The summer transfer window is now in full swing, and clubs across Europe have begun to strengthen their respective squads for next season.
The Premier League top six clubs, Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and to a lesser extent Spurs, along with other top clubs from around Europe traditionally spend huge sums of money in the transfer market. However, they will all be looking for a bargain or two this summer.
Clubs with lower budgets will no doubt try to avoid spending crazy amounts of money in the market and opt for bargain deals as well.
Defenders will be a top priority for some clubs, including English giants Manchester United and Arsenal. The duo will be looking to bolster their various defenses after conceding record amount of goals last term
In this article, we will like to take a look at 5 best bargains defenders who should be transfer this summer.
Since the departure of Loius van Gaal, the Italian defender has had very limited game time at Manchester United. He has made just 13 Premier League appearances for the club over the last two seasons, and would no doubt be seeking a move away from Old Trafford this summer.
Injury problems and the emergence of Diogo Dalot restricted the Italian international to only six appearances in the Premier League last season.
It is being reported that both Valencia and Inter Milan are interested in his services and after paying £13 million to sign him from Torino four years ago, The Red Devils are understood to be willing to accept a cut price £9 million deal, an amount that should be considered a bargain for a full Italian international and given how much clubs pay for players in the transfer market these days.
If Darmian manages to stay injury free and get back to his best, any club that signs him will definitely get their money’s worth.
For some while now, Toby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham Hotspur has come into question, with a number of big-name clubs expressing their interest in his services.
The Belgian center back has been best one of the best defenders in the Premier League for the last three years.
Manchester United has been a long time admirer of the Belgian international and it is being reported that Alderweireld is available for just £25 million which represents huge value for money.
The Belgian is not only an excellent and vastly experienced defender, he is also very good on the ball and is very good at long passes.
He is actually worth double what me might cost this summer and top clubs should make signing the former Ajax defender a priority, as £25 million is bargain for a player of Alderweireld’s quality.
William Saliba is a highly-rated central defender and is regarded as one of the best young players in Europe. His outstanding performances in Ligue 1 last season have put a host of clubs on alert.
The France U-20 international established himself during the second half of last season, making 19 appearances for Saint-Etienne in total, 16 of which came in Ligue 1. Although he is predominantly regarded as a central defender, Saliba is also capable of playing at right-back having done so on three occasions last term.
Arsenal has been heavily linked to the 18-year old Frenchman and a €25 million deal is reportedly in place. If Saliba can replicate his form in England, then a €25 million transfer fee could be a bargain for a player with such huge potential.
Kenny Lala is someone you may not have heard of, but the 27-year old was RC Strasbourg’s best player last season, running back and forth on both sides of the pitch. And while Lala showed a good defensive performance, it was his offensive skills that make him stand out.
The defender scored five goals in 34 appearances in the France’s Ligue 1 last season, while his nine assists place him joint-second with Lyon star Memphis Depay. The Frenchman contributed to 25% of Strasbourg’s goals and he was the best offensive full-back in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season.
The French defender is underrated and currently at his best. He has said that he would love to move to a club that plays in Europe every year, fueling speculation that he could seek a move away from the French club.
Italian side, Lazio is said to be interested in the defender, and with a price tag of just €15 million, Lala could turn out a bargain.
The Torino defender had a spectacular season last term and is reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.
The 27-year-old scored four goals in 37 league appearances last season, helping Torino to finish seventh and keep 15 clean sheets. His form earned him a first senior appearance for Italy, coming off the bench in a 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein in March.
The Italian international is a very tough tackler and likens himself to Georgio Chiellini.
Fiorentina’s German Pezzella was the only Serie A defender to win more aerial duels (121) than Izzo (118) during the 2018/19 season.
The defender is valued around €22 million and if he moves to Arsenal as being reported, that fee could be a bargain if he can replicate his Serie A form in England