Most Expensive Transfers Of The Transfer Window
In the last 10 years, the money in football has increased tenfold, which in turn has massively increased transfer prices. Even since 2009, the highest transfer fee in world football has increased from £80m to £198m. There have been 3 transfers over £100 in the last 12 months alone. Now that transfer fees have gotten so high, it almost becomes a contest to see who can have the biggest signing of a transfer window. It is seen as an opportunity to show off a clubs financial strength. To see who comes out of the transfer window with the highest transfer total, Bet UK will be keeping a list of all the highest transfers of the 2018 summer transfer window.
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid to Juventus - £88.5m
After 9 years at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his move to Juventus in early July. The 33 year old scored over a goal a game during his time in the Spanish capital, and will be hoping for similar success in Turin. £88.5m is the highest fee ever commanded by a player older than 30, as well as the highest fee ever paid by an Italian club. However, with an estimated 520,000 ‘Ronaldo’ shirts already sold, it shouldn't take long for some of that fee to be repaid.
Kepa Arrizabalaga - Athletic Bilbao - £71m
It's been a goalkeeping roundabout in this year's transfer window! Ever since the World Cup came to an end, Thibaut Courtois has been linked with a Real Madrid move, causing Chelsea to scramble to find a replacement. With just 1 day left of the window, Mauricio Sarri ended up with Kepa Arrizabalaga. The 23 year old was close to joining Real Madrid himself in January, but a proposed move fell through. Arrizabalaga is a full Spanish international and has been Bilbao's first choice striker for a couple of years now. If Chelsea had more time to negotiate a deal, they perhaps would have gone for someone more experienced, but Kepa could prove to be a good piece of business in a few years time.
Allison - Roma to Liverpool - £67m
The Brazilian goalkeeper who managed to keep Ederson on the bench throughout the World Cup has finally completed his move to Anfield. Allison had continously been linked with a Liverpool transfer, but was also attracted interest from other clubs around Europe.. Jurgen Klopp decided to break the transfer record for a goalkeeper for Allison, who looked like he might be heading to Real Madrid at one point. Liverpool fans will be hoping that Allison can sure up the defence and replace Loris Karius, who made just a couple of high profile mistakes last year...
Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City to Manchester City - £60m
After 2 windows full of speculation for Riyad Mahrez, he has finally completed his move to Manchester City. Since Leicester City won the league in 2016, Mahrez has been continously linked with a Manchester City transfer. With N’Golo Kante leaving the club directly after the league win, Mahrez became increasingly frustrated with not being allowed to leave himself. The Algerian scored 12 goals last year, his second best return in the Premier League, but more will be expected of him from Pep Guardiola.
Thomas Lemar - Monaco to Atletico Madrid - £52.7m
Thomas Lemar was constantly linked to Premier League clubs throughout the 2017 window, as well as in January, but Atletico Madrid have swooped in to sign the young French winger. Part of the astonishing Monaco side that reached the Champions League semi final in 2017, Lemar was one of the few remaining before his move to Spain. Atletico are hoping to repeat their title win of 2016, with Simeone hoping Lemar will be the final piece of his puzzle. Alongside Costa and Griezmann, a formidable attacking trio could be forming in Madrid.
Jorginho - Napoli to Chelsea - £50.4m
Following Mauricio Sarri’s move from Napoli to Chelsea, it was almost a formality that Jorginho would follow him. Seemingly stealing Jorginho from under the noses of Guardiola and Manchester City, Sarri has made a huge statement with his first Chelsea signing. The Brazilian midfielder could be a perfect replacement for N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman is reportedly a target for Barcelona, although it remains to be seen whether or not that deal will come to fruition.
Richarlison - Watford to Everton - £50m
Marco Silva's reign has finally begun with his first Everton transfer signing. The young brazilian has followed his old manager to Goodison Park, hoping to rediscover the form that had him linked with a Manchester United transfer early last season. Richarlison has described Silva as a 'father figure' so it's no true surprise that he wanted the move to Everton. The only real shock is the price tag. At the start of last season, Richarlison looked like he could be a world beater, but his form was dramatically worse after Christmas. If Everton fans are to be happy with his move, Richarlison will have to perform like he did at the start of his Premier League career.
Fred - Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United - 43.7m
Fred was one of the first major deals to be completed. Before a ball was even kicked at the 2018 World Cup, Fred had already announced his completed Manchester United transfer. Another midfielder who was widely sought after, the Brazilian was even thought to have completed a Liverpool medical. In the end, it was Manchester United who completed the deal, with Jose Mourinho stating how important it was to finalise the deal before Fred appeared at the World Cup with Brazil.
Vinicius Junior - Flamengo to Real Madrid - £40.2m
A relatively unknown player, Vinicius Junior becomes one of the most expensive teenagers of all time following his move to Real Madrid. In fact the deal was officially agreed in the summer of 2017, but could not be completed until the player turned 18 in July. With only 37 appearances under his belt for Flamengo, this could be a huge gamble by Madrid. To part with £40m for a player who has only scored 14 goals at club level could prove to be a costly mistake. But, Florentino Perez must be trusted to make the right choice. Vinicius Junior could even be the star of the new Galacticos that Perez wants to bring to Real Madrid.
Fabinho - Monaco to Liverpool - £40m
Another completed Liverpool transfer on this list, the deal came from relatively nowhere. Fabinho joined Liverpool just hours after any interest was reported from the press. Another player from Monaco’s title winning side, Fabinho leaves the south of France after 3 years and over 100 games. A hard hitting defensive midfielder, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that Fabinho can play a similar role to Emre Can, who left Anfield to join Juventus. Alongside Naby Keita, Fabinho will help form a new look Liverpool midfield that could push them closer in the title race.
Joao Cancelo - Valencia to Juventus - £35.5m
Joao Cancelo is a versatile player who can play anywhere down the right hand side of the pitch. On loan at Inter Milan last season, Cancelo caught the eye of Max Allegri and Juventus. Joining from Valencia, Cancelo might well be the replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner. After Dani Alves’ departure to Paris St Germain, the right back role has been relatively exposed so Allegri will be hoping the Cancelo can fill this void as Juventus look for their 8th Scudetto in a row.
Arthur - Gremio to Barcelona - £35.5m
Another youngster joining the Spanish league from Brazil, Arthur is a midfielder who is be hoping to be a mainstay in the Barcelona team for years to come. Joining for just over £35m, Arthur will be expected to fill the void left by Andres Iniesta almost immediately. The 21 year old has attracted interest from a number of different European clubs, but following Iniesta’s exit, it was Barcelona who finally made a move.
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