Arrived: Ajax, 1997, £5.5 million
Departed: Barcelona, 2000, £25 million
Having won the European Cup with Ajax in 1995, Overmars began to attract attention all over Europe. However, he was picked up by the Gunners at a modest price and contributed plenty to the double winning side of 1997/98, including the goal at Old Trafford that handed Arsenal the initiative in the title race. However, these proved to be Overmars’s only honours with the club as they were pipped by Manchester United to the Premier League title the year after and came a sound second the year after that. He then made the switch to the Nou Camp, but spent four trophyless seasons at the club despite being the most expensive Dutch player of all time. He retired from a knee injury in 2004 after 99 appearances in Spain, where he didn’t exactly make the impact expected.