Most Expensive Football Club Player Transfers in History 2023

Most Expensive Club Transfers in Football History

Who are the Top Most Expensive Club Transfers in history? Most Expensive Football Player Transfers, Players that have broken the transfer record in recent times. Most expensive goalkeeper, Most expensive defender, Most expensive teenager

A transfer window is a period during the year in which a football club can transfer players from other playing staff into their playing staff. Such a transfer is completed by registering the player into the new club through FIFA.

One of the wildest transfer windows of all time was that of Neymar and Barcelona in 2017. Many of the transfers in the upcoming 2022/23 summer window are expected to make a big impact and some have the potential to do so.

Neymar’s move from Barcelona to PSG still remains the most expensive transfer deal in world football.

Top 50 Most Expensive Club Transfers

YearPlayers (Nation)Club TransferTransfer fee
2017Neymar (Brazil)Barcelona to PSG€222 million
2017Kylian Mbappe (France)Monaco to PSG€145 million (+€35m)
2019Joao Felix (Porugal)Benfica to Atletico Madrid€126 million
2018Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)Liverpool to Barcelona€120 million (+€40m)
2019Antoine Griezmann (France)Atletico Madrid to Barcelona€120 million
2021Jack Grealish (England)Aston Villa to Manchester City€117m
2021Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)Inter Milan to Chelsea€115m
2023Declan RiceWestham to Arsenal€105 million (+€45m)
2022Enzo Fernández Benfica to Chelsea€121 million
2017Ousmane Dembele (France)Dortmund to Barcelona€105 million (+€45m)
2016Paul Pogba (France)Juventus to Man United€105 million
2013Gareth Bale (Wales)Tottenham to Real Madrid€100.8 million
2018Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)Real Madrid to Juventus€100 million
2019Eden Hazard (Belgium)Chelsea to Real Madrid€100 million (+€40m)
2009Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)Man United to Real Madrid€94.4 million
2016Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)Napoli to Juventus€90 million
2019Harry Maguire (England)Leicester City to Man United€87.1 million
2013Neymar (Brazil)Santos to Barcelona€86.2 million
2021Jadon Sancho (England)Dortmund to Man United€85m
2017Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)Everton to Man United€84.8 million
2018Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands)Southampton to Liverpool€84.5 million
2014Luis Suarez (Uruguay)Liverpool to FC Barcelona€82.3 million
2014James Rodriguez (Colombia)Monaco to Real Madrid€80 million
2018Kepa Arrizabalaga  (Spain)Athletic Club to Chelsea€80 million
2019Lucas Hernandez (France)Atletico to Bayern Munich€80 million
2019Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)Man United to Inter Milan€80 million
2019Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)Lille to Arsenal€79 million
2017Alvaro Morata (Spain)Real Madrid to Chelsea€78.9 million
2001Zinedine Zidane (France)Juventus to Real Madrid€77.5 million
2019Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands)Ajax to Juventus€75 million (+€10.5m)
2015Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium)Wolfsburg to Man City€75 million
2019Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands)Ajax to Barcelona€75 million
2022Dusan Vlahovic (Serbia)Fiorentina to Juventus€75m
2014Angel Di Maria (Argentina)Real Madrid to Man United€75.75 million
2018Alisson Becker (Brazil)Roma to Liverpool€73 million
2020Arthur Melo (Brazil)Barcelona to Juventus€72 million (+€10m)
2020Kai Havertz (Germany)Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea€70 million (+€9m)
2019Luka Jovic (Rodri)Frankfurt to Real Madrid€70 million
2019Rodri (Spain)Inter Milan to Barcelona€70 million
2009Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)Inter Milan to Barcelona€69.5 million
2015Raheem Sterling (England)Liverpool to Manchester City€69 million
2020Ruben Dias (Portugal)Benfica to Man City€68 million (+€3.6m)
2019Riyad Mahrez (Morocco)Leicester City to Man City€67.8 million
2018Diego Costa (Spain)Chelsea to Atletico Madrid€66 million
2018Thomas Lemar (France)Monaco – Atletico Madrid€65 million
2009Kaka (BrazilAC Milan to Real Madrid€65 million
2018 Aymeric Laporte (France)Athletic Club to Man City€65 million
2019Joao Cancelo (Portugal)Juventus to Man City€65 million 
2013Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)Napoli to PSG€64.5 million
2019Christian Pulisic (USA)Dortmund to Chelsea€64m
2018Aubameyang (Gabon)Dortmund to Arsenal€63.75 million
2014David Luiz (Brazil)Chelsea to PSG€62.5 million


Liverpool’s Alisson Becker was the most expensive goalkeeper for less than three weeks before he was replaced by Spain international Kepa Arrizabalaga whom Chelsea paid around €80 million to replace Thibaut Courtois. 


Harry Maguire is currently the most expensive defender of all time following his arrival from Leicester City to Old Trafford for a world-record fee for any defender of €87.1 million. He had been on the radar for both Manchester City and Manchester United but United eventually managed to finalise a deal for the English defender.


The Frenchman joined PSG from Monaco in a deal worth €180 million.

The youngest Frenchman to ever score in a World Cup became the world’s most expensive teenager and the second-most expensive player in world football. He is deemed to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best in the world.
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