This transfer window was full of interesting transfers. However, many of them were not unexpected, on the contrary, we all foresaw them a long time ago. Agree, the departure of Azar, Griezmann, Lukaku, Morata, Jovic, de Jong, de Ligt, Pavar and a number of other players for various reasons was long overdue. However, this offseason the most mentioned is another player whose transfer is becoming more and more likely by the day – Neymar. Perhaps we are again waiting for the most expensive transfer in the history of soccer. Among the potential newcomers previously mentioned were Real Madrid and Barcelona. Today, however, the main favorite in the fight for the “New Robinho-Pele and co” is the “Catalan” team: they are perfectly staffed, sold off unnecessary players a little bit, and look more stable than the Madrid team, which means that once again they are the main favorite for all trophies of the season. For this reason, we decided today to look back at the most expensive transfers in the history of the Blue Granatas. Here we go.
10TH PLACE. PAULINHO (BRAZIL). 40 MILLION EUROS. FROM GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE IN 2017
The transfer of the Brazilian surprised many people. The player played in a frankly weak Chinese championship (compared to La Liga) and suddenly for such money he goes to the very Barcelona. Many people thought that this was some kind of incomprehensible scheme, and that the Brazilian certainly does not see a place even on the bench of the “blue-granata”. After all, he was not so good at Tottenham, from which he moved to Guangzhou. However, Paulinho surprised many people by frankly becoming the third or even second fiddle in the team’s attack, scoring a lot of goals. Even more surprising was the fact that the player left the Catalans a year later, moving to the same Guangzhou Evergrande.
9TH PLACE. DAVID VILLA (SPAIN). 40 MILLION EUROS. FROM VALENCIA IN 2010
The forward outgrew Valencia and urgently needed a move to a top club. Among the applicants were (as usual) Real Madrid and Barcelona. One day the media even reported that the “Cream” have already signed Villa and that he will be introduced as a player in a few days. But later a rebuttal came out and the news that David was transferring to Barcelona. In 3 years he scored many goals and won trophies. The main ones are two championships in La Liga and one Champions League.
8TH PLACE. MARK OVERMARS (DUTCH). 40 MILLION EUROS. FROM ARSENAL IN 2000
Many people will be surprised that the 8th place transfer is from back in 2000. But back then, many teams also spent insane amounts of money on players. Remember how much was paid for Buffon, Vieri, Thuram, Mendieta, Ferdinand, Zidane, Figo, so 40 million for Overmars is not that much. Marc was one of the nurturers of the “Golden-not-golden” generation of Dutch soccer. He showed himself perfectly with Ajax, winning 3 league titles, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and a number of other titles with the team. During 135 games in the “Ajaxites” Mark scored 36 goals and in 1997 he moved to London’s Arsenal. As part of the “Canaries” Overmars performed well for which he was bought by the “blue-granate” for a very decent amount. For the “Catalans” the player played for 4 years, after which he ended his career due to injuries. Today he works as director of soccer operations at Ajax which caused a sensation last season.
Yes, we may not see Marc in the top 10 of Barcelona’s most expensive transfers after this or next offseason. However, until that happens, we have a great opportunity to indulge in memories of “that soccer”, when we collected stickers, watched the APL matches with Elagin’s comments only in records, read “Football” magazine, the newspaper “All about soccer”, affectionately calling it “VOFKA”. Yes, the Internet gave us many opportunities, but at the same time it took away too many…
7TH PLACE. ZLATAN IBRAGIMOVIC (SWEDEN). 69.5 MILLION EUROS. FROM INTER IN 2009
It is not clear whether Barcelona chose Zlatan or Ibra chose Barcelona. Seriously, Ibrahimovic went for a very impressive amount – 49.5 million euros plus Samuel Eto’o, who was valued at 20 million. The Belarusian Alexander Gleb was also supposed to go to Inter, but he refused to go to Serie A.
The Swede played only 1 season in Barça, after which he went on loan to AC Milan, after which he moved to the “red-blacks” on a permanent basis for 25 million euros. However, you can not call this transfer a failure. We all remember how Ibrahimovic started in good health (well, that’s Zlatan, he can’t do otherwise), scoring a lot and constantly. But Messi began to “cranky” that he should play the center forward. As a result, the conflict and the return to Serie A
6TH PLACE. FRANKY DE JONG (NETHERLANDS). 75 MILLION EUROS. FROM AJAX IN 2019
This transfer teams made in the winter, however, it was decided that the player will remain at Ajax. As a result, the Dutch club had a real extravaganza, and in many ways it was Frankie. He perfectly directs the players in the center of the field, like an orchestra conductor. The same is true for the national team – at 22 he is the real leader of the national team. We hope he will not get lost at Barcelona and will be an even tougher player.
Franky de Jong
Frankie himself said that his plan was to first go to Arsenal, where he can reach the next level, and then the transfer to Barcelona. He even thought of a name for his future transitions – “The Overmars Way”. But without any extra “links” in this chain he went straight to the Catalans.
5TH PLACE. LUIS SUAREZ (URUGUAY). 81 MILLION EUROS. FROM LIVERPOOL. IN 2014.
Suarez was excellent at Liverpool, scoring many goals, sharing the Golden Boot with Ronaldo and almost pulling Liverpool into first place in the APL. But the problem was that Liverpool had outgrown the player, and he needed to move on. There was only one problem – the player got bitten by Chiellini and received a 6-month suspension. Such a prolonged absence could have had a detrimental effect on the Uruguayan’s playing qualities and conditioning. But Barcelona believed in him, and the player repaid it by helping him win the Champions League in May 2015. At the time of the transfer it was the most expensive transfer of the Catalans, and the 3rd in the history of soccer.
4TH PLACE. NEMAR (BRAZIL). 88 MILLION EUROS. FROM SANTOS IN 2013
The transfer of the Brazilian was shrouded in many mysteries: it seems that the team paid money to his father, and the club Barça paid much more. In general, there were a lot of strange stories about the Brazilian, which we told earlier. But now, let’s not talk about it. The fact is still a fact. It seems that the official figure was named at 88 million euros. Although initially it was only 56 million. There is a lot to talk about this transfer, because the player scored and passed a lot, and together with Suarez and Messi created a killer attacking trio of Latin Americans (which deserves a separate moment, because their teams are the main rivals on their continent). But then there was falling “into Messi’s shadow”, an “obscure” move to PSG, “falling into Cavani and Mbappe’s shadow”, quarrels with the management of the French club and in the end “Barcelona, take me back”. Well, let’s see how this Santa Barbara ends.
3RD PLACE. USMAN DEMBELE (FRANCE). 105 MILLION EUROS. FROM BORUSSIA. DORTMUND IN 2017
Ousmane proved himself well in Dortmund, so he drew the attention of the grandees. The Catalans were the most hasty, who paid as much as 105 million euros. The amount is huge, and while Dembele has not earned even a third of it: 11 goals is not the result expected from the Frenchman. Although the player is very talented, when he plays at his best, he shows excellent dribbling, speed and shots. But more often Dembele, alas, misses training and “fools around. If Barça buys Neymar, Dembele’s place in the Catalan squad will be highly questionable, even given the fact that he is the youngest of the team’s strikers.
2 PLACE. COUTINHO (BRAZIL).118 MILLION EUROS. FROM LIVERPOOL IN 2018
The player left Liverpool to win the Champions League, but in practice it was the opposite: the Merseysiders have a final and the title in this tournament in 2 years, while Barça had 2 ignominious departures, after resounding victories in the first match against Roma and the same Liverpool. In general, the Brazilian shows a good result: 13 goals in 52 games, which is an average of 0.26 goals per game. By comparison, at Liverpool, Coote had 42 goals in 152 games, which is 0.27 goals, not much higher. But it’s about the quality of play itself. He doesn’t shine anymore, although there are plenty of people to shine at Barcelona without him. More and more often the media reports that Coutinho will go to PSG as part of the Neymar deal. If so, perhaps the French Ligue 1 would be a good place to make some money and restart his career.
1ST PLACE. ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (FRANCE). 120 MILLION EUROS. FROM ATLETICO MADRID IN 2019
The Frenchman was excellent for Atlético de Madrid, scoring nearly 100 goals in all competitions, but, alas, he failed to win any significant trophies. Europa League, the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Super Cup are not the baggage of titles, which one of the best strikers of our time can be content with. After all, Grisi’s national team is not all bad: World Cup gold and Euro 2016 silver. Let’s hope that Antoine will not go into the shadow of his more famous partners. Let’s wish good luck to the “Little Prince” to show his soccer in the “blue-granata” shirt.