Montolivo!..Had him for united..Awesome and scored goals!
A cheap one after a season can be Big Sami Khedira. His mental stats are immense. You can buy for around £9M-£17M after 1st season.

Once I got him for £3.8m because he was transfer listed at the start of the second season.
Gaby Mundigayi, Mate Simao, Ahmed Barusso, Karl Henry, Antonio Nocerino, Arturo Vidal, Stephane Mbia, all dirty hard working tacklers who get the job done
Best Value = Anthony Annan
Best Defensively = Alex Song / Jermaine Jones
Best Creatively = Arturo Vidal / Tom Huddlestone
Best Overall = Daniele De Rossi / Javier Mascherano

The choice is yours
Annan and some Gayi or something like that he´s a belgian guy.. you could get both of them for less than 4,5 M for each one..