The summer transfer window slammed closed last week, bringing an end to months of activity across the globe. With the Premier League alone spending over £1billion for the first time in history, it’s unsurprising that a many new transfer records were smashed across the globe- including the one for the most expensive player in football history.
We’ve listed the top 11 most expensive signings from the summer transfer window, based on the information provided by TransferMarkt, and detailed any records they have broken in the process. Naturally, the English clubs dominate this list with eight of the 11 deals taking some of the biggest names in world football to England!
Without further ado, let’s get stuck in. Let us know in the comments which deal you think was the best signing and which of these will go on to become legends for their club!
Paul Pogba: Juventus to Manchester United (£87.9m)
The new most expensive player in the world, overtaking the record previously set by Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid in 2013, Paul Pogba resigned for Manchester United just four years after leaving the club to join Juventus. Having won four Serie A titles with the Italian side, as well as being runner-up of the 2015 Champions League and Euro 2016, Pogba is highly-touted as a future Ballin D’Or winner and could become the first Premier League player to win the award since it’s restructure in 2010.
Pogba’s signing was also the first-time in 20 years that an English club has set to transfer record, with the last time being Alan Shearer’s £15m move from Blackburn Rovers to Manchester United.
Gonzalo Higuain: Napoli to Juventus (£75.4m)
Signing a five-year deal at Juventus, Gonzalo Higuain became the most expensive signing in Italian football history after he moved across Italy from Napoli. The 28-year-old became the fourth-most expensive player of all-time, behind Pogba, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst also making him the most expensive South American player in history.
Higuain’s deal also became the most expensive domestic signing in history, shattering the previous £50m record held by Fernando Torres after his move across the Premier League from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011.
Hulk: Zenit to Shanghai SIPG (£46.74m)
Hulk’s move from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg to Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG made him the most expensive footballer in Asian history, breaking the record that was set by Alex Teixeira in February this year. The Brazilian became the latest big-name to move to the Far East, as China continued their aim to become a global football super-power by 2050.
With China ranked 81st in FIFA’s World rankings, and reaching the World Cup just once, the league has a long way to go but Hulk’s signing has raised the profile of the nation once again.
John Stones: Everton to Manchester City (£46.57m)
Although Stones’ move to Manchester City did not break any records, it did see the young Englishman become the second-most expensive defender in world football history and also the second-most expensive English player, behind David Luiz and Raheem Sterling respectively.
Stones also earned Everton a club-record fee from his sale, with City paying over-the-odds to land one of the most exciting defenders in Europe.
Leroy Sane: Schalke to Manchester City (£41.88m)
Sticking with the Manchester City theme, the Citizens made Leroy Sane the second-most expensive German of all-time following his move to the club from Schalke. The 20-year-old has only Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ahead of him in the standings for most expensive German national, whilst Sane also commanded the second-highest fee for a Bundesliga player behind Kevin De Bruyne’s move to City last summer from Wolfsburg.
Granit Xhaka: Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal (£37.69m)
Now the most expensive Swiss player of all-time, Granit Xhaka also put his name amongst Arsenal’s biggest transfers following his move to the club from Borussia Monchengladbach. The selling club also earned a club-record fee, whilst Xhaka stands behind only Sane and De Bruyne in the list for the most expensive Bundesliga sales.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United (£35.18m)
Another high-profile Bundesliga sale saw Manchester United land Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund, which saw the Armenian become by-far the most expensive player from his nation. The 27-year-old won Bundesliga’s Player of the Year award last term and is on the way to surpass Hamlet Mkhitaryan, his father, as the most famous Armenian footballer ever.
Sadio Mane: Southampton to Liverpool (£34.5m)
Sadio Mane’s move across the Premier League from Southampton to Liverpool, which saw him become the latest player to swap the South Coast for Merseyside, saw the Senegalese ace become the most expensive African player of all-time, ahead of greats like Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Yaya Toure.
He also became set the record for highest-fee received by Southampton, whilst he could become the most expensive player in Liverpool history if the fee paid by the Reds rises to it’s maximum price of £36m after additional clauses are met.
Shkodran Mustafi: Valencia to Arsenal (£34.3m)
A high-profile signing for Arsenal late in the transfer window, Shkodran Mustafi became the most expensive Arsenal defender in history as well as commanding a record-fee for a La Liga defender- and he also became the most expensive player in his position to come from Germany.
If additional clauses for the German centre-back are met, then he could end up costing more than Granit Xhaka- which would make him the third-most expensive signing in Arsenal history, behind only compatriot Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Joao Mario: Sporting Lisbon to Inter Milan (£33.5m)
The Portuguese European Championship winner sealed his move to Inter Milan late in the transfer window, with a fee that could potentially rise to £38m- and that would make him the third-most expensive Portuguese player ever, behind only Rui Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo.
That potential fee would also make Joao Mario Inter’s second-most expensive signing ever, behind only Christian Vieri’s move to the San Siro from Lazio in 1999.
Michy Batshuayi: Marseille to Chelsea (£32.6m)
One deal that slipped under the radar for many this summer, Michy Batshuayi’s transfer to Chelsea was Antonio Conte’s biggest outlay in his first transfer window as Blues boss and the young striker put his name amongst the likes of Christian Benteke and Kevin De Bruyne as the most expensive Belgians in history.