Six Most Expensive January Signings In Premier League History

With the January transfer window in full swing, Premier League clubs are preparing to spend big in order to bolster their squads. 

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6 – Fernando Torres to Chelsea (£50 million)

Having netted 81 goals in 142 appearances for Liverpool, Fernando Torres’ 2011 switch to Chelsea looked like a move destined for success. 

It wasn’t to be, and while Torres may have won four major honours at the Blues, including the 2011/12 Champions League, El Niño’s time in west London was largely regarded as a failure. 

Being said, Torres’ last-gasp winner at the Camp Nou on the way to Chelsea being crowned European champions, will always hold a special place in the heart of the Blues faithful. 

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5 – Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United (£54 million)

Crying out for a creative midfielder in January 2020, Bruno Fernandes’ £54 million switch from Sporting CP to Manchester United is still reaping the rewards. 

A fixture in the Red Devil’s side ever since, Fernandes has established himself amongst the Premier League’s best midfielders. 

In the peak years of his career, Fernandes continues to shine for United, with a long-lasting career at Old Trafford expected for the Portuguese international. 

4 – Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City (£57 million)

An often forgotten part of Manchester City’s 2017/18 record Premier League campaign was the mid-season addition of Aymeric Laporte, who joined Pep Guardiola’s side from Athletic Bilbao. 

Coming into bolster City’s defensive line in the January window, Laporte featured nine times in the Premier League as they went on to register a record 100 points tally. 

Laporte has since gone on to make over 150 appearances for City, while winning nine trophies during that time. 

3 – Christian Pulisic to Chelsea (£58 million)

Often big spenders in the transfer market, Christian Pulisic may not have joined Chelsea until the following summer, but the Blues splurged £58 million on the USA winger in January 2019. 

His time at Stamford Bridge has been plagued by injury, but there have been some bright sparks from the ex-Borussia Dortmund man. 

Pulisic did feature 10 times for Chelsea during their 2020/21 Champions League-winning run, netting two goals and registering a further two assists. 

2 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£60 million)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure from Arsenal may have been unceremonious, but the Gabon international did enjoy a fruitful four years in north London. 

Netting 92 goals in 163 appearances for Arsenal, Aubameyang had carved out cult-hero status at the Emirates Stadium, before being shown the cold shoulder by boss Mikel Arteta in 2021/22. 

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Aubameyang did help guide Arsenal to the 2020/21 FA Cup, lifting the trophy as captain, after netting both goals during a hard-fought final against current employers Chelsea. 

1 – Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool (£75 million)

While it may have raised eyebrows at the time, it’s hard to argue with Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million switch from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018. 

Having won every trophy possible during his time on Merseyside, van Dijk is a living legend at Liverpool and is revered as one of the club’s best-ever signings. 

Such was van Dijk’s impact on the Liverpool backline, the Dutch defender took to the pitch over 70 times in the Premier League at Anfield before losing a game.