Manchester United, Liverpool & Chelsea to Sign Strike Trio: Which Premier League Club has got the better deal?Published June 30, 2016
In the midst of a frantic and unpredictable Euro 2016, the Premier League’s ‘big boys’ have already made moves to strengthen their sides ahead of the start of the new season on August 13.
Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea all appear to have completed or be on the brink of completing blockbuster deals for highly rated forwards, and with that in mind, we at Free Bets, take a closer look at the respective clubs’ new recruits, and analyse which side has ended up with the best deal.
Zlatan Ibrahimović – Manchester United
The 34-year-old is set to arrive at Old Trafford on a free transfer imminently, and it is understood, that the former PSG striker has signed a one-year deal in Manchester worth a whopping £220,000 a week.
Despite the uncertainty of United’s starting line-up next season under new head coach Jose Mourinho there is no doubting the player’s credentials. The Swede, has won 13 league titles and 30 trophies in 15 seasons with European giants Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, A.C. Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
Zlatan has also enjoyed a fine couple of years in France, scoring 156 goals in 180 appearances in Ligue 1, including 38 goals last season.
Whilst the jury may still be out on whether this transfer will benefit United in the long run, for neutrals, this is unbelievable news. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, even at 34, is one of the world’s best players and the idea of him and Mourinho teaming up to face Guardiola at City twice a year is very appealing.
He may have not had the best of tournaments at Euro 2016, but on a free transfer, this signing could be masterstroke by the ‘Special one’.
Signing potential: 8/10
Sadio Mane – Liverpool
Earlier this week, Liverpool completed the signing of Southampton forward Sadio Mane, who has put pen to paper on a five-year contract, in a deal which could end up costing the Merseyside club up to £38.5 million if a series of clauses, such as Champions League football, are achieved by Liverpool in the future.
The 24-year-old moves to Anfield after two seasons in the Premier League with Southampton in which he netted 25 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions.
The forward also has 36 caps for Senegal and has scored 10 goals for his country, and whilst his goalscoring record is pretty credible for a wide forward, one specific statistic has emerged which arguably explains why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made Mane his most expensive signing to date.
The 24-year-old made 35 interceptions last term, 15 more than the highest Liverpool player Adam Lallana.
One of Klopp’s primary attacking tactics is for his offensive players to win the ball up high through pressing; with the aim of launching a quick counter-attack close to the opposition goal.
The fact Mane is expert at stealing possession in these positions, as well as finding the back of the net, suits Jurgen Klopp’s system perfectly.
But, as Liverpool fans know by now, a huge price tag and bags of potential doesn’t necessarily guarantee value for money, and Reds fans will hope this is not another Andy Carroll or Christian Benteke situation.
Is Sadio Mane really worth in the region of £40 million? Time will tell.
Signing potential 7/10
Michy Batshuayi – Chelsea
Anyone who followed French football closely last season would have been left excited by the emerging talent that is Chelsea bound forward Michy Batshuayi.
The Marseilles striker was the subject of rival bids from a number of Premier League clubs, including a reported £31 million offer from Crystal Palace, but it is Chelsea who are set to capture his signature, after the 22-year-old left Belgium’s Euro 2016 training hub to complete his medical, with the view of signing on at Stamford Bridge for a fee believed to be in the region of £33million.
The Marseille striker has been compared to former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, and Batshuayi’s move to Stamford Bridge has striking similarities to Didier Drogba’s transfer in 2004.
Like Drogba, the 22-year-old will move from the Stade Velodrome to London for a club record fee, and will become the most expensive sale in Marseille’s history, leaving the club having scored 33 goals in 78 appearances, including 17 goals last season.
The Belgium striker is known for his quick feet and eye for goal, yet it is his versatility which makes him so unique. At 5’11 the Belgian is not blessed with Didier Drogba’s physical prowess, but his pace, dynamism and ability to play a number of systems make up for his size.
Some critics have been quick to point to his ‘bad boy’ type reputation, which the striker was labelled with during the early stages of his career, but the player seems to have improved his attitude immensely over the past couple of seasons, and will be mindful that incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will not stand for any type of misdemeanours.
If Michy Batshuayi lives up to his potential, then Chelsea may have just signed a real gem.
Signing potential: 9/10