Splashing cash: The EPL's best and worst deadline day deals
The 10 Best:
Ashley Cole – Arsenal to Chelsea, 2006 – £5 million (S$8.9m)
For just £5 million, Ashley Cole can be considered one of the greatest bargains in Chelsea’s history. Granted, the Blues had to give up William Gallas in an exchange deal, but what Cole helped the club achieve more than proved his worth.
In nine years at Chelsea, Cole helped the club lift nine titles, including one English Premier League crown, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League – Chelsea’s first ever triumph in the competition. In total, he made 229 appearances and scored seven times.
Wayne Rooney – Everton to Man United, 2004 – £20 million
Fans may have been divided on his worth towards the end of his time at Old Trafford, but there was a period when there was no doubt that having Wayne Rooney in the side greatly boosted the Red Devils’ chances of victory.
Boasting 559 appearances and a record 253 goals before returning to Everton ahead of the 2017/18 season, the former Manchester United captain is comfortably one of the greatest players ever to don the famous red jersey, helping the club to 14 titles all up in 12 seasons.
He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year three times, the PFA Player’s Player of the Year once, the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year twice and the PFA Young Player of the Year twice.