You get what you pay for. Unfortunately this is not always true in football. For every Sergio Aguero there is an Andy Carroll. Tottenham fans can tell you that paying £26 million for Roberto Soldado instead of promoting Harry Kane from the youth system is also not good business.
Without further ado let’s take a look at the 11 Most Expensive Premier League Transfers Ever;
1. Angel Di Maria – £59.7million, Real Madrid to Manchester United
United made a massive signal of intent with the signing of Angel Di Maria in the summer of 2014. Due to the poor season United endured under David Moyes, new boss Louis Van Gaal was given a massive budget to regain United’s authority in the Premier League and Angel Di Maria was their star signing. Unfortunately di Maria never settled in Manchester and was sold at a big loss to PSG the following season.
2. Kevin De Bruyne- £55 million, Wolfsburg to Manchester City
Manchester City splashed the cash to land Chelsea reject Kevin De Bruyne for a staggering club record of £55 million. De Bruyne had a successful first season in the blue half of Manchester, leading the Citizens to the Champions League semi-final. But the Belgian still has a lot to prove next season if he is to live up to his massive price tag.
3. Fernando Torres – £50million, Liverpool to Chelsea
This transfer still remains the biggest transfer between two English clubs as Fernando Torres looked to put his bad spell for Liverpool behind him and rejuvenate himself at Chelsea. Unfortunately for the Spaniard he never hit top form and joined AC Milan followed by a homecoming to boyhood club Atletico Madrid.
4. Mesut Ozil – £42.5million, Real Madrid to Arsenal
Arsenal were heavily criticised for not spending any money which is why the fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with Arsene Wenger. However, he surprised many by smashing Arsenal’s transfer record with the signing of German playmaker, Mesut Ozil last year. Hasn’t quite ignited the Premier League despite a very good start in 2013.
5. Sergio Aguero – £38million, Atletico Madrid to Manchester City
Aguero has completely justified his fee by scoring goals at will for City including the vital winner against QPR on the final day of the 2012 season that sealed Manchester City’s first ever Premier League title. Despite suffering from a series of injuries of late, the Argentine forward is regarded as one of the world’s best forwards.
6. Juan Mata – £37.1million, Chelsea to Manchester United
The most expensive signing of David Moyes reign in the 2014 January transfer window was meant to change United’s season around but even Mata couldn’t spark their season despite a late flurry of goals towards the end of the season. The little Spaniard has the ability to lock any defence but like Ozil, hasn’t quite delivered on a consistent basis.
7. Andy Carroll – £35million, Newcastle United to Liverpool
The most shocking to make the list is the £35million that Kenny Dalgish splashed out for Newcastle United centre forward, Andy Carroll. He was signed alongside Luis Suarez and what contrasting careers they both encountered at Anfield. Carroll only has one dimension of playing which didn’t suit Liverpool and was later sold to West Ham for half the price they paid.
8. Alexis Sanchez – £35million, Barcelona to Arsenal
Chilean World Cup star Alexis Sanchez, looks as though he could be a real coup for Arsenal. Not a natural centre forward but more than scores his fair share of goals from wide positions. Has tremendous pace and dribbling ability which will make him an instant hit in the Premier League.
9. Fernandinho – £35million, ShakhtarDonestk to Manchester City
The combative midfielder is another one of Man City’s overpriced signings. Due to their financial power, clubs know they can charge City extra and they certainly had to pay for the Brazilians services. He has adapted very well after plying his trade in the Ukrainian top tier for several seasons and his move to Europe has earned him more recognition for his national side.
10. Diego Costa – £32million, Atletico Madrid to Chelsea
Looks to be the signing of the season thus far after taking the Premier League by storm. His performances for Atletico Madrid virtually won them the La Liga and almost capped it off with the Champions League. A wholehearted centre forward whose bullish mentality will make him one of the most feared strikers in England.
11. Eden Hazard – £32million, Lille to Chelsea
The most expensive signing by an English club to a French club is the signing of Eden Hazard. The tricky winger boasts a staggering turn of speed and has proved very successful with the Chelsea fans in the past couple of seasons. Led the Blues to the Premier League trophy in 2015 under the ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho.
Who was the biggest bargain in the 11 Most Expensive Premier League Transfers Ever?
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