Focus on Transfers

Bargains to be found on foreign shores

August 23, 2012
By Norman Hubbard
Many a manager pronounces one of his signings as a bargain. Rather fewer, instead of using it as evidence of their own brilliance, provide sound economic reasons why they have acquired such a capable player on the cheap.

Yet no sooner had Michael Laudrup brought Michu to Swansea City than he was expressing his incredulity at the price paid. Even before the Spaniard's two-goal debut at QPR, £2 million seemed absurdly cheap for the most prolific midfielder in La Liga last season.

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