Most Expensive Signings In The January Transfer Window
It’s the window managers claim to hate yet continue to indulge in, the January window has thrown up some sensational signings.
Whether it’s down to a state of panic or an attempt to steal a march, the top clubs have made some big splurges in the January window. Below, we take a look at the most expensive signings in the history of the January window.
1) Phillipe Coutinho – (Liverpool to Barcelona, £164m)
One of the most expensive signings in history, Barcelona had to respond when their star man Neymar was nicked by Paris Saint-Germain for over £200million. Under a long-term contract at Anfield, Liverpool certainly received a nice compensation for their star asset.
Since then, Liverpool have used the funds wisely to build a title-challenging squad as they bid to end their 29-year drought to win a league title.
2) Virgil Van Dijk – (Southampton to Liverpool, £75m)
The Dutch stalwart was the main reinvestment made by the Reds in the same window in which Coutinho was sold – making him the most expensive defender in history.
Van Dijk is arguably the best defender in the world on current form and despite his fee seeming rather extortionate at the time, it looks to be a great piece of business in hindsight.
3) Aymeric Laporte – (Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City, £57m)
A product of Bilbao’s famed academy, Laporte was courted by many big clubs for a number of years. Facing an injury crisis of some sorts in defence, Manchester City broke their transfer record to bring in the French starlet.
He had an immediate impact and smoothed Pep Guardiola’s men over until the end of the campaign as they secured a historic title win in 2018.
4) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, £56m)
Months after breaking their transfer record to bring in Alexandre Lacazette, Arsene Wenger dipped into the transfer budget to once again smash the club’s record and bring in one of Europe’s most lethal goalscorers.
In a January window in which Arsenal lost Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, adding another forward last winter was a necessity.
5) Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea, £50m)
A throwback considering the other names on the list, this was a transfer which shocked the nation at the time. Fernando Torres was the most complete striker in the Premier League when he made the move in 2011.
It seemed like a statement of intent by Chelsea at the time, snatching the best player from a legitimate rival. However, to put it bluntly, Torres’ Chelsea career was a disaster. He may have added a Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League winner’s medal, his personal displays weren’t anything to write home about.