Done deals – Europe’s most expensive transfers: Neymar, Mbappe, Coutinho


Neymar – Barcelona to PSG: £198m

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Well, this one came out of almost nowhere less than a month ago and one of Barcelona’s star players has now moved for a new world record. It’s the biggest transfer this window. This biggest transfer in history. Though Barcelona now have £198m to spend on new talent.

Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG: Loan, then £166m**

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It’s been on the cards for some time, and the money is not yet in Monaco’s accounts as it won’t be a permanent deal until next summer, but Mbappe has moved to PSG on loan to avoid FFP issues, before becoming the second highest transfer in the world.

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool to Barcelona: £105m

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Coutinho almost made the move in the summer, but eventually joined Barcelona in January 2018 for a fee that could reach £142m with add-ons. The Brazilian playmaker signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will rejoin his old Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez.

Ousmane Dembele – Dortmund to Barcelona: £97m

After a few weeks of negotiations, Barcelona were able to snap up a replacement for Neymar for the mere price of €105m, rising to €147m with bonuses. Dembele, 20, is now the second-most expensive player of all time, with the winger even beating Paul Pogba’s £89.3m move to Man United last season.

Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool: £75m

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The most expensive defender in the world is now playing for Liverpool. Van Dijk had not been happy at Southampton and seemed set to move to Manchester City, but instead opted for a move to Anfield.

Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Man United: £75m

Lukaku was linked with a move back to Chelsea but chose Manchester United instead and is now a teammate of his friend Paul Pogba. Reports suggest the final price with add-ons could be a new world-record of £90m. Wayne Rooney went the other way in a separate deal.

Alvaro Morata – Real Madrid to Chelsea: £60m

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Morata scored 15 goals in 26 appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga last season but wanted a chance to become undisputed first-choice. Antonio Conte gave him that chance.

Benjamin Mendy – Monaco to Man City: £52m

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Mendy impressed with Monaco last season and had to deal with the pressure of being the world’s most expensive defender at Man City before he was injured, then overtaken by Van Dijk.

Diego Costa – Chelsea to Atletico Madrid: £48.5m

It was an interesting time at Chelsea for Diego Costa: titles, goals, fights, suspensions and, ultimately, an acrimonious exit back to the club from whence he came. Nothing is ever easy with the Spain striker and he had to wait six months to make his debut due to the club’s transfer ban.

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon to Arsenal: £46.5m

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He almost moved to Atletico Madrid but due to their transfer ban, Lacazette arrived at Arsenal from Lyon this summer instead.

Kyle Walker – Tottenham to Man City: £45m

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City have been on the lookout for full-backs and made Spurs’ right-back Walker the joint-most expensive defender in history for a fee that will reach £50m with add-ons.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea to Everton: £45m

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The Iceland international signed a five-year contract, with big-spending Everton laying out a club-record fee for a midfielder they had been chasing for some time.

Bernardo Silva – Monaco to Man City: £43m

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Portugal international Silva won Ligue 1 with Monaco last season and caught the eye of Pep Guardiola, who snapped him up in June before any other major clubs had done business.

Nemanja Matic – Chelsea to Man United: £40m

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A reliable, selfless performer in defensive midfield, the Serbia international reunites with his former manager at Chelsea as Man United seek to win their first Premier League title since 2012-13.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – Monaco to Chelsea: £40m

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Another starlet from Monaco’s Ligue 1 winning side, Bakayoko chose to line up alongside N’Golo Kante in a fearsome looking midfield at Chelsea.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal to Liverpool: £40m

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Arsenal lost another English player to a rival, and Liverpool got a young, hungry midfielder. The key was his contract ending in 2018 and desire to play in central midfield, something Jurgen Klopp offered over Chelsea.

Transfer Rater: Moussa Marega to Man United, Harry Maguire to Man City

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today’s top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Harry Maguire to Manchester City

The Leicester City centre-back is the latest name being linked with a move to City as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his defensive options this month. The Premier League leaders missed out on Virgil van Dijk, with the Dutchman now at Liverpool, and have so far failed in their attempts to sign West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans. Maguire joined Leicester in the summer for £17 million and reports in The Sun over the weekend suggested City would be prepared to pay £50m for the 24-year-old.

Moussa Marega to Manchester United

According to French outlet FootMercato, Porto striker Marega is a top transfer target for United. The 26-year-old could be available for £36m this month and would help Jose Mourinho navigate a difficult period. Romelu Lukaku can’t play every single game and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is struggling with a knee injury leaving United a little short in attacking areas. However, they are not alone in launching an enquiry for the striker, who’s netted 12 goals in 21 games this season. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Marega.

Vicente Guaita to Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are ready to battle it out with Watford for the signature of Getafe goalkeeper Guaita. Roy Hodgson wants to bring in a new No. 1 with Wayne Hennessey struggling for form this season. The 30-year-old Spanish shot-stopper would be available for £3.5m this month and, according to reports in the Daily Mail, both Premier League clubs are prepared to meet the valuation. Guaita was left out of Getafe’s squad to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday as he looked to make a decision and finalise his move to England

Kenedy to Newcastle United

Ross Barkley’s arrival at Chelsea will enable Newcastle to complete the loan signing of Kenedy, claim the Telegraph. Rafael Benitez is a long-term admirer of the Brazilian and tried to sign him during the summer. However, at the time the Premier League champions didn’t have the depth to allow such a move without bringing in a replacement. Now that Barkley is officially a Chelsea player it’s more of when and not if Kenedy swaps the blue jersey for the black and white one.

Patrick van Aanholt to PSV Eindhoven

According to reports in the Netherlands, PSV are going head-to-head with Everton in an attempt to sign Crystal Palace left-back Van Aanholt. Everton boss Sam Allardyce signed the Dutch full-back for both Sunderland and Crystal Palace and is looking to link up with him again. However, Eredivisie champions PSV want to loan their former youth player until the end of the season.

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