years prior had netted them almost £7million from the deal – a higher fee than they had earned in any previous player sale.
Ayoze Perez – £1.5-30m over five years (1900% increase)
Newcastle’s last player to score a Premier League hat-trick was hailed as having ‘a very good sense of goal’ by visionary Alan Pardew in June 2014. The Spaniard was voted Segunda Division Player of the Year and he carried that momentum. until his first few months on Tyneside, picking up back-to-back wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and West Brom. The interim appointment of John Carver in December delayed that development and Perez remained with the Magpies for their brief Championship spell in 2016, helping them return at the first attempt and stay until 2019 when Leicester haphazardly paid out. £30 million. Perez has started 21 Premier League appearances over the past two seasons because it’s Jamie Vardy’s home and he’s yet to finish.
Moussa Sissoko – £1.5m to £30m in three and a half years (1900% increase)
Newcastle failed to keep the whole squad together when they were relegated in 2016, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini among those opting to jump Rafa’s sinking ship Benitez. Moussa Sissoko was their biggest and eye-catching sale as master dealmaker Daniel Levy left it until deadline day to cut the Magpies at a bargain price of £30million.
Sissoko eventually became an important cog in a fluctuating Tottenham machine, proving his worth under Mauricio Pochettino, punished for having weapons in a Champions League final and then running a lot to impress Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman made over 200 appearances for Spurs and left for Watford on a free after five vaguely memorable years.
Nicolas Anelka – £500,000 to £22.3m in two and a half years (4360% increase)
While Patrick Vieira’s signature was positively covered by Wenger’s fingerprints, the Frenchman’s first official signing of Arsenal’s reign was that of Nicolas Anelka in February 1997. “People don’t trust me enough,” he said. said the teenager about his decision to leave. Paris Saint Germain. “At Arsenal, I was assured that I would be level with the other strikers.”
That level playing field was slow to materialize and it took a long-term injury to Ian Wright for Anelka’s first chance to appear; he had waited too long to let him pass. The striker helped inspire Arsenal to a double in 1998 before becoming their top scorer and PFA Young Player of the Year the following season. But problems with the media led Anelka to describe the prospects of his stay in England as ‘impossible’ and after failed attempts to land him for Lazio, Arsenal bid the striker goodbye to Real Madrid, turning half a million into just a little over £22m and a few trophies along the way.
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