Every £20m+ signing ever made by a Premier League club

Date published: Friday 14th June 2019 8:25

The current 20 PL clubs have made 137 £20m-plus signings. Liverpool are catching up Man United…

 

Brighton, Burnley, Norwich, Sheffield United, Southampton and Watford – 0

The most they have spent on any one player respectively is £17m, £15m, £9.1m, £4.1m, £19m and £18.5m. Some have come a little closer than others.

 

Aston Villa – 1
Wesley Moraes – £22m (June 2019)

Welcome to the club, fellas.

 

Newcastle – 1
Miguel Almiron – £21m (January 2019)

It took until halfway through their 24th Premier League campaign for Newcastle to join this particular party. Has anyone thanked Mike Ashley yet?

 

Wolves – 1
Raul Jimenez – £30m (June 2018)

The moral of the story here is to score 17 goals, assist eight and wear a superhero mask in your first season in English football.

 

Bournemouth – 2
Nathan Ake – £20m (June 2017)
Jefferson Lerma – £25m (August 2018)

Bournemouth have happily spent £20m or more on any one player in both of their last two summer transfer windows. It’s a shame Dominic Solanke narrowly missed out in the winter.

 

Crystal Palace – 2
Christian Benteke – £27m (August 2016)
Mamadou Sakho – £26m (August 2017)

Crystal Palace more than doubled their club-record fee when signing Benteke from Liverpool. They then gave the same club almost as much for Sakho. Liverpool will be hoping they like the look of Adam Lallana next.

 

Leicester – 5
Islam Slimani – £29m (August 2016)
Kelechi Iheanacho – £25m (August 2017)
Adrien Silva – £22m (January 2018)
Ricardo Pereira – £22m (May 2018)
James Maddison – £20m (June 2018)

Three absolute failures and two bona fide bargains make a mockery of any potential middle ground. Youri Tielemans would surely even out that score if he made his loan move permanent.

 

West Ham – 5
Andre Ayew – £20m (August 2016)
Marko Arnautovic – £20m (August 2017)
Issa Diop – £22m (June 2018)
Felipe Anderson – £36m (July 2018)
Pablo Fornals – £24m (June 2019)

Since the summer of 2016, West Ham have made as many signings of £20m or more as…

 

Arsenal – 7
Mesut Ozil – £42.4m (September 2013)
Alexis Sanchez – £35m (July 2014)
Granit Xhaka – £33.8m (May 2016)
Shkodran Mustafi – £35m (August 2016)
Alexandre Lacazette – £47m (July 2017)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £55m (January 2018)
Lucas Torreira – £26m (July 2018)

Arsenal waited a while to tentatively jump on the bandwagon. Considering their relatively meagre transfer budget, Lucas Torreira might top the list for quite some time.

 

Tottenham – 7
Roberto Soldado – £26m (August 2013)
Erik Lamela – £25.8m (August 2013)
Heung-min Son – £22m (August 2015)
Moussa Sissoko – £30m (September 2016)
Serge Aurier – £22m (August 2017)
Davinson Sanchez – £37m (August 2017)
Lucas Moura – £20m (January 2018)

Each of these deals were completed around a week before the end of the transfer window. Good old Daniel Levy…

 

Everton – 11
Romelu Lukaku – £28m (July 2014)
Yannick Bolasie – £25m (August 2016)
Morgan Schneiderlin – £24m (January 2017)
Jordan Pickford – £25m (June 2017)
Davy Klaassen – £23.6m (June 2017)
Michael Keane – £25m (July 2017)
Gylfi Sigurdsson – £45m (August 2017)
Cenk Tosun – £27m (January 2018)
Theo Walcott – £20m (January 2018)
Richarlison – £35m (July 2018)
Yerry Mina – £27.1m (August 2018)

Everton only recently realised they could spend a load of money themselves instead of waiting for everyone else to do it, then bringing them in for a relative pittance five years later.

 

Liverpool – 18
Fernando Torres – £20m (July 2007)
Alberto Aquilani – £20m (August 2009)
Luis Suarez – £22.3m (January 2011)
Andy Carroll – £35m (January 2011)
Stewart Downing – £20m (July 2011)
Adam Lallana – £25m (July 2014)
Lazar Markovic – £20m (July 2014)
Dejan Lovren – £20m (July 2014)
Roberto Firmino – £29m (June 2015)
Christian Benteke – £32.5m (July 2015)
Sadio Mane – £34m (June 2016)
Georginio Wijnaldum – £25m (July 2016)
Mohamed Salah – £34.3m (June 2017)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £35m (August 2017)
Virgil van Dijk – £70m (January 2018)
Naby Keita – £53m (July 2018)
Fabinho – £43.7m (July 2018)
Alisson – £56m (July 2018)

It is still hilarious that Stewart Downing was so utterly sh*t that Liverpool refused to spend such a fee on anyone for another three years and six transfer windows. It’s gone well as of late.

 

Manchester United – 20
Juan Sebastian Veron – £28.1m (July 2001)
Rio Ferdinand – £30m (July 2002)
Wayne Rooney – £27m (September 2004)
Dimitar Berbatov – £30.75m (September 2008)
Robin van Persie – £22m (August 2012)
Marouane Fellaini – £27.5m (September 2013)
Juan Mata – £37.1m (January 2014)
Ander Herrera – £29m (June 2014)
Luke Shaw – £27m (June 2014)
Angel di Maria – £59.7m (August 2014)
Memphis Depay – £25m (June 2015)
Morgan Schneiderlin – £25m (July 2015)
Anthony Martial – £36.7m (September 2015)
Eric Bailly – £30m (June 2016)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – £26.3m (July 2016)
Paul Pogba – £89.3m (August 2016)
Victor Lindelof – £30.75m (June 2017)
Romelu Lukaku – £76m (July 2017)
Nemanja Matic – £40m (August 2017)
Fred – £52m (June 2018)

That perch is in jeopardy. Sir Alex Ferguson contributed five of these players, David Moyes provided two and Louis van Gaal bought six. Jose Mourinho accounts for the other seven, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yet to break his duck.

 

Chelsea – 28
Didier Drogba – £24m (July 2004)
Shaun Wright-Phillips – £21m (July 2005)
Michael Essien – £24.4m (August 2005)
Andriy Shevchenko – £30.8m (May 2006)
Fernando Torres – £50m (January 2011)
David Luiz – £21.3m (February 2011)
Juan Mata – £23.5m (August 2011)
Romelu Lukaku – £20m (August 2011)
Eden Hazard – £32m (June 2012)
Oscar – £25m (July 2012)
Willian – £30m (August 2013)
Nemanja Matic – £21m (January 2014)
Cesc Fabregas – £30m (June 2014)
Diego Costa – £32m (July 2014)
Juan Cuadrado – £23.3m (February 2015)
Pedro – £21m (August 2015)
Michy Batshuayi – £32.3m (July 2016)
N’Golo Kante – £30m (July 2016)
Marcos Alonso – £24m (August 2016)
David Luiz – £34m (August 2016)
Tiemoue Bakayoko – £36m (August 2017)
Antonio Rudiger – £31m (August 2017)
Alvaro Morata – £57m (August 2017)
David Zappacosta – £25m (August 2017)
Danny Drinkwater – £34m (August 2017)
Jorginho – £57m (July 2018)
Kepa Arrizabalaga – £71m (August 2018)
Christian Pulisic – £58m (January 2019)

The last year Chelsea did not pay £20m or more on any one player was 2010. It is no coincidence that they stopped throwing copious amounts of money at people after Andriy Shevchenko’s spell.

 

Manchester City – 30
Robinho – £32.5m (September 2008)
Carlos Tevez – £25.5m (July 2009)
Emmanuel Adebayor – £25m (July 2009)
Joleon Lescott – £22m (August 2009)
Yaya Toure – £24m (July 2010)
David Silva – £24m (July 2010)
Mario Balotelli – £22.5m (August 2010)
James Milner – £26m (August 2010)
Edin Dzeko – £27m (January 2011)
Sergio Aguero – £38m (July 2011)
Samir Nasri – £25m (August 2011)
Fernandinho – £34m (June 2013)
Alvaro Negredo – £20m (July 2013)
Stevan Jovetic – £22m (July 2013)
Eliaquim Mangala – £42m (August 2014)
Wilfried Bony – £25m (January 2015)
Raheem Sterling – £44m (July 2015)
Nicolas Otamendi – £32m (August 2015)
Kevin de Bruyne – £55m (August 2015)
Ilkay Gundogan – £21m (June 2016)
Leroy Sane – £37m (August 2016)
John Stones – £47.5m (August 2016)
Gabriel Jesus – £27m (January 2017)
Bernardo Silva – £43m (June 2017)
Ederson – £34.9m (June 2017)
Kyle Walker – £50m (July 2017)
Danilo – £37m (July 2017)
Benjamin Mendy – £51m (July 2017)
Aymeric Laporte – £57.2m (January 2018)
Riyad Mahrez – £60m (July 2018)

That Eliaquim Mangala fee remains hilarious.

 

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