Paris Saint-Germain paid a world-record 222 million to acquire the Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona. Here are the ten biggest transfers in football this year
Neymar (€222 million; Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain)
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) paid a world-record €222 million to acquire the Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona. The huge fee has more than doubled the €105 million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer. Neymar has signed a five-year deal at PSG and his salary has made him one of the highest paid players in the world.
Romelu Lukaku (€83 million; Everton to Manchester United)
Lukaku was subject to a bidding war between his former club Chelsea and Manchester United before the latter paid a reported €83 million, plus €16.6 million in add-ons. England international Wayne Rooney moved to Everton as part of the deal. Lukaku has signed a five-year contract.
Álvaro Morata (€64.2 million; Real Madrid to Chelsea)
Failure to acquire Lukaku forced Chelsea to look elsewhere to lead their attack and they settled upon Real Madrid forward Álvaro Morata for €64.2 million. The Spaniard has signed a five-year contract and is likely to be the first-choice striker for manager Antonio Conte.
Benjamin Mendy (€57.5 million; Monaco to Manchester City)
The France international enjoyed a successful season at Monaco, helping the club win the French title and reach the semi-final of the Champions League. His stellar performances at left-back convinced Pep Guardiola to bring him to Manchester City for €57.5 million on a five-year deal.
Kyle Walker (€55.3 million; Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City)
Manchester City let go off several full-backs with Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy leaving. The vacancy on the right side of the defence is going to be filled by England international Kyle Walker, who was acquired from Tottenham Hotspur for €55.3 million and given a five-year deal.
Alexandre Lacazette (€53 million; Lyon to Arsenal)
Arsène Wenger splurged a club-record €53 million, plus up to €7 million in add-ons, on Lacazette to add potency to the Arsenal attack. The forward has signed a five-year deal with Gunners and is likely to take up fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud’s place up front.
Bernardo Silva (€48.2 million; Monaco to Manchester City)
Silva was another top performer in Monaco’s successful campaign last season and Manchester City moved early to sign him for €48.2 million. The midfielder has signed a five-year deal.
Nemanja Matić (€44.2 million; Cheslea to Manchester Manchester United)
Chelsea sold the defensive midfielder for €44.2 million to title rivals Manchester United. The Serbian, who has signed a three-year contract, will reunite with his former boss José Mourinho with whom he won the Premier League title at Chelsea in the 2014/15 season.
Tiémoué Bakayoko (€44 million; Moncao to Chelsea)
Bakayoko is another of the departees from Monaco following their league-winning campaign and the club pocketed €44 million from Chelsea. Bakayoko is expected to form a midfield partnership with N’Golo Kanté at Stamford Bridge.
Vinícius Júnior (€43.8 million; Flamengo to Real Madrid)
The 17-year-old had only 12 appearances for Brazilian outfit Flamengo but it was enough for Real Madrid to splurge €43.8 million and make him the most expensive teenage footballer in the world. However, he won’t be joining the Spanish outfit before July 2019.