Raheem Sterling £49m move to Manchester City may make him the most expensive player under 21 ever (via Independent), and the most expensive Englishman of all-time (via Manchester City’s official website), but he does not make it into the top ten most expensive transfers ever, according to the Telegraph.
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Here is the top ten in full:
10. Radamel Falcao – Atletico Madrid to Monaco (£51m)
Before he was a struggling striker that could only manage four Premier League goals during a loan spell with Manchester United, the Colombian was one of the most feared forwards in the world. After enjoying a productive spell at Porto, Falcao moved to Atletico Madrid where he managed 52 goals in just 68 La Liga games. That form was enough to persuade the Ligue 1 side to spend £51m in 2013. While he boasted an impressive strike rate in France, injuries have meant that he has made just 20 appearances for the club. A loan spell with Chelsea may be his final chance to prove that he hasn’t lost his touch.
9. Edinson Cavani – Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain (£55m)
In the same summer that Falcao moved to France, Edinson Cavani was carving out a similar move, but this time with Paris Saint-Germain paying Napoli £55m to sign the powerful forward. He had been equally as ruthless in front of goal, with 78 goals coming in 104 Serie A games. Unlike Falcao however, he has been a success for the French side, and has been largely able to justify his fee. Despite playing in a slightly wider role, with Laurent Blanc preferring to use Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a central position, he has hit the back of the net 34 times in 65 top flight games.
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