Who are the most expensive transfers of the summer?

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner Updated: 24 Jun 2022 14:06 CEST 4 min read
Aurelien Tchouameni, Monaco, 2021/22

The 2022 summer transfer window has enjoyed a spectacular start, with two €100 million deals concluding in the first fortnight since it opened.

Real Madrid completed the first of these historic deals when they signed Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco. This was quickly followed by Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica. Both transfers involved large up front payments and achievable bonuses that could see them reach that magical nine-figure sum.

Meanwhile, clubs in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have spent tens of millions of euros trying to attract new talent and strengthen their squads for what promises to be a unique and gruelling 2022/23 season, which is little over a month away.

Erling Haaland completed what was perhaps the summer’s most anticipated deal when he left Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester City. The relatively low transfer fee in this case was due to a release clause in the player’s contract which saw the Premier League champions pay a relatively low fee to his former club – although that has been made up in bonus payments to agents and in wages.

There has also been a group of players who have joined teams on a permanent basis after successful loan spells. Perhaps the most pertinent example of this is Aston Villa’s capture of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, although Federico Chiesa has been signed permanently by Juventus and PSG have completed the capture of Nuno Mendes from Sporting CP.

Erling Haaland completed a big move to Manchester City

Erling Haaland completed a big move to Manchester City

The 20 biggest transfers of summer 2022 so far

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What are the biggest Premier League transfers of summer 2022

The Premier League is the richest league in the world and by the end of the summer will have spent substantially more on players than any other division.

After a slow start to the transfer window, spending in the Premier League has picked up, with a string of big deals having been completed.

10 Biggest Premier League transfer of summer 2022

FromToFee (€m)
Darwin NunezBenficaLiverpool100
Erling HaalandDortmundMan City75
Fabio VieiraPortoArsenal35
Nayef AguerdRennesWest Ham35
Brenden AaronsonRB SalzburgLeeds33
Diego CarlosSevillaAston Villa31
Yves BissoumaBrightonTottenham29
Philippe CoutinhoBarcelonaAston Villa20
Matt TargettAston VillaNewcastle18
Hwang Hee-chanRB LeipzigWolves17

Above are the 10 biggest Premier League transfers of the summer to date.