World’s top 10 transfers

Neymar tops the list of the world’s most expensive transfers with a fee of £200.6 million. — Reuters pic
Neymar tops the list of the world’s most expensive transfers with a fee of £200.6 million. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Dec 28 — Liverpool signed Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for a reported £75 million (US$100 million, €84 million, RM410 million) yesterday.

It is a world record fee for a defender and puts the Dutchman in the top 10 of the world’s most expensive transfers:

1. Neymar, Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, 2017, £200.6 million

2. Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, 2017, £96.8m

3. Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United, 2016, £89m

4. Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013, £85.3m

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009, £80m

6. Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli to Juventus, 2016, £75.3m

7. Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Manchester United, 2017, £75m = Virgil van Dijk, Southampton to Liverpool, 2018, £75m

9. Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona, 2014, £65m

10. James Rodriguez, Monaco to Real Madrid, 2014, £63m

Notes: Kylian Mbappe, £160 million move from Monaco to PSG to be completed in June, after current loan spell

Neymar, 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona originally reported as £48.6 million, but later revealed to be higher after court case. — AFP

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