Ronaldo, Diaz, Lukaku, Grealish: Premier League's 30 most expensive signings in 21/22 ranked

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho were both signed by Manchester United in 2021/22

So many massive transfers were made by Premier League clubs in the 2021/22 season.

Romelu Lukaku and Jack Grealish were the most expensive arrivals, joining Chelsea and Manchester City respectively in £100m deals.

Liverpool splashed the cash, buying Ibrahima Konate for £36m last summer before purchasing Luis Diaz for £40.5m in January.

Arsenal spent a grand total of £150m last summer and it appears to have paid off as they look set to qualify for the Champions League.

While the biggest deal was undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo’s emotional return to Man United. The Red Devils paid Juventus £20m to bring him back to the club.

But who have been the best and worst signings made by Premier League clubs in the 2021/22 season?

Using figures provided by Transfermarkt, we’ve taken a look at the 30 most expensive signings made by Premier League clubs in 2021/22 and ranked them from ‘Signing of the season’ to ‘Total flop’.

View our rankings below…

Signing of the season:
Luis Díaz | Porto to Liverpool | £40.50m

Luis Diaz has been the signing of the Premier League season after joining Liverpool in January
LISBON, PORTUGAL – APRIL 05: Luis Diaz of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between SL Benfica and Liverpool FC at Estadio da Luz on April 05, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Diaz has been a revelation since joining Liverpool in January. He has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and has already become one of the best players currently plying their trade in England.

Worth every penny:
Martin Ødegaard | Real Madrid to Arsenal | £31.5m
Aaron Ramsdale | Sheffield Utd to Arsenal | £25.2m
Takehiro Tomiyasu | Bologna to Arsenal | £16.74m
Marc Cucurella | Getafe to Brighton | £16.2m
Marc Guéhi | Chelsea to Crystal Palace | £21m
Cristiano Ronaldo | Juventus to Manchester United | £20m
Rodrigo Bentancur | Juventus to Tottenham | £17.1m

Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the signings of the Premier League season after joining Man United last summer
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Arsenal spent a lot of money last summer and it’s paid off with Odegaard, Ramsdale and Tomiyasu all impressing in north London.

Cucurella was recently named Brighton Player of the Year after a fine first campaign in England, while Guehi has been a rock at the back for Crystal Palace.

United have had a dismal season but that’s no fault of Ronaldo, who has been superb. He’s scored 24 goals for United in 2021/22. They’d be a lot worse off without him.

Great deal:
Ben White | Brighton to Arsenal | £52.65m
Ibrahima Konaté | RB Leipzig to Liverpool | £36m
Bruno Guimarães | Lyon to Newcastle | £37.89m

Ben White has impressed since joining Arsenal last summer
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Ben White of Arsenal celebrates with the fans after their sides victory during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on March 19, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

White has been a major reason why Arsenal’s defence has improved so much this season.

Konate has not featured as much as he would have wanted, playing just nine Premier League games, but he’s been solid when called upon.

Guimarães looks set to be part of Newcastle’s side for many years to come.

Decent signing:
Vitaliy Mykolenko | Dynamo Kiev to Everton | £21.15m
Kurt Zouma | Chelsea to West Ham | £31.5m
Enock Mwepu | Red Bull Salzburg to Brighton | £20.7m
Lucas Digne | Everton to Aston Villa | £27m

Lucas Digne has been decent in his debut campaign with Aston Villa
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Lucas Digne of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 30, 2022 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

These four players have all performed well in their first campaign in England.

Mykolenko has helped fill the void of Digne, who departed for Aston Villa in January and has performed well himself.

Disappointing:
Emiliano Buendía | Norwich to Aston Villa | £34.56m
Danny Ings | Southampton to Aston Villa | £26.48m
Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United | £76.5m
Raphaël Varane | Real Madrid to Manchester United | £36m
Jack Grealish | Aston Villa to Manchester City | £105.75m
Chris Wood | Burnley to Newcastle | £27m
Joe Willock | Arsenal to Newcastle | £26.46m
Emerson Royal | Barcelona to Tottenham | £22.5m
Patson Daka | Red Bull Salzburg to Leicester City | £27m

Aston Villa spent big after receiving £100m for Grealish, but their signings have largely been disappointing.

They smashed their transfer record to sign Buendia but he’s contributed to just nine Premier League goals in 2021/22. Ings, meanwhile, has hit the back of the net just seven times.

Varane and Sancho have both failed to live up to expectations at United, as has Grealish at Man City.

Newcastle paid £27m for Wood in January but he has scored just twice in 16 matches.

Total flop:
Leon Bailey | Leverkusen to Aston Villa | £28.8m
Bryan Gil | Sevilla to Tottenham | £22.5m
Nikola Vlasic | CSKA Moscow to West Ham | £27m
Romelu Lukaku | Inter Milan to Chelsea | £101.7m
Daniel James | Man United to Leeds | £26.19m
Boubakary Soumaré | Lille to Leicester City | £18m

These six players have had a nightmare campaign for their new clubs.

Bailey has managed just 757 Premier League minutes this season, contributing to three goals in that time.

Gil failed to adapt to English football and was shipped out on loan to Valencia in January.

It took just a few months for Lukaku to complain about Thomas Tuchel’s tactics at Chelsea. He could well depart the club this summer. If he does, the figure will be considerably lower than the £100m they paid for him.

James has been largely ineffectual for Leeds, who are in real danger of relegation. While Soumare has been Leicester’s worst player that has played over 1000 minutes this season, per WhoScored.

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