The best Premier League transfers are the ones that succeed despite of the price tag, not because of it. Sure, there’s plenty of money being spent in the EPL these days, but only a minority of players work out.
Today, we are looking at the most successful transfer during the 2023/24 or in direct proximity.
The Best Premier League Transfers in the 2023/2024 Season
Declan Rice – Arsenal – €116.60m
Declan Rice‘s transfer to Arsenal seemed to have many of the ingredients for… failure. Here was a really expensive, young player who had not played for a team at this level. Instead, the defensive midfielder elevated Mikel Arteta’s team. Could this be the deal that brings Arsenal the much-coveted Premier League title?
Josko Gvardiol – Manchester City – €90m
Josko Gvardiol spent the last World Cup looking like one of the most experienced central defenders in the world. He wasn’t. The Croatian is barely a teen. But his performances suggest that he is an ideal player for Manchester City. The start of his career at the Etihad seemed to confirm this theory.
Alexander Isak – Newcastle United – £59m
Alexander Isak has had a marvellous few seasons, and his stock has risen steadily. But was he ready for the Premier League? Nouveau-rich Newcastle certainly thought so and took a chance on the young Swede. So far, it has worked out wonderfully.
Lucas Paqueta – West Ham United – £51.3m
Lucas Paqueta is one of the great Brazilian players active today but has not exactly fulfilled his true potential. Until this season. Paqueta is the spark of magic to a pretty plain West Ham side. Does he improve the team? Absolutely! With this kind of playing, the price tag will likely look like spare change soon enough.
Dominik Szoboszlai – Liverpool – €70m
Dominik Szoboszlai looks poised to become one of the best players in Hungary’s football history, a Liverpool legend and one of the best transfers in recent EPL history. An incredibly skilled and intelligent player, Szoboszlai is on to something great.
Alexis Mac Allister – Liverpool – €42m
Alexis Mac Allister, similar to Szoboszlai, is a player who looked destined to play under Jurgen Klopp. Injuries have risked derailing his career start in a Red jersey. But his performances have shown just how much individual quality the World Cup champion has. This may be early, but we are ready to call this one of the best transfers of the 2023/24 season.
Jeremy Doku – Manchester City – €60m
Jeremy Doku spent most of the few minutes he got to play in the Manchester derby being kicked by Antony Santos, one of the worst Premier League transfers of 2023/24, and Bruno Fernandes. Was he that intimating to Man. Utd’s player? Yes, few players have had a quicker impact than Jeremy Doku in recent Premier League history.
Will big money transfers continue?
With the rise of the EPL seemingly over all other leagues, yes, big spending on transfers is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. It just remains to be seen how much clubs will be willing to mitigate the risks of spending so much money on players who, quite often do not manage to live up to the hype.