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The Ligue 1 giants have time and again splashed the cash in the transfer market in pursuit of the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain are one of the first clubs that come to mind when we talk about the transfer market in 2021. After the Qatari takeover in 2011, PSG have become one of the richest clubs in the world. Their transfer business over the years, seconds that.
The PSG squad has improved with each passing year. After the signings of Neymar and Mbappe, PSG have made the Champions League final and semi-final. However, their inability to lift Europe’s most coveted silverware has seen the club dip into the market, yet again. In this window, PSG have already made four new additions. Although three of them- Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Georginio Wijnaldum- were signed on a free transfer, PSG paid €60m for Achraf Hakimi and have offered ginormous wages to their players.
PSG’s pool of talent increases with each passing season and the list of their most expensive signings changes too. Khel Now takes a look at the top five all-time most expensive signings made by the French giants:
5. Achraf Hakimi – €60m
Arguably one of the best right wing-backs in the world, Achraf Hakimi’s blistering pace makes him a dangerous asset for whichever team he plays for. Inter Milan’s poor financial position forced Hakimi to find a new club and with Chelsea in contention as well, PSG’s hopes were not too high.
A €60m fee for the Moroccan International seems like an appropriate amount of money at the end of the day. Hakimi solves the problem of the French club’s poor full-backs at one end is likely to add a different dimension to the Paris Saint-Germain attack.
Hakimi brings positional versatility to the team. He can play as a wing-back or a full-back. PSG’s wingers prefer operating in the central areas of the final third and Hakimi could truly be a clever addition to exploit the space out wide. The Moroccan could be a valuable cog for the Parisians for years to come.
4. Angel Di Maria – €63m
Angel Di Maria has been a key figure at several top European clubs in his career. When the Argentine suffered in a Manchester United shirt, Paris Saint-Germain swooped in for the tricky winger’s signature. They paid less than €5m of what Manchester United paid to Real Madrid for Di Maria in the first place.
Di Maria has 88 goals and 110 assists in 264 matches for Paris Saint-Germain and it is safe to say that he has put his Old Trafford days behind him.
This summer, the Argentine won the Copa America 2021 and even scored the winning goal. With a one-year extension in the bag, Di Maria is closing into the final years of his contract.
3. Edinson Cavani – €64m
One of the most lethal strikers over the last decade, Edinson Cavani was a tremendous servant for Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguayan scored 200 goals and assisted 43 in 301 matches for the club. Cavani’s performances at the club have certainly proven his €64m fee to be worthy.
The Uruguyan has six Ligue 1 titles to his name and several domestic cups as well. Cavani often played in the shadows of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This was also the reason why he often played as a right winger and not centrally. Despite the barriers, Cavani was prolific for PSG. Infact, he is the highest-ever goalscorer in history for Paris Saint-Germain
Presently, the Uruguayan plays for Manchester United, who signed him for free at the start of the 2020/21 season. He played a crucial role for them in their run to the Europa League final and also chipped in with important goals in the Premier League.
2. Kylian Mbappe – €180m
The most expensive teenager of all-time, Kylian Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain permanently after spending a year on loan at the club from AS Monaco. His transfer fee of €180m is the second-most expensive transfer of all-time.
One of the brightest stars of world football at present, Mbappe’s ability is only going to increase as time goes by. With a World Cup win in 2018, a Champions League final and two semi-final appearances to his name, the French international already boasts a lot of success at such a young age. Infact, Mbappe was one of the central figures in the success of his teams in all these exploits.
Since joining PSG, Mbappe has 132 goals and 61 assists in just 171 matches for the French giants. His recent hat-trick versus Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League was one of the most impressive performances of the lot.
However, there is a lot of uncertainty about Mbappe’s future at the club. Paris Saint-Germain will have to play their cards right in order to maximize his output and avoid losing him on a free. The Frenchman only has a year left on his contract.
1. Neymar – €222m
Neymar’s transfer for a world record fee not only stunned the football community but also broke the transfer market. The big money move has caused massive inflation in the market. The Brazilian was part of the historic treble-winning Barcelona team. This made his transfer even more shocking. Neymar’s move stemmed from a desire to win the Ballon d’Or and be the focal point of a team.
His numbers in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt are formidable. In 116 matches, Neymar has 87 goals and 52 assists. However, his main ambition to win the Champions League and a Ballon D’Or remain unfulfilled. Neymar’s misfortune with injuries has hampered his ambitions. The Brazilian has missed some important matches for PSG due to recurrent injuries.
Neymar looked in electric touch in the Copa America. After a short holiday and a strong pre-season, he could take an extremely improved PSG all the way to the summit of the Champions League.