As the January transfer window opens, it seems appropriate to look back at last year’s transfer window and the bargain deal that Manchester City pulled off. It seems strange to talk about a bargain and Manchester City in the same sentence given their recent proclivity for overspending on average players, but amidst the massive fees they have spent in the last 18 months, City’s purchase of Shay Given must go down as nothing short of daylight robbery.
Given is widely recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the world; in a season when Petr Cech and Iker Casillas have made high-profile errors, Given’s case as the best goalkeeper in the world has been strengthened by his consistent form for club and country. After over a decade of stellar service at Newcastle United, Given departed the club for Manchester City after one too many disappointments. The Irish keeper had grown tired of the North-East circus and no wonder, a player of his quality deserves to be playing Champions League football, and that seemed a long way away for Newcastle United. If his transfer away from Newcastle was a surprise, the fee was a shock; reportedly an initial £5.9million.
A bargain indeed for the most consistent goalie in the division; as the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal struggle with the goalkeeping position they are being quoted figures of £20million for the likes of Igor Akinfeev and Hugo Lloris; both fine players but when a player accustomed to the rigours of the Premier League was available for the fraction of the price only a year ago, one wonders what they were doing allowing Manchester City to swoop in.
The fee is even more surprising given that the buying club was Manchester City with their bottomless pockets; this is the club that only 8 months later, spent up to £24million on Joleon Lescott. Newcastle could perhaps have expected to earn close to that amount for Given, but praise must go to whoever negotiated the deal for City.
£5.9million makes the deal a bargain indeed for a player who is one of the world’s finest in his position.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!