The English Premier League is without a doubt and predominantly the most competitive and watched League in Europe, it is also the most intriguing at times.
It has produced some of the best talents in the world of soccer, as well as bringing up the same who have in return fetched prices that have left mouths wide open for the reason of the transfers involved therein.
Here, let’s have a look into some of the biggest deals that have had direct involvement of players entering or leaving the English soil.
The latest deal involving a Chelsea player, Eden Hazard, to Real Madrid, is at the moment the highest deal of all time and the top all over in the year 2019, totalling up to £130m.
The Belgium forward-star joined Chelsea for £32m from Lille in 2012 and has helped the Blues to win six major trophies in that time, the last of which was the Europa League where he scored two goals in the final.
The other cherished and talked about move involved former Liverpool and Brazil star, Philippe Coutinho, who moved to Barcelona in 2018 at a fee of about £106.4mbuthe has since failed to live to the standards and the duty he was coming to fill at the club.
Coutinho made his debut for Inter Milan in 2010 and was later loaned to La Liga club Espanyol in 2012 and in January 2013, he joined English club Liverpool for £8.5 million when he grew up to catch the eye of Barcelona who was getting him to replace Xavi who was exiting the Catalans.
A former player to the club, Paul Pogba was hunted from Juventus back to Manchester United where he started his career 2016, at a staggering fee of £89m which left eyebrows opened and is at the moment holding the club hostage as he wants to move to Spanish giants against the club’s will.
The fee paid for him remains the highest paid by an English club for any player.
Gareth Bale, was the talk of the town when he moved from the English side, Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013, for a record fee of £85.3m.
He began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. He later moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, for an eventual £7 million fee wherein during his time at Tottenham, managerial and tactical shifts saw him transform into a more attacking player under the then manager, Harry Redknapp.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player from England and the whole of Europe to start the high transfer record fees when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid, in 2009, at a breaking fee record of £80m.
The 34-years-old Portuguese forward began his senior club career in his home country, playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003 where he spent six years before his move to Bernabeau.
Former Chelsea and Everton Belgian, Romelu Lukaku is another highly valued star who moved from Everton to Manchester United, in 2017 under the caretaker of Jose Mourinho at a world record fee of, £75m.
After three successful individual campaigns at Everton, which included an appearance in the 2016–17 PFA Team of the Year, Lukaku signed for Manchester United in 2017, for an initial fee of £75 million which made him the most expensive Belgian player of all time.
Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk, who is one of the most feared defenders in the world and player of the year award, was signed from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018, at a staggering fee of £75mand has lived up to the task for Liverpool guiding them to the finals of the Champions League.
He joined Premier League side Southampton in September 2015 from Scotland side, Celtic before signing for Liverpool in January 2018 for £75 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, ho is one of the high flying goalkeepers in England was poached from Athletic Bilbao by Chelsea, in 2018, for a record fee £72.1m.
He has also brought in some good competition in the national team as he tries to dethrone the United goalkeeper, David de Gea who was in poor for in the ended season after allowing many goals go through his net.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is the other expensive move who moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2014, at a fee of about £65m. He started his active career that broke him into the football world at Ajax and in January 2011 he transferred to Liverpool and won the League Cup in his first full season.
In 2014, he was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year as well as winning the Premier League Golden Boot, and sharing the European Golden Shoe with Cristiano Ronaldo before moving to Barcelona in a transfer worth €82.3 million (£64.98 million), making him one of the most expensive players in football history.
Former Leicester City’s, Riyad Mahrez, is the other move within England soil who joined Manchester City, in 2018, for £60m after a long hunt from the Cityzens.
Mahrez played first on English soil in January 2014 when he signed for English side Leicester City, helping them win the Championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of his first season.
In the 2015–16 season he was the Algerian Footballer of the Year, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and was a member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year as he helped Leicester City win the Premier League. He signed for Manchester City in 2018, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in his first season.