Despite the lucrative television deal that is set to see clubs in the Premier League earn astronomical numbers whether they have a good season or not, sides will still be on the lookout for a bargain this summer as they look to improve their squad for the next campaign.
And already, many teams have dipped into the market and secured some excellent talent at very low prices.
Here are nine of the bargain deals that have already gone through this summer:
Juanmi (Malaga to Southampton)
Part of the reason that Ronald Koeman’s men failed to keep hold of a place in the Premier League’s top four was the lack of depth that they had up front. While Graziano Pelle started the year in blistering form, his dry spell in front of goal saw the Saints struggle to keep up with the league’s top clubs, and thus it was no surprise that a striker was a priority.
Sky Sports report that the 22-year-old has moved to the south coast for around £5m, and while his goalscoring record is uninspiring at the moment, the Spain international has bags of potential, and will arguably find it easier to deliver on it with such a small fee involved.
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City to Aston Villa)
After watching his career stagnate at Manchester City, Scott Sinclair did the right thing by heading to Villa Park on loan for the latter part of last season. He started to show how good a player he can be if given the chance, and helped the Villains keep their Premier League status. Keeping him at the club would have been a no-brainer for Tim Sherwood, especially with the Daily Mail reporting that it would cost just £2.5m.
Cedric Soares (Sporting Lisbon to Southampton)
With Nathaniel Clyne’s future seemingly in question, it was imperative that Ronald Koeman added a right-back in case the England international heads elsewhere. In Cedric Soares, they have got a Portuguese international, who has also featured regularly at the sharp end of the country’s top flight. That experience will prove vital if the Saints want to take the step to the next level, and they’ve acquired him for just £4.7m (via BBC Sport). Saints fans will feel a lot less disappointed should they lose Clyne.
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