Although fans have yet to see Bellingham play for Real Madrid, his performances at Dortmund and for England over the years have shown that he is well worth the record £115m fee. At just 19 years old, the midfielder has yet to reach his peak and still has at least 10 years of playing time ahead of him. Bellingham himself has 24 caps for England and 124 appearances for Dortmund, including a number of times as captain. This shows that he is not afraid of pressure.
The winger joined Man City for a transfer fee of up to £ 100 million from Aston Villa in 2021. This is the most expensive deal in the history of the tournament. Despite struggling to regain form in his first season at the Etihad, Grealish has since established that he is one of Pep Guardiola’s most important players. This season, he has made 50 appearances for Cityzens and has contributed greatly to the club’s historic treble, so it would be fair to say that his £100m fee is justified.
Maguire joined MU from Leicester in 2019 for a world record fee at that time of £ 85 million. Since then, he has made 175 appearances for the Reds. However, his future at the club is increasingly dark. The club’s captain-back has been unpopular with new coach Erik ten Hag this season, after his form declined. Currently, MU wants to sell Maguire as quickly as possible, even accepting a loss.
One of MU’s other famous signings is Jadon Sancho. Sancho signed for the Red Devils in a £75m move from Dortmund in 2021. Like Maguire, his record at the club has fallen short of expectations. Sancho has struggled to find form at Old Trafford. He scored just 5 goals in 38 appearances in his first season. Sancho’s unstable performance continues in the 2022/23 season, but part of the reason comes from the impact of injury and illness. Currently, Tottenham are intending to buy Sancho for £ 50 million.
The defender joined Arsenal for £50m from Brighton in 2021. Although many fans doubted his price, White quickly became a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s squad. At this time, White is now considered one of Arsenal’s key players. He played a key role in Arsenal’s Premier League title race in the 2022/23 season, appearing in all 38 games.
Sterling made a dramatic transfer when leaving Liverpool to Man City in 2015. The Man City side had to spend £ 49 million, an amount they felt like a fortune at the time. But that fee is definitely worth it. He scored 131 goals in 339 appearances for City during his seven years at the Etihad and won four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and five League Cups. In the summer of 2022, Sterling signed for Chelsea for a similar fee and was one of the few players of this club to perform well in the last extremely unstable season of the London capital team.
The Crystal Palace full-back arrived at MU for £49 million in 2019. Much of his time at Old Trafford has caused mixed reactions from fans. He showed that he has a solid defense but very limited attack. Many fans think that MU should sell Wan-Bissaka, even though he played sublimely in the second half of the season under the leadership of Ten Hag.
The £47.5m Man City paid the Stones back in 2016 now looks like a bargain. That was considered a lot of money for a defender at the time, but if you look at what the England international did during his time at the Etihad, it can be seen that he was worth every penny. Stones has won 5 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 1 Champions League title. In the 2022/23 season, he went down in history as an important member of the team that won the historic treble.
Like the Stones, there isn’t a single club title Walker hasn’t won. Although joining Man City a year after his England teammate, the full-back also owns the same number of titles. In 2017, Walker joined Man City from Tottenham Hotspur for £45 million, a rather high price at the time. However, that fee is now reasonable considering Walker’s positive contributions to Man City’s success.
Chilwell joined Chelsea in a £45 million transfer from Leicester in 2020. Since joining the Blues, he has won the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup with the home team. But injuries at times have greatly affected Chilwell’s performance at Stamford Bridge. However, when playing on the field, he still showed solid defense and remarkable speed in the attack phase.