The 5 most expensive transfers in Premier League history
With a market value of nearly £9 billion, the Premier League is undoubtedly the richest football league on the planet. The astronomical TV deals coupled with unmatched player wages, makes the Premier League very much the promised land for most players and clubs. Whilst Ligue 1 in France and La Liga in Spain have splurged higher individual transfer fees than the Premier League historically, England’s top division has a higher concentration of big money signings than any other top division in world football.
German football has always been a hotbed of talent and in Kai Havertz, Chelsea look to have snared the next big thing in world football.
Liverpool had endured a barren spell of trophies prior to the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, winning just 1 League Cup title in 13 years. Van Dijk moved to Anfield in the Winter of 2018 and has subsequently transformed their fortunes.
A larger than life presence in central defence, van Dijk played a vital role as the reds won the Champions League in 2018/19 and then the Premier League in 2019/20.
The attacking midfielder lit up the Bundesliga as a teenager before securing his move to Chelsea in the summer of 2020 and whilst it is early days in his Stamford Bridge career, he looks set to be a big part of the clubs’ future under Frank Lampard.
Despite scoring 42 goals (in all competitions) across two seasons for United, Lukaku never endeared himself to the United faithful and left the club in the summer of 2019 to join Inter Milan.
Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku has scored 96 Premier League goals in his career and his consistent form for Everton earned him a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2017.
England centre back Harry Maguire was one of the stars of the national teams’ run to the last 4 of the 2018 World Cup and he moved to Manchester United in the summer of 2019.
Instantly installed as United’s captain by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Maguire and his Manchester United team mates have lacked consistency in the Premier League, but he looks to be a big part of the clubs’ plans.
Having come through United’s academy and left the club for a nominal fee, Manchester United came back to Paul Pogba with their tail between their legs to sign him for a world record transfer fee in the summer of 2016.
Despite moments of brilliance, Pogba has not had the influence many would have predicted at Manchester United but at the age of just 27, he still has time to make his mark.