The 5 largest Premier League transfers this year
This year is looking like it’s going to be another stormer for Premier League transfers. With several massive deals already closed prior to the start of the 2019/20 season and more likely on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to be a Premier League transfer spotter. Players like Eden Hazard, Nicolas Pepe, and Joao Cancelo completed huge deals either leaving or entering Premier League clubs.
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1. Eden Hazard (departing Chelsea for Real Madrid - £88.5 million)
Eden Hazard won’t actually be departing Chelsea until June 2024, but his transfer fee is so astronomical that it’s still worth including him in this list. The midfielder is off to Spain’s Real Madrid for an eye-watering £88.5 million, which is around $113 million. Naturally, he’ll have to complete a medical first. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told CNN that the memories of Hazard “will not fade”.
This makes three huge signings for French coach Zinedine Zidane. The former attacking midfielder signed Porto defender Éder Militão and forward Luka Jovic earlier this year, completing a holy trinity of talented players. Their fees are slightly lower than Hazard’s, clocking in at around $56 million, but that’s still not a figure to be sniffed at.
2. Harry Maguire (arriving at Manchester United from Leicester - £80 million)
Harry Maguire is now officially the world’s most expensive defender. The 26-year- old signed a six-year contract with Manchester United earlier this year for a staggering £80 million, after a meteoric rise that saw him play in 2018’s World Cup starting eleven. He obviously made a name for himself there, since Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was so eager to sign him.
Maguire’s strengths are manifold. He’s a strong air player, but he’s more than capable of inspiring ground runs too. There was interest from Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, but United successfully fought them off to sign Maguire. The huge amounts of money United play with probably didn’t hurt. Time will tell if Maguire is the star signing United want him to be.
3. Nicolas Pepe (arriving at Arsenal from Lille - £72 million)
Amidst an ongoing battle between Arsenal, Manchester United, PSG, and Atletico Madrid to sign winger Pepe, Arsenal bounded ahead of the competition to declare it would be signing Pepe for £72 million earlier this month. Originally, Arsenal was gunning (no pun intended) for Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, but a surprise change of strategy saw them aim for Pepe instead.
Pepe said that moving to the Gunners was “a big reward” for him and that his journey has “not been easy”. Pepe’s massive transfer fee smashes the previous record for the Gunners. Unai Emery is hoping that Pepe will bring “pace, power, and creativity” to the team’s game, as well as a higher goal count. Time will tell, but he’ll certainly have to work hard to earn his keep.
4. Rodri (arriving at Manchester City from Atletico Madrid - £62.8 million)
Manchester City may not have been able to afford Harry Maguire, but back in July they did manage to snag defensive midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid. Rodri said that it was the prospect of playing under Pep Guardiola that enticed him to join the club, but the £62.8 million transfer fee has got to look good on the 23-year-old Spanish player’s CV.
Rodri has big shoes to fill. Many are calling him City’s successor to midfielder Fernandinho, while others have compared him to Barcelona’s star defensive midfield player Sergio Busquets. It’s not going to be easy for Rodri to live up to the hype, but City’s aggressive style will complement his attacking play. Looks like he’s got a bright future ahead of him with the club.
5. Tanguy Ndombele (arriving at Tottenham Hotspur from Lyon - £55 million)
Back in July, Spurs announced a record signing. They’d snagged midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a huge £55 million plus add-ons, which represents the most Spurs have ever spent on a player. Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that Ndombele will fill a crucial role in his midfield after star player Moussa Dembele left back in January. His contract is good for six years.
Ndombele’s passing work is second to none, and his dribbling through midfield leaves opponents puzzled as he effortlessly drifts past them. It’s hard not to see £55 million as a steal for the player, even though it sounds like a huge amount of money when Tyrone Mings is £20 million (for example). Time will tell what impact Ndombele has on Spurs’ back-heavy strategy.