The 20 biggest transfers in the world in the 2024 summer transfer window

The most expensive transfers of the summer 2024.
The most expensive transfers of the summer 2024.

There are already some massive transfers that have been confirmed and will go through this summer, with Real Madrid spending an initial £40m on a teenager.

Players are ranked by size of the initial fee, with add-ons stated.


1) Endrick (Palmeiras to Real Madrid) – £40m plus add-ons
This fee could change as more details emerge because reports have put the initial fee Real Madrid agreed to pay the Brazilian club over 18 months ago anywhere between £30m and £50m. We are going with the transfermarkt version for now and the truth may never actually emerge. What we do know is that Endrick signs for Real Madrid as soon as he turns 18 and that Brazil bloody loves him.


2) Igor Thiago (Club Brugge to Brentford) – £30m
A transfer record broken for Brentford when the season was net yet over, the Bees proactively planning for the presumed departure of a forward who remains on their books. The 22-year-old cost £30m and scored 29 goals in 55 games for Club Brugge last season, providing a further six assists for the Belgian champions and Conference League semi-finalists. If he can replicate anything close to that form in England, the Brazilian will take Ivan Toney’s place whether he is sold or not.

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3) Lewis Hall (Chelsea to Newcastle United) – £28m rising to £35m
Would Newcastle have completed this transfer if it was not a mandatory part of the loan? We will never know. What we do know is that Hall started only eight Premier League games in his first season on Tyneside. What will encourage him and Newcastle is that seven of those starts came in the run-in.


4) Davide Frattesi (Sassoulo to Inter) – £23m rising to £28m
Some of those add-ons may already have been triggered after the central midfielder was a bit-part player (six starts) in Inter’s Serie A title win last season.


5) Luis Sinisterra (Leeds United to Bournemouth) – £20m
After making only seven Premier League starts in an injury-hit season, the Cherries were able to renegotiate with Leeds so they could make the Colombian’s loan move permanent.


6) Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Manchester City to Southampton) – £20m
There has been a procession of young Manchester City players to Southampton over the last two years but it’s telling that the England Under-21 stalwart was the only one to start the play-off final win over Leeds United. He has been at the heart of their promotion success and the Saints would consider him a £20m bargain to make the move permanent.

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7) Luis Guilherme (Palmeiras to West Ham United) – £19.5m rising to £25.5m
The first signing of the Julen Lopetegui era is a Brazilian teenage winger, who says West Ham “trusted in his work”. This is a very un-David Moyes signing so is definitely a sign of a new era.


8) Hiroki Ito (VfB Stuttgart to Bayern Munich) – £19.5m plus add-ons
The first signing of the Vincent Kompany era is a Japanese defender as Bayern hope to avoid the desperation of last season, when they were forced in a January move for Eric Dier.


9) Charles De Ketelaere (AC Milan to Atalanta) – £18.55m plus add-ons
The Belgian international has left AC Milan on a permanent deal two years after joining for over £30m following a loan spell that reaped 10 Serie A goals.


10) Matvey Safonov (Krasnodar to PSG) – £16.9m
The Russian goalkeeper has signed a five-year deal to presumably be a very expensive back-up to Gianluigi Donnarumma.


11) Ibrahim Osman (FC Nordsjaelland to Brighton) – £16m
Following the same path (Ghana’s Right to Dream academy to FC Nordsjaelland to Brighton) as Simon Adringra is the Ghanaian teenage forward who logged 10 goals and eight assists in all competitions last season.


12) Mike Tresor (Genk to Burnley) – £15.3m
Whoever succeeds Vincent Kompany as Burnley boss will inherit a tranche of talented but inconsistent wingers, including a Belgian who played 13 minutes of Premier League football from January onwards.


13) Aleix Garcia (Girona to Bayer Leverkusen) – £15.14m
Three years after joining the Spanish club on a free transfer from Manchester City, they make a tidy profit as he joins the Xabi Alonso project with the German champions.


14) Abdul Fatawu (Sporting to Leicester) – £14.5m
Whoever succeeds Enzo Maresca as Leicester boss will be rather happier to inherit Fatawu, who logged 13 assists in the Championship as the Foxes were promoted.


15) Hugo Ekitike (PSG to Eintracht Frankfurt) – £14m
PSG have taken a hit on the young French striker who scored four goals in the final five Bundesliga games of a half-season loan in Frankfurt as he hit his stride.


16) Cameron Archer (Sheffield United to Aston Villa) – £14m
Aston Villa were supposedly so convinced that Archer had a Premier League future that they sold him to Sheffield United for £18m but inserted a clause that they could buy him back for £14m if the Blades were relegated. They probably envisioned him doing rather better than four Premier League goals.


17) Vitinha (Marseille to Genoa) – £13.5m rising to £16.9m
Not the PSG midfielder currently starring at the Euros, but confusingly both also Portuguese and born about a month later. The forward scored six goals in 36 games this past season but Genoa saw enough – as did Marseille with a £33.8m buy-back clause.


18) Enes Unal (Getafe to Bournemouth) – £13m
They quietly spend rather a lot of money for a small club. And £13m of this summer’s budget has already gone on the Turkish striker who started only two Premier League games during a half-season loan.


19) Alvaro Djaló (Braga to Athletic) – £12.8m rising to £17m
Sixteen goals in all competitions have pushed Athletic to make the most expensive signing in their history, with Nico Williams likely to depart this summer in a transfer that will be quite a lot further up this list.


20) Jeanuel Belocian (Rennes to Leverkusen) – £12.8m
The first signing made by Double winners Leverkusen was that of teenage French defender Belocian on a five-year contract after just one full season in the Rennes first team.