Top 10 most expensive players in Premier League's history


The Premier League is known for spending mega money on footballers whenever the transfer window opens, with Moises Caicedo becoming the league’s most expensive player in history .

Chelsea broke the British transfer record to sign Ecuadorian midfielder, Moises Caicedo from Brighton for a fee of £110 million during the 2023 summer transfer window.

Harry Maguire - £80m (from Leicester City to Man Utd, 2019)

Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

Manchester United broke the transfer fee for the most expensive defender in football fo Harry Maguire just 18 months after Liverpool made Van Dijk for £75 million from Southampton.

It took the Englishman just half a season to become the captain of the Red Devils but he lost his place in the team and captain armband under Erik Ten Hag in 2023.

Antony - £82.2m (from Ajax to Man Utd, 2022)

Erik Ten Hag and Antony
Erik Ten Hag and Antony

Manchester United signed Antony on the final day of the 2022 summer transfer window from Ajax after weeks of negotiations. He was part of Ten Hag's plan for the team following the familiarity between both men while they were in the Dutch league.

Darwin Nunez - £85.4 million ( from Benfica to Liverpool, 2022)

Darwin Nunez
Darwin Nunez

The Uruguayan completed his transfer from the Portuguese side, Benfica for a club record transfer fee surpassing the amount that was used in buying his fellow teammate, Virgil Van Dijk.

Mykhailo Mudryk - £89 million (from Shakthar Donetsk to Chelsea, 2023)

Mykhaylo Mudryk
Mykhaylo Mudryk

Paul Pogba - £89m (from Juventus to Man Utd, 2016)

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Paul Pogba

The French midfielder broke the record fee when he was bought by Manchester United from Juventus during the summer transfer window of 2016. Under intense scrutiny, largely because of the money spent on him, Pogba frustrated fans with inconsistent performances.

Romelu Lukaku - £96m (from Inter to Chelsea, 2021)

Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea
Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea

Lukaku returned to the Premier League in the summer window of 2021. After he left for Inter Milan, the Belgian returned to his boyhood club, Chelsea, breaking the Blues transfer fee, which was held by Kai Havertz. This deal has been regarded by football pundits as the worst in the club's history, he was loaned back to Inter just 12 months after moving to London.

Jack Grealish - £100 million ( from Aston Villa to Manchester City, 2021 )

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish,

The Englishman holds the record for the highest transfer fee in the Premier League. He joined Manchester City from Aston Villa in August 2021.

Declan Rice - £105 million ( from West Ham to Arsenal, 2023)

Declan Rice's unveiling at Arsenal
Declan Rice's unveiling at Arsenal [ Twitter / @AFC]

Arsenal completed the signing of the England midfielder from West Ham for a club-record fee of £105m. The deal surpassed the £72m Arsenal paid for Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019.

Rice's signing is just short of the British record transfer fee with Chelsea paying £106.8m for midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January 2023.

Enzo Fernandez - £106.8 million (from Benfica to Chelsea, 2023)

Chelsea FC Transfer 2023

Enzo Fernandez overtook Grealish as the most expensive British transfer arrival of all time when he swapped Benfica for Chelsea in the 2023 January transfer window.

The Argentina World Cup winner had only joined Benfica in a €12m deal from River Plate in the 2022 summer transfer window, he emerged as the best young player of the tournament in Qatar.

Moises Caicedo - £115 million ( from Brighton to Chelsea, 2023)

Chelsea Football Club broke the current transfer fee for the most expensive player in the history of the English Premier League by signing Caicedo for £115 million on an eight-year deal. The Blues are understood to have paid an initial £100m, plus £15m in performance-related add-ons.

There is an option of a further year in Caicedo's contract and Brighton will have a sell-on clause that has been described as "significant" as part of the deal.