Most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window

Thu 07 October 2021 | 5:30

Who’s cost the most money in the summer? Which clubs have been on the headlines for the transfer fees they have paid in recent months? Follow us below as we take a look at the most expensive summer 2021 transfers and their unbelievable transfer fees.

The summer transfer window of the 2021-22 season has been absolutely phenomenal, historical and quite unbelievable. From Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos wearing the same shirt by joining Paris Saint-Germain on free transfer deals, to Cristiano Ronaldo suddenly deciding to return home to Manchester United in a matter of hours, the current transfer window has bombarded us with amazing transfer news that we could only see while playing Career Mode on FIFA.

Nothing in the world could surprise us so brilliantly except for the sweet transfer window that we have had. But apart from the unique and historical moves that we have witnessed early on this season, there have been many others who have convinced big clubs to spend big money in order to acquire their services. Many footballers got to impress the world of football in Euro 2020, which single-handedly overhauled the list of

most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window

thanks to some players being the absolute best of their versions.

From Raphael Varane to Jadon Sancho and Romelu Lukaku, there have been some quite big names joining Premier League clubs this season the English top-flight plans to get back to the top of the footballing world in a lightning-fast pace. If you too are eager to know more about the most expensive summer 2021 transfers, then read on as we provide you with all the details you might need to know.

10 most expensive deals of the 2021 summer transfer window

Here are the

most expensive summer 2021 transfers

so far that have managed to earn their former clubs and cost their new clubs hundreds of millions of Euros.

Ibrahima Konate

  • Transfer: RB Leipzig – Liverpool

  • Transfer fee: €40M

Liverpool were in deep trouble last season after losing their main defenders to injury. We all knew it and were eager to see how or if Jurgen Klopp could manage to get his team out of trouble and find the right balance once again. Having gone through a terrible spell after Virgil van Dijk’s injury,


got back on their feet once again and managed to finish the season on the third position, behind Manchester United and their city rivals

Manchester City


With his backline being an utter disappointment, Klopp brought in a couple of defenders on loan, but has now opted to sign one of the

most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window

as he plans to reach the same heights as his Premier League-winning days. The Reds have signed Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for a massive €40 million, which is a truly outstanding fee for the center-back considering he was brought into the German club on a free transfer in 2017.

Of course the 22-year-old French center-back is one of the 10 most expensive deals of the 2021 summer transfer window for reason, and that reason is his phenomenal performance for RB Leipzig over the years. While Konate might have been at his best during the 2018-19 season when he got to make more than 35 appearances for his former club, he still got to make more than 20 appearances for Leipzig in the 2020-21 season and managed impress with his defensive abilities.

There is no doubt that Konate will have to fight very hard for his position in the Premier League club as there is so much competition in his way. We will have to wait and see if being one of the most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window can help making him a regular starter at Liverpool.

Emiliano Buendia

  • Transfer: Norwich City – Aston villa

  • Transfer fee: €38.5M

Aston Villa

have really done their homework this season and they seem to be spending wisely in the summer transfer window. Having made an enormous profit off of Jack Grealish’s sale to Manchester City, Villa have been quite active on the market. Even though they have signed the likes of Leon Bailey and Danny Ings for €32 and €35.5 million respectively, who many believe have been an absolute bargain, the duo are not a part of the

10 most expensive deals of the 2021 summer transfer window

as that honor goes to none other than 24-year-old Argentinian winger Emiliano Buendia.

Buendia started his career as a professional footballer after graduating from Getafe’s youth academy. He went on to spend some time on loan at Leonesa before finally departing from Spain to join the English side Norwich City for €1.5 million in 2018. The versatile winger went on to make a total of 121 appearances for

Norwich City

, during which he managed to score 24 goals and provide an impressive 42 assists. The numbers spoke for themselves, which is why Villa were willing to pay more than €38 million to acquire his services.

As one of the most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window, buendia has already managed to deliver a vital performance against Brentford, against whom he scored the equalizing goal and helped his team secure a point at home. It seems that the winger can have quite a successful career at Aston Villa if he keeps on performing at the same level every week.

Tammy Abraham

  • Transfer: Chelsea – Roma

  • Transfer fee: €40M

It seems that Jose Mourinho is adamant on using footballers of African descent as his main strikers as he has persuaded


to pay a whopping €40 million to bring in Tammy Abraham from Chelsea. Just like the days he was behind Didier Drogba’s transfer to Chelsea all those years ago, he is now hoping to get something similar out of the 23-year-old center-forward’s transfer to Roma as well.

Even though the Englishman is quite clearly a talented goal scorer and is able to deliver on the front both in the air and on the ground, Abraham did not get the attention he deserved during his time at


, which was why the Blues opted to sign Timo Werner in the previous summer transfer window.

Abraham is quite a versatile forward and can play on either side of the pitch as well as the center, where he feels the most comfortable. He made a total of 82 appearances for Chelsea and managed to score an impressive 30 goals and provide 12 assists in the process.

It seems that as one of the

most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window

, he is ready to deliver on what his massive transfer fee has promised to Roma fans as he has gotten himself a couple of assists already. It is only a matter of time before we get to see if Abraham lives up to the expectations by continuing his fine form or not.

Raphael Varane

  • Transfer: Real Madrid – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €40M

Real Madrid f

ans might still believe they are currently dreaming as they saw both their world-class main defenders leave in the summer. While Sergio Ramos left in tears and joined

Paris Saint-Germain

on a free transfer deal, it seems that Raphael Varane was quite content on leaving Los Blancos after several trophy-laden years at the Spanish capital.

Manchester United have been quite smart this season and they have turned the Frenchman into one of the most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window. There are few center-backs in the world that can match Varane’s stats at both club and international levels.

The 28-year-old defender started his career in his home country at RC Lens and quickly secured a move to Real Madrid for €11 million after spending only a single season at his parent club. Having joined Madrid in 2011, Varane got to make a total of 359 appearances, during which he managed to score 17 goals and provide 8 assists.

It seems that not only is the Frenchman a defensive talisman, he is also quite an adept assist provider as he delivered on his debut for the Red Devils with an assist against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which in the end helped United to a 1-0 victory away from home.

Dayot Upamecano

  • Transfer: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern

  • Transfer fee: €42.5M

Even if David Alaba had decided to stay at

Bayern Munich

, the German club still needed to bring in a center-back as they lacked the squad depth they needed at the back. That is why the Bavarians went on to make Dayot Upamecano one of the most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window by bringing him in from

RB Leipzig

for a reported transfer fee of €42.5 million.

RB Leipzig surely know how to make a profit in the world of football as they have turned into a modern Borussia Dortmund in the transfer window by letting go of so many talented youngsters. Of course these youngsters don’t come cheap as Leipzig drain every penny they can from their player sales. Surely Upamecano has been worth spending such huge amounts of money to bring him in to the club as they went on to sign the talented 22-year-old center-back even before the transfer window had opened.

It is quite amazing to see how good Bayern Munich are at closing deals on a bargain as Upamecano’s actual market value is estimated to be around €60 million. The French defender has certainly earned his market value throughout the years. He made a total of 154 appearances for Leipzig since joining the German club in 2016 and quite quickly became a regular starter for the Bundesliga side. It seems that he is planning on becoming one of the main center-backs at Bayern Munich as well as he has already earned a starting position at the club.

Ben White

  • Transfer: Brighton – Arsenal

  • Transfer fee: €58.5M

It is quite baffling how


are mocked for every signing they make and have been mocked since Arsene Wenger’s departure from the club. It seems that the club’s supporters are simply not behind their manager’s transfer strategies. Having made Ben White one of the most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window by paying a whopping €58.8 million to Brighton & Hove Albion, the Gunners lost quite a lot of fan support as many believe the 23-year-old center-back is simply not worth that much money.

While many claim that the Englishman has been an obvious case of the famous “English Tax,” White will surely be hoping to deliver on the club’s and the fans’ demands in his first season. Of course all of this negative energy and all the negative reviews could turn out to be incorrect and unfair if the center-back manages to perform at the peak of his level. White rose up the ranks at Brighton’s youth academy and joined the club’s senior side in 2018.

He spent a couple of seasons on loan at Peterborough and Leeds United before finally returning home as an experienced defender. Quite a versatile defender, White made a total of 39 appearances last season and has already made his debut for Arsenal. But it seems that the Gunners are going through quite a rough patch as they have lost all three of their first three games in the Premier League.

Achraf Hakimi

  • Transfer: Inter – PSG

  • Transfer fee: €60M

Paris Saint-Germain have been truly phenomenal this transfer window and might have even had the best transfer window of all time in football history. The Parisians have somehow managed to bring in Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi in a single transfer window. While all the first four signings joined PSG on a free transfer deal, Achraf Hakimi became one of the most expensive signings of summer 2021 transfer window after joining the French side from Inter for a whopping €60 million.

Hakimi has been one lucky footballer as he has had the chance of playing with the best of the best at Real Madrid, Inter and now Paris Saint-Germain. The 22-year-old right-back is currently considered to be one of the best right-backs in the world and has rightfully earned his market value.

The Moroccan gained prominence after graduating from Real Madrid Castilla and soon earned himself a loan move to Borussia Dortmund in 2018. While he never got the chance to become a regular starter at Real Madrid, he did prove himself as one of the best in the business at Inter after joining the Italian side for €43 million.  The future is obviously bright for Hakimi at PSG as he has already proven his worth with a goal and an assist in four appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

Jadon Sancho

  • Transfer: Borussia Dortmund – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €85M

Finally, after months and even years of rumors and speculations, Jadon Sancho has joined Manchester United. The English winger had been linked with a move to Old Trafford ever since he stepped out of Manchester City’s youth academy.

As one of the most talented forwards of his generation, it feels like the future of football is in good hands. Sancho was involved in one of the most expensive transfers of the current transfer window and his transfer fee is no joke. While Manchester United have paid a whopping €85 million to acquire the 21-year-old’s services, the Red Devils have actually gotten their man on a bargain as his current market value is estimated to be around a massive €100 million.

Having begun walking his path towards success in football at the Watford youth academy, he soon joined Manchester City’s U18 side in 2016 and managed to earn himself a move to Borussia Dortmund only a year later in 2018. The German side paid a little less than €8 million back in the day, which clearly showed how talented Sancho actually was from the beginning.

After making a total of 137 appearances and brilliantly scoring 50 goals and providing 64 assists in the process at Dortmund, Sancho has now joined Manchester United so that he can finally accomplish his dreams of becoming a world-class footballer.

Romelu Lukaku

  • Transfer: Inter – Chelsea

  • Transfer fee: €115M

There are few love stories that can top the one between Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea. The on-again off-again relationship between the Blues and the phenomenal striker has been the talk of the town for several years and is in fact what makes Lukaku’s return to Chelsea so special. There was a day when Lukaku was shunned from Chelsea just like many other brilliant world-class talents that the London-based club were simply too blind to see.

That is why after joining the Blues from

RSC Anderlecht

for €15 million back in 2011, Lukaku went on to spend his time on loan spells at West Bromwich and Everton. He eventually signed for Everton after proving to everyone that his raw talents are just too good to ignore. Having joined Everton for €35.5 million in 2014, it took three years for Manchester United to realize the Belgian center-forward’s talents and pay a massive €84 million to acquire his services in 2017.

However, Lukaku’s time at United was simply underrated even though he scored 42 goals and provided 13 assists in 96 appearances. Thankfully, the striker’s career was revived after joining Inter in 2019 and helping the club end Juventus’ reign over Serie A and win the Scudetto last season. Lukaku has now become not only one of the most expensive signings in the summer 2021 transfer window, but also Chelsea’s most expensive signing ever.

Jack Grealish

  • Transfer: Aston Villa – Manchester City

  • Transfer fee: €117.5M

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City wanted to sign both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when it was confirmed neither of the two legends would stay at their clubs, but they ended up signing Jack Grealish for a massive €117.5 million. It might seem that we are mocking their transfer decision, but quite the contrary, City have done terrific business by signing the 25-year-old forward.

Of course some might believe that the Cityzens have paid a little too much for the winger as his current market value is estimated to be around €65 million, but surely all that money could be worth it if the Englishman continues delivering world-class performances each week. Grealish dropped everyone’s jaw last season at Aston Villa and continued impressing the world with his brilliant performance for the England national team in Euro 2020.

The winger is currently the most expensive signing of the summer 2021 transfer window and his new club’s most expensive signing ever, topping Kevin de Bruyne by a significant margin. He has already managed to gain the love and respect of many City fans with a goal and an assist in the four games that he has played under Guardiola this season.




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