Most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window
The summer of possibly one of the most difficult years in the history of humanity has come to an end. But while most people could not enjoy their lives this summer, some of the football teams have certainly enjoyed signing new players while other clubs have prospered with all the money they have earned by selling their players.
There have been several clubs who have been more active than other, with a number of English clubs experiencing one of their busiest transfer windows ever. Of course these signings have not broken any transfer fee records, by the prices have certainly gone up as huge amounts of money are being spent on signing new talents. Without further ado, let us see who the most expensive signings of the summer 2020 transfer window are.
The most expensive deals of 2020 summer transfer window
While the numbers included on this list could have bought you the most expensive player of the 2000s and you could basically build a team of Galacticos with the total amount, you cannot build such a team these days anymore. Here are the biggest signings of the summer 2020 transfer window.
Donny van de Beek
- Transfer: Ajax to Manchester United
- Price: £40m
One of the finer talents of Netherlands’ new generation of footballers, Donny van de Beek was linked to many clubs including Real Madrid who were rumored to be looking for a long-term replacement for their aging midfielders. However, the Red Devils managed to persuade the Dutchman to join them instead as they paid for one of the most expensive transfers of the summer 2020 window.
Before joining Manchester United, the 23-year-old van de Beek made a total of 175 appearances for his parent club Ajax back in Amsterdam as he managed to score 41 goals and make 34 assists in those 175 games, which is an astonishing figure for such a young talent. Based on these stats, he is definitely worth being one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window.
It does, however, depend on his performance for his new club and we will have to wait and see if the Dutch international could repeat and even improve his previous stats or not. For the time being he has only signed one of the biggest deals of 2020 summer transfer window and needs quite some time to settle at his new club and even become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been busy strengthening his midfield and his overall squad all year by signing the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo and Alex Telles. Thus, the addition of Donny van de Beek for the price of £40 million as one of the biggest signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window will surely help improve Manchester United manager’s roster.
- Transfer: Bournemouth to Manchester City
- Price: £41m
It seems that Chelsea have done it again by letting go of yet another fine talent so easily. Nathan Ake was in fact a Chelsea player before joining Bournemouth 2017. The 25-year-old center-back has shown some quite promising signs of having a high potential by putting his all for AFC Bournemouth in the three years that he was at the club.
The Dutchman is already a two-time English Premier League champion with his former club Chelsea, but trophies do not determine the value of a player, which is why we have to take a look at his performance at Bournemouth to have a clear idea about one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window.
Ake joined Bournemouth back in the 2016/17 season and went on to make a total of 121 appearances for the club, during most of which he played as a center-back, bagging 11 goals and 6 assists. His team has not been on what might be considered fine form lately, but Guardiola seems to believe in the Dutch defender as Manchester City have splashed the cash to bring him in for £41 million.
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- Transfer: Leicester City to Chelsea
- Price: £45
England has been introducing fine young talents for the next generation of professional footballers as the current generation’s era is slowly coming to an end. Ben Chilwell, one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window is a Leicester City academy graduate, who made his senior debut for his former club back in 2015 when he was merely 18 years old.
Five years later and he is now one of the most expensive transfers of the summer 2020 window thanks to his hard work and impressive performance at the King Power Stadium. The 23-year-old England International got to play 123 games for the Foxes before joining Chelsea as he signed one of the biggest deals of 2020 summer transfer window. In those 123 matches, he went on to score 4 goals and make 12 assists and already has an English Premier League title to his name.
Chilwell Joined Chelsea for reportedly £45 million which makes him one of the biggest signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window as Lampard plans on taking his game to another level at Chelsea in order to challenge for the Premier League and the Champions League titles after being one of the most active managers in signing new players.
- Transfer: Wolves to Liverpool
- Price: £45m
Next on our list of most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window is the Portuguese winger Diogo Jota, who was on impressive form at his previous club playing for the Wolves. He played a total of 131 games over the three years that he spent at the club, as he managed to score 44 goals and make 19 assists in those games, which shows how fine a form he has been on.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would certainly want to see his new player repeat those feats at his new club as well since he has convinced the club to pay up £41m plus £4 million in add-ons for the Portugal international. It is, however, up to the player to prove himself after he has signed one of the most expensive deals of 2020 summer transfer window. So far he has played in 4 games for Liverpool, one of which was the 7-2 humiliation against Aston Villa, a game that they would all love to forget.
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- Transfer: Atletico Madrid to Arsenal
- Price: £45
It seems that Arsenal did in fact have the money needed for paying Gunnersaurus, but were planning on spending it elsewhere, somewhere that would have eventually angered another club. One of the biggest deals of 2020 summer transfer window was quite controversial as it led to Atletico Madrid sever their ties to Arsenal, claiming that the English club were in fact unprofessional in the way they approached their player.
Thomas Partey became one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window after Arsenal activated his release clause, which led to one of the most expensive deals of 2020 summer transfer window to be signed between the player and the club. But is Thomas Partey worth £45 million? To answer that, we shall have a look at his stats throughout his career to reveal his potential.
Partey played for the Spanish side for 7 years before joining Arsenal this year. He was used in a multitude of areas, but recently, his main role was playing as a defensive midfielder. Now fans, and specially Arsenal fans might ask if he is any good. Well, the answer is right in front of our eyes, you need only look at the defensive stats of Diego Simeone’s side, who on many occasions, have been criticized for their defensive and to some extent “boring” style of play, while other believe their gameplay to be quite tactical.
One of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window has played over 180 games for his former club Atletico Madrid, bagging 16 goals and 12 assists in the process, which is not much, but considering his position and style of play, it is quite impressive. However, only time will tell how successful one of the most expensive deals of 2020 summer transfer window will eventually turn out.
- Transfer: RB Leipzig to Chelsea
- Price: £48m
The 24-year-old German international became one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window after Chelsea acquired his services from RB Leipzig for reportedly £48 million. The striker has clearly shown his immense potential at his former club as he went on to score an incredible 95 goals in 159 games. However, not only is one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window a prolific goal scorer, but he is also a humble striker as he has also accumulated 40 assists in those games.
Chelsea have been on a shopping frenzy lately as they have signed quite a few players this summer, and it is no surprise for a club with such a strong financial backing to splash money everywhere to complete some of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window. It is, however, up to debate whether Lampard will be able to integrate his new signings into the first-team squad in a short time or not.
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- Transfer: Benfica to Manchester City
- Price: £62m
Manchester City have been looking to strengthen their defense and it shows, given that they recently paid a mind-blowing £62 million to get their hands on the Portugal international Ruben Dias, who is a Benfica academy graduate and has only played for Benfica both at youth and senior levels.
There must be a reason that Dias is now one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window, and that is the fact that he managed to get a total of 25 Clean Sheets in 58 games last season as his team conceded less than one goal at each game. Some might think that is not much an impressive performance, but we should keep in mind that a defensive line consists of at least three to four players.
Whatever might be, one thing is for sure, and that is the fact that Manchester City have done it again by paying a hefty sum to complete one of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window. At least they have not paid more than £80 million to sign the most expensive defender of all time.
- Transfer: Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea
- Price: £71m
The crown jewel of Lampard’s summer shopping spree, Kai Havertz sits on top of the list of most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window as Chelsea have had to pay a mouth-watering amount of £71 million in order to acquire his services from Bayer Leverkusen.
The German attacking-midfielder is only 21 years old and is already breaking records. He played a total of 150 games for his former club and went on to score 46 goals in process, adding up a total 31 assists to his tally, which surely makes him both a prolific goal scorer and the perfect midfielder.
Havertz spent seven years with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth team and later went on to spend another four years with the senior squad as he made his senior team debut on 15 October 2016. He managed to show how much of a potential he has actually got at the German side, which is why he is now Chelsea’s second-most expensive signing after Kepa Arrizabalaga.
He has been showing promising signs of his true potential in the few games that he has played for Chelsea and he is hopeful that he will realize his potential in a couple of years. One such sign was him scoring his first hat-trick for the club in a 6–0 home win over Barnsley in the third round of the EFL Cup. He is currently number one on the list of the most expensive signings of the Summer 2020 transfer window. We will have to wait and see if he can be integrated into the squad and whether he will reach the heights that are expected of a £71 million signing.