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The most expensive summer signings so far; as the big clubs splash the cash

botchway July 12, 2019


There is still over a month of the summer transfer left but already Europe’s big clubs have been splashing the cash on new talent. We select the most expensive transfer XI from the main summer moves so far;

Jasper Cillessen- £31m; Barcelona to Valencia 

Valencia completed the signing of Holland goalkeeper Cillessen from their La Liga rivals Barcelona, paying around £31m.

With Valencia set to return to the Champions League next season, the 30-year-old’s experience will come in useful.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka-£50m; Crystal Palace to Manchester United 

One of the hottest prospects in English football, who only made his senior debut at Crystal Palace in February last year.

Now he is a £50m right-back that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pinned Manchester United’s rebirth on.

Lucas Hernandez-£68m; Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich 

Bayern aren’t considered one of the big spenders when compared to the other European heavyweights, but they shelled out £68m to bolster their back line with the signing of Lucas Hernandez.

The German champions will hope the French World Cup winner will strengthen their chances of returning to the top in Europe.

Eder Militao-£45m; Porto to Real Madrid 

Money is no object for Real Madrid this summer after they failed both in La Liga and the Champions League last season.

Eder Militao, the Brazilian centre-back, is one of a number of eye-catching and expensive signings ordered by manager Zinedine Zidane.

Ferland Mendy-£49m; Lyon to Real Madrid 

The downturn in Marcelo’s form presented Zinedine Zidane with a problem this summer.

Real Madrid’s acquisition of the £49m Lyon left-back solves that and at 24 there is plenty more still to come from Mendy.

Rodri-£63m; Atletico Madrid to Manchester City 

How to improve upon a domestic treble? With midfield players like Fernandinho and David Silva in the autumn of their careers Pep Guardiola has moved swiftly this summer.

Breaking Manchester City’s transfer record at £63m is a great show of faith in the talents of the former Atletico Madrid star.

Frenkie de Jong-£65m; Ajax to Barcelona

The agreement was completed back in January but Barcelona only got to officially unveil de Jong this week following a £65m deal with Ajax.

One of the most highly-regarded midfielders in the world, de Jong, 22, will certainly add something even to the Barcelona team

Tanguy Ndombele-£65m; Lyon to Tottenham Hotspur 

Tottenham waited some 18 months to make a transfer before unveiling two in one day.

Expectations are high for Ndombele – Spurs’ record signing at £65m – whose all-action style so impressed at Lyon.

Joao Felix-£114m; Benfica to Atletico Madrid 

Quite possibly the most exciting teenage talent in world football. Less than 12 months after his professional debut, the 19-year-old is now the fifth most expensive footballer in history.

Luka Jovic-£62m; Eintracht Frankfurt to Real Madrid 

An extraordinary season at Frankfurt culminated in a mammoth £62m move to Real Madrid for Luka Jovic.

After 25 goals last season he will be expected to chip in similar numbers by Zidane this term.

Eden Hazard-£150m; Chelsea to Real Madrid 

It finally happened. Eden Hazard had been fluttering his eyelashes at Real Madrid for almost 12 months, and finally his dream move came to fruition.

The Belgian has commanded a £150m fee but there is no doubting his pedigree and appetite for the glamour of the Bernabeu.


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