Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has named Harry Maguire and David Luiz as his two signings of the summer transfer window.
Maguire’s £80million switch from Leicester to Manchester United made him the most expensive defender in the history of the game, eclipsing the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk back in January 2018.
Luiz, meanwhile, completed a controversial move from Chelsea to Arsenal on deadline day in a reported £8million deal.
Fowler believes United were right to spend big on Maguire despite eyebrows being raised at the size of the world record fee.
‘Harry Maguire will come as no surprise as my top pick for the best buy,’ he said in his Daily Mirror column.
‘I know it was a crazy amount of money, but I don’t go with the idea Manchester United overpaid. What does that even mean?
‘If you need a player, you pay what you can and what it takes to get him. United desperately needed a top centre-back… and they’ve got him. So the money doesn’t matter, getting the player does.
‘The same was said about Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk last season. Doesn’t look like silly money now, though, does it?
‘United had to pay whatever it took to get Maguire and, for me, he can transform their defence in the same way.’
Fowler is confident Luiz will be an invaluable addition to Arsenal’s dressing room as he brings a wealth of experience with him to north London.
‘My other “best buy” of the window comes in the bargain section and the plaudits go to Arsenal… for signing David Luiz,’ he added.
‘Yes, I know there are detractors, I know so many people don’t rate him.
‘But £8m for a Brazil international defender who’s won the Premier League, Champions League, two Europa Leagues and two French leagues along with a Confederations Cup?
‘That’s a steal for that sort of experience.
‘I think Arsenal may just have got the best of this window.’