Over the last few months, we have taken a look at the 7 most lucrative sales at the likes of Southampton, Porto and Manchester United. We recently saw a suggestion that we should look at leagues rather than clubs though, so today we’re going to give that a go.
That doesn’t mean that the club-specific side of things is done and dusted, there are still a few clubs we’d like to look at such as Shakhtar Donetsk and Monaco, but we like the league idea. So if this video does well, we’ll probably roll it out for a handful of other division’s, and we’ve also always got the option of doing each league’s most expensive signings as well.
Here are the 7 most expensive Championship sales: Where are they now?
7. Darren Bent - Free Agent
In a seven almost entirely dominated by transfers that have occurred in the last two or three seasons, unsurprisingly given the huge inflation in transfer fees in that time, Darren Bent is an anomaly in seventh place. Having scored 31 goals in 68 Premier League games for Charlton Athletic, Bent’s goal scoring wasn’t enough to prevent the Addicks from getting relegated. That summer, he became Tottenham Hotspur’s record signing in a deal worth £16.5 million, and Spurs later sold him to Sunderland for the same fee. Bent was released by Derby County over the summer, most recently having turned out for Burton in the Championship. He featured in Sky’s veteran Star Sixes tournament recently, but hasn’t announced his retirement as of yet.
6. Adama Traore - Wolves
Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on December 21, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Keeping the likes of Gareth Bale and Xherdan Shaqiri out of this seven, in sixth place is Adama Traore. A real handful on either flank with fantastic acceleration, explosivity and dribbling ability, the question marks surrounding Traore have always been in regards to his decision making and final ball, but he’s a nightmare to play against when he’s firing on all cylinders. He left losing play-off semi-finalists Middlesbrough for Championship title winners Wolves over the summer in a deal worth a reported £18 million. Traore has since played 21 games and scored one goal at Molineux.
5. Alfie Mawson - Fulham
One of a number of big-money signings brought in by Fulham over the summer, Alfie Mawson arrived at Craven Cottage for a reported £20 million, which really puts him joint fourth with the man up next. Mawson did fairly well during his two seasons with Swansea City, but I have to say I never saw a £20 million centre-half in there, which is considerably more than Leicester paid for Harry Maguire. Mawson has been restricted to just 13 Premier League appearances this season due to injuries, and his Fulham side have by far the worst defensive record in the division.
4. James Maddison - Leicester City
James Maddison of Leicester City reacts during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on January 19, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Another player who swapped the Championship for the Premier League in a deal worth £20 million over the summer, James Maddison has had a much greater impact upon England’s top flight this season. The 22-year-old made a flying start to the campaign, doing well to manage the expectations of a player brought in to replace the attacking output of Riyad Mahrez. Maddison previously played for Norwich in the Championship, where he scored a mightily impressive 14 goals last season, but the Canaries have flourished in his absence.
3. Georginio Wijnaldum - Liverpool
A player who we only recently spoke about in our look at Newcastle United’s 7 most lucrative sales, Georginio Wijnaldum is Newcastle’s most expensive signing of the Mike Ashley era. Brought in really as an offensive midfielder having scored plenty of goals for PSV in the Netherlands, Wijnaldum ended the season as Newcastle’s top scorer, but the club were unable to avoid relegation to the Championship. Jurgen Klopp brought him to Anfield in a deal worth £25 million including add-ons, where Wijnaldum has since become more functional and less of a luxury player, typically deployed as part of an energetic and box-to-box midfield three.
2. Jordan Pickford - Everton
Jordan Pickford of Everton during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Everton FC at John Smith's Stadium on January 29, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom.
At the age of 24, Everton’s Jordan Pickford has already been through a lot. From the mixed emotions of becoming a first team regular but suffering relegation with your boyhood club in the same season, to becoming Everton’s Player of the Year, England’s shootout hero in Russia, and then crashing swiftly back down to Earth this season having made a number of high-profile mistakes. Pickford has shown that he is a talented goalkeeper, but he sometimes plays with too much emotion, and that can lead to mistakes. He is the second most expensive Championship sale of all time, having joined Everton from Sunderland for an initial £25 million plus a future £5 million in add-ons.
1. Moussa Sissoko - Tottenham
The most expensive Championship player sale of all time, Jordan Pickford would actually cost the same amount as Moussa Sissoko should he trigger all of his necessary add-ons at Everton, but Moussa Sissoko cost Tottenham Hotspur £30 million from Newcastle regardless of add-ons. The former Toulouse midfielder had spent three-and-a-half years at St James’ Park, where his form had tended to fluctuate, and most Magpies fans were amazed that the club got as much money as they did for him.
Sissoko’s first two seasons at Spurs weren’t really reflective of a £30 million footballer, but this season has been much more like it. The leggy Frenchman has been a dominant force in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield, so much so that they looked a little lost without him following his injury against Manchester United.
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