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Most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021

Sat 27 November 2021 | 7:00

How much have clubs in the English top-flight spent over the summer? Who are the most expensive Premier League transfers of summer 2021? Follow us below as we take a deeper look into the careers of these players and analyze their performance so far.

Another exciting transfer window is officially over and a few weeks have passed since its closure at the end of the summer. We have since had the chance to watch and enjoy recent transfers grace the pitch at their new clubs in one of the greatest leagues in the world. Some serious amount of money has been spent this season as several top clubs are planning to challenge for both the Premier League title and Champions League glory.

But whom have these clubs signed over the summer transfer window? How much did they spend on bringing in new and exciting talents? Who has managed to top the list of

most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021

? If you too are eager to find out more about these footballers, then read on as we provide detailed information about their careers and get to see how they have performed at their new clubs so far.

Summer 2021 most expensive Premier League signings

From former Real Madrid stars Martin Odegaard and Raphael Varane, to incredibly exciting talents such as Jadon Sancho and Romelu Lukaku, there are some unbelievably big names on the list of most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021. There is certainly going to be a tough and intense race for the title this season all thanks to these fine signings. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about these players, who have cost their respective clubs some hefty fees over the summer transfer window.

Leon Bailey

  • Transfer: B. Leverkusen – Aston Villa

  • Transfer fee: €32M

Aston Villa

have been able to spend quite a lot all thanks to Jack Grealish’s transfer to Manchester City, which earned the Premier League side more than a massive €110 million. These funds have been spend carefully instead of being splashed around with no care for details whatsoever. That is why Villa made one of the best signings in the English top-flight by acquiring Leon Bailey from

Bayer Leverkusen

for an unbelievable fee of €32 million.

The fee is unbelievable in the sense that few would have thought that the Bundesliga side would let go of such an incredible talent for such a low price, considering how much clubs have to spend to sign such talents these days. Despite arriving at Aston Villa for such a relatively cheap price, Bailey still managed to make it into the list of

summer 2021 most expensive Premier League signings

, which shows how important of a role the winger can have in the English top-flight.

The Jamaica international managed to score 39 goals while providing 26 assists in a total of 156 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen and is certainly eyeing a similar performance at Aston Villa as well. Bailey, now a 24-year-old, is slowly earning his club’s trust and will have to wait and see if and how Steven Gerrard is going to implement him into his squad.

Since earning a spot on the list of 2021 PL summer transfer window most expensive signings, Bailey has managed to score a goal and provide two assists in less than 10 games for Villa, which is definitely a promising start to the season.

Martin Odegaard

  • Transfer: Real Madrid – Arsenal

  • Transfer fee: €35M

There used to be a time when

Real Madrid

used to sign only world-class elites also known as “Galacticos” and paid little attention to investing in younger talents. Since the mid-2010s, however, everything has changed for Los Blancos as they now try to sign exciting prospects instead of wasting huge amounts of money on older individuals with godly egos. Real Madrid’s new transfer policy was kickstarted by none other than Martin Odegaard, who used to be a true wonderkid at the age of just 15 years old.

The Norwegian wowed everyone with his footwork as he gained enough attention to earn himself a move to one of the most decorated football clubs in the world. The midfielder joined the Spanish giants back in 2015 and went on to spend several years out on loan, trying to gain enough experience to earn a place amongst his own club’s senior squad. Odegaard played for the likes of Vitesse, Real Sociedad and

Arsenal

before returning to Real Madrid with the hopes of becoming a main part of Los Blancos.

Unfortunately for the young midfielder, it did not go as well as he might have hoped, which led to him moving away from Spain once and for all. Norway’s young captain made his move to Arsenal permanent in August and earned a spot amongst the

most expensive Premier League transfers of summer 2021

. He joined the Gunners for a reported fee of €35 million and has since been an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.

He has already made more than 10 appearances for Arsenal this season and has managed to help his side with a goal and an assists in the process. The 22-year-old is still considered to be one of the most exciting talents of the new generation and has got a long way ahead of himself towards becoming one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.

Kurt Zouma

  • Transfer: Chelsea – West Ham

  • Transfer fee: €35M

Chelsea

have let go of numerous great talents over the years. From Kevin de Bruyne to Mohamed Salah, many of today’s superstars used to be a part of the Chelsea bench back in the day. While Kurt Zouma might not currently be on the level of Kevin de Bruyne, he is without a doubt a talent footballer. Perhaps it was only a matter of space and player count that forced Zouma out of the London-based club.

The Frenchman had only just become an integral part of the Chelsea squad after returning from a loan spell at Everton and was on his way towards becoming a regular starter for the Blues. That is why it didn’t take long before other clubs in the Premier League noticed this change of pace and form in Zouma’s career and came in knocking with a bag full of cash. It was West Ham who got their hands on this fine example of a complete center-back as they paid €35 million to acquire his services in the transfer window.

Before becoming one of the

most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021

, Zouma made a total of 151 appearances for Chelsea and even managed to bag himself 10 goals and 6 assists in the process. The English club’s chairman Abramovich will surely be spending the money he received from Zouma’s transfer to sign new players either in the winter transfer window or in the summer of 2022.

Being on the list of 2021 PL summer transfer window most expensive signings, the France international has managed to become

West Ham

’s main center-back and has since helped the club become a surprise title contender in the new season.

Emiliano Buendia

  • Transfer: Norwich City – Aston Villa

  • Transfer fee: €38.5M

Next on the list of most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021 is Emiliano Buendia, who joined Aston Villa from

Norwich City

for €38.5 million. As a Getafe youth academy graduate, Buendia first rose to prominence after joining Norwich City in the summer of 2018. The winger showed his class and true potential during his spell with the Canaries as he managed to help the English club earn a promotion to the Premier League by scoring 8 goals and providing 12 assists in his first 38 appearances in the Championship.

Even though he was not able to keep his side from being relegated into the Championship once again in the 2019-20 season, Buendia still managed to put on an extraordinary show for his supporters after returning to the English second-tier. The Argentinian winger managed to score a total of 24 goals and provide 42 assists in 121 appearances for Norwich City.

Having only recently joined Aston Villa and as one of the most expensive Premier League transfers of summer 2021, the Argentine has managed to settle in at his new club and is slowly earning himself a regular starting position as the club’s main winger. The 24-year-old is versatile enough to be deployed as an attacking midfielder as well as a left-winger, which will certainly be of good use for Villa’s new manager Steven Gerrard. Emiliano Buendia has managed to score a goal and provide a single assists in his first ten games for the Lions.

Ibrahima Konate

  • Transfer: RB Leipzig – Liverpool

  • Transfer fee: €40M

Some might say that Liverpool have had a relatively silent and still transfer window this campaign and did not perform as actively as many of the club’s supporters might have hoped for. While Jurgen Klopp was certainly not active as the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United, he was quick to sign a strong center-back after everything he and his side went through last season. Virgil van Dijk’s sudden injury blow was without a doubt a wake-up call for the Reds to not rely on a single defender in every match.

That is exactly why they brought in one of the

2021 PL summer transfer window most expensive signings

to add more depth to their defense department. Ibrahima Konate arrived from

RB Leipzig

for a whopping €40 million and only narrowly missed a spot on the list of most expensive signings in the English club’s history. As an FC Sochaux youth academy product, Konate rose to prominence after joining RB Leipzig on a free transfer deal in 2017.

Despite suffering several heavy injuries throughout the years, the Frenchman still managed to make a total of 95 appearances for the Bundesliga side and performed quite well under pressure. Konate’s stats as an exciting prospect were more than enough to convince

Liverpool

to pay such a hefty fee to acquire his services over the summer transfer window. The France U21 international is yet to find his balance at his new club and has only appeared in four games for the Reds since joining the Premier League side a couple of months ago.

The 22-year-old center-back might be a benchwarmer for the time being, but he certainly has the potential to turn into one of the club’s main defenders in the near future. It is only a matter of time before we get to see him grace the pitch at Anfield regularly. For now, however, Konate will have to deal with the additional pressure that comes with being on the list of most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021.

Raphael Varane

  • Transfer: Real Madrid – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €40M

Considering how much top clubs in the Premier League have paid to sign center-backs in recent years, Raphael Varane’s transfer fee is a true bargain. The Frenchman conquered the world for years with Los Blancos and has already won everything there is to win in football. He is only short of a Ballon d’Or to complete his trophy cabinet. Varane joined the Madrid giants from

RC Lens

for €11 million back in 2011 and turned into one of the club’s most iconic center-backs by spending a decade with the capital-based club.

He went on to make a total of 360 appearances for Real Madrid and kept numerous clean sheets in the process, which helped his side win several trophies throughout the years, including four Champions League titles, three La Liga  titles, the Copa de Espana, three Spanish Super Cups, four FIFA Club World Cups and three UEFA Supercups.

The 28-year-old is at the peak of his career and has recently earned a spot on the list of most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021. He joined Manchester United for a massive €40 million in August and has since become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main man at the back alongside Harry Maguire.

Ben White

  • Transfer: Brighton – Arsenal

  • Transfer fee: €58.5M

No one on the list of most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021 could cause as much controversy and outrage as Ben White, who sent Arsenal fans into a rage spell by joining the Gunners for a whopping €58.5 million. The young center-back didn’t necessarily do anything malicious himself, but rather shocked everyone with his hefty transfer fee. In a rather obvious example of the infamous “English Tax”, Arsenal paid a lot more than what the player was worth simply because he was in the Premier League.

Of course the outrage has since gone away thanks to the Englishman’s impressive performance at his new club. White rose up the ranks at

Brighton & Hove Albion

after returning to the club from a loan spell at Leeds United. He managed to become the English side’s main center-back and got to make more than 40 appearances for the Seagulls before earning a move to Arsenal over the summer. Since joining the Gunners, the 24-year-old defender has managed to become an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Despite a shaky start to the new campaign, Ben White has managed to find his feet at his new club and has kept his side in the race for a spot in the top-4. It is still too early to say if White was worth paying almost €60 million, which is why we will have to wait and see how the former Brighton player is going to perform at his new club in the 2021-22 season.

Jadon Sancho

  • Transfer: B. Dortmund – Manchester United

  • Transfer fee: €85M

The Jadon Sancho transfer saga finally came to an end after

Manchester United

paid a whopping €85 million to not only put him on the list of summer 2021 most expensive Premier League signings, but also make him one of most expensive signings in Manchester United history. Sancho gained global recognition as an exciting prospect after joining

Borussia Dortmund

from Manchester City’s youth academy in 2017.

He proved himself to be an incredible asset for the Bundesliga side and formed an iconic partnership with Erling Haaland. The 21-year-old winger managed a phenomenal feat at Dortmund as he got to score an unbelievable 50 goals in 137 appearances, adding a massive 64 assists to his tally as well. These stats were simply too good to pass, which is exactly why the Red Devils splashed the cash to make him one of the most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021.

It is certainly unbelievable to see such a young footballer gain such prominence in a manner of months. His current market value stands at around €90 million, but is yet to make an impact at Manchester United as he is struggling to find his best form under Solskjaer. Perhaps it will take a long time before Sancho can bounce back to his former self, but the outcome will definitely be worth it as the Englishman has got so many great years ahead of himself.

Romelu Lukaku

  • Transfer: Inter – Chelsea

  • Transfer fee: €115M

Few players have accumulated as much transfer fee as Romelu Lukaku. World-class clubs have collectively spent more than an eye-watering €300 million to sign the Belgian striker throughout the years. For some, Lukaku’s arrival has been nothing short of a blessing. For the likes of Manchester United, however, it was an utter nightmare. Lukaku’s journey from being a Chelsea outcast to becoming the club’s most expensive signing is a true fairytale.

He first joined the Blues from

RSC Anderlecht

for €15 million back in 2011, but failed to deliver a convincing performance during his stay due to lack of game time. That is why Chelsea sent him out on loan to West Bromwich and Everton, the latter of whom decided to make his move permanent for €35 million in 2014. Lukaku managed to introduce himself to the world as one of the most lethal strikers of the current generation, after which Manchester United decided to pay a whopping €84 million to sign him in 2017.

A couple of painful seasons later, the Belgium international joined Inter in 2019 and helped the Italian side end Juventus’ reign over Serie A by winning the league title in the 2020-21 season. After a total of 95 appearances and bagging an incredible 64 goals and 16 assists in the process, Chelsea were finally convinced to splash a historic amount of €115 million to sign the lethal center-forward in the transfer window, which made him one of the most expensive Premier League signings of summer 2021.

Jack Grealish

  • Transfer: Aston Villa – Manchester City

  • Transfer fee: €117.5M

The 2021 summer transfer window was without a doubt a historic one. We got to see both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo switch clubs as the former joined PSG and the latter returned to Manchester United. We got to see the Parisians make history by signing several world-class footballers on free transfer deals. But one of the most exciting news that we got over the summer, was the fact that Jack Grealish broke the record for the most expensive signing in Premier League history by joining Manchester City from Aston Villa for an eye-watering fee of €117.5.

The 26-year-old took the world by storm as his phenomenal performance for Aston Villa and the England national team skyrocketed his market value in a manner of months. Before joining the Citizens, the Englishman made a total of 213 appearances for Villa and managed to score 32 goals, while providing 43 assists in the process. The incredibly versatile winger is yet to win a major trophy, which is why he is eyeing a Premier League title at the end of the current season.

He has managed to bag himself 2 goals and 3 assists in his first 15 appearances for Manchester City, which might be a bit too underwhelming for the most expensive signing in the English top-flight history. We will have to wait and see if Pep Guardiola’s new gem can finally find his feet at his new club and get to perform at his best for the rest of the season.

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