These are the top 20 Biggest Transfers of Summer 2023
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The list was compiled based on the initial fee, add-ons. Below is the list of the biggest 20 summer signings across Europe in 2023.
Moises Caicedo (Brighton to Chelsea) –£100m plus £15m add-ons
Chelsea completed the signing of the midfielder Moisés Caicedo from Brighton in a deal worth a British record £115m.
It is the second time in seven months that Chelsea have smashed the British transfer record after paying £106.8m for another midfielder, Enzo Fernández, in the winter window. Caicedo has signed an eight-year contract, with a club option of a further year.
Declan Rice (West Ham to Arsenal) – £100m plus £5m add-ons
Declan Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham in a record £105m deal. The transfer is made up of a £100m initial fee plus £5m in performance-related add-ons. It is the highest amount an English club has paid for an English player.
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Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund to Real Madrid) – £88m plus £25.6m add-ons
Real Madrid announced the signing of Bellingham on a six-year contract. The agreement included a base transfer fee of €103 million, payable to Borussia Dortmund.
Harry Kane (Tottenham to Bayern Munich) – £86m plus £14m add-ons
On 12 August, Bayern Munich announced the signing of Kane on a four-year contract. Kane became the most expensive signing in Bundesliga history, costing €100m plus €10m bonuses in transfer fees, surpassing the €80m transfer fee paid by Bayern Munich for Lucas Hernandez in 2019.
Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain to Al-Hilal) – £86.3m
On 15 August 2023, Neymar completed a transfer to Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal on a two-year contract. The transfer fee was reported to be worth €90 million. The deal made him the most expensive purchase in the Saudi Pro League.
Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig to Manchester City) – £77m
On 5 August 2023, Premier League club Manchester City announced the signing of Gvardiol on a five-year deal. The fee was undisclosed, but reported to be around £77 million (€90 million), making Gvardiol the second most expensive defender in the world.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea to Arsenal) – £65m
On 28 June 2023, Havertz was signed by Chelsea’s crosstown rivals Arsenal for a reported fee of £65 million making him one of the biggest summer signings in Europe
Rasmus Hojlund (Atalanta to Manchester United) – £64m plus £8m add-ons
Manchester United agreed a deal to sign Højlund from Atalanta for an initial £64 million fee plus £8 million in performance related add-ons, with the player agreeing a five year deal with the option of an extra year.
Dominik Szoboszlai (Leipzig to Liverpool) – £60m
On 2 July 2023, Liverpool signed Szoboszlai on a five-year contract after triggering his release clause which was reportedly worth £60 million. He is the third Hungarian player to play for the club after István Kozma and Ádám Bogdán
Jeremy Doku (Rennes to Man City) – £55.4m
On 24 August, Manchester City confirmed the signing of Doku, agreeing a five-year deal with the player. He was given the number 11 shirt for the upcoming season.
Mason Mount (Chelsea to Manchester United) – £55m plus £5m add-ons
Mount signed for Premier League club Manchester United on an initial five-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year. United paid Chelsea a guaranteed transfer fee of £55 million, with the deal containing potential add-ons of £5 million, and Mount took on the prestigious number seven jersey, which was last worn by Cristiano Ronaldo prior to his departure in the previous season
Romeo Lavia (Southampton to Chelsea) – £53m plus £5m add-ons
On 18 August 2023, Lavia joined Chelsea, signing a seven-year contract, for a reported initial fee of £53 million plus add-ons.
Sandro Tonali (AC Milan to Newcastle) – £52m plus £8m add-ons
On 3 July 2023, Premier League club Newcastle United announced the signing of Tonali on a five-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. Reported to be around €70 million, this made Tonali the most expensive Italian player of all time.
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig to Chelsea) – £52m
Nkunku signed for Premier League club Chelsea on a six-year deal starting on 1 July 2023.The transfer fee was reported to be £52 million
Malcom (Zenit to Al-Hilal) – £51.4m
On 23 July 2023, Zenit’s chairman announced the transfer of Malcolm to Al Hilal of the Saudi Pro League. The transfer fee agreed was €60m with an advance payment of 50%.
Otavio (Porto to Al Nassr) – £51.4m
On 22 August 2023, Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr announced the signing of Otávio on a three-year contract, after activating the player’s €60 million release clause, making him both the most expensive player in the Saudi club’s history and Porto’s highest ever sale
Manuel Ugarte (Sporting to Paris Saint-Germain) – £51.2m
On 15 June 2023, in an interview with Portuguese newspaper Record, Ugarte confirmed that he would be joining Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
On 7 July 2023, PSG officially announced that he had joined the club on a five-year contract until 30 June 2028. The transfer fee was reported to be €60 million, with PSG triggering Ugarte’s release clause.
Ruben Neves (Wolves to Al Hilal) – £47m
On 23 June 2023, Wolves confirmed Neves’ departure from the club. Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal confirmed the transfer which set a new record sale for Wolverhampton Wanderers reported to be £47 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham to Al-Hilal) – £45m
On 19 August 2023, Mitrović joined Saudi club Al Hilal from Fulham for a club record transfer fee of £50m.
Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid to Wolves) – £44m
On 1 January 2023, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of the 2022–23 season, with the move becoming permanent in the summer of 2023