Hazard, Griezmann, Lukaku: 10 Most Expensive Signings This Summer
The summer transfer window for the English Premier League clubs closed at 5 pm on Thursday, 8 August.
Like every year, big money was involved, which saw big names like Hazard and Lukuku leaving the League and many previous transfer records biting the dust.
While the deadline still runs till 2 September for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and French Ligue 1, here’s a look at the ten most expensive signings in Europe this summer till now:
1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Real Madrid) – £130m
The much-awaited transfer finally happened this time around. Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard completed his transfer to Real Madrid this July. Hazard joined Real Madrid for a huge transfer fee of £130m.
After 352 appearances and 110 goals for Chelsea, Hazard is already hailed as one of Chelsea's greats. He won two Premier League titles, two Europa Leagues, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
But now his biggest challenge would be to change the fortunes of one of the most illustrious clubs of Europe, especially after the departure of legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Hazard, partnering with talismanic manager Zinedine Zidane, would like to revive the club, which he dreamed of playing for as a boy, after a disastrous last season.
2. Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – £113m
After Real Madrid, city rival Atletico Madrid also spent big bucks to get the services of Joao Felix from Benfica. Atletico managed to seal the deal with a whopping £113m.
The 19-year-old had a kind of breakthrough season with Benfica after scoring 20 goals in 43 matches last season. He made his debut for the Portuguese national side this year during their Nations League finals triumph.
Felix has been roped into to fill the big shoes of Antoine Griezmann at Wanda Metropolitano, after the footballer left for Barcelona. It will be interesting to see whether he will be able to justify his high price.
3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona) – £108m
After turning down an offer last season, Griezmann finally made the move to Barcelona this time around. The French footballer signed a five-year contract with the club after Barcelona paid his £108m buy-out clause. But Atletico were unhappy with the fee as they believed that were paid less than the release clause.
With 133 goals across five seasons at the Madrid club, the World Cup winner will now look to win some trophies and form a fearsome attacking unit with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou.
4. Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester United) – £80m
After an unsuccessful attempt last season, Manchester United have managed to get the services of English international Harry Maguire from Leicester to bolster their central defence.
Holding no bars, United splurged £80m for Maguire, making him world's most expensive defender in the process.
With this recruitment, United would like to rejuvenate their ailing defence.
5. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United to Inter Milan) – £73m
Lukaku’s future with Manchester United was always in doubt after his absence from the pre-season friendlies.
He was part of a swap deal with Juventus' Paulo Dybala. But that never happened. Making good use of the opportunity, Inter Milan stepped in to rope in the Belgian international for £73m on the last day of the transfer window.
Lukaku will be wearing the famous number nine shirt at Inter Milan previously worn by the likes of Ronaldo, Hernan Crespo and Samuel Eto.
In his two seasons at Old Trafford, Lukaku accounted for 42 goals.
6. Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal) – £72m
Arsenal have made quite a few heads turn with the purchase of Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe for a hefty sum of £72m.
Pepe, who signed a five-year deal, had a great outing last season in Ligue 1, which led to this great interest. He scored 23 goals and had 12 assists to his name in 41 games.
At Arsenal, he would look to join forces with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an exciting attacking force.
7. Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich) – £68m
Not only did Bayern break the bank but they also broke their transfer record with the acquisition of the French footballer Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid.
The German club signed the former Atletico Madrid full-back for a club-record £68m for a period of five years.
Despite Hernandez's medical revealing a ligament damage in the knee, Bayern completed the deal. Now, Hernandez has not only regained fitness but is also expected to start the season.
8. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax to Juventus) – £67.8m
After a dream season with his boyhood club Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt will look to recreate the magic with Juventus this season.
A three-way fight between Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus, saw the Italian champions seal a deal with the 19-year-old for a reported sum of £67.8m for a five-year deal.
De Ligt, the youngest captain in Ajax's history, led his side to a league and Cup double this season, along with a semi-final appearance in the Champions League.
9. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax to Barcelona) – £65m
Among one of the best young players in the world at this moment, Frenkie de Jong joined Barcelona for a fee of £65m on a five-year contract until the summer of 2024.
The Ajax midfielder also reportedly had offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
De Jong’s contract also mentions a further add-on of £9.5m.
10. Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon to Tottenham) – £63m
Tottenham broke their club record to sign French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a £63m from Lyon.
The £63m deal meant an astonishing profit for the French club Lyon, which bought Ndombele for £7m just 12 months ago.
The 22-year-old signed a six-year deal with the club and will be crucial to Spurs this season.
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