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Nicolas Anelka (Paris Saint-Germain to Arsenal – £500,000)

Plucked away from Paris by fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger in 1997, the Arsenal manager was set to make an incredible profit on the young talent whom he transformed into a lethal finisher.

Appearing just ten times in the senior team for the Parc Des Princes-based outfit, Arsene Wenger polished this rough diamond into a real gem for a steal at £500,000. Although he only went on to score 23 league goals in 65 appearances for the Gunners, Anelka has gone on to enjoy a journeyman career earning a reputation as a constant goal scorer no matter where he has ended up with Fenerbahce, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea also on his long destination list.

‘Le Sulk’ as he was regarded given his seemingly flustered demeanour was sold on to Real Madrid for a whopping £22.3 million just two years after signing for the North London club and luckily enough for Arsenal they had a certain Thierry Henry to rely on instead.

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