It’s the time of transfers yet again in world football as clubs look to sign players to make their team better ahead of the new season. Blockbuster deals have already been materialized with many still to come as players gear up to prepare for the new season. The European league generates a lot of interest as different scouts get to identify different players for their clubs. Therefore in this article, we enlist the ten most expensive players in the Premier league history;
Manchester City, paid Shakhtar Donetsk, £34m for his services in 2013 and the 30-year-old has since been an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini’s team, registering 66 league appearances in his first two seasons with the club, including the 2013/14 title-winning campaign. He is definitely one player Pep Guardiola, will be looking to bank on as he looks to kick start his reign at Manchester city. Fernandinho is dependable and reliable and can play all across the midfield. He is also a vital member of the Brazilian squad.
With Arsenal fans crying out for a star player,Wenger moved quickly after Sanchez impressed at the World Cup for Chile. £35m for the 25 year old seems like a good piece of business, with Barcelona desperately seeking funds to get Luis Suarez on their books, meant players like Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez were available for transfer immediately. The Chile international was an immediate hit with the Arsenal fans, scoring 25 goals in all competitions in his first season in north London. Sanchez remains the key man in Arsenal’s attack. Arsenal fans should even be expectant of a better Sanchez as he proved vital to lead Chile to a second consecutive Copa America title thereby winning the player of the tournament.
Another much publicized transfer, Carroll moved to Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish alongside Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. Henderson has found his feet of late and Downing is finding some form at West Ham but Carroll has been plagued by injury and his goal scoring record is less than impressive. 6 league goals in 44 games for Liverpool were nowhere near what were expected with the transfer fee paid for his services.Carroll is still struggling with his fitness and he joined West Ham permanently in May 2013 for around £15m. He started well at the Hammers but recently has really struggled with a string of bizarre injuries that have kept him out of action for long periods of the season.
Chelsea’s player of the season in 2013 and 2014. He became a household name amongst most fans, Jose Mourinho’s style of play did not suit the Spaniard and he spent a lot of time on the bench at the beginning of the 2013/14 season. His lack of tracking back and general work rate annoyed Mourinho, and that is why he decided to sell the playmaker to a bitter rival.He has been a vital part of Manchester United squad though but found playing time a bit limited in the 2015/16 season.He was vital though as the club won its first F.A Cup in a long time at the end of last season.
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His influence for Man City is paramount for any future successes they hope to have. He’s certainly lived up to billing and his expensive price tag and is 1 of the most feared strikers in the World. He is famed for his last gasp winner against QPR on the final day of the season in 2012. Amongst the mayhem in the box he kept his cool to slot home and confirm City as Premier League champions for the 1st time in their history. Aguero has helped the club to two league titles.
He is mercurial, he is classy, his eye for killer passes are next to none and he has been a vital part of Arsenal’s squad since his arrival. Arsene Wenger splashed the cash to bring Ozil to Arsenal in September 2013, making the former Real Madrid playmaker the most expensive German footballer of all time. Two seasons and two FA Cup wins later, Ozil is established as a key player for the Gunners.
Raheem Sterling, was a young and promising lad while at Liverpool, forming a core of players with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez that almost led them to the title. A move to Manchester city for that amount wasn’t likely to be a good move but the fact that Sterling was still young and the fact that there could be room for him to learn an improve made it an interesting one but unfortunately, Sterling hasn’t learnt neither has he improved and it will be interesting to see if he will be a vital part of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The demise of a player who possessed incredible finishing and wonderful pace is almost unexplainable. With a record of over a goal every other game for Liverpool and his talents obvious for all to see, you can understand why Roman Abramovich, decided to fork out the record transfer fee at the time for the Spaniard. Things started badly for Torres as he witnessed Chelsea lose at home to Liverpool on his debut.It took Torres 3 months to open his account for Chelsea against West Ham in April 2011 and that was his only goal that season in 18 appearances. The nail in the coffin for Torres was his open goal miss against Manchester United at Old Trafford which he has never really recovered from.He opened the scoring in that game and looked set to add to his tally before hitting it wide from 6 yards with the goal gaping. The highlight of his career was his goal in the 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp, the year Chelsea went on to lift the Champions League.Torres never lived up to expectations as he soon found himself shipped to Atletico Madrid where he has been on loan ever since.
He had his stint at Chelsea, couldn’t break into the first team and soon found himself shipped to Germany by Jose Mourinho, hence, his breakthrough. He was a vital part of a Wolfsburg team where he did big things, performed spectacularly well and got the eye of several premier league top clubs. Eventually Manchester city signed him and he has been a vital part of their squad, scoring crucial goals in the premier league and was a vital part of the squad that eventually went through to the semifinal stages of the champions league, the first time in the clubs history before been knocked out.He is set to be a vital part of new boss, Pep Guardiola’s team this season.
He came with a lot of promise from Real Madrid after putting on some dazzling display that helped them win the Champions league and was expected to be the main man to lead ,Manchester United to the promised land but unfortunately, it just didn’t work out. His first few games though made the fans happy to have him as he put up some dazzling displays but he soon faded gradually and his time at the club wasn’t helped by the fact that his building was bungled a couple of times by hoodlums which made him unsettled generally in the city. He soon found playing time hard to come by as he publicly criticized the coach’s method of constant change of position and formation. He was soon shipped to Paris Saint Germain where he has been till now.