The summer transfer window is open and teams are on the lookout to buy the best players for the least prices. The Hard Tackle looks at 5 players under €35m that Arsenal, Juventus or Bayern Munich can buy.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, €25m)
The 29-year-old striker lit the Premier League ablaze with fantastic work ethic and a goal scoring spree that took his team Leicester to a fairy tale league crown. His story is one which has caught the eye of everyone around the world as a rags to riches story. Such is the inspiration people have extracted from his story that even Hollywood couldn’t keep their hands off him. Having scored 24 goals in the league and spearheading the Leicester City attack, Vardy has completely won over all his critics with not only clinical finishes, but also goals that were jaw-dropping to say the least.
His success has elevated him to cult status in England, and is widely tipped to leave Leicester City to a greater club within England. Arsenal have already made an offer for the striker while Liverpool have shown interest, with Arsenal having an edge due to their Champions League status. At a price of €25m, Vardy is surely the best a team can buy in this price range.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United, €15m)
The 26-year-old full back arrived in Manchester last season from Torino. After having an impressive start to the season, the fast tempo and the demands that comes with playing in a season in England took a toll on him through injuries and a drop in form. The Italian appeared 39 times for the Red Devils scoring 1 goal and 2 assists. Matteo Darmian was found several times either caught out in possession or found lying too deep in defence playing the opposition strikers on-side.
With the appointment of Jose Mourinho, rumors have risen that Matteo Darmian is likely to be surplus to the requirements at Manchester United and the Portuguese manager is willing to offer Darmian to Juventus along with cash in an attempt to land Paul Pogba. An Italian regular, a lot can depend on his performance in Euro 2016 on where Darmian will play next season.
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla, €30m)
The Polish midfielder has been an influential figure in Sevilla ever since his arrival in 2014 from Reims. The 26-year-old has helped Sevilla win two Europa League titles in a row. Krychowiak has featured for Sevilla 85 times in the last 2 seasons scoring 5 times.
The authority and the assertiveness with which the Polish midfielder has been able to control the game from the middle of the park has helped not only his club but also his country. The 26-year-old has 32 caps for his international side and his performance at the Euro 2016 could highlight and showcase his talent, which could elevate him to a bigger club like Arsenal, Bayern Munich or even Juventus.
Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao, €10m)
The 27-year-old Spaniard who has played his entire senior career at Athletic Bilbao has come up as a brilliant defensive midfield/centre-back option for clubs looking for a player under the range of €35m. San Jose’s consistent and impressive performances have earned him a place in the Spanish squad for the Euro 2016. He has appeared an impressive 51 times for Bilbao last season in which he scored 4 times and assisted 4 as well.
Known for his excellent tackling, ball interception and aerial duels, Mikel San Jose provides a perfect foil for the defence of a team, which is looking to hit the opposition team on the counter after absorbing the waves of attack. The Spaniard will suit teams like Bayern Munich or Arsenal who are swift while they attack and they often need cover while they are tracking back as they can often be found out a man short at the back in a game where the tempo is high.
Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar, €15m)
The 21-year-old youngster from AZ Alkmaar has announced his arrival to the footballing world in style. After having an outstanding season with the Dutch side in which he netted 31 times in 49 games also earning the Golden boot for the Dutch Eredivisie. There has reportedly been interest from England, with Tottenham being given permission to talk to the representatives of the Dutch striker to possibly strike a deal.
With Netherlands going through a massive slump which saw them miss out on qualifying for the European Championships in France, the young striker has been urged by a lot of Dutch legends to take the step up and join a big club in order to enhance his development and be a catalyst for the Dutch revival.