Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have ranked their best ever Premier League signings, a debate which is likely to cause no end of arguments from football fans across the world.
The Sky Sports’ pundits attempted to whittle down the best pieces of business the division has ever seen, assessing the very best deals Premier League sides have conducted and compiling a more than interesting top five.
Headlining the pair’s top transfers was Manchester United’s signing of Eric Cantona from Leeds, the forward’s arrival often regarded as the catalyst behind the Red Devils’ dominance of the Premier League’s first decade.
Cantona’s signing sparked an upturn in form that delivered a first league title in 26 years during the Premier League’s inaugural season, and the Frenchman played a hugely influential role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won four of the first five editions of the rebranded league.
Jamie Vardy – whose £1m signing actually came when Leicester were in the Championship – was included, as was Vincent Kompany’s arrival at Manchester City with the defender captaining the side to four league titles.
Arsenal’s signing of Thierry Henry was mutually agreed upon with the forward establishing himself as the Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer and arguably the Premier League’s finest footballer during an unforgettable spell in north London.
Greatest @premierleague signing 🤷♂️
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 15, 2021
Alan Shearer’s transfer from Southampton to Blackburn was the final deal ranked amongst the top five transfers in the division’s history, Rovers having spent a then record £3.6m to sign the forward who would enjoy an incredible four-year spell at Ewood Park.
Shearer scored a staggering 112 goals in just 138 league appearances, becoming the first – and so far only – player to score 30+ goals in multiple seasons and inspiring Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1995.
There was, however, controversy online given the absence of Frank Lampard’s £11m move to Chelsea and Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United, the Monday Night Football pundits facing an almost impossible task to shortlist the best pound-for-pound deals in Premier League history.