By Josh Powell
It appears that Paris St-Germain have all but signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva from AC Milan for a whopping £51.5million according to Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi. But in the crazy footballing world is more than £51m for a striker and a centre-back value for money?
Ibrahimovic is a world-class forward and an even better journeyman. He has no loyalty to any club but has a healthy habit of winning titles where-ever he ends up. Last season at AC Milan he netted 28 goals in 32 games before bagging a couple for Sweden in Euro 2012, including that stunning effort in the win over France. But the striker is no spring chicken at 30 years of age and it is questionable whether you could get more than two or three seasons out of him.
Thiago Silva has been an integral part of the AC Milan defence for a couple of years now and was influential during the title-winning season of 2010/11. The Brazilian will be 28 in September but many think he has the quality to continue to dominate at European’s top clubs.
With a combined total of £51.5 million is this a bargain for PSG? The Paddy Power Blog looked at some of the recent centre-back/striker combinations that a few of the top Premier League teams have bought to try and judge the value.
Sergio Ageuro and Stefan Savic – £44m
This looks like some stunning value from money-bags City. Savic is a promising young defender who will grow in confidence the more he plays alongside Kompany and Lescott. As for Ageuro he got 23 goals in 34 games including that dramatic last-minute title-winner against QPR. City fans will tell you that you can’t put a price on that.
Fernando Torres and David Luiz – £76m
A very questionable bit of business from Roman Abramovich here. Torres largely disappointed up top considering his massive price tag. He didn’t form any kind of partnership with Drogba, he only bagged seven goals in 28 league appearances and was generally sulkier than Nicolas Anelka. David Luiz has become a cult hero at the Bridge because of his crazy hair and although he is technically a good defender, he has worryingly frequent moments of madness at the back.
Andy Carroll and Sebastian Coates – £42m
Nearly £10m less than Ibrahimovic and Silva but is it better value? Carroll had a dire start to his Anfield career but started to come good towards the end of the season. Don’t forget he scored goals in the FA Cup semi-final, the final and at Euro 2012. Confidence is a big factor and if he’s got it he is a handful. Coates, like Savic, is a promising young talent who has had limited game time since his transfer. His goal in a rare appearance against QPR was one of the best of the season.
Pappiss Demba Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini – £20.3
Now this is some tasty business from Newcastle United. Colocinni captained the Toon Army to a 5th placed finish last year, only conceding 41 league goals, and was named in the PFA team of the year. Cisse joined Pardew’s men in January and was the League’s hottest property scoring 13 goals in 13 games.
Zlatan Ibrahamovic and Thiago Silva or a rock-solid centre-back, an electric striker and £30m in your back pocket?
I know what I’d rather.