Players moving between two English top-flight clubs is something we have seen time and time.
With the summer transfer window now in the business end, we are finally seeing big Premier League clubs spend money. If are talking about overall transfer spending, the Premier League is always near the top at the end of any transfer window. The English top-flight is always known for recruiting top players from all around the globe.
But today we are focusing on transfers within the Premier League. This summer too, Leeds winger Raphinha is linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea. While Chelsea are really close to signing Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling. The blues are also interested in signing Dutch centre-half Nathan Aké from Manchester City. West Ham captain Declan Rice is also constantly linked with a switch to the big 6 of the league.
Here we take a look at the top 10 inter Premier League transfers over the years.
Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal to Manchester City) (honourable mention)
Gabriel Jesus moved from Manchester City to Arsenal this summer for a fee close to £45m. The Brazilian striker won 4 Premier League titles with the citizens. The 25-year-old’s switch to the Emirates looks like one of the best moves of the summer as the Gunners were desperate for a top striker to lead the line. On top of that, Jesus fits the age bracket and has previously worked with Mikel Arteta at Manchester City.
10. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea to Everton)
Lukaku initially joined Everton on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2013. He scored 15 league goals that season and helped Everton to a 5th place finish. The Belgium striker was later signed on a permanent deal for a club-record fee of £28 million. Lukaku established himself as one of the best strikers in the league and was constantly the difference-maker for the Toffees. In the 2016-17 season, Lukaku was named in the PFA Team of the year. Manchester United paid £75m to sign the Belgium goal machine in the summer of 2017.
9. Dimitar Berbatov (Spurs to Manchester United)
Berbatov had established himself as one of the top strikers in the league after his move from Bayern Leverkusen to Spurs. But in the summer of 2008, there were rumours of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s interest in the striker. Berbatov forced his way out of Spurs and joined the Red Devils for a £30m fee. The striker made over 140 appearances for Manchester United and won 2 Premier League titles, 2 League Cups and 3 English Super Cups. He also won the 2010-11 Premier League golden boot.
8. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea)
Fernando Torres at Liverpool was a completely different beast. The Spanish striker recorded 80 goals and 20 assists in 141 appearances for Liverpool. But in the January window of 2011, Torres was subject to interest from fellow Premier League giants Chelsea. The reds rejected a £40m bid, but Torres handed in a transfer request. He did get his move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day for a £50m fee. However, the Spanish striker failed to find his form in the blue shirt, scoring just 45 goals in 171 appearances.
7. Michael Carrick (Spurs to Manchester United)
Carrick made his name in the Premier League with West Ham United, then moving to Spurs. But he enjoyed his most successful spell with Manchester United. Joining the club in 2006, the English defensive midfielder went on to win 5 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa League, 6 English Super Cups, 3 English League Cups, 1 FA Cup and 1 Club World Cup. Despite winning basically everything with Manchester United, Carrick remains as one of the most underrated footballs ever to grace the game. He later took up the role of assistant manager at the club following his retirement.
6. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City)
Sterling made his breakthrough in the Premier League with Liverpool. He made his debut in the league on 24 March 2012 against Wigan Athletic. The English winger formed a formidable partnership in attack alongside Luis Suarez. He went on to make 129 appearances for the reds but joined Manchester City in the summer of 2015 for a fee close to £44m. Since moving to the citizens, Sterling has lifted the Premier League title four times and won countless other trophies. The England international is now close to joining fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the ongoing transfer window.
5. Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United)
Robin van Persie was a cult hero at Arsenal. The Dutch striker scored a total of 132 goals and recorded 58 assists for the Gunners. He was handed the no. 10 shirt and the captain’s armband in the hope of persuading him to stay at the club. But he forced a move to Manchester United in 2012 in hope of competing and winning big titles. His wish did come true as he played a crucial role in the Red Devils’ Premier League triumph in the 2012-13 season. He also won the English Super Cup in 2014.
4. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United)
Shearer holds the record for most Premier League goals in history with 260 goals. The English striker scored 12 goals for Blackburn Rovers. But after EURO’96, Manchester United and Real Madrid were keen to sign the striker. But Blackburn Rovers refused to sell this star striker. He ultimately joined Manchester United’s direct league rivals Newcastle United for a record fee of £15m. Shearer went on to score 206 goals for Newcastle, but he failed to lift any trophies with the Magpies. While Manchester United went on to win countless trophies under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson.
3. Frank Lampard (West Ham to Chelsea)
The current Everton manager is still the highest-scoring midfielder in the Premier League. The England midfielder started his carer with West Ham and made his name in the Premier League with the Hammers. He moved to Chelsea for £11m in June 2001. Lampard went on to make over 600 appearances for the Blues, winning the Premier League and Champions League in the process. He even managed Chelsea for 2 seasons before being sacked midway through the 2020-21 season.
2. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United to Manchester United)
Ferdinand broke the record for most expensive British footballer twice, once when he joined Leeds United from West Ham and the second time when he joined Manchester United from Leeds United. The legendary English defender joined Manchester United from direct rivals Leeds United. He went on to make 454 appearances for the Red Devils, winning 6 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League and Club World Cup, 3 League Cups and 4 Super Cups.
1. Carlos Tevez (West Ham to Manchester City)
On the face of things, players moving from West Ham to Manchester City doesn’t seem that controversial. But this was not the case when we talk about Carlos Teves. The Argentine joined Manchester United on a 2 year loan from the Hammers. He went on to win 2 Premier League titles, 1 Club World Cup and the Champions League with the Red Devils. Manchester United agreed a fee with West Ham and offered to make Tevez one of the highest-paid players at the club. But the striker rejected the contract offer and signed for direct rivals Manchester City on a five-year deal for a British record fee of £47m. Teves won the Premier League and FA Cup with the citizens before moving to Italy with Juventus.