From Jadon Sancho to Ben White: Premier League’s Most Expensive Pandemic Era Transfers

Published 08/02/2021, 2:52 PM EDT


The Premier League is the best league in the world in terms of quality. As a result, English clubs are notorious for spending the most out of all major leagues. They have not shied away from this tag in the COVID-hit world of football as the signings of Jadon Sancho and Ben White suggest that more is yet to come.

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Here are the five most expensive players signed by Premier League clubs since the outbreak of COVID-19

6.Timo Werner to Chelsea from RB Leipzig, £53 million

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The German forward joined Chelsea amid much fanfare. He had been incredibly prolific for club and country in his last season for RB Leipzig. However, he had a torrid time last season as his output stagnated, and there are now several compilations of his misses getting more views than his goals.

No one can deny his quality as he has some incredible speed for a centre forward. He uses that to his advantage and if he can get his confidence back, Chelsea will have a lethal striker on their hands.

5.Ben White to Arsenal from Brighton, £58.5 million

Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in England but its fall from grace has been nothing but tragic. The club finished 8th last season and is now out of all European competitions. However, they are taking the necessary steps to get back to their best and the signing of Ben White is key for that.

They strengthened their defence and might do some more business by the end of the transfer window to get back to winning ways. Ben White is a key addition who’ll help the club build a team.

4.Ruben Dias to Manchester City from FC Porto, £68 million

One of the best transfer moves of all time, City’s signing of Portuguese centre-back paid dividends immediately as he was one the best defenders in the world last season. He also won the PFA Player of the Year award which signified the immense effect he had on the team.

The new season will help him build on those performances and if he can replicate the same form for his country, he’ll be a top centre-back for years to come.

3.Kai Havertz to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen, £80 million

The young German forward joined the Blues along with Timo Werner. He has had a better time at the club than his national team partner, but he still left a lot to desire. Havertz is still one of the best talents in the league and his contribution to Chelsea’s UCL win will not be forgotten.

However, coach Thomas Tuchel has the technical nous to get the most out of him and if Havertz delivers on his potential, Chelsea has a Ballon d’Or candidate on their hands.

2. Jadon Sancho to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, £85 million

This was one of the largest transfer sagas in the Premier League as Manchester United was linked with Sancho last season. A move did not materialize as the two clubs were completely apart in their valuation. However, it all changed this season as the England star departed Dortmund in a move that suited all parties.

The signing of Sancho fills a glaring hole in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team as he’ll lock up the right-wing spot at United for years to come. The fee paid for him looks small in comparison to the value he can provide. Jadon Sancho can be Manchester United’s next legend.

1. Jack Grealish to Manchester City from Aston Villa, £100 million

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This transfer broke the record of the most expensive player signed by any Premier League team. Grealish had a fantastic season with Aston Villa and was the captain of the club. The Englishman is incredibly versatile and can play on either wing and in the central attacking midfielder role.

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Manchester City is desperate to win their first UEFA Champions League and the signing of Jack Grealish will help them reach their goal a lot sooner.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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