So far this summer, six English Premier League teams have paid club record transfer fee’s, with the most recent of those being the £89m Manchester United spent to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.
Pogba rejoins United
In doing so, Manchester United also set a new world record transfer fee. That previously stood at £85.3m, which was the fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013.
Prior to acquring Pogba, United’s record transfer fee which the club paid was £59.7m to Real Madrid for Angel de Maria in August 2014, whilst the Argentinean was sold just 12 months later to Paris Saint Germain for £44m.
United are the first English side to have broken the world record transfer fee, since Newcastle United did by paying Blackburn Rovers £15m for Alan Shearer at the end of July 1995, as the England international striker eclipsed Ronaldo as the world’s most expensive player. At the age of just 20, Ronaldo was sold by PSV Eindhoven to Paris Saint Germain for £13.2m
Whilst United’s recruitment of Pogba undoubtedly represents this summer’s most outstanding transfer in world football, many other English Premier League teams have paid some extremely high transfer fees, with six of those being new club records.
Bournemouth bring in Ibe
In order to sign new players this summer, Bournemouth have spent in the region of £30m, with £15.3m of that paid out to Liverpool for winger Jordan Ibe. That sum broke the record transfer fee paid by Bournemouth by over 50%, since their previous most expensive buy was Benik Afobe, who the club signed from Wolves for £10m in January 2016.
Townsend moves to Palace
Another club to have paid a far higher individual transfer fee this summer than have ever done before is Crystal Palace. The Eagle’s bought Andros Townsend from Newcastle for £13m, with the highest fee that they had previously paid being £10m to Paris Saint Germain for Yohann Cabaye.
Foxes pay two club record fees in one window
Reigning English Premier League champions Leicester City have paid two club record transfer fees this summer, with both of those being significantly more than the £9m which Andrej Kramaric cost them from FC Rijeka. After signing Nampalys Mendy from Nice for a then club record £13m, the Foxes then subsequently broke that by paying CSKA Moscow £16m for the Nigerian internationalist striker Ahmed Musa, with players being introduced in Leicester 2-1 Community Shield defeat to Manchester United.
In addition to Musa, two other African strikers have been bought by English Premier League teams for club record fees this summer, with those being his fellow countryman Isaac Success and Andre Ayew of Ghana.
Watford secure Success
At a fee close to £12.5m, Success, formerly of Granada, became Watford’s most expensive ever signing, as the 20-year-old claimed that title from Abdoulaye Doucore, who the club paid Stade Rennes £8m for in February.
Ayew becomes West Ham’s record buy
Relative to Ayew, the former Marseilles striker moved to West Ham from Swansea for £20.5m, to eclipse the £15m the Hammers spent to sign Liverpool’s Andy Carroll in June 2013, which represented the highest transfer fee that they had previously spent.
Potential for further new club record signings to be set ahead of 2016-2017 season
Whilst Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Manchester United, Watford and West Ham have all paid a club record transfer fee this summer, Ayew’s former club Swansea are on the verge of doing so. Specifically the Welsh side are on the verge of spending £15m to recruit Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston, with the club’s current record signing being Wilfried Bony, now of Manchester City, who they paid Vitesse Arnhem £12m for in July 2013.
Ultimately that so many English Premier League teams have paid out a club record transfer fee this summer is indicative of both quality players being signed and inflated prices in the transfer market, which has increasingly become the case over recent years.
Nevertheless, those teams that have set new a new club record transfer fee have done so in order to secure the services of a player who can undoubtedly play a key role for them during the 2016-2017 English Premier League season. That is set to commence on 13 August, when Leicester City start the defence of their title away to Hull City.