Most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021

Tue 09 February 2021 | 16:30

February is here and the transfers are done. The real question is who are on the list of most expensive transfers of January 2021? Follow us below as we list players who have cost the most this winter.

With the transfer windows in Europe’s top leagues closed for good, many would be excited to know how much clubs have spent whom they have signed over the course of a month. The winter transfer window used to be one of the exciting periods in a football season, but the latest COVID-19 pandemic has had quite a significant effect on club’s revenues, making some almost go bankrupt.

Even though many refrained from spending big money this winter, and many other opted for loan signings and free transfers, there still were a number of clubs who spent quite hefty figures to sign new players and make some of the

most expensive done deals of January transfer window 2021

. Supporters are fairly excited to see their new signings in action, as are we to see who have made the most expensive January transfers of 2021 list, and how much they have cost their new clubs.

Before we get on with the list, it is worth mentioning that

Premier League

clubs have always been top spenders in almost every transfer window. This year has not been an exception either, as we have had some of the most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 moving to England.

Surely many would be curious to have a look at the full list of transfer deals that have gone through in the Premier League last month, including all the loan deals which are not surprisingly quite a lot. We suggest you have a look at

Premier league January transfer window 2021: Live Updates

to have the full list of names that have switched clubs in the Premier League mid-season. Now let us see which done deals are the most expensive transfers of January 2021.

January transfer window 2021 most expensive signings

Before analyzing each transfer in detail, we have provided below a shortlist of all the players that have made the list. Here are the ten

most expensive January transfers of 2021


  • Dennis Man-€13M

  • Pedro-€14M

  • Morgan Sanson-€15M

  • Paulinho-€15M

  • Nicolo Rovella-€18M

  • Krepin Diatta-€20M

  • Dominik Szoboszlai-€19M

  • Amad Diallo-€21M

  • Sebastien Haller-€22.5M

  • Said Benrahma-€23M

With the

most expensive transfers of January 2021

listed above, let us have a more in-depth look at each of the players’ transfers and see how they have fared so far this season.

Dennis Man

  • Transfer: Steaua Bucharest-Parma

  • Transfer fee: €13M

Having been named Romanian Footballer of the Year in 2020, there was no doubt that the 22-year-old Dennis Man would be snatched by bigger clubs in Europe. The Romanian winger became one of the

most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021

after he signed a four-year contract with Serie A side Parma for €13 million. Man made a total of 146 appearances for his previous club Steaua Bucharest, or shortly


, and managed to score an impressive 49 goals and provide a further 29 assists in the process, which subsequently earned him a move to



Having completed one of the most expensive January transfers of 2021, the Romanian talent has already made two appearances for his new club, with neither of the appearances making a difference for Parma, as they lost both of the matches. His debut for the Italian club came in the 2-0 away loss against

SSC Napoli

, in which he played a mere 10 minutes to get a feel of Italian football for the first time.

He later made his second appearance for Parma in the 3-0 home loss against Bologna, in which he played 45 minutes and no significant effects could be seen then either. Of course Dennis Man needs more time to find his feet at his new club and could turn the tides in his favor in the near future. All in all, he will forever be on the list of January transfer window 2021 most expensive signings.


  • Transfer: Fiorentina-Flamengo

  • Transfer fee: €14M

Pedro Guilherme Abreu dos Santos, shortly known as Pedro, was one of Fiorentina’s worst flops, as he never got to prove his worth at the Italian club. The 23-year-old initially moved to


from Flamengo for a reported fee of €11 million in 2019 and was quickly loaned back to a club in Brazil half a season later. After joining Flamengo in the January of 2020, the Brazilian side decided to make his move permanent as the Italian club had no intention of keeping him in their squad.

He only made 4 appearances for Fiorentina in the half a season that he stayed with the Italian club, with his playtime not even reaching a full 90 minutes. Of course it was not all bad for the Brazilian center-forward, as he managed to find the club with whom he is most comfortable.

Pedro has made a total of 46 appearances for


across all competitions, and has been able to score 21 goals and provide 3 assists in the process. His stats in Brazil persuaded the club that it was worth acquiring Pedro on one of the most expensive done deals of January transfer window 2021 for a reported fee of €14 million. The center-forward will be looking forward to the rest of his career at Flamengo, with whom he has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Morgan Sanson

  • Transfer: Marseille-Aston Villa

  • Transfer fee: €15M

There were a number of rumors about Morgan Sanson having attracted the attention of several clubs in the Premier League this season after his phenomenal display in Ligue 1 for


. While there were talks of him joining other English clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham, it was Aston Villa in the end who managed to get their hands on their new signing by being the first team to have an official offer for the 26-year-old.

Sanson became one of the

most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021


Aston Villa

paid €15 million to acquire his services from the French side Olympique de Marseille. Of course signing the central midfielder was not as easy as it might seem at first, as the Premier League club were slammed by Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas for how low their initial offer was.

Having been a part of the most expensive done deals of January transfer window 2021, is slowly getting used to a new country and his new club, trying to find his feet at Villa Park. He made his debut for Aston Villa on 3 February 2021 in the 3-1 home defeat to West Ham as he came on as a substitute in the dying minutes of the game.


  • Transfer: Braga-Sporting CP

  • Transfer fee: €15M

João Paulo Dias Fernandes, shortly known as Paulinho, is another one of the

January transfer window 2021 most expensive signings

, who has gained quite a prominence in recent months. He became Braga’s leading goalscorer in Europe after he managed to overtake the record previously set by Alan with the goal he scored in the Europa League. The 28-year-old striker has been on an impressive form lately, which is why

Sporting CP

were fine about parting with a little over €15 million to acquire the Portuguese footballer.

Signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Portuguese club until June 2025, Paulinho became most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 and has now reunited with his former Braga manager, Ruben Amorim. With the striker joining the Portuguese side, Cristian Borja and Andraz Sporar moved in the opposite direction and joined


as part of the deal.

Paulinho made a total of 153 appearances for his former club in a period three and a half years, during which he managed to score 63 goals, with many of them coming in crucial matches. He is yet to make an appearance for his new club, but looking at the figures, he could become quite a success at Sporting CP.

Nicolo Rovella

  • Transfer: Genoa-Juventus

  • Transfer fee: €18M

While some players go on to play more than a hundred matches and get an overall rating higher than at least 7.5 to be even considered a fine talent and worth spending money on, there are others such as Nicolo Rovella, who only need fewer than 10 league starts to earn their move to a bigger club. Rovella got on the list of most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 after he switched clubs in the Serie A and moved from Genoa to


for €16 million.

Of course surely Juventus are not an unexperienced club and do not lack world-class stars to give way to up and coming newcomers such as Rovella, which is why they have loaned back the 19-year-old midfielder to his former club Genoa for the remainder of the season. Juventus announced on 29 January 2021 that they had signed the Italian midfielder on a three-and-a-half-year contract, as the youngster will surely be eager to prove his worth to his new club by impressing them even more during his loan spell at



Krepin Diatta

  • Transfer: Club Brugge-Monaco

  • Transfer fee: €20M

With the figures paid for the most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 going higher as we move down the list, Krepin Diatta’s transfer fee sees a two million rise from Nicolo Rovella’s transfer, who moved from Genoa to Juventus for €18 million. It was announced recently that 21-year-old winger Krepin Diatta had joined Monaco from

Club Brugge

for reportedly €20 million, which also made him one of the most expensive Ligue 1 January signings of 2021.

The Senegalese footballer has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Ligue 1 side until 30 June 2025. There is certainly immense potential in Diatta, of which we saw a number of glimpses during his time at Club Brugge. He managed to score an outstanding 10 goals in 19 appearances for his former side this season before switching clubs and moving to



While he used to be a decent forward in previous seasons, he has been able to take it up a notch this season, as he managed to score as many goals this campaign as he had managed to score in the last three campaigns combined. This will surely be a strong motivator for the Senegal international, as he aims to find his feet and reach the same heights at his new club.

Dominik Szoboszlai

  • Transfer: RB Salzburg-RB Leipzig

  • Transfer fee: €20M

RB Salzburg and sister club

RB Leipzig

are known for their internal affairs and the good relationship that they have regarding their transfers. We have seen many a players switch sides and join one club or the other throughout the years. In one of the latest instances, Dominik Szoboszlai has also become one of the most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 by switching sides and joining RB Leipzig from

RB Salzburg

for €20 million.

The German club signed the Hungarian midfielder on a four-and-a-half-year contract until June 2025, with the transfer of the money making him the most expensive Hungarian player in history. The 20-year-old has already made 12 international appearances and also managed to make a total of 83 appearances for his former club, during which he scored and outstanding 26 goals, with most of them coming in his last two seasons at the club. Dominik Szoboszlai will surely be hoping to repeat the same feats and improve on them at his new club in Bundesliga.

Amad Diallo

  • Transfer: Atalanta-Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €21M

Charging overpriced fees for untested youngsters seems to have turned into the norm in the modern football, as Amad Diallo has become one of the most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 after his move from Atalanta to

Manchester United

for €21 million. Of course Diallo is one of the more exciting prospects of the recent times, and the Red Devils have only done what Juventus did with Nicolo Rovella. They have signed the 18-year-old as a future investment, which could go either way for the English club.

The deal for Amad Diallo’s transfer was in fact agreed upon several months ago in the summer of 2020, but he was not eligible to move to a foreign country as he was underage at the time. He has now joined Man United’s U23 side and managed to impress his peers in the 6-2 thrashing of Liverpool’s U23 team, in which he grabbed a couple of goals himself.

Sebastien Haller

  • Transfer: West Ham-Ajax

  • Transfer fee: €22.5M

Imagine becoming one of the most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021 and later not being eligible to play for your new club in their Europa League campaign due an administrative error. That is what happened to Ajax’s new striker Sebastien Haller, who joined the Eredivisie side from West Ham for €22.5 million.

The 26-year-old center-forward had initially moved to West Ham from

Eintracht Frankfurt

for a whopping €50 million in 2019, which shows that the French-born Ivorian goalscorer has obviously experienced a drop in his transfer market value. He has already made 7 appearances for


and has managed to score 2 goals and provide 4 assists in the process. Coming on to the pitch as one of the most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021, he made his debut in the 2-2 stalemate against PSV Eindhoven, in which he managed to provide his first assist.

Said Benrahma

  • Transfer: Brentford-West Ham

  • Transfer fee: €23M

With West Ham earning additional income by selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax for €22.5 million, they went on and made Said Benrahma’s move from


permanent for €23 million and put him on top of the list of most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021. The Algeria international’s market value set a new record for him as it roughly doubled after he switched clubs and joined the Hammers on a permanent deal.

The versatile winger joined David Moyes’ side in October 2020 and has since made 17 appearances, providing a total of 4 assists in the process. He will surely be motivated to prove his worth and move further up the ranks in the squad to get more playtime.

These were the

most expensive signings of January transfer window 2021

, with clubs’ supporters truly excited to see the new additions to their teams. Who do you believe can prosper at their new club? Will we have a more thrilling transfer window in the summer? We can only wait and see how things pan out in the end, and wish good luck to all those who have departed for a new journey.




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