Which players have transferred for more than €100m?
Both transfers were structured around a significant up front payment followed by a series of attainable bonuses.
The transfer window has barely been open and yet two massive deals have already been made. Indeed, this tally equals the number of €100m moves made in 2021. The frist last year was Jack Grealish, when he moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City, while Chelsea responded with a deal that saw them sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter.
Here are all the players who have made it to football's €100m club.
Neymar (Barcelona to PSG, 2017) - €222m
Neymar’s 2017 move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record. It was not thought a deal worth €222 million was possible, given that PSG were made to pay the fee up front, yet the club’s Qatari owners came up with the goods and more than doubled the previous mark.
This was the deal that started a chain reaction of mega transfers.
Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG, 2018) - €180m
Kylian Mbappe’s big-money move to PSG technically took place in 2018 given that his first year at the club was on loan. Mbappe has gone on to justify the deal by becoming the undisputed star at Parc des Princes, delighting fans when he turned down the chance to join Real Madrid on a free transfer in 2022 and instead sign a new deal.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona, 2018) - €145m
With Barca desperate to find a replacement for Neymar, they ultimately turned to Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, yet this proved one of the great flop transfers in footballing history. Not only did Barca overpay in the January window, they saw Coutinho’s form drop off a cliff.
He left Barca in the summer of 2022 for a fraction of the price they had bought him for, with Aston Villa completing a deal worth around €20m.
Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid, 2019) - €126m
Joao Felix was a shining prospect at Benfica when Atletico Madrid picked him up for a staggering fee as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann. However, Felix has struggled to live up to that billing and has only 21 La Liga goals through three seasons at the club. At 22, though, he has ample time to come good.
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona, 2019) - €120m
While it would be unfair to characterise Griezmann as a flop at Barcelona, he certainly has not justified the money the club invested in him. In reality, he was the wrong profile for the Catalans and found himself stepping on the toes of Lionel Messi before being sent back to Atleti as the club's financial problems took hold.
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa to Man City, 2021) - €118m
It seemed as though it would only be a matter of time before the darling of English football would make a big-money move and it finally happened in early August 2021 when Manchester City coughed up a remarkable sum to entice Jack Grealish away from his boyhood club. Results in his first season were disappointing.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter to Chelsea, 2021) - €115m
Paying €115m for a player who was once on your books is not a great look, particularly if he fails to fire in the style that Lukaku has done over the course of the 2021/22 season. He returned from Inter as a Serie A champion but spent much of his time on the Blues' bench when back at Stamford Bridge.
Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund to Barcelona, 2017) - €105m
Young, outrageously two-footed and extremely dynamic, Dembele was the player that Barcelona signed to replace Neymar. Injury problems have robbed him of a chance to show his best at Camp Nou and he appears likely to leave on a free transfer.
Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United, 2016) - €105m
While Paul Pogba gets people talking, he never did so at Manchester United for the right reasons. A star when given freedom for France, the Red Devils struggled to unlock that side of his game and saw him embarrassingly depart on a free transfer in 2022.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013) - €101m
The first-ever €100m player may have spent his final seasons at Real Madrid as a burden to the club, but there is no doubt that Bale has had his moments at the club. In particular, his overhead kick in the 2018 Champions League final will long be remembered.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Real Madrid, 2019) - €100m
Real Madrid took what they felt was a calculated gamble by signing Hazard on a huge fee just a year before his deal at Chelsea ended. Hazard, however, has known only injury torment at the Bernabeu – something that had never before affected him in his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus, 2018) - €100m
One of the greatest players of all time, while Juventus might have seen their star fade since Ronaldo’s arrival, that was not the Portuguese’s fault. He was the quickest player in club history to 100 goals but left to Manchester United soon afterwards.
Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco to Real Madrid, 2022) - €100m
France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni became just the second member of the €100m club without a Champions League group stage appearance to his name after Grealish when he moved from Monaco to the Bernabeu. Los Blancos have signed him as a long-term project by offering him a six-year deal.
Darwin Nunez (Benfica to Liverpool, 2022) - €100m
Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez joined the club in June with his big-money switch to Anfield. The Benfica ace stood out across the 2021-22 season and particularly impressed during this year's Champions League tie with Liverpool, when he scored in each leg as his side went down to Jurgen Klopp's men. He adds further depth to the Reds' star-studded forward line as he joins on a six-year contract.