Erling Haaland is on the brink of completing his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, but the Norwegian striker’s £51million fee means he is nowhere near the Premier League’s big-hitters
By Felix Keith
The Borussia Dortmund striker has joined City on a five-year contract which will see him take home £400,000 per week. Although his release clause was originally reported to be worth £63million (€75m), City are understood to have paid just £51m for his signature.
Having plundered 85 goals in 88 games for Dortmund, Haaland is undoubtedly one of the most exciting players on the planet and his addition to the Premier League is a major coup for City. While his transfer fee is still significant – and his wages, bonuses and agents’ fees colossal – it is still some way off a record in the Premier League.
City hold that record, having shelled out £100m to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa last summer. And, unsurprisingly, Sheikh Mansour’s billions mean the defending champions dominate the list of the most expensive deals in Premier League history.
They are now responsible for nine of the top 25 transfer fees in the league, ahead of Man Utd (six), Chelsea (five), Liverpool (four) and Arsenal (one). The financial dominance of those clubs – plus the other member of the so-called Big Six, Tottenham – is shown by the fact that they currently make up the top six in the Premier League table.
As you might expect, most of the big-money transfers have come in the past three or four years. Transfer fees have undergone major inflating in recent years, although the Premier League comes nowhere close to the overall record set by Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, which reportedly cost the French side £200m (€222m).
Grealish actually comes in sixth place on the all-time list, behind Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to PSG), Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona) and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Barcelona).
A look at the Premier League’s top 25 transfers shows that the majority of the big-money players have been recruited from elsewhere in Europe, rather than in the same league. Surprisingly, only six have come from other Premier League clubs, with the Bundesliga (seven), La Liga (four), Serie A (four), Ligue 1 (two) and Portugal’s Primeira Liga (two) responsible for the others.
Haaland’s sale has seen Dortmund re-establish themselves as the best individual seller to the Premier League, with four of the top 25 moves. Haaland has followed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic and Jadon Sancho in moving from Dortmund to the Premier League.
Premier League’s top 25 transfers
1. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa to Man City, 2021) – £100m
2. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan to Chelsea, 2021) – £97.5m
3. Paul Pogba ( Juventus to Man Utd, 2016) – £89m
4. Harry Maguire ( Leicester to Man Utd, 2019) – £80m
5. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund to Man Utd, 2021) – £77m
6. Virgil van Dijk ( Southampton to Liverpool, 2018) – £75m
7. Romelu Lukaku ( Everton to Man Utd, 2017) – £72m
8. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea, 2018) – £72m
9. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea, 2020) – £72m
10. Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal, 2019) – £72m
11. Alisson (Roma to Liverpool, 2018) – £67m
12. Ruben Dias (Benfica to Man City, 2020) – £65m
13. Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Man City, 2019) – £62.8m
14. Angel Di Maria (PSG to Man Utd, 2015) – £60m
15. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester to Man City, 2018), £60m
16. Alvaro Morata ( Real Madrid to Chelsea, 2017) – £60m
17. Joao Cancelo (Juventus to Man City, 2019) – £60m
18. Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, 2019) – £58m
19. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, 2018) – £58m
20. Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao to Man City, 2018) – £57m
21. Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Man City, 2015) – £54m
22. Naby Keita (RB Leipzig to Liverpool, 2018) – £52.75m
23. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund to Man City, 2022) – £51m
24. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Man City, 2015) – £49m
25. Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon to Man Utd, 2020) – £47m