The top 20 biggest transfers in Europe in the 2022 summer transfer window

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Erling Haaland, Aurelien Tchouameni and Darwin Nunez have all moved for big money this summer. Credit: PA Images
Erling Haaland, Aurelien Tchouameni and Darwin Nunez have all moved for big money this summer. Credit: PA Images

There will be plenty of movement before the window closes, but here are the top 20 most expensive players of the summer so far. 

Players are ranked by size of the initial fee, with add-ons stated…


1) Aurelien Tchouameni
Monaco to Real Madrid – £68.3m (plus £17m add-ons)
Real fended off intense Premier League interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United by offering Monaco a package potentially worth £85.3million. PSG were keen too but they backed away when it became clear that the 22-year-old was only interested in Real. Monaco stand to make a profit just shy of £70million, having bought Tchouameni from Bordeaux for £16million in January 2020.


2) Darwin Nunez
Benfica to Liverpool – £64m (plus £21m add-ons)
Liverpool moved decisively for last season’s top scorer in the Portuguese league by agreeing to a deal that could rise to €100million if Nunez triggers all the add-ons. The Reds will be liable for the first £12.8million worth of extra payments once Nunez has made 60 appearances, with £4.3million due after just 10 games. Once Nunez meets that 60-appearance threshold, he’ll become Liverpool’s most expensive player ever, before you even factor in the other £8.5million that is linked to individual and team performance.


3) Matthijs de Ligt
Juventus to Bayern Munich – £57m (plus £8.5m in add-ons)
Chelsea were chasing but ultimately De Ligt wanted to play for Bayern Munich and the Blues had to gracefully bow out. The same could be said of Jules Kounde. Which is perhaps why they went so big for this next fella…


4) Marc Cucurella 
Brighton to Chelsea – £56m (plus £7m in add-ons)
City refused to meet Brighton’s £50million demand for the Spaniard but Chelsea rocked up and paid the full asking price plus a hefty sweetener to avoid being gazumped again this summer. The Seagulls have played a blinder, while Thomas Tuchel now has two £50million left-backs to choose between.


5) Erling Haaland
Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City – £51m
City have got a bargain thanks to Mino Raiola arranging a clause in Haaland’s Dortmund contract that made him available for £51million this summer. But the champions’ bill for Haaland will reportedly come to a total £85.5million when you factor in representatives’ fees – Alfie stands to trouser a few quid – and other costs.


6) Richarlison
Everton to Tottenham – £50m (plus £10m add-ons)
The Toffees took what Spurs were offering to get the deal done in time to be included in last season’s accounts. Watford could also pocket around £2million having inserted a sell-on clause when they sold the Brazilian in 2018.


7) Raphinha
Leeds to Barcelona – £49m (plus £7.6m add-ons)
The Brazilian has been quite clear all summer that Barca was his preferred destination, despite intense interest from Chelsea and Arsenal. Thankfully for the winger, Barca have somehow mustered up enough cash to pay a hefty amount up front. Frenkie De Jong wants answers.


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8) Lisandro Martinez
Ajax to Manchester United – £48.5m (plus £8.5m add-ons)
The Butcher of Amsterdam will become the smallest centre-back in the Premier League – not that a lack of height stopped this lot. Erik ten Hag reportedly opted for Martinez over the board’s recommendation of Pau Torres, who just wasn’t Ajax enough.


9) Raheem Sterling
Manchester City to Chelsea – £47.5m
Chelsea are very pleased with themselves for taking Sterling from City, but it also represents good business on behalf of the champions, who’ve basically got their money back for the winger despite him having only a year remaining on his deal.


10) Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City to Arsenal – £45m
City also got top whack for another player a year from free agency, one who was by no means guaranteed a place in Pep Guardiola’s team. Jesus struggled to be a regular last season when City had no strikers, so the arrivals of Haaland and Julian Alvarez would have restricted his playing time even further. But Arsenal are delighted with the deal, so everyone is happy. Which is nice.


11) Gleison Bremer
Torino to Juventus – £42.8m
Juve replaced De Ligt with the Brazilian centre-back while pocketing a difference potentially worth £20million. It’s great business too for Torino. When Liverpool were linked with Bremer in 2020/21, the defender was reportedly available for around £6million. Even in the spring, towards the end of a season in which he was named Serie A Defender of the year, the prices being touted were around the £20-25million mark.


12) Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich to Barcelona – £42.5m
Barca may be mortgaging their future income to fund their spending, and they still owe the players they’ve got wages they deferred to keep the club in business. But Lewandowski and Raphinha are a couple of spanking signings. And they still fancy a centre-back.


13) Jules Kounde 
Sevilla to Barcelona – £42.1million (plus £10.5m add ons)
We’re not certain which lever Barca have pulled now but we know for certain they have to shift players to be able to register Kounde and the other players they’ve splurged on this summer. The France defender seemed destined for Chelsea when the Blues agreed a fee with Sevilla but something changed, allowing Barca to swoop with their credit card.


14) Kalvin Phillips
Leeds to Manchester City – £42m (plus £3m add-ons)
Fair f***s to City. They’ve massively strengthened in two key areas by signing Haaland and Phillips for roughly what they raked in for two players a year away from walking away for nothing. And the feeling persists that they’ve had Leeds’ pants down here. Given the reported figures around Declan Rice, Phillips looks a steal. Though Leeds weren’t helped by the fact there wasn’t a bidding war. Manchester United were interested but Phillips would never have done the dirty on his hometown club.


15) Federico Chiesa
Fiorentina to Juventus – £34m (plus £6m add-ons)
Juve have been obliged to buy Chiesa this summer after a two-year loan, which cost them £8million. The Old Lady could end up coughing up as much as £42million if the winger meets certain targets.


=16) Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli to Chelsea – £34m
Remember when Chelsea wouldn’t give anyone over 30 a contract any longer than the end of the week? Koulibaly got a four-year deal when he joined the Blues. Still, the centre-back cost around a third of the price Napoli hoped to fetch a year or two ago.

=16) Vitinha
Porto to PSG – £34m
The midfielder certainly didn’t look a £34million player when he was at Wolves, who didn’t think he was worth half that amount when they had the chance to sign him last summer for £17million at the end of a season-long loan. But a breakout season in Porto’s midfield last season caught Man Utd’s eye, though it was PSG who moved decisively for the 22-year-old.


=16) Nuno Mendes
Sporting Lisbon to PSG – £34m
PSG had already coughed up the same amount as they paid for Vitinha by exercising their right to sign Nuno Mendes permanently from Sporting Lisbon after trying before buying with a loan last season. The left-back played 37 games for PSG and only lost out on the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Season award to William Saliba.


19) Karim Adeyemi
RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund – £32.14m
Details of the specifics of the deal are thin on the ground but Adeyemi was Dortmund’s third signing of a summer of sweeping change which has seen them recruit a new coach and also add Sebastien Haller, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule, Salih Ozcan and a couple of freebie keepers.


20) Sven Botman
Lille to Newcastle – £31.3m (plus add-ons)
The Magpies beat off interest from AC Milan to finally land Botman, who they wanted in January but were made to sweat while the centre-back and Lille waited for the Rossoneri to come up with a bid worth accepting. They didn’t; Newcastle did. But the Toon have kept the details close to their chest.

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