Man United have longest-standing transfer record as Liverpool and Man City dominance laid bare

Date published: Friday 3rd June 2022 5:30 - Matthew Stead

Paul Pogba and Youri Tielemans

The current longest-standing transfer record in the Premier League belongs to Man United. Even Nottingham Forest broke theirs more recently.


Andrei Arshavin – £15m (Zenit St Petersburg, February 2009)

Mesut Ozil – £42.5m (Real Madrid, September 2013)

Alexandre Lacazette – £46.5m (Lyon, July 2017)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £55.5m (Borussia Dortmund, January 2018)

Nicolas Pepe – £72m (Lille, August 2019)

Four of those players subsequently leaving on a free transfer bodes well for Nicolas Pepe and reflects wonderfully on Arsenal.


Stewart Downing – £12m (Middlesbrough, July 2009)

Darren Bent – £18m (Sunderland, January 2011)

Wesley Moraes – £22m (Club Brugge, June 2019)

Ollie Watkins – £28m (Brentford, September 2020)

Emi Buendia – £30m plus add-ons (Norwich, June 2021)

Neither Philippe Coutinho (£17m) nor Diego Carlos (£26m) could quite topple their new teammate.


Tyrone Mings – £8m (Ipswich, June 2015)

Benik Afobe – £10m (Wolves, January 2016)

Jordon Ibe – £15m (Liverpool, July 2016)

Nathan Ake – £20m (Chelsea, June 2017)

Jefferson Lerma – £25m (Levante, August 2018)

Eddie Howe was given all the Bournemouth money. It’s little wonder Newcastle wanted him.


Mathias Jensen – £3.5m (Celta Vigo, July 2019)

Pontus Jansson – £5.5m (Leeds United, July 2019)

Bryan Mbeumo – £5.85m (Troyes, August 2019)

Ivan Toney – £5m rising to £10m with add-ons (Peterborough, September 2020)

Kristoffer Ajer – £13.5m (Celtic, July 2021)

A January approach for Brennan Johnson would have broken new ground for Brentford, who will surely try and test their imperious recent history when it comes to record signings this summer.

Kristoffer Ajer celebrates during a win against Arsenal


Davy Propper – £10m (PSV, August 2017)

Jose Izquierdo – £13.5m (Club Brugge, August 2017)

Jurgen Locadia – £14m (PSV, January 2018)

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – £17m (AZ Alkmaar, July 2018)

Adam Webster – £20m (Bristol City, August 2019)

There were claims around the time that Enock Mwepu’s signing represented the new record, but they remain unconfirmed. One thing is for certain: Brighton are good at this.


Fernando Torres – £50m (Liverpool, January 2011)

Alvaro Morata – £58m (Real Madrid, July 2017)

Kepa Arrizabalaga – £71m (Athletic Bilbao, August 2018)

Kai Havertz – £75.8m (Leverkusen, September 2020)

Romelu Lukaku – £97.5m (Inter Milan, August 2021)

Todd Boehly be warned: Chelsea are not great at spending big money.


Dwight Gayle – £4.5m (Peterborough, July 2013)

James McArthur – £7m (Wigan, September 2014)

Yohan Cabaye – £10m (PSG, July 2015)

Andros Townsend – £13m (Newcastle, July 2016)

Christian Benteke – £27m (Liverpool, August 2016)

Patrick Vieira was given a sizeable budget of over £60m in his first Crystal Palace season but the boring sod decided to spread the fees around.


Yakubu Aiyegbini – £11.3m (Middlesbrough, August 2007)

Marouane Fellaini – £15m (Standard Liege, September 2008)

Romelu Lukaku – £28m (Chelsea, July 2014)

Jordan Pickford – £30m (Sunderland, June 2017)

Gylfi Sigurdsson – £45m (Swansea, August 2017)

The most mixed of bags, which is actually a positive for Everton when it comes to money.


One player per Premier League club the ‘big six’ should attempt to sign this summer


Steed Malbranque – £4.5m (Lyon, July 2001)

Edwin van der Sar – £7m (Juventus, August 2001)

Steve Marlet – £11.5m (Lyon, August 2001)

Konstantinos Mitroglou – £12m (Olympiakos, January 2014)

Jean Michaël Seri – £25m (Nice, July 2018)

Despite playing 33 games in the Championship this season, Seri will be leaving upon the expiration of his contract this summer. Steed Malbranque could probably still do a job.


Tomas Brolin – £4.5m (Parma, November 1995)

Michael Bridges – £5.6m (Sunderland, July 1999)

Olivier Dacourt – £7.2m (Lens, July 2000)

Rio Ferdinand – £18m (West Ham, November 2000)

Rodrigo – £27m (Valencia, August 2020)

It took Leeds 20 years to break their transfer record. Brenden Aaronson falls just short of the mark.


Nampalys Mendy – £13m (Nice, July 2016)

Ahmed Musa – £16m (CSKA Moscow, July 2016)

Islam Slimani – £29.7m (Sporting, September 2016)

Ayoze Perez – £30m (Newcastle, July 2019)

Youri Tielemans – £40m (Monaco, July 2019)

The Foxes had some fun in the months after being crowned Premier League champions, then again during their first summer under Brendan Rodgers.


Fernando Torres – £20.2m (Atletico Madrid, July 2007)

Luis Suarez – £22.7m (Ajax, January 2011)

Andy Carroll – £35m (Newcastle, January 2011)

Mo Salah – £36.9m (Roma, June 2017)

Virgil van Dijk – £75m (Southampton, January 2018)

Getting one record signing right is tough. Four out of the last five is witchcraft.


Aymeric Laporte – £57.2m (Athletic Bilbao, January 2018)

Riyad Mahrez – £60m (Leicester, July 2018)

Rodri – £62.8m (Atletico Madrid, July 2019)

Ruben Dias – £64.3m (Benfica, September 2020)

Jack Grealish – £100m (Aston Villa, August 2021)

The hope for Manchester City is that Jack Grealish can make it a full house after the traditional transitional Pep year.


Rio Ferdinand – £29.3m (Leeds, July 2002)

Dimitar Berbatov – £30.8m (Tottenham, September 2008)

Juan Mata – £37.1m (Chelsea, January 2014)

Angel di Maria – £59.7m (Real Madrid, August 2014)

Paul Pogba – £89.3m (Juventus, August 2016)

Man United set the longest-standing current Premier League transfer record such time ago that the subject of that signing has left as a free agent again.


Faustino Asprilla – £6.7m (Parma, February 1996)

Alan Shearer – £15m (Blackburn, July 1996)

Michael Owen – £16m (Real Madrid, August 2005)

Miguel Almiron – £20m (Atlanta United, January 2019)

Joelinton – £40m (Hoffenheim, July 2019)

It seems that add-ons could take the Bruno Guimaraes fee above that of his fellow elite Brazilian central midfielder. Both are likely to be blown out of the water by that point anyway.


Teddy Sheringham – £2m (Millwall, July 1991)

Kevin Campbell – £3m (Arsenal, July 1995)

Pierre van Hooijdonk – £4.5m (Celtic, March 1997)

Britt Assombalonga – £5.5m (Peterborough, August 2014)

Joao Carvalho – £13.2m (Benfica, June 2018)

They have every chance of staying up and the owner is willing to spend. Hopefully that’s better and not necessarily more, for Nottingham Forest’s sake.


Dani Osvaldo – £14.6m (Roma, August 2013)

Sofiane Boufal – £16m (Lille, August 2016)

Mario Lemina – £18.1m (Juventus, August 2017)

Guido Carillo – £19m (Monaco, January 2018)

Danny Ings – £20m (Liverpool, July 2019)

That shouldn’t fill Southampton supporters with much hope ahead of another possible rebuild.


Roberto Soldado – £26m (Valencia, August 2013)

Erik Lamela – £29m (Roma, August 2013)

Moussa Sissoko – £30m (Newcastle, September 2016)

Davinson Sanchez – £42m (Ajax, August 2017)

Tanguy Ndombele – £53.7m (Lyon, July 2019)

Daniel Levy used to love a late deal until Antonio Conte changed him. After all, it hardly worked with Ndombele.


Andy Carroll – £15m (Liverpool, June 2013)

Andre Ayew – £20.7m (Swansea, August 2016)

Marko Arnautovic – £25m (Stoke, August 2017)

Felipe Anderson – £36m (Lazio, July 2018)

Sebastien Haller – £45m (Eintracht Frankfurt, July 2019)

West Ham should stop breaking their transfer record and stick to signing players from the Czech league.


Ruben Neves – £15.8m (Porto, July 2017)

Rui Patricio – £16m (Sporting, June 2018)

Adama Traore – £18m (Middlesbrough, August 2018)

Raul Jimenez – £30m (Benfica, June 2019)

Fabio Silva – £35.6m (Porto, September 2020)

Jorge Mendes is a sod.

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