The 2019/20 football season has begun in all the major football leagues, and while all the spotlight is once again on the top teams in the world and their performance, the dust has not yet fully settled from the 2019 summer transfer window, which is still a hot topic of discussion among football fans.
Seeing how 2019/2020 summer transfer window was one of the biggest yet (over €5 billion spent in total), there were many big transfer moves, which will have huge effects on how some teams perform this season, or at least that’s what the enormous fees paid would suggest. But which were the biggest transfers of this summer and where did the football stars end up?
Let’s check our list for top 10 most expensive transfers of 2019/2020 summer transfer window, starting with 10th least expensive transfer, and moving our way up to the most expensive transfer. Being that there are two players sharing the no 10 spot, this will be a list of top 11 most expensive transfers. So without further ado, let’s jump right in.
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Top 10 Football Transfers of 2019
Romelu Lukaku; Manchester United –> Inter Milan (€65 million)
It took a while before Manchester United and Inter Milan came to an agreement. While it seemed like this transfer won’t happen, the two clubs eventually made a deal in the dying moments of the transfer window. Inter Milan, in the end, had to pay €65 million for the Belgian striker, who arrived at Man United in 2017 for breathing €84.7 million.
Joao Cancelo; Juventus –> Manchester City (€65 million)
Joao Cancelo joined Manchester City as the second most expensive addition for the Sky Blues this summer. The 25-year old right back transferred from Juventus for €65 million which means he is the 4th most expensive defender in the history and the second most expensive defender that joined EPL.
Rodri; Atletico Madrid –> Manchester City (€70 million)
The 23-year old defensive midfielder joined Manchester City as the most expensive addition for the Sky Blues this summer transfer window. The young star is a product of Atletico Madrid youth academy, who spent most of his career at Villarreal, but found his way back to Atl. Madrid in 2018, who acquired him for €25 million. Los Colchoneros however, did not hesitate to sell him to the EPL champions for €70 million, to help finance their Joao Felix transfer.
Frenkie de Jong; Ajax –> FC Barcelona (€75 million)
Frenkie de Jong was one of the most talked about transfers of this summer transfer window. The young central midfielder and one of the most expensive defensive midfielders proved his worth with Ajax during the Champions League campaign and it did not take long for the 22-year old to be targeted by some of the biggest football clubs in the world. In the end, however, he chooses to join Barcelona, who spent €75 million, making him the second most expensive addition to the Blaugrana.
Nicolas Pepe; Lille –> Arsenal (€80 million)
Arsenal spent big for the 24-year-old right winger this summer transfer window, who remained the biggest addition to the team ahead of 2019/20 season. Pepe also earned himself a status of the most expensive player to ever join Arsenal, costing €16.25 million more than Arsenal star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined the team two years ago.
Lucas Hernandez; Atletico Madrid –> Bayern Munich (€80 million)
Joining Pepe as the sixth most expensive transfer of 2019 summer transfer window, we have Lucas Hernandez, who left Atletico Madrid to join the German champions for €80 million, making him the most expensive addition to Bayern Munich ahead of 2019/20 season. Hernandez also became the most expensive addition of Bayern Munich in the club’s history, costing almost twice as much as Corentin Tolisso (€41.5 million) who joined Bayern in 2017.
Matthijs de Ligt; Ajax –> Juventus (€85.5 million)
Moving down our list, we enter the top five most expensive summer transfers with Matthijs de Ligt, who was a hot topic of discussion throughout the 2019 summer transfer window. There were a lot of talks whether it will or won’t happen, but de Ligt, in the end, decided to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus for €85.5 million. That price tag made him the second most expensive defender in the world and the third most expensive addition to the Old Lady, only trailing Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Harry Maguire; Leicester –> Manchester united (€87 million)
It took a while before Leicester and Manchester United reached an agreement on the price of Harry Maguire, which in the end proved to be €87 million, making him the most expensive defender in the history of football. The 26-year-old centre back also became the 14th most expensive player in history and the second most expensive arrival in the Red Devils’ history of spending.
Eden Hazard; Chelsea –> Real Madrid (€100 million)
Eden Hazard left Chelsea after seven long years to continue his career in Real Madrid, who had to pay €100 million for the Belgian star. Meaning Hazard earned his spot as 10th most expensive player in the history of football and second-most expensive player that arrived at Real Madrid, only trailing Gareth Bale’s €101 million fee the Galacticos paid in 2013.
Antoine Griezmann; Atletico Madrid –> Barcelona (€120 million)
It was only the matter of time before Griezmann would join Barcelona. There were talks about this transfer happening years ago and while the transfer did not happen then, it did this July, when Griezmann switched sides for €120 million. With that price tag, the 28-year-old world champion earned his spot as the second most expensive transfer of 2019 transfer window and sixth most expensive player in history.
Joao Felix; Benfica –> Atletico Madrid (€126 million)
We conclude our list with the most expensive transfer of 2019 summer, the 19-year-old new football superstar Joao Felix. He moved from Benfica to Atletico Madrid for a breath-taking €126 million, making him the fourth most expensive transfer in the history of football and the most expensive addition for Atletico Madrid.
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