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Big money transfers in January have a track record of being brilliant or disastrous.
For every Virgil van Dijk, there is a Savio Nsereko or Afonso Alves. The pressures of carrying an inflated price tag can lead players to buckle under pressure or thrive on responsibility.
We reviewed the 11 most expensive transfers from last January and tracked how they have fared since then.
Thirty-two appearances, 33 goals. One goal for every 73 minutes that has passed on the field of play.
It’s safe to say that Borussia Dortmund have no regrets for the € 20m they spent at Haaland last January.
Erling Haaland: “It is the best goal I have scored.
“I love the Champions League.
“I am happy that PSG has copied my meditation celebration.”
– Goal (@goal) June 27, 2020
Alcacer became the most expensive signing in Villarreal history when he moved from Borussia Dortmund for 25 million euros.
The Spanish forward scored on his debut and has scored another 12 for the La Liga team since then.
Born in Arras, a French city that gives its name to an infamous battle in World War I, Tousart impressed in Lyon and won a € 22 million transfer to Hertha Berlin.
The 23-year-old was immediately loaned out to France and scored the winning goal in a Champions League tie with Juventus.
Tousart could no longer participate in the Lyon Champions League race after moving to Hertha in July. So far, he has made four unmarked matches for the Bundesliga club.
Napoli beat out competition from German and Spanish clubs for Lobotka, paying Celta Vigo € 24 million for their services.
The midfielder made his league debut during a 2-1 win over Juventus and has made 19 appearances for Napoli so far, without scoring.
If the Slovak international can emulate his compatriot Marek Hamsik, he will become a legend in Naples.
Sheffield United is currently on track to post the lowest total points in Premier League history, somehow managing to be even worse than Derby County’s 2007-08 vintage.
Berge seems innocent enough in this. The highly skilled Norwegian midfielder seemed tailor-made for Chris Wilder’s unique system, but has often been relegated to the bench in favor of former Fantasy Football player John Lundstram.
While he has yet to deliver consistently, Berge remains a classy footballer. The news of a four-month injury layoff is a serious blow to Sheffield United’s chances of survival.
It never quite worked out for Piatek at AC Milan. Bought as a substitute for Gonzalo Higuaín in 2019, the Polish forward scored 16 goals at San Siro without ever threatening to occupy a regular first-team spot.
Despite rumors that Tottenham had struck a deal with Milan, Piatek moved to Hertha Berlin for 27 million euros and there were high hopes that the ever-intermediate Hertha had signed some great talent.
He has only scored eight goals to date, but a double in the Berlin derby helped make Piatek feel more loved by the Hertha faithful.
Super sub Krzysztof Piatek meets in the derby! 💥
Two goals in three minutes turn the game around for Hertha 😤 pic.twitter.com/NxFkfTUc22
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 4, 2020
José Mourinho loves his extremes. From Arjen Robben and Damien Duff during his first spell at Stamford Bridge to Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, Mourinho’s system often relies on hardworking wingers for his creative inspiration.
Bergwijn seemed a perfect fit. After establishing his reputation in the Eredivisie, the Dutch international joined Spurs for £ 26.7 million and won the Man of the Match on his debut against Manchester City.
It looked like an ankle injury would curtail his debut season, but the league suspension allowed him to regain form for Project Restart, in which he scored against Manchester United.
“He’s one of my guys. Period”, were the words of José Mourinho in response to some criticism of Bergwijn after his costly foul in the loss to Liverpool.
Reinier burst into tears during his introductory press conference after landing a € 30 million trade to Real Madrid from his home club, Flamengo.
The 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder has yet to appear in the first team with the club, spending the second half of last season in the reserves before agreeing to a two-year loan deal with Borussia Dortmund.
He’s only made a few appearances in Germany so far, but he’s still a name to look out for in the future.
Giovani lo celso
Initially signed on loan, Tottenham were impressed enough by Lo Celso to activate the £ 27.2 million option that brought him to North London permanently.
Comfortable on the ball and capable of creating chances from scratch, Lo Celso has been a hit with both José Mourinho and Spurs fans.
Kulusevski is an exciting winger, who has proven his worth in Serie A and with the Swedish national team.
In a typically complicated Italian transfer, he joined Juventus from Atalanta, who had already loaned Kulusevski to Parma. After signing for the Italian champions, he spent the remainder of the 2019-20 season with Parma before officially moving to Juve in August.
The Serie A Young Player of the Year has already scored four goals for Andrea Pirlo’s team and, at just 20 years old, he could become one of the best footballers in Europe over the next decade.
He has done well, we suppose.
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