Ranking each Premier League club’s record signings – from masterstrokes from Liverpool, Southampton and Aston Villa to flops from Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs


Gross spend this summer reached £1.92bn, surpassing the record of £1.86bn for the combined summer and January windows of the 2017-18 season.

Chelsea, under their new Todd Boehly-led ownership group, have spent £255.3million on Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

It was £53.3m more than the next biggest spenders – Manchester United on £202m as Antony, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez all featured in their top 10 most expensive signings of all time.

Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, Newcastle’s Alexander Isak and West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta were other arrivals worth over £50m – although City were one of five clubs to make a net profit in the window.

With deals halted until January, we’ve assessed each club’s record signing by price and performance…

Arsenal – Nicolas Pepe, £72m

Joining the Gunners in 2019, Pepe made 80 appearances and scored 16 goals after moving to Lille. The 27-year-old left the club in the summer on loan to Nice, where he scored one goal in four Ligue 1 appearances.

Newcastle United player Alexander Isak became the club’s record signing last month. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

After scoring 24 goals and providing 42 assists in 121 games for Norwich City, the 25-year-old Argentine joined Villa last summer after Jack Grealish completed his £100m move to Man City. He scored four goals and six assists in 35 Premier League games in his first season at Villa Park.

Rodrigo joined Leeds in 2020 and remains the club’s record signing. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images.

Bournemouth-Jefferson Lerma, £25m

The midfielder moved to the south coast in August 2018 as he joined Cherries from Levante. He made over 150 appearances for the club, scoring eight times while bagging eight assists.

Brentford-Keane Lewis-Potter, £17m

Jack Grealish is the Premier League’s record signing. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images.

The former Hull City man became the Bees’ record signing when he arrived in the summer. Since his arrival he has played five times for the club and started his last victory against Leeds. He provided the assist as Thomas Frank’s side drew 1-1 at Goodison Park in late August.

Brighton – Enock Mwepu, £20m

Another player who came off the Red Bull club production line, Mwepu joined the Seagulls from RB Salzburg last summer. Injury problems limited him to 18 appearances last season despite having seven goal contributions from central midfield. He has been involved in all of Brighton’s Premier League matches this season.

After scoring 24 goals and adding 10 assists in helping Inter Milan win Serie A in 2021, the Belgian returned to Chelsea with high expectations last summer. He scored on his debut as the Blues beat Arsenal 3-0 and netted twice more against Aston Villa in his third appearance since returning to Chelsea. However, he would only score five more times before returning to Inter on loan.

Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke, £27m

The Belgian joined Palace from Liverpool in the summer of 2016 after a miserable spell at Anfield, where he failed to live up to his £35m price tag. He scored 37 goals in 177 games for Palace before leaving for DC United last month.

Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson, £45million

The former Iceland international has left Everton after failing to make an appearance for the club last season. He cost the Toffees nearly £50million when he joined Swansea in August 2017.

Fulham – Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa, £27m

The 26-year-old Cameroonian joined Fulham from Marseille in 2018 but spent much of his time at the club on loan with Villarreal and Napoli. He is now officially a Napoli player following a £13million move in July. He made just 66 appearances for Fulham in his four years with the club.

Leeds United – Rodrigo, £27m

The Spain international arrived at Elland Road from Valencia in the summer of 2020. He has made 68 appearances so far, scored 17 goals and provided 18 assists. The 31-year-old is an invigorated player this season, scoring four goals in five games.

Leicester City – Youri Tielemans, £40m

The Belgian arrived at the King Power Stadium in Monaco in July 2019. He scored the winning goal in the 2021 FA Cup Final as his superb strike lifted Leicester’s trophy at the expense of Chelsea.

Liverpool – Virgil Van Dijk, £75m

The defender joined the Reds from Southampton on January 1, 2018. He has won every major trophy available at club level and has made 189 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 17 goals and claiming 11 defense assists. Darwin Nunez could usurp the Dutchman as Liverpool’s record signing after joining for around £67m this summer, but his fee could rise to £85m if all add-ons are met.

Manchester City – Jack Grealish, £100m

The England international broke the Premier League transfer record when he joined City from Aston Villa last summer. He has so far struggled to live up to the award, scoring six goals and adding four assists in 43 games.

Manchester United – Paul Pogba, £89m

The 2018 World Cup winner joined Juventus on a free transfer this summer, having originally left the Serie A club for Old Trafford in 2016. He struggled for consistency at Man United, making 233 appearances, scoring 39 goals and claiming 54 assists.

Newcastle United – Alexander Isak, £59m

The Sweden international became the Magpies’ record signing when he arrived at St James Park from Real Sociedad last month. He gave Newcastle fans a taste of what he can offer, scoring on his Anfield debut while having a second goal in the same game ruled out for a narrow offside.

Nottingham Forest – Morgan Gibbs-White, £25m

Forest were another club that broke their transfer record this summer by agreeing a deal to sign Gibbs-White from Wolves. The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine season on loan at Sheffield United last year, scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists in 37 games as the Blades reached the Championship play-offs.

Southampton – Danny Ings, £22m

The striker joined Saints from Liverpool in 2019 after spending a year on loan at St Mary’s. He struggled with injury at Anfield despite making just 25 appearances. He scored 46 goals in 100 games for Southampton before joining Aston Villa last summer.

Tottenham Hotspur – Tanguy Ndombele, £59million

After arriving in North London for a large sum from Lyon, Ndombele was unable to establish himself at the club. He returned to Lyon on loan after two and a half seasons, who did not exercise their option to buy the player. He is now on loan for a season at Napoli.

West Ham United – Lucas Paqueta, £51m

The Hammers broke their summer transfer record to sign Brazilian midfielder Paqueta from Lyon, who was also attracting interest from Premier League rivals.

Wolves – Matheus Nunes, £38m

After being linked with Liverpool and Man City, Wolves moved for Nunes as he joined the club for a club-record fee from Sporting Lisbon.


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