When summer starts fading, football fans get super-excited as their favourite teams are ready to take the field after the well-deserved time-off. However, it is not that easy to completely forget about football during the summer months, as the media is full of transfer news, speculations and rumours.
Spending extreme amounts of money on signing new players has been around for decades, so let’s take a look at the most expensive football transfers in history.
10. When the 2013 summer transfer window opened, Spanish side Atletico Madrid announced that they would not stand in the way of Radamel Falcao if he wanted to leave. On the very same day, French team AS Monaco stated that they signed a 5-year contract with the Colombian striker for a reported €60 million. He has been signed by Manchester United and Chelsea on a loan since then.
9. In 2014, Brazilian defender David Luiz departed for French club PSG from Chelsea for a price of €62 million, a world record transfer fee ever paid for a defender.
8. In a project aiming to attract big players, French squad PSG transferredUruguay striker Edison Cavani from FC Napoli for an undisclosed fee, which experts estimate to be around €64 million.
7. In 2009, Spanish team Real Madrid fixed a 6-year deal with Brazilian midfielder Kaká who left A.C. Milan for €65 million. By the way, the Brazilian must have had a very strong desire to move to Madrid, as earlier he rejected a €100 million bid from Manchester City.
6. 2009 also saw Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimović reach an agreement with FC Barcelona, who paid €69 million to Italy’s Internazionale. The Swede has since then played for AC Milan, and currently is with PSG, however the gossip section of magazines repeatedly mentions Zlatan’s intention to move away from Paris and strike a deal to return to Milan. So far it is only speculation by the media.
5. Legendary English club Manchester United came to terms with Real Madrid to purchase Angel Di María in 2014. The Argentine was sold for €75 million. He only spent one season with the Red Devils, as United confirmed that he relocated to Paris in 2015.
4. Colombian James Rodriguez left AS Monaco to team up with Real Madrid. The French club was not willing to sell Rodriguez at first, as his contract had not expired yet. Later the two sides agreed on a reported fee of €80 million.
3. Luis Suarez became world-famous when he got involved in a biting incident during the 2014 World Cup. This resulted in a 4-month ban, yet FC Barcelona added him to their squad. The Spanish club landed the player for €81 million from FC Liverpool, despite the fact that he had just renewed his contract with the reds.
2. Christiano Ronaldo has become a symbol of football by the 2010s. When he sided with Real Madrid in 2009, the Spanish team paid €94 million to his former club Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson was unwilling to release the player, however Ronaldo was strongly determined to head to Madrid. His 6-year contract has a buy-out clause of €1 billion.
1. English side Tottenham Hotspurs made a fortune when they announced the departure of Welshman Gareth Bale for Real Madrid. Being one of the most criticized transfers in football history, the royal club brought in Bale for a record-breaking €100 million. He is not a favourite of fans, and also has a hostile relationship with Ronaldo, as they both want to be the main characters at Bernabeu.
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