Kepa and the 10 most expensive goalkeepers of all time

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith Updated: 23 Nov 2022 16:13 GMT 3 min read
Kepa Arrizabalaga for Chelsea, 2022/23

Kepa Arrizabalaga may have struggled since joining Chelsea from Athletic Club in 2018, but he remains the most expensive goalkeeper of all time after signing for the Blues for a fee of €80 million.

The Spanish side strictly follow their club’s policy of only employing players from the Basque region, meaning it typically costs a lot of money to pry one of their talents from the club.

As a result, Chelsea were forced to break the world record fee for a goalkeeper in order to land Kepa in 2018 after losing Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in the same summer transfer window.

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Chelsea were also linked with another goalkeeper during the summer they signed Kepa - Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson. Instead, Alisson joined Liverpool from Roma and was the most expensive goalkeeper of all time before Kepa joined Chelsea. Alisson is now the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time. He cost Liverpool €62.5m.

The third most expensive goalkeeper of all time is Gianluigi Buffon thanks to his move from Parma to Juventus way back in 2001. This stood as the world’s record transfer fee for a goalkeeper until 2018.

Brazilian international Ederson is fourth on the list of the most expensive goalkeepers of all time. His move from Benfica to Manchester City cost €40m.

Ederson, Manchester City

Ederson, Manchester City

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Next up is Jasper Cillessen, whose move from Barcelona to Valencia cost €35m. Thibaut Courtois’ transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid also cost €35m. As mentioned, he was replaced at Stamford Bridge by Kepa.

Manuel Neuer’s move from boyhood club Schalke to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in 2011 cost the Bavarians €30m, which is the seventh largest fee for a goalkeeper in history. English duo Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale are eighth and ninth on the list. Pickford’s move from Sunderland to Everton in 2017 cost the Toffees €28.5m, while Arsenal paid €28m to sign Ramsdale from Sheffield United in 2021.

Francesco Toldo completes the top 10 most expensive goalkeepers of all time. He cost Inter Milan €26.5m in 2001.

The 10 most expensive goalkeepers of all time

PlayerClubsFeeSeason
Kepa ArrizabalagaAthletic Club to Chelsea€80m2018-19
AlissonRoma to Liverpool€62.5m2018-19
Gianluigi BuffonParma to Juventus€52.88m2001-02
EdersonBenfica to Manchester City€40m2017-18
Jasper CillesenBarcelona to Valencia€35m2019-20
Thibaut CourtoisChelsea to Real Madrid€35m2018-19
Manuel NeuerSchalke to Bayern Munich€30m2011-12
Jordan PickfordSunderland to Everton€28.5m2017-18
Aaron RamsdaleSheffield United to Arsenal€28m2021-22
Francesco ToldoFiorentina to Inter Milan€26.5m2001-02