The transfer record in England has been shuttered once again this summer with the £100m signing of Jack Grealish by Manchester City from Aston Villa. The fee paid to Aston Villa eclipse the £93.25m city rivals Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.
But who else makes the list of the top 10 most expensive EPL transfers? Let’s take a look;
1. JACK GREALISH (FROM ASTON VILLA TO MANCHESTER CITY, £100M)
Manchester City signed the 25-year-old Aston Villa captain and England international for a British record £100m making him the most expensive player in EPL history. The boy-hood Aston Villa fan joined the club aged six and went on to make 213 appearances, scoring 32 goals over eight seasons but will now line up for Pep Guardiola’s team.
2. ROMELU LUKAKU (FROM INTER MILAN TO CHELSEA, £97.5M)
Romelu Lukaku who left Chelsea in 2014 returned to the club in 2021 in a £97.5M deal from Inter Milan. The prolific striker, Belgium’s overall top scorer with 64 goals scored 47 goals in 72 Serie A appearances, helping Inter Milan to their first Scudetto in 11 years. He previously played for Premier Leagues sides Everton and Manchester United.
3. PAUL POGBA (FROM JUVENTUS TO MANCHESTER UNITED, £93.25M)
Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record of £89.3m plus £4m in bonuses. The French international was on the books of the Old Trafford club from 2009 but left for Juventus on a free transfer in 2013 after refusing to sign a new contract. Pogba has gone on to make 199 appearances for Manchester United scoring 38 goals.
4. HARRY MAGUIRE (FROM LEICESTER CITY TO MANCHESTER UNITED, £80M)
Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender in world football when he moved to Manchester United from Leicester City for a record £80m fee in 2019. The England international has since been named captain of the club putting in some solid displays at the heart of the Manchester United defense.
5. ROMELU LUKAKU (FROM EVERTON TO MANCHESTER UNITED, £76M)
The Belgian international joined Manchester United in 2017 from Everton on the back of an impressive season where he scored 25 in 37 Premier League appearances for the Toffees. Lukaku has since moved to Inter Milan in a £73m deal despite scoring consistently for the Red Devils.
6. VIRGIL VAN DIJK (FROM SOUTHAMPTON TO LIVERPOOL, £75M)
Virgil van Dijk finally completed his protracted £75m move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2017, 6 months after Liverpool’s initial approach and van Dijk’s transfer request. The Dutch international has since gone on to lead the Kop to the Champions League and Premier League titles. He was named PFA Players Player of the year and UEFA defender of the season in 2018-19.
7. JADON SANCHO (FROM BORUSSIA DORTMUND TO MANCHESTER UNITED, £73M)
Regarded as one of the most exciting young players in the world, Jadon Sancho finally completed a move to Manchester United after a lengthy chase. The former Manchester City academy graduate will look to impress in his first season in the Premier League.
8. NICOLAS PEPE (FROM LILLE TO ARSENAL, £72M)
Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille after an excellent 2019-20 season with the Ligue 1 side where he scored 23 goals and provided 12 assists in 41 games. The Ivorian international has since struggled to justify the hefty transfer fee showing just flashes of his undoubted ability.
9. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (FROM ATLETIC BILBAO TO CHELSEA, £71.6M)
Chelsea made Kepa Arrizabalaga the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they signed him for over £71M in 2018. It's safe to say the transfer hasn’t gone to plan with the error-prone keeper now the second choice behind Edouard Mendy at the London club.
10. KAI HAVERTZ (FROM BAYER LEVERKUSEN TO CHELSEA, £71M)
The highly-rated German international joined Chelsea to huge fanfare in 2020 after some impressive showings for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. The 22-year-old struggled at the start of the season but improved as the season wore on to play a key part in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph scoring the only goal in the final game against Manchester City.