30 Most Expensive Footballers of All Time – Adjusted for Inflation

​Transfer fees have skyrocketed over the years, with more and more clubs appearing to turn a blind eye to the cost of a player – so as long as they get their man.

Yet who really are the most expensive players of all time? Well, now you can find out.

Here’s the top 30 – via ​Totally Money – taking into account the rise of inflation when calculating the final prices. So, here we go. There might just be a few that take you by surprise.


30. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United

Paul Pogba

Transfer Fee in 2016: £94,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £129,762,764

Paul Pogba is a player who continues to divide opinion. 

Having thrived in Italy at Juventus, Pogba returned to Manchester in 2016. And despite winning the League Cup and Europa League in his first season back, he has struggled for consistency.


29. Hernan Crespo – Parma to Lazio

Hernan Crespo

Transfer Fee in 2000: £51,130,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £130,454,475

Following a successful spell at Parma, Lazio came calling in 2000 to bring the Argentine forward to Rome. Crespo did not disappoint, scoring 39 goals in 54 games before earning himself another big-money move to Inter in 2002.


28. Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho

Transfer Fee in 2018: £130,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £131,953,667

Many wondered if Liverpool were making a mistake when they allowed Coutinho to leave in January 2018. Yet they have since won the Champions League without him and remain on course to end their 30 year wait for a league title. Coutinho struggled at Barcelona before being loaned out to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019.


27. Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Transfer Fee in 2014: £73,550,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £132,295,483

Another transfer between Liverpool and Barcelona, although this one has worked out far better for the Catalan side. Suarez has been first choice striker in the team, winning the Champions League in his debut season.


26. Michael Essien – Lyon to Chelsea

Michael Essien

Transfer Fee in 2005: £34,200,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £132,614,261

Michael Essien arrived after Chelsea won their first title under Jose Mourinho and instantly fitted in. The Ghanaian midfielder remained on the Blues’ books until 2014, becoming a fan favourite along the way.


25. Dennis Bergkamp – Ajax to Inter

Serie A - Dennis Bergkamp of Internazionale

Transfer Fee in 1993: £8,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £136,146,017

One of the finest players to grace the Premier League, but it was actually before he even arrived at Arsenal that Bergkamp attracted another major club. Impressing in his homeland, Inter came calling. Bergkamp would only score 11 goals in 52 appearances for the Italian side, but he showed his true ​class when he came to north London.


24. Andriy Shevchenko – AC Milan to Chelsea

Andriy Shevchenko

Transfer Fee in 2006: £39,490,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £136,561,389

Shevchenko was an exceptional forward for AC Milan, helping them to the Champions League in 2003. Sometimes it just doesn’t work for a player at a particular club though. He scored just nine times for Chelsea in two seasons before returning to Milan on loan.


23. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG

Kylian Mbappe

Transfer Fee in 2018: £121,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £137,751,205

Many expect Mbappe to be a future Ballon d’Or winner, so it was no surprise when PSG splashed the cash on him back in 2018. Already a World Cup winner, it seems that the sky’s the limit for the French forward.


22. Luis Figo – Barcelona to Real Madrid

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Transfer Fee in 2000: £54,000,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £137,777,072

One of the most controversial transfers in recent times. Figo infamously had a pig’s head thrown at him by a Barcelona fan, such was the disgust at his perceived treachery. The winger did go on to win the 2001 World Player of the Year though, answering a few of his critics.


21. Alan Shearer – Blackburn to Newcastle

Alan Shearer

Transfer Fee in 1996: £18,900,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £138,026,584

After leading Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1995, Shearer got his dream move to his hometown club a year later. He would go on to become Newcastle’s greatest ever goalscorer, firmly establishing himself as a Geordie legend.


20. Kaka – AC Milan to Real Madrid

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Transfer Fee in 2009: £60,300,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £139,108,075

Kaka was a joy to watch in Italy as part of a Milan side that shone both domestically and in Europe. He could not quite replicate the same form when he moved to Madrid, but he remains one of the best Brazilian players to have graced European football in recent years.


19. Predrag Mijatovic – Partizan to Valencia

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Transfer Fee in 1993: £9,000,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £139,240,244

While perhaps not a name football fans are overly familiar with, Mijatovic certainly made his mark in Spain. It was his move to Valencia which attracted such a lofty transfer fee, but he would also go on to play for Real Madrid, where he was runner-up in the Ballon d’Or in 1997 before winning the Champions League the following year.


18. David Beckham – Manchester United to Real Madrid

David Beckham

Transfer Fee in 2003: £33,750,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £141,775,416

He had to feature on the list somewhere. After a hugely successful spell at Manchester United, Beckham arrived in the Spanish capital, where he remained until 2007 before becoming the first high-profile player to move to America to play for LA Galaxy.


17. Christian Vieri – Lazio to Inter

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Transfer Fee in 1999: £41,830,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £144,135,998

Vieri made the switch from Lazio to Inter in 1999 and was an instant hit. He went on to establish himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, scoring 103 goals in 143 games for the club.


16. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Inter to Barcelona

Barcelona's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrah

Transfer Fee in 2009: £62,550,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £144,298,675

Zlatan has been at so many clubs, with clubs having to pay big fees to acquire his services each time. His move to Barcelona attracted the biggest sum, though. The Swedish striker struggled to settle at Barcelona, and after a falling out with Pep Guardiola he returned to Italy in 2010.


15. Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea

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Transfer Fee in 2011: £52,650,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £144,987,097

A transfer that Chelsea fans probably won’t want to be reminded of. Bringing Torres to London seemed like a fine piece of business at the time, but he was unable to repeat the stunning displays that he had consistently produced at Liverpool.


14. Ronaldo – Barcelona to Inter

Inter Milan 's striker Ronaldo of Brazil

Transfer Fee in 1997: £25,200,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £145,226,390

The original Ronaldo. Undoubtedly the best striker of his generation on his day, Ronaldo’s career was overshadowed by some terrible luck with injuries. However, he still won two World Cups and shone for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, ensuring that his legendary status is secured.


13. Neymar – Santos to Barcelona

Neymar

Transfer Fee in 2013: £79,380,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £145,490,765

Another Brazilian superstar makes the list. Neymar was regularly in the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but he was still able to show his truly exceptional talent on occasions. The winger inspired arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history as Barcelona overturned a four goal first leg deficit to knock out PSG in 2017.


12. Darko Pancev – Red Star to Inter

Transfer Fee in 1992: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £152,008,497

One of those moves that just didn’t work out. Pancev had won the European Golden Boot in 1991, ​so Inter thought they were getting a prolific striker. Three goals in 19 appearances for the club told a different story.


11. Igor Shalimov – Foggia to Inter

Transfer Fee in 1992: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £152,008,497

Shalimov earned a move to Inter in 1992 after impressing at little-known Foggia, and he would go on to play for Udinese, Bologna and Napoli during his time in Italy.


10. Jean-Pierre Papin – Marseille to AC Milan

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Transfer Fee in 1992: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £152,008,497

At the same time Shalimov moved to Inter, there was a big-money move happening across at AC Milan as well. Papin had earned himself a reputation as a lethal finisher in France and got his move to Milan, where he would stay for two years before leaving for German giants Bayern Munich.


9. Alen Boksic – Marseille to Lazio

Alen Boksic

Transfer Fee in 1993: £9,900,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £153,164,269

Premier League fans may remember Boksic from his time at Middlesbrough, where he ended his professional career. However, he built much of his reputation in Italy, playing for Lazio and Juventus, as he established himself as one of Croatia’s best ever players.


8. Ronaldo – Inter to Real Madrid

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Transfer Fee in 2002: £40,500,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £155,210,616

It’s that man again. To be fair, he was the most sought after player in the world at the time having just finished as the top scorer at the recent World Cup. He would go on to score 83 goals in 127 games in the Spanish capital, showing that he remained an outstanding footballer.


7. Zinedine Zidane – Juventus to Real Madrid

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Transfer Fee in 2001: £69,750,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £157,531,382

Real Madrid certainly didn’t mind getting their cheque book out in the early 2000s. Zidane was at the peak of his powers and earned every penny of his transfer fee when he scored one of the greatest goals ever seen in a Champions League final the following year against Bayer Leverkusen.​


6. Rio Ferdinand – Leeds to Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand

Transfer Fee in 2002: £41,400,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £158,659,741

Ferdinand became the most expensive defender in history when he moved to Manchester United in 2002. He would stay at the club for over a decade and formed half of one of the most dominant centre back partnerships alongside Nemanja Vidic. 


5. Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid

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Transfer Fee in 2013: £90,900,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £166,605,071

Bale has had a turbulent time at Madrid, often struggling to win the fans over. A succession of fitness issues have not helped his cause, but he has still won four Champions Leagues during his time there and scored a stunning overhead kick to guide the team to victory over Liverpool in the 2018 final.


​4. Romario – PSV to Barcelona

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Transfer Fee in 1993: £10,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £167,088,293

Another Brazilian great. Romario joined Barcelona in 1993, scored a remarkable 30 goals in his first season and then won the World Cup with Brazil that summer. Not a bad year at all.


3. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer Fee in 2009: £84,600,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £195,166,553

The Portuguese icon has to settle for third place on this particular list. The forward was mobbed by Madrid fans when he arrived in 2009, and they were right to be excited. 292 goals in 311 games for the club confirmed he was worth every penny, as Ronaldo cemented his place as one of the finest goalscorers in history.


2. Neymar – Barcelona to PSG

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Transfer Fee in 2017: £199,800,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £202,025,615

Neymar features on the list for the second time, but just misses out on top spot. Seemingly wanting to prove that he could shine in a team that did not include Lionel Messi, Neymar switched Barcelona for Paris. Injuries have hampered his time at the club, and rumours persist that he could return to Barcelona at some point.


1. Gianluca Vialli – Sampdoria to Juventus

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Transfer Fee in 1992: £14,850,000

Today’s Transfer Fee: £209,011,684

Not the name that many would have predicted to top this list. Younger readers may only remember Vialli for his time at Chelsea, but the Italian forward was most prolific in his homeland. Having won three Italian Cups and Serie A with Sampdoria, he was rewarded with a move to Juventus where he went on to win a league title and the Champions League.


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Ciro Immobile & Lazio Are Juventus’ Biggest Threat in the Serie A Title Race

​Eight years. We have all waited eight years for someone other than Juventus to win Serie A.

This year, Inter have offered us hope, challenging the Old Lady under the masterful Antonio Conte with perhaps the most exciting strike partnership in world football at the moment – Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku. But two draws in as many matches has quickly seen Juventus rise to the summit of Serie A once more, making their hunt for a ninth straight Scudetto a mere inevitability.

But maybe it isn’t. We are so fixated on the Turin giants, that we have forgotten about Lazio.


While many may even scoff at the prospect of a title challenge in Italy, Lazio are currently the best of the rest and, with a game in hand over their rivals, can move within just three points of ​Juventus should they win it. Another emphatic 5-1 victory over Sampdoria at the weekend saw the Eagles pick up their 11th win in their last 12 matches – a mightily impressive feat – and they have lost just two league games all campaign.

But can they really challenge the gargantuan force that is I Bianconeri? Well, Lazio have already beaten Juventus twice this season, both 3-1 victories in Serie A and the Supercoppa respectively. Impressive performances on both occasions have highlighted not only the decline in standards at the Allianz, but a significant improvement from Simone Inzaghi’s team.

Lazio have not won a Scudetto since 1999/00, but their exit from the Europa League may also aid them in their bid for an allusive Serie A title. The Rome-based side took Europe’s second biggest competition with a pinch of salt, and their absence from Thursday night football will undoubtedly serve them well heading in to the latter stages of the season. 

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Meanwhile, both Inter and Juventus will be alternating between midweek and weekend fixtures, with the latter willing to sacrifice anything and everything for a ​Champions League trophy. 

The real reason Lazio can fight for the title, however, is down to one man: Ciro Immobile. 

The 29-year-old striker has scored a staggering 23 Serie A goals this term in just 19 matches, and his hat-trick at the weekend moved him seven goals clear of Cristiano Ronaldo and nine clear of Lukaku. The attacker has never quite captured the imagination at international level, and has struggled outside of Italy, but his quality and confidence in the Italian top flight knows no bounds.

Immobile is well on course to match, or even break, the current record of goals scored in a single ​Serie A season, achieved by ​Gonzalo Higuain with Napoli in 2015/16. The Argentine scored 36 goals to win the Capocannoniere and matched the feat only achieved once before by Gino Rossetti in 1929. 

Ciro Immobile

Lazio’s talisman is only 14 goals away from smashing that record with 19 games left to do it in, and, given his incredible form, it seems nothing short of inevitable for Immobile. If he can achieve this tally, then Lazio have a brilliant opportunity to leapfrog their title rivals and cement their place among Italy’s great sides.

I Biancocelesti currently boast the best goal difference in the division, with only Atalanta having scored more, and Inter having conceded fewer. The Eagles have a wealth of talent running through their team with notable mentions for Luis Alberto – who has 11 assists and three goals in Serie A – and the incredibly talented Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. 

But it’s Immobile’s proficiency in front of goal that could be the difference for Lazio in the title race, and end their long wait to be kings of Italy. 

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7 Players Who Need to Break Free in January to Succeed

The January window’s open, lads – you know what that means? It’s time for some big ol’ switcheroos in the world of football.

While the common conception can be that clubs are looking to buy and sell to help themselves, sometimes it’s about what a player wants and needs. Midway into the season, where do their best chances of success lie? Can they get total fulfilment out of staying where they are or do they need a move to reach new heights?

Here are seven players who need to break free in January in order to succeed.


Bruno Fernandes

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Current Club: Sporting CP

Linked With: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur

It feels like we’ve been here before with Bruno Fernandes, right? An outstanding goal threat who clearly needs a fresh challenge at this point of his career having given everything for Sporting, Fernandes has long been linked with a move to the ​Premier League.

With a freshness and clear hunger to prove himself at the top level, he would definitely be useful for either ​Manchester United or Tottenham. While he’s a shoo-in for Portugal at Euro 2020, that shouldn’t stop him from wanting to make a significant jump at club level.


Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

Current Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Linked With: Inter, Paris Saint-Germain

Sometimes change is needed after a while in any career, and it’s no different in football. After six-and-a-half years of service for ​Spurs, ​Christian Eriksen admitted even back in the summer that he would like a new challenge.

It’s a short career and footballers will want to experience as much as they can, whether that’s on the field with a new team or off it in a new country. If the Dane is able to secure a transfer this January, then he could provide a huge boost to whichever side he joins – whether it’s helping Inter challenge ​Juventus for the Scudetto or with PSG’s push for the ​Champions League.


Douglas Costa

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Current Club: Juventus

Linked With: Arsenal, Manchester United

In a side featuring the likes of ​Cristiano Ronaldo, ​Paulo Dybala and ​Gonzalo Higuain, arguably Juventus’ most fun player to watch is ​Douglas Costa.

A tricky winger trying to fit his way into a team that no longer uses them, Costa has spent much of this season attempting to impress new boss Maurizio Sarri and battling niggling injuries.

On his day, he remains one of the world’s greatest showmen, and could easily do a job for a top European side still.


Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar

Current Club: Atletico Madrid

Linked With: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur

Having won Ligue 1 with Monaco and the World Cup with France, ​Thomas Lemar could be one of Europe’s most underrated stars who need a move this January.

Not many wide men excel in playmaking or possessing an ability to operate between the lines, but the Frenchman’s deft skillset could prove useful, and maybe even key, to several sides should he leave ​Atletico Madrid this month.

He has been offered to ​Arsenal and Spurs on loan, and it could be a straight showdown between the north London rivals for Lemar’s services.


Moussa Dembele

Moussa Dembele

Current Club: Olympique Lyonnais

Linked With: Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur

Even when Moussa Dembele was scoring goals for fun with Fulham in the Championship or with Celtic up in Scotland, there was a sense that he would still have that golden touch even at the highest level, and now seems like the time to make that jump.

A year-and-a-half into his stint at Lyon, Dembele is now on the fringes of a France call-up ahead of Euro 2020, but to ensure his place in Didier Deschamps’ final squad, a long-awaited move to the Premier League could be his best chance to show his worth.


Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic

Current Club: Real Madrid

Linked With: Arsenal, Bayern

Don’t let Luka Jovic’s quiet start at ​Real Madrid fool you – he’s still a great striker with sky-high potential. Every forward has peaks and troughs, and the Serbian is no different, but maybe he needs a new environment to showcase that.

During his time with Eintracht Frankfurt, Jovic proved to be one of Europe’s top marksmen, and that’s not a skill you lose overnight (or in this case, half a season). Give him a run in any first team​, Madrid or otherwise, and he will score goals. Have a little faith, guys.


Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

Current Club: Crystal Palace

Linked Clubs: Arsenal, Bayern, Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur

There are few players in European football who can truly say they are the heartbeat of their team, making everyone tick just with their presence even if it’s been a bad game – that’s been the life of ​Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace.

What he’s done at Selhurst Park – where the seats have needed a good oiling for some time having clinked so much in anticipation that the Ivorian will entertain – has already made him a club legend, and this is one Eagle who needs a new start in order to soar.

​Bayern reportedly offered to take the winger on loan with an option to buy, and while it would be fun watching Zaha tear up the Bundesliga, he could be just as effective at any of the other London clubs in the Premier League.


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20 Players Who You’ll Only Ever Hear About During the Transfer Window

​The transfer window really is a wonderful thing. 

It gives fans hope that brighter days are just around the corner. It has new shirts ready to be pre-ordered for anyone wanting to don their latest signing on their back. It has bizarre Wikipedia pages being scoured every second of the day for any information on a club’s target list.

But one thing these stages of the season also bring is a chance for a group of players to get their 15 minutes of fame before, for most fans at least, they drop back into obscurity before the transfer window re-opens a few months later.

Let’s not keep you waiting any longer. Here are our top 20 players that you’ll only ever hear about during the January or summer transfer windows.


Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot

If spending most of the latter stages of his time with Paris Saint-Germain weren’t difficult enough for Adrien Rabiot, the France international is once again out of favour but this time it’s with his new club Juventus.

He’s confirmed he’s staying in Turin for the rest of the season. But will that really stop the transfer rumours over his future? 


Samuel Chukwueze

Samuel Chukwueze

The Nigeria international’s senior career has only lasted for just over a year, but Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has (and will continue to) be mentioned in every single transfer window since.

The 20-year-old is rarely ever mentioned as a club’s priority target, especially for those in the Champions League, but Chukwueze is the Spanish media’s go-to Plan B for any top side looking to recruit a new winger.


Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

It’s been clear for a few years that Hakim Ziyech is too good to keep playing in the Eredivisie.

Even when he was at FC Twente, Ziyech was being tipped for a move to the Premier League and those rumours have only increased since Ajax’s success in the Champions League last season.


Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser

Yes, Ryan Fraser’s contract at Bournemouth is running out.

Do we really need to be reminded about that twice a year when he might be sold in a cut-price deal?


Gareth Bale

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Wales.

Golf.

Being on the back pages.

Madrid.

In that order.


Nikola Kalinić

Nikola Kalinic

Nikola Kalinić has made a career of convincing big clubs that he can play football.

In reality, Kalinić has actually spent his being desperately sold by those big clubs who instantly regretted their decision to sign him.

So if you’ve ever wondered why the 32-year-old’s name always pops up during a transfer window, that’ll be why.


Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal will end his career as one of the best South American midfielders to ever make the move to Europe, so it’s no surprise that he always being linked with a big-money move elsewhere.

Even at the ripe age of 32, Vidal is still being tipped for a high-profile transfer in the near future.


Sandro Tonali

Sandro Tonali

At the other end of the age spectrum is Sandro Tonali, who’s been dubbed as ‘the next Andrea Pirlo’ after breaking into Brescia’s first-team in 2017.

The 19-year-old is at one of Italy’s smallest top-flight clubs and as a defensive midfielder, Tonali isn’t the go-to player to be making headlines on any given matchday – especially when he has Mario Balotelli for a teammate.


Sander Berge

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Erling Haaland and Martin Ødegaard are Norway’s two brightest talents, but Sander Berge has been impressing at the highest level of European football for much longer.

Berge, 21, already has over 150 senior appearances to his name and he’s a regular with the national team.

If you’re a mid-table Premier League team the chances are you’ve already seen Berge’s name pop up on a transfer shortlist or two.


Isco

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Isco is still only 27, but the Spain international has never really found his feet to cement a regular starting place at Real Madrid.

Thankfully, we’re always reminded that the Spain international actually still plays football every time he’s linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabéu.


Timo Werner

Timo Werner

He’s in the form of his life and has scored just one less Bundesliga goal than Robert Lewandowski this season, but until Timo Werner leaves RB Leipzig, he’ll always be known primarily as a transfer target for bigger clubs in Europe.


Nicolò Zaniolo

Nicolò Zaniolo

Nicolò Zaniolo will go on to be the face of Italian football for a generation of fans – and the football media know it.

The 20-year-old has outgrown every club he’s ever played for and the same has happened with Roma, so you can expect to see Zaniolo’s name keep popping up before a European super club finally pays up.


Moussa Dembélé

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For all of his ability of the pitch, Moussa Dembélé’s quickly becoming the modern-day Nicolás Gaitán – getting linked with any Premier League team who might need a striker.

*Checks notes*

Wait, Gaitán is only 31? There’s still hope, Manchester United fans!


Eduardo Camavinga

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Is including a 17-year-old on this list cheating?

Yes.

But has Eduardo Camavinga been linked to absolutely everyone during the last two transfer windows?

Also, yes.


Fedor Chalov

Fyodor Chalov

There’s something about the rumour mill that loves linking Russian youngsters with a move to Europe’s bigger leagues, and Fedor Chalov has been the go-to player who any side who are in the market for a new striker.

The 21-year-old is deemed to be a huge talent, but Chalov still isn’t a regular part of the Russian national team and has spent the last few international breaks with their Under-21 side.


Gabriel Barbosa

Gabriel Barbosa

Gabriel Barbosa, more popularly known as Gabigol, has been in the spotlight for years and was deemed to be Brazil’s next big thing even ahead of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

Since leaving Santos in 2016, Gabigol hasn’t ever settled with parent club Inter and he’s been linked with a move away from San Siro ever since as a result.

The 23-year-old has only ever spent time away on loan, but he re-joined Inter this month and is once again being tipped to finally secure a permanent move elsewhere. 


Bruno Fernandes

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Bruno Fernandes is one of the most talented midfielders on the planet.

But after the last few transfer windows, fans will be desperate to see the back of one of the most slow-moving transfer sagas in modern memory.


Boubakary Soumaré

Boubakary Soumare

Football Twitter will tell you that Boubakary Soumaré is the best defensive midfielder in Ligue 1.

Football Twitter won’t tell you that they’ve never watched a Lille game before and can’t spell the Senegal international’s name without using a quick copy and paste from Google.


Thomas Meunier

Thomas Meunier

Does anyone else remember reading about Thomas Meunier leaving Paris Saint-Germain when he still had three years left on his contract?

Well, he’s now got just six months left.

But you knew that already. Of course you did. Because we haven’t for one second heard the end of him becoming a free agent in 2020.


Rúben Dias

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Good centre-backs are a rare commodity in modern football so it’s no surprise to see the same name getting recycled over and over again during the transfer window.

And even though Benfica’s Rúben Dias signed a new contract at the Estádio da Luz two months ago, he was again being tipped to leave the club the next day. 

Not the next week. No. The next day.


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Gonzalo Higuain Admits Short Chelsea Spell Didn’t Give Him Chance to Showcase His Best Work

​Gonzalo Higuain has had a resurgent season for the Old Lady of Italian football, but has now said that his time in England at ​Chelsea has been misunderstood.

Speaking six months after leaving west London, Higuain made it clear that he feels that his play for the Blues was a decent showing for a player who joined mid-season.

Gonzalo Higuain

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “Yes, I understand that they expected more from me and I appreciate that because that means that they relied on me. I also know that people have good expectations from the best players. I always welcome criticism, provided that it is constructive and not destructive. I just want to say that I had the chance to play in one of the best leagues in the world.”

The forward managed to score five times in 13 appearances, but the Argentinian made the case that the team’s results were ultimately the defining factor. 

“I could have done better. But I think what I did is not bad and then we managed to win the Europa League and reached the Champions League, so they were good results. People expected more from me, but I think the goals were fine in that short time.”

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“If you are a good player then people expect everything from you,” he says. “But sometimes people don’t take into account that you are coming from a different league, from the Italian one that is completely different, to the Premier League. People don’t consider the fact that I played there for only a few months.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, management at ​Juventus had not anticipated that Higuain would play such a prominent role this season, deeming the Argentinian as expendable in pre-season. Juventus needed to recoup transfer funds after splashing out on Dutch defender Mattias De Ligt this summer and the massive outlay for ​Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018. 

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However, no club came in for Higuain, and partnership with Paulo Dybala – another player available to rivals before the start of the season – has been one of the best across Europe. 

Higuain attributes this season’s success down to his relationship with Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri.

“I think that Mr Sarri and I take out the best of each other. He saw me, he was with me, he witnessed the best season I have had [with Napoli in 2015-16] and that’s why he knows me so well and maybe that’s why he said it. The problem is Mr Sarri has never said that to me! I know he has told others, but not me!”

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