Who are the best buys in football?

24 August 2010
Lindsay Clark, international news editor, Supply ManagementThe football transfer window will close at the end of the month. Perhaps it is not a standout date in every procurement manager’s diary, but it has got me thinking. Football clubs and managers are buyers in a very real sense. The Premier League, pumped with foreign cash, is boosting the astronomical prices paid for the world’s elite players. But as a professional buyer, how would you assess value for money? What is the worst example of a procurement decision? I am thinking Juan Sebastián Verón who signed to Manchester United for £28 million in 2001 and within a few years was largely regarded as a spectacular flop despite his obvious talents. Or how about the best purchasing move in football? To be fair to the Red Devils, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson, I offer the £3.5 million signing of Teddy Sheringham, who went on to score the equaliser in the legendary 1999 European Cup Final. He also provided the flick-on for the winning goal. Instrumental in the club’s first victory in that competition for 30 years, could we put a value on his contribution?
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