The 10 biggest Premier League transfers in 2023-24 season to date
Talent doesn’t come cheap, and English Premier League teams are certainly willing to pay for it. We rank the 10 biggest transfers of the 2023-24 season to date.
The Premier League summer transfer window is nearly closed now that the 2023-24 season is under way, but the deals keep coming in fast. Chelsea and Liverpool are battling to land Moises Caicedo in what has become is one of the more riveting EPL transfer sagas in recent memory.
Meanwhile, plenty of ink has already been spilled documenting a slew of this summer’s other new Premier League signings. This Betway Insider top 10 will take a look at the 10 biggest (and most expensive) Premier League transfers since the transfer window opened in mid-Jume. Total costs are ranked according to Transfermarkt reporting.
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The most expensive deal already completed during the 2023 transfer window saw the Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo move from Brighton & Hove Albion to Chelsea for a reported $146.4 million (£115 million).Ranking the 10 Biggest Premier League Transfers in the 2023-24 Season
- Moussa Diaby
Movement: From Bayer Leverkusen to Aston Villa
Transfer Fee: $60.3 million (€55 million) (plus bonuses)
Aston Villa agreed to a club-record of up to $65.9 million (£51.9m) with French international winger Moussa Diaby. The winger rejected an approach from Saudi Arabia to join coach Unai Emery’s up-and-coming club, which finished in England’s European places for the first time in over a decade.
The lightning-quick winger thrived under coach Xabi Alonso’s tutelage at Bayer Leverkusen and will now team up with players such as Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey in taking on teams from both the Premier League and the Conference League. The only question is whether or not Emery’s inherently defensive style will hold him back.
- Christopher Nkunku
Movement: From RB Leipzig to Chelsea
Transfer Fee: $65.8 million (€60 million)
Positions: Attacking Midfielder, Forward
From one French attacker playing in Germany (Moussa Diaby) to another (Christopher Nkunku). Chelsea secured Nkunku’s signature in January, as the attacker has followed a nearly identical career path to Diaby. Both French youngsters broke through into PSG’s first team but found limited opportunities playing behind Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. They were sold for modest fees to German clubs and blossomed -- both nearly quadrupling the value their clubs spent on them.
Unfortunately, Nkunku suffered an injury that will see him miss a few months, so Chelsea will likely be in the market for a new attacker. Surprise, surprise … the Blues will dominate Premier League transfer news all the way until deadline day.
- Sandro Tonali
Movement: From AC Milan to Newcastle United
Transfer Fee: $70.2 million (€64 million)
Position: Central Midfielder
Italian international midfielder Sandro Tonali became Newcastle’s second-most expensive transfer when he arrived for a reported $70.2 million (€64 million), which is subject to increase. That also made him the most expensive Italian transfer of all time.
Newcastle had a fantastic 2022-23 season, exceeding any expectations the club’s new Saudi Arabian owners might have had. The team cracked England’s elusive top-4 and clinched a coveted Champions League spot. Despite viral videos of him looking distraught to be leaving Italy for the Tyneside club, Tonali figures to start alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock in a midfield three for Newcastle.
Get used to it. Newcastle will be a staple in EPL transfer news columns for years to come.
- Mason Mount
Movement: From Chelsea to Manchester United
Transfer Fee: $70.4 million (€64.2 million)
Position: Attacking Midfielder
The former Champions League winner and Chelsea wunderkind left his boyhood club for Manchester United for a reported $69.8 million (£55 million), plus additional add-ons. He also claimed Cristiano Ronaldo’s famed No. 7 shirt.
Mount is an aggressive off-ball presser who thrives off the ball. In 2021-22, he was one of a handful of players in Europe’s top five domestic leagues to tally both 10 goals and 10 assists in league play. However, his production and fitness fell off a cliff during Chelsea’s disastrous 2022-23 season.
Despite Mount’s heinous miss in United’s preseason, the Red Devils hope that his playing alongside midfield destroyer Casemiro will produce similar results to what Chelsea got from Mount when he played alongside N’Golo Kante.
- Dominik Szoboszlai
Movement: From RB Leipzig to Liverpool
Transfer Fee: $76.7 million (€70 million)
Positions: Attacking Midfielder, Winger
Liverpool triggered Hungarian attacker Dominik Szoboszlai’s $76 million (£60 million) release clause at RB Leipzig to make him the third-most expensive arrival in club history. He mostly played as a wide attacking midfielder for a helter-skelter RB Leipzig pressing team, and figures to slot in as a right central midfielder (as a progressive 8) in coach Jurgen Klopp’s patented 4-3-3 formation.
Szoboszlai is replacing Jordan Henderson in the Liverpool lineup, which might mean he will have to cover wide areas when Trent Alexander-Arnold inverts infield. While it’s too soon to project just how Liverpool will line up for most of the season, Szoboszlai will have a demanding and influential role on a team looking to re-enter England’s elite.
- Kai Havertz
Movement: From Chelsea to Arsenal
Transfer Fee: $82.2 million (€75 million)
Positions: Attacking midfielder, Forward
This isn’t German attacker Kai Havertz’s first big-money move. After starring as a teenager at Bayer Leverkusen, he moved to Chelsea for a club-record $94 million (£71 million) in September 2020. His time in West London was maddeningly inconsistent, however. Although Havertz scored the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final, he also never tallied more than eight league goals and led the line for Chelsea’s dreadful 2022-23 attack.
Rumors suggest that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta might play Havertz in a midfield three behind the prolific frontline of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Jesus. The main question surrounding this German continues to be which position he prefers to play.
- Rasmus Hojlund
Movement: From Atalanta to Manchester United
Transfer Fee: $82.2 million (€75 million)
In January 2022, Austria’s Sturm Graz club signed Danish international striker Rasmus Hojlund for $2.5 million (€1.8 million). He went on to score 12 goals in 21 games, prompting Italy’s Atalanta to come knocking with a $16.7 million (€17 million) bid. The striker netted nine league goals in his first season in Serie A as a 20-year-old.
After Manchester United missed out on some of its other forward options, the club turned to Hojlund. Atalanta, always shrewd negotiators, recognized this and bargained an initial $81 million (£64 million, subject to increase) out of Manchester United. Considering how unproven the hulking Dane is, this looks like an overpay. Transfermarkt had Hojlund’s value around $49 million (€45 million) in mid-June. Will he prove to be worth it?
- Josko Gvardiol
Movement: From RB Leipzig to Manchester City
Transfer Fee: $98.7 million (€90 million)
Position: Center back
Officially the most expensive center back of all time, Croatian international Josko Gvardiol joins a crowded Manchester City defense with plenty of competition for roster spots. In Manchester City’s opening day victory at Burnley, Gvardiol was not chosen for the starting XI.
Apparently, Gvardiol once claimed “Liverpool is the club of my dreams,” but the perennially cash-strapped Merseyside club was beaten out by Manchester City (as usual) in the bidding for Gvardiol’s services.
Gvardiol, along with Dominik Szoboszlai and Christopher Nkunku, gave RB Leipzig a big profit on transfers this summer. That club has already replaced Gvardiol with French defender Castello Lukeba from Lyon.
Gvardiol will draw a smaller salary than some of his new teammates, since Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland are already among the highest-paid Premier League players.
- Declan Rice
Movement: From West Ham to Arsenal
Transfer Fee: $133.8 million (€105 million)
Position: Defensive Midfielder
West Ham rejected multiple bids from Arsenal and ended up with an initial $127 million (£100 million, plus add-ons) for England’s Declan Rice, making him the most expensive English player of all time.
Rice is a dynamic, box-to-box midfielder who came up the youth ranks at Chelsea and West Ham as a central defender. Now, he can make stunning full-field solo runs. Rice is also a known vocal presence both in the locker room and on the field -- something that might be important for a fragile Arsenal team that lost its composure during the 2022-23 season’s title race.
So far, this is the biggest EPL done deal of the summer.
- Moises Caicedo
Movement: From Brighton to Chelsea
Transfer Fee: $146.4 million (€115 million)
Position: Central Midfielder
'I want to become a legend at this amazing club.' 💬— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 15, 2023
Our first chat with Moises Caicedo! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/BmhMPiMfBm
The niño Moi transfer novel has ended. Chelsea outbided Liverpool to sign coveted Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo. While Liverpool’s bid of $140 million (£110 million) was accepted by Brighton, Caicedo was worried about breaking the personal commitment he had previously made to Chelsea during the winter transfer window.
Moises Caicedo, a Brighton & Hove Albion sign from Independiente del Valle for just $5.7 million (€4.5 million) 2 years ago is now the most expensive Premier League transfer of all time. At his 21 years of age, he has already won a Copa Sudamericana with Independiente del Valle and debuted with only 18 years old in the Ecuadorian national soccer team against Argentina in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying on October 9th, 2020.
Caicedo has the potential to form a dynamic midfield pairing with Enzo Fernandez at Chelsea, whereas at Liverpool he likely would have been assigned to a more defensive-minded role. Expect him to contribute at both ends of the field for Chelsea. Regardless, Caicedo’s arrival will be as exciting as Premier League signings can get.
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