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

Date published: Sunday 25th July 2021 6:20 - Ian Watson

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The current 20 PL clubs have made 193 £20m-plus signings. Two clubs are responsible for 69 of them, while Everton have made more than you think…

 

Burnley, Brentford, Norwich – 0
The Bees and Canaries are yet to spend even half the minimum required to register on this list. Burnley have stuck steadfastly to a £15million limit. 

 

Leeds United – 1
Rodrigo – £27m (August 2020)

Leeds broke the £20million barrier last summer. So far, due largely to injuries and Covid concerns, they haven’t seen value for money.

 

Southampton – 1
Danny Ings – £20m (July 2019)

Saints will be glad to get their money back on Ings this summer – most likely from Spurs – unless he does a U-turn and signs a new deal at St Mary’s.

 

Watford – 1
Ismaila Sarr – £27m (July 2019)

Under-used in the Premier League but 13 goals and 10 assists in the Championship suggested that will not be the case this time around.

 

Brighton – 3
Adam Webster – £20m (August 2019)
Neal Maupay – £20m (August 2019)
Enock Mwepu – £20.7m (July 2021)

Brighton got a taste for spending big two summers ago. Three days after smashing their transfer record with Webster, they spent the same again on Maupay. And now comes Zambian Mwepu.

 


Every completed Premier League transfer this summer


 

Crystal Palace – 3
Christian Benteke – £27m (August 2016)
Mamadou Sakho – £26m (August 2017)
Marc Guehi – £21m (July 2021)

Palace have been far too kind to Liverpool, depositing the equivalent of Naby Keita into the Reds’ coffers. Eberechi Eze came in at a shade until £20million, apparently.  

 

Wolves – 3
Raul Jimenez – £30m (June 2018)
Fabio Silva – £35.6m (September 2020)
Nelson Semedo – £28m (September 2020)

Stinks of Jorge Mendes …

 

Newcastle – 3
Miguel Almiron – £21m (January 2019)
Joelinton – £40m (July 2019)
Callum Wilson – £20m (September 2020)

It took until halfway through their 24th Premier League campaign for Newcastle to join this particular party. We still want to see the scouting reports on Joelinton. 

 

Aston Villa – 4
Wesley Moraes – £22m (June 2019)
Tyrone Mings – £20m (July 2019)
Ollie Watkins – £28m (September 2020)
Emi Buendia – £35m (June 2021)

Villa would love to make Emile Smith Rowe their fifth signing above £20million. They’d have to make him their record signing to tempt Arsenal, though.

 


The transfer record progression of every Premier League club


 

West Ham – 7
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)
Sebastien Haller – £45m (July 2019)
Said Benrahma – £25m (January 2021)

The Hammers will surely add at least one more £20m-plus signing since they so badly need a centre-forward. And certainly if they want Jesse Lingard permanently. 

 

Leicester City – 10
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)
Ayoze Perez – £30m (July 2019)
Youri Tielemans – £40m (July 2019)
Timothy Castagne – £21.5m (September 2020)
Wesley Fofana – £30m (October 2020)
Patson Daka – £23m (June 2021)

Leicester are pretty good at this transfer business. Getting Boubakary Soumare for under £20million could be a stroke of genius too.

 

Arsenal – 12
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)
William Saliba – £27m (July 2019)
Nicolas Pepe – £72m (August 2019)
Kieran Tierney – £25, (August 2019)
Gabriel Magalhaes – £23.1m (September, 2020),
Thomas Partey – £45m (October 2020)

Arsenal could go above £20million numerous times this summer – they certainly need to. Only Nuno Tavares through the door so far, though…

 

Tottenham – 12
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)
Tanguy Ndombele – £53.7m (July 2019)
Ryan Sessegnon – £25m (August 2019)
Steven Bergwijn – £27m (January 2020)
Giovani Lo Celso – £28.8m (July 2020)
Sergio Reguilon – £27m (September 2020)

When they started spending again, they really started spending again. At least they might have a Harry Kane-sized windfall to fritter away this summer. 

 

Everton – 19
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)
Andre Gomes – £22m (June 2019)
Jean-Philippe Gbamin – £25m (August 2019)
Moise Kean – £25.1m (August 2019)
Alex Iwobi – £28m (August 2019)
Allan – £21m (September 2020)
James Rodriguez – £22m (September 2020)
Abdoulaye Doucoure – £20m (September 2020)
Ben Godfrey – £25m (October 2020)

That’s a whole lot of money to achieve mediocrity. And Rafa will need another massive wedge this summer

 

Liverpool – 21
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)
Thiago Alcantara – £20m (September 2020)
Diogo Jota – £45m (September 2020)
Ibrahima Konate – £36m (June 2020)

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 rather better since.

 


Love it or list it: One per club with one year on contract


 

Manchester United – 25
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)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £50m (June 2019)
Harry Maguire – £80m (August 2019)
Bruno Fernandes – £47m (January 2020)
Donny van de Beek – £35m (September 2020)
Jadon Sancho – £76.5m (July 2021)

Maybe Raphael Varane to come next. And a midfielder, if they’ve got any sense.

 

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Chelsea – 34
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)
Mateo Kovacic – £40m (July 2019)
Hakim Ziyech – £36m (July 2020)
Timo Werner – £47.7m (July 2020)
Ben Chilwell – £45m (August 2020)
Kai Havertz (£71m, September 2020)
Edouard Mendy (£22m, September 2020).

Erling Haaland next?

 

Manchester City – 35
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)
Rodri – £62.8m (July 2019)
João Cancelo – £60m (August 2019)
Ferran Torres – £20.9m (August 2020)
Nathan Ake – £41m (August 2020)
Ruben Dias – £62m (September 2020)

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