See which players are making the 10 most expensive Premier League transfers after Jack Grealish’s record-breaking move to Manchester City.
1. Jack Grealish – £ 100 million, Aston Villa to Manchester City
The Aston Villa talisman and English fan favorite have been tormented by leaving the club he’s supported all his life, but the prospect of titles with Pep Guardiola’s side turned out to be too much. City scored 83 Premier League goals last season – 10 more than closest challengers Manchester United – but Guardiola has added even more creativity to his already strong squad. How and where does Grealish fit? Read our analysis.
2. Paul Pogba – £ 93.25m, Juventus to Manchester United
Pogba’s return to Manchester United after four years at Juventus caused a stir on social media when the deal was finalized. #POGBACK was trending around the world when the midfielder completed what was then a world record move. The French international hasn’t really met the price tag in Manchester, however, and his current contract is expiring.
3. Romelu Lukaku – £ 90 million, Everton to Manchester United
Jose Mourinho paid £ 75m for Lukaku plus £ 15m for any add-ons, with the Belgian scoring 16 Premier League goals and adding 11 more in Cup competitions this season. Although Lukaku consistently demonstrated his strengths as a goalscorer at the highest level, he was sold to Inter Milan in 2019 for £ 75million.
4. Harry Maguire – £ 80m, Leicester City to Manchester United
United achieved a record transfer fee for a defender in the Premier League in 2019, signed Maguire on a five-year contract and made him captain of the club. His development has continued since then, impressing at the heart of the United defense and showing his talent for England in the recent European Championship.
5. Kai Havertz – £ 75.8m, Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea
It was seen as a big coup for Chelsea to secure signing in 2020 from Havertz, who had attracted the interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs but opted for West London. However, the German midfielder took the time to settle in and underwent Covid-19 earlier in the season but ended the season strong under Thomas Tuchel and looks an exciting prospect as Chelsea look to challenge Manchester City for the title.
6. Virgil van Dijk – £ 75m, Southampton to Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp responded to calls to reinforce the defensive by signing Van Dijk in January 2017. It came a whole transfer window later than expected after Southampton complained that Liverpool had made an illegal approach for the center-back but the Dutch defender sealed it finally the change. It turned out to be money well spent.
7. Jadon Sancho – £ 73m, Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
The 21-year-old will add a new dimension to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack this season after United finally got his man after a prolonged interest in the player. Sancho has grown to be one of the most exciting young players in the world over the past few years and much is expected of him in his first season in the Premier League.
8. Nicolas Pepe – £ 72 million, Lille to Arsenal
Pepe had an outstanding season with Lille in 2018/19, scoring 23 goals and recording 12 assists in 41 games, leading Arsenal to pay a hefty fee for his services. Two seasons later, we haven’t replicated those numbers in the Premier League yet. Its value would have fallen immensely during this time.
9. Kepa Arrizabalaga – £ 71.6m, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea
The goalkeeper arrived on the eve of Thibaut Courtois’ departure from Stamford Bridge in 2018 but has yet to climb the heights of his predecessor. He remains a Chelsea player but has fallen behind the formidable Edouard Mendy, who was picked up at the start of the 20/21 season for just £ 22m.
10. Alvaro Morata – £ 70m, Real Madrid to Chelsea
Chelsea signed Morata on a five-year contract with Real Madrid for a club record deal that eventually rose to £ 70m. The forward started well at Stamford Bridge, scoring six goals in his first six Premier League games, but had a tough end to the season, scoring only once in 2018.