The Premier League Team You Could Buy Instead Of Neymar
August 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Grace

After 4 years, 186 appearances, 105 goals, and 80 assists, Brazilian winger Neymar has left Barcelona to join PSG in Ligue 1 for a world-record transfer fee worth £200 million (€222 million). The 25 year-old joins Les Parisiens on a five year contract, securing his place in the world’s most expensive signing in football history. Just to put this extravagant deal into perspective, here’s a list of things that PSG could have bought for the same amount that they spent on Neymar;

  • 137 properties in London’s most expensive borough (Kensington).
  • 1,004 four-year degrees for students at MIT.
  • One Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • Six Greek Islands.
  • 6.5 metric tonnes of pure gold.

It has also been reported that for the same amount of cash, PSG could have bought 18 of the other 19 starting XIs in Ligue 1 (with Monaco being the only exception). So it’s not hard to imagine building a Premier League starting XI from this summer’s transfer market…

Here’s the Premier League team you could have bought this summer instead of Neymar!

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart 

joe-hart

Current Club: West Ham United

Transfer Fee: £4.5 million

Former Manchester City goalkeeper and England international Joe Hart has gone out on loan to West Ham for the year following Pep Guardiola’s costly shake-up in defence. Determined to be “an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham”, the 30 year-old will be focused on proving to Gareth Southgate and club managers alike that his best days are not behind him.

Left-Back: Sead Kolašinac

sead-kolasinac

Current Club: Arsenal

Transfer Fee: FREE

Following a free transfer from Schalke, the Bosnia-Herzegovina international will be hoping for a smooth transition to life in the Premier League, as he takes residency at the Emirates Stadium. Kolašinac’s late equaliser against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield is a sign that the 24 year-old is up for the challenge as a Gunner.

Centre-Back: Andrew Robertson

andrew-robertson-liverpool

Current Club: Liverpool

Transfer Fee: £8 million

After 115 appearances for Hull City, including 5 goals and 10 assists, Scottish international Andrew Robertson has made an £8 million leap to Liverpool. The 23 year-old has enjoyed some good spells of football, joining Dundee United in 2013, and after some impressive play at Hull City, has been swiped up by Jürgen Klopp. Time will tell if the Glaswegian can handle the pressure.

Centre-Back: Harry Maguire

harry-maguire

Current Club: Leicester

Transfer Fee: £17 million

24 year-old centre-back Harry Maguire joins the Foxes under Craig Shakespeare, for a head-turning £17 million. The former Hull City and England U21 defender joins Leicester as they try to improve upon their 12th place finish in the Premier League last season. Maguire played well in the Foxes’ opening game against Arsenal, providing a goal and assist in their 4-3 defeat.  

Right-Back: Victor Lindelöf

victor-lindelof

Current Club: Manchester United

Transfer Fee: £31 million

Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelöf joins Manchester United following success at Portuguese giants Benfica. The Swedish international has claimed 3 Portuguese Championships, 1 Portuguese Cup and 1 European U21 Championship at just 23 years old. Manager José Mourinho will be hoping that Lindelöf brings that winning mentality to Old Trafford this season.

Left-Midfielder: Roque Mesa

roque-mesa-swansea-city

Current Club: Swansea City

Transfer Fee: £11 million

Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa has made a surprising jump to the Premier League after years of Spanish football. The 28 year-old played made a noteworthy 136 appearances for Las Palmas (with 6 goals and 9 assists) before joining Paul Clement’s Swansea squad earlier this summer. Mesa’s £11 million price tag will hopefully become clear as the Swans begin another campaign.

Central-Midfielder: Nemanja Matic

nemanja-matic

Current Club: Manchester United

Transfer Fee: £40 million

In one of the shock moves of the summer, Serbian international Nemanja Matic has moved from current Premier League champions Chelsea to join Mourinho’s Red Devils. In a move that might come back to haunt Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, the 29 year-old defensive-midfielder left Stamford Bridge for £40 million. Matic joins the likes of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Mourinho hopes for a more successful Premier League campaign.  

Central-Midfielder: Tom Cleverley

tom-cleverly

Current Club: Watford

Transfer Fee: £8 million

Former England international and central-midfielder Tom Cleverley has made the move from Everton to Watford for £8 million after Ronald Koeman’s busy summer transfer window as Everton manager. Good news for Watford as Cleverley boasts a wealth of experience in the top flight of English football with time at Aston Villa and Manchester United.

Right-Midfielder: Mohamed Salah

mohamed-salah

Current Club: Liverpool

Transfer Fee: £34 million

25 year-old Mohamed Salah joins Liverpool after a brief spell out of the Premier League at Roma. The talented winger will bring pace and control to Liverpool’s attacking squad, mirroring the ball of energy that is Sadio Mané. Klopp will be hoping that Salah’s prior experience in the Premier League and time as an Egyptian international will boost Liverpool’s chances at some silverware this season.

Striker: Alexandre Lacazette

alexandre-lacazette

Current Club: Arsenal

Transfer Fee £46.5 million

Arsène Wenger broke his club’s transfer record this summer after splashing out on French international Alexandre Lacazette. The 26-year old forward comes from Lyon after some high-scoring campaigns in Ligue 1. Arsenal will be hoping the addition of Lacazette will boost title chances, after his explosive Premier League debut and goal against Leicester City.

Striker: Wayne Rooney

wayne-rooney-everton

Current Club: Everton

Transfer Fee: FREE

31 year-old Premier League veteran Wayne Rooney has returned home this summer as a free transfer for Ronald Koeman’s Everton squad. After a staggering 559 appearances for Manchester United, with 253 goals and 145 assists, Wazza has swapped his Red Devils jersey for The Toffees’ blue. Rooney will be hoping to keep up his legendary status in English football and become an asset for Everton’s campaign.

Total Spending: £200 million

There you have it, all of this for the price of one Neymar. Will he prove his worth as the world’s most expensive footballer? Only time will tell…

Ryan Grace
Writer by day, musician by night. Passionate about film and film score. Permanently bitten by the travel bug. Also loves a good Netflix binge.

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The Premier League Team You Could Buy Instead Of Neymar
August 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Grace

After 4 years, 186 appearances, 105 goals, and 80 assists, Brazilian winger Neymar has left Barcelona to join PSG in Ligue 1 for a world-record transfer fee worth £200 million (€222 million). The 25 year-old joins Les Parisiens on a five year contract, securing his place in the world’s most expensive signing in football history. Just to put this extravagant deal into perspective, here’s a list of things that PSG could have bought for the same amount that they spent on Neymar;

  • 137 properties in London’s most expensive borough (Kensington).
  • 1,004 four-year degrees for students at MIT.
  • One Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • Six Greek Islands.
  • 6.5 metric tonnes of pure gold.

It has also been reported that for the same amount of cash, PSG could have bought 18 of the other 19 starting XIs in Ligue 1 (with Monaco being the only exception). So it’s not hard to imagine building a Premier League starting XI from this summer’s transfer market…

Here’s the Premier League team you could have bought this summer instead of Neymar!

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart 

joe-hart

Current Club: West Ham United

Transfer Fee: £4.5 million

Former Manchester City goalkeeper and England international Joe Hart has gone out on loan to West Ham for the year following Pep Guardiola’s costly shake-up in defence. Determined to be “an England goalkeeper playing for West Ham”, the 30 year-old will be focused on proving to Gareth Southgate and club managers alike that his best days are not behind him.

Left-Back: Sead Kolašinac

sead-kolasinac

Current Club: Arsenal

Transfer Fee: FREE

Following a free transfer from Schalke, the Bosnia-Herzegovina international will be hoping for a smooth transition to life in the Premier League, as he takes residency at the Emirates Stadium. Kolašinac’s late equaliser against Chelsea in the FA Community Shield is a sign that the 24 year-old is up for the challenge as a Gunner.

Centre-Back: Andrew Robertson

andrew-robertson-liverpool

Current Club: Liverpool

Transfer Fee: £8 million

After 115 appearances for Hull City, including 5 goals and 10 assists, Scottish international Andrew Robertson has made an £8 million leap to Liverpool. The 23 year-old has enjoyed some good spells of football, joining Dundee United in 2013, and after some impressive play at Hull City, has been swiped up by Jürgen Klopp. Time will tell if the Glaswegian can handle the pressure.

Centre-Back: Harry Maguire

harry-maguire

Current Club: Leicester

Transfer Fee: £17 million

24 year-old centre-back Harry Maguire joins the Foxes under Craig Shakespeare, for a head-turning £17 million. The former Hull City and England U21 defender joins Leicester as they try to improve upon their 12th place finish in the Premier League last season. Maguire played well in the Foxes’ opening game against Arsenal, providing a goal and assist in their 4-3 defeat.  

Right-Back: Victor Lindelöf

victor-lindelof

Current Club: Manchester United

Transfer Fee: £31 million

Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelöf joins Manchester United following success at Portuguese giants Benfica. The Swedish international has claimed 3 Portuguese Championships, 1 Portuguese Cup and 1 European U21 Championship at just 23 years old. Manager José Mourinho will be hoping that Lindelöf brings that winning mentality to Old Trafford this season.

Left-Midfielder: Roque Mesa

roque-mesa-swansea-city

Current Club: Swansea City

Transfer Fee: £11 million

Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa has made a surprising jump to the Premier League after years of Spanish football. The 28 year-old played made a noteworthy 136 appearances for Las Palmas (with 6 goals and 9 assists) before joining Paul Clement’s Swansea squad earlier this summer. Mesa’s £11 million price tag will hopefully become clear as the Swans begin another campaign.

Central-Midfielder: Nemanja Matic

nemanja-matic

Current Club: Manchester United

Transfer Fee: £40 million

In one of the shock moves of the summer, Serbian international Nemanja Matic has moved from current Premier League champions Chelsea to join Mourinho’s Red Devils. In a move that might come back to haunt Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, the 29 year-old defensive-midfielder left Stamford Bridge for £40 million. Matic joins the likes of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Mourinho hopes for a more successful Premier League campaign.  

Central-Midfielder: Tom Cleverley

tom-cleverly

Current Club: Watford

Transfer Fee: £8 million

Former England international and central-midfielder Tom Cleverley has made the move from Everton to Watford for £8 million after Ronald Koeman’s busy summer transfer window as Everton manager. Good news for Watford as Cleverley boasts a wealth of experience in the top flight of English football with time at Aston Villa and Manchester United.

Right-Midfielder: Mohamed Salah

mohamed-salah

Current Club: Liverpool

Transfer Fee: £34 million

25 year-old Mohamed Salah joins Liverpool after a brief spell out of the Premier League at Roma. The talented winger will bring pace and control to Liverpool’s attacking squad, mirroring the ball of energy that is Sadio Mané. Klopp will be hoping that Salah’s prior experience in the Premier League and time as an Egyptian international will boost Liverpool’s chances at some silverware this season.

Striker: Alexandre Lacazette

alexandre-lacazette

Current Club: Arsenal

Transfer Fee £46.5 million

Arsène Wenger broke his club’s transfer record this summer after splashing out on French international Alexandre Lacazette. The 26-year old forward comes from Lyon after some high-scoring campaigns in Ligue 1. Arsenal will be hoping the addition of Lacazette will boost title chances, after his explosive Premier League debut and goal against Leicester City.

Striker: Wayne Rooney

wayne-rooney-everton

Current Club: Everton

Transfer Fee: FREE

31 year-old Premier League veteran Wayne Rooney has returned home this summer as a free transfer for Ronald Koeman’s Everton squad. After a staggering 559 appearances for Manchester United, with 253 goals and 145 assists, Wazza has swapped his Red Devils jersey for The Toffees’ blue. Rooney will be hoping to keep up his legendary status in English football and become an asset for Everton’s campaign.

Total Spending: £200 million

There you have it, all of this for the price of one Neymar. Will he prove his worth as the world’s most expensive footballer? Only time will tell…

Ryan Grace
Writer by day, musician by night. Passionate about film and film score. Permanently bitten by the travel bug. Also loves a good Netflix binge.

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