We haven’t seen an earth-shattering, £150 million transfer in football this summer.
Chelsea have splashed the cash, spending more than £200 million in total, but the highest transfer fee so far is £72 million.
That’s how much Chelsea paid Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz. Last summer, Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Maguire and Romelu Lukaku all attracted fees worth more.
The coronavirus pandemic and the loss of fans inside stadiums has left many clubs tightening their pursestrings as they embark on what could be a difficult financial stretch.
Per Transfermarkt, the biggest deal behind Havertz is the £64.8m Juventus paid Barcelona for Arthur.
It’s rather unusual not to see a nine-figure sum, but it’s been dictated by external factors.
Last summer, Felix entered the top 20 players with the highest accumulated transfer fees when he joined Atletico Madrid in a £113.4m move from Benfica.
When we talk about the highest accumulated fees, we mean the players who have racked up the biggest tallies when their entire transfer fees have been considered.
So Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid for a world-record fee and then signed for Juventus in a deal worth £105.3 million, is close to the top.
In the top 20, Felix is joined by Kylian Mbappe as players who have only ever attracted one fee - but it was so high that it was enough to make the top 20 accumulates fees.
Here's the list, as per Transfermarkt.
20. David Luiz | £106.83m
Brazilian centre-back Luiz has had five permanent moves in his career.
The most expensive was his £44.55m move from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
19. Juan Sebastian Veron | £107.64m
Argentinian midfielder Veron completed seven permanent moves.
Man United paid £38.3m for him in 2001 and Chelsea splashed out nearly £20m to sign him two years later.
18. Joao Cancelo | £108.36m
Cancelo has been the subject of some expensive fees in recent years.
Juventus paid £36.4m for him in 2018 and a year later, he joined Man City for £58.5m.
17. Hernan Crespo | £110.65m
In 2000, Crespo became the most expensive player in football history when he joined Lazio from Parma for £51.1m.
16. Nicolas Anelka | £111.47m
It’s hardly a surprise to see Anelka on the list. The former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea striker completed eight permanent moves in his career.
15. Joao Felix | £113.4m
Atletico Madrid broke their club record fee when they signed Portuguese forward Felix last year.
14. Paulinho | £114.17m
Paulinho has been bought for £36m and £37.8m in his career.
13. James Rodriguez | £126.57m
It’s quite crazy to think that James, who joined Everton in the summer, hasn’t attracted a transfer fee since joining Real Madrid in 2014.
Los Blancos paid £67.5m for the Colombian but let him leave for Everton on a free.
12. Kylian Mbappe | £130.5m
When all is said and done, Mbappe, 21, could sit at the top of this list.
11. Eden Hazard | £135m
Hazard’s accumulative fees shot up last year when he joined Real Madrid for more than £100m.
10. Ousmane Dembele | £137.7m
Dembele makes the top 10 in accumulative fees, although Barcelona might be having second thoughts about paying £124.2m for him in 2017.
9. Gonzalo Higuain | £143.1m
Juventus paid £81m to sign Higuain from Napoli in 2016.
And Chelsea forked out more than £7m to sign him on loan last year.
8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | £152.19m
Ibrahimovic has only been bought for more than £23m once in his career, but he’s totalled seven transfer fees that take his total amount to north of £150m.
7. Philippe Coutinho | £153.27m
Liverpool got a bargain when they paid £11.7m to sign Coutinho in 2013.
Five-and-a-half successful years at Anfield led to a £130.5m move to Barcelona
6. Antoine Griezmann | £156.6m
Atletico Madrid paid £48.6m for Griezmann in 2014 and sold him for £108m in 2019, netting themselves a tidy profit on the World Cup winner.
5. Angel Di Maria | £161.1m
Man United and PSG paid £124.2m to sign Di Maria in the space of less than 365 days between August 2014 and August 2015.
4. Alvaro Morata | £170.1m
Morata just keeps on racking up the moves.
He’s currently back at Juventus as he continues the circle between the Serie A giants, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.
Juventus paid £9m to get him on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season.
3. Romelu Lukaku | £191.3m
Lukaku’s accumulative fees nearly reach £200m thanks to a £76.23m move to Man United in 2017 and a £66.6m move to Inter Milan in 2019.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo | £207m
Ronaldo broke a world-record when he joined Real Madrid for £84.6m in 2009.
He was so good at the Bernabeu that Juventus decided to fork out £105.3m on him in 2018.
1. Neymar | £279.18m
Coming in at #1 spot is the most expensive player in football history.
Neymar’s £199.8m transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 remains a record for the highest fee in history.
Four years before that, Barcelona paid Santos £79.38m to bring the Brazilian to Europe, where he quickly became a world-class talent.
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