Top 10 most expensive transfers in January window 2024
High-profile moves that could reshape the fortunes of some of Europe’s elite clubs
Throughout this transfer window, the traditional big spenders in European football have shown a surprising reluctance to splash substantial amounts of money, contributing to an unusually calm and uneventful period. Contrary to expectations, there have been no noteworthy high-value transfers, creating an atmosphere of restraint in the market.
Clubs, typically known for their lavish spending, seem to be adopting a more cautious approach, and the absence of significant financial manoeuvres has characterized this transfer season as notably subdued. Fans and pundits alike are left speculating about the reasons behind this uncharacteristic quietness and what impact it may have on the competitive landscape of European football.
Here are the 10 most expensive football transfers in January 2024:
10. Arthur Vermeeren (Royal Antwerp to Atletico Madrid) – £15.3m
Atletico Madrid secured the services of Arthur Vermeeren from Royal Antwerp for a transfer fee of £15.3 million. The young Belgian, who excelled in the defensive midfield position at his childhood club, caught the attention of Atletico. Despite being only 18 years old, Vermeeren has already made his debut for Atletico in a 2-1 victory against Rayo Vallecano.
9. Marcos Leonardo (Santos to Benfica) – £15.4m
The acquisition of Marcos Leonardo by Benfica from Santos for a fee of £15.4 million is an unquestionable decision. The 20-year-old Brazilian, who showcased prolific form at Santos, has become a valuable asset for Benfica. Making an impressive start in Portugal, Leonardo has already scored three goals in just four matches, highlighting his immediate impact with the club.
8. Cyril Ngonge (Hellas Verona to Napoli) – £15.5m
Cyril Ngonge’s move from Hellas Verona to Napoli for a transfer fee of £15.5 million has the potential to be a significant one in the future. The 23-year-old Belgian, who has impressed at Hellas Verona, is eager to make a mark and bring his stellar performances to life at his new club.
7. Gabriel Moscardo (Corinthians to PSG) – £17m
PSG’s strategic pivot towards fostering young talent is demonstrated through their recent signings of Lucas Beraldo and Gabriel Moscardo. The club invested £17.4 million in Beraldo from Sao Paulo and another £17 million in Moscardo from Corinthians. This shift signifies PSG’s commitment to cultivating emerging talents, showcasing a deliberate approach to building a promising and dynamic squad for the future. The acquisitions highlight the club’s focus on long-term success and development, positioning itself as a force in both nurturing and acquiring young talents.
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6. Lucas Beraldo (Sao Paulo to PSG) – £17.4m
Paris Saint-Germain have successfully finalized the acquisition of the promising centre-back Lucas Beraldo from Sao Paulo. At the age of 20, Beraldo solidified his position as a crucial player for Sao Paulo in 2023, drawing significant interest from top European clubs. Powerhouses such as Liverpool and Bayern Munich were among those who deployed scouts to monitor his impressive development. He has signed a five-year contract with the club.
5. Renan Lodi (Marseille to Al Hilal) – £19.8m
Transferring from Marseille to Al Hilal for a fee of £19.8 million, Renan Lodi adds another club to his recent journey, which includes spells at Atletico Madrid and Nottingham Forest. The Brazilian left-back aspires to contribute to Al Hilal’s continued success following his move across continents.
4. Eljif Elmas (Napoli to RB Leipzig) – £20.8m
The £20.8 million transfer of Eljif Elmas from Napoli to RB Leipzig emerges as a notable highlight in this transfer window. The North Macedonian midfielder, adorned with a Scudetto and Coppa Italia from his tenure in Italy, has been enlisted to step into the shoes of Leipzig stalwart Emil Forsberg.
3. Radu Dragusin (Genoa to Tottenham) – £25.8m
Tottenham Hotspur have been actively participating in the transfer market, securing the services of Radu Dragusin from Genoa for a base fee of £21.5 million, coupled with potential add-ons of £4.3 million. This transfer underlines manager Ange Postecoglou’s determination to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the Spurs, signifying an encouraging beginning to their activities in the January transfer window.
2. Sacha Boey (Galatasaray to Bayern Munich) – £30m
In the meantime, Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sacha Boey from Galatasaray for a sum of £25.6 million, with additional incentives amounting to £4.3 million. Facing an unusual decline in Bundesliga performance, the German giants have strategically enlisted Boey to reinforce their defensive lineup, particularly following unsuccessful pursuits of alternative targets.
1. Vitor Roque (Athletico Paranaense to Barcelona) – £52m
Barcelona’s signing of Vitor Roque from Athletico Paranaense for an impressive £25.6 million, with the potential to reach £52 million including add-ons, highlights the club’s commitment to revitalizing its squad. The 18-year-old Brazilian forward affectionately referred to as Roque Junior, has committed to a substantial seven-year deal featuring a substantial €500 million release clause. This strategic move, characterized by financial astuteness, is designed to enhance Barcelona’s attacking effectiveness and infuse youthful energy into their campaign.
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