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

Date published: Friday 28th August 2020 7:29

The current 20 PL clubs have made 169 £20m-plus signings. There's a Big Two.

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The current 20 PL clubs have made 169 £20m-plus signings. There’s very much a Big Two in terms of spending. Everton, though…

 

Burnley, Leeds United and West Brom – 0

They are all stuck in the £15-18m bracket of record signings. Leeds are the likeliest smashers of that particular ceiling.

 

Brighton – 1
Adam Webster – £20m (August 2019)

What an incredibly underwhelming way to break your transfer record.

 

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

Living proof that it pays to spend on quality.

 

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.

 

Fulham – 2
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa – £22.8m (August 2018)
Aleksandar Mitrović – £22m (July 2018)

One of those signings went rather better than the other.

 

Sheffield United – 2
Sander Berge – £22m (January 2020)
Oliver McBurnie – £20m (July 2019)

We await proof that Chris Wilder can spend big money well.

 

Newcastle – 2
Miguel Almiron – £21m (January 2019)
Joelinton – £40m (July 2019)

It took until halfway through their 24th Premier League campaign for Newcastle to join this particular party. And then once they popped…

 

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. They will have to smash it again if they want Liverpool target Ismaila Sarr.

 

Aston Villa – 2
Wesley Moraes – £22m (June 2019)
Tyrone Mings – £20m (July 2019)

Expect them to do the same again after a season when they only just survived.

 

West Ham – 6
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)

All that money spent and West Ham still ended the season with Michail Antonio up front. And he was brilliant.

 

Leicester City – 7
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)

They’re pretty good at this transfer business

 

Arsenal – 10
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)

It starts to make sense why they cannot really compete.

 

Tottenham – 11
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)

When they started spending again, they really started spending again.

 

Everton – 15
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)

That’s a whole lot of money to achieve mediocrity.

 

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 rather better since.

 

Manchester United – 23
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)

And there will be many, many more to come.

 

Chelsea – 32
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)

The last ten years have been astonishingly prolific.

 
Manchester City – 34
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)

The last ten years have been even more astonishingly prolific.

 

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