Who were the most expensive transfers of the summer?
Declan Rice’s €116.6 million move from West Ham United to Arsenal is the most expensive transfer of the 2023 summer window so far, but Moises Caicedo's move to Chelsea could end up blowing that out of the water.
Chelsea had previously shown interest in signing the Hammers midfielder, specifically under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, but they eventually signed Enzo Fernandez in January and have spent the entire summer chasing Brighton & Hove Albion’s Moises Caciedo, whom they finally signed in what is a British record deal of €134m. However, only €116m of that fee has been paid upfront, meaning that he is, as things stand, cheaper than Rice.
Jude Bellingham’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid is the only other move to have exceeded €100m so far this summer window, with Rice’s England team-mate costing Los Blancos a whopping €103m. The deal means Dortmund earned a profit of over €70m on the midfielder, who they signed from Birmingham City in 2020.
He has joined the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Dani Ceballos in a stacked Real Madrid midfield roster.
Dominik Szoboszlai’s €70m transfer to Liverpool is the ninth most expensive deal of the summer. The Hungary international has joined Jurgen Klopp’s side as part of their midfield rebuild, which has also included the addition of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton.
The 20 most expensive transfers this summer
|1. Declan Rice||West Ham||Arsenal||€116.6m|
|2. Moises Caicedo||Brighton||Chelsea||€116m|
|3. Jude Bellingham||Borussia Dortmund||Real Madrid||€103m|
|4. Harry Kane||Tottenham||Bayern||€100m|
|5. Randal Kolo Muani||Eintracht Frankfurt||PSG||€95m|
|6. Josko Gvardiol||RB Leipzig||Man City||€90m|
|8. Rasmus Hojlund||Atalanta||Man Utd||€75m|
|= Kai Havertz||Chelsea||Arsenal||€75m|
|10. Dominik Szoboszlai||RB Leipzig||Liverpool||€70m|
|11. Mason Mount||Chelsea||Man Utd||€64.2m|
|12. Sandro Tonali||AC Milan||Newcastle||€64m|
|13. Romeo Lavia||Southampton||Chelsea||€62.1m|
|4. Matheus Nunes||Wolves||Man City||€62m|
|15. Christopher Nkunku||RB Leipzig||Chelsea||€60m|
|= Manuel Ugarte||Sporting CP||PSG||€60m|
|= Jeremy Doku||Stade Rennais||Man City||€60m|
|20. Moussa Diaby||Bayer Leverkusen||Aston Villa||€55m|
|= Ruben Neves||Wolves||Al-Hilal||€55m|
|= Brennan Johnson||Nottingham Forest||Tottenham||€55m|