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Every Premier League & Championship team to break their transfer record this summer

By Harry Edwards

Published: 13:08, 9 August 2019

There we have it, the summer transfer window for the Premier League and Championship is officially closed.

The 44 teams will now have to wait until January to sign any new players, and are stuck with their squads for the next few months.

This summer has seen a plethora of signings, from free transfers, loan deals and big-money moves breaking club transfer records.

But which teams have broken their club transfer records this summer, and who were the players who led them to do so?

Read on to find out.

Only initial fees have been taken into account.


Player: Nicolas Pepe (from Lille)

Fee: £72m

Previous record: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, £55m, January 2018

Going into the transfer window, Arsenal reportedly had just £40m to bolster their squad ahead of their latest quest for a Champions League return.

But the Gunners spent almost double that when they brought in highly sought-after winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille, adding to their already impressive forward line.

Aston Villa

Player: Wesley (from Club Brugge)

Fee: £22m

Previous record: Darren Bent, £18m, January 2011

Looking to ensure their return to the Premier League is long-term, Aston Villa made 12 signings in the summer window, strengthening their squad across various positions.

Their marquee signing saw forward Wesley join from Club Brugge for £22m, breaking an eight-year record previously held by Darren Bent.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Player(s): Neil Maupay (from Brentford) and Adam Webster (from Bristol City)

Fee: £20m

Previous record: Alireza Jahanbakhsh, £17m, July 2018

Brighton have made a statement on their intentions to improve on last season, breaking their transfer record with two separate players at either end of the pitch.

Neil Maupay comes in from Brentford to try and ease Glenn Murray’s responsibilities for scoring goals, while Adam Webster’s arrival from Bristol City adds competition at the back.

Leicester City

Player: Youri Tielemans (from Monaco)

Fee: £40.5m

Previous record: Islam Slimani, £30m, August 2016

As if equalling their club-record transfer fee in signing Ayoze Perez was not enough, Leicester City flashed the cash in making Youri Tielemans’ loan move permanent.

The Belgian midfielder enjoyed his time at the King Power in the second half of last season and fans can now enjoy the abilities of the 22-year-old for years to come.

Manchester City

Player: Rodri (from Atletico Madrid)

Fee: £63m

Previous record: Riyad Mahrez, £60m, July 2018

It can be tough to improve a near-perfect squad, especially when you’re Premier League champions, but Manchester City have found a way.

Looking to become only the second team to win three consecutive Premier League titles, City broke their transfer record with the signing of midfielder Rodri for £63m – £3m more than they paid for Riyad Mahrez last summer.

Newcastle United

Player: Joelinton (from Hoffenheim)

Fee: £40m

Previous record: Miguel Almiron, £20m, January 2019

Newcastle fans had waited so long for their transfer record to be broken in January with the signing of Miguel Almiron, 14 years to be exact.

But they have not had to wait too long for it to be broken again, with the Magpies shelling out £40m on Joelinton, who will undoubtedly be under pressure to get the goals.

Sheffield United

Player: Oli McBurnie (from Swansea City)

Fee: £17.5m

Previous record: Lys Mousset, £10m, July 2019

Sheffield United were busy boys in the summer window, breaking their transfer window no less than four times.

It started with Luke Freeman joining for £4m, but that did not last long with Callum Robinson signing for £8m. Lys Mousset’s arrival from Bournemouth then took the record to £10m, but Oli McBurnie finishes the window as Sheffield United’s most expensive player.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Player: Tanguy Ndombele (from Lyon)

Fee: £55m

Previous record: Davinson Sanchez, £42m, August 2017

After going a whole season without making a signing, Tottenham showed their intent this summer, breaking the club’s transfer record.

Tanguy Ndombele was the man to break the record, with the impressive midfielder joining from Lyon for £55m. Spurs fought off interest from Manchester United and look set to reap the benefits of a player on the up.


Player: Ismaila Sarr (from Rennes)

Fee: £30m

Previous record: Andre Gray, £18.5m, August 2017

On the final day of the transfer window, Watford made sure they did not fall by the wayside, forking out a club-record £30m for Ismaila Sarr.

The winger enjoyed a good season with Rennes in 2018/19, scoring eight goals and recording six assists, and joined Watford on a five-year deal.

West Ham United

Player: Sebastien Haller (from Eintracht Frankfurt)

Fee: £45m

Previous record: Felipe Anderson, £36m, July 2018

West Ham have shown their intention of breaking into the European picture once more after breaking their transfer record for the second season running.

Sebastien Haller’s signing from Eintracht Frankfurt gives West Ham a genuine goalscorer ready to lead the line after bagging 20 goals in 41 games last season.


Player: Bryan Mbeumo (from Troyes)

Fee: £5.5m

Previous record: Pontus Jansson, £4.5m, July 2019

Looking to end their time at Griffin Park with promotion, Brentford broke their transfer record on three different occasions this summer.

The first came with Christian Norgaard’s £3m move from Fiorentina, which was beaten by Pontus Jansson signing from Leeds for £4.5m. But they were both beaten when Bryan Mbeumo joined from Troyes for £5.5m in the final week of the window.

Bristol City

Player: Tomas Kalas (from Chelsea)

Fee: £8m

Previous record: Famara Diedhiou, £5.3m, July 2017

Bristol City have had a busy summer with signings and broke their transfer record when Tomas Kalas made his loan move permanent from Chelsea for £8m.

Kalas was a key player for the Robins last season, and the club will be hoping he can help fill in the gap left by Adam Webster’s departure.

Derby County

Player: Krystian Bielik (from Arsenal)

Fee: £10m

Previous record: Matej Vydra, £8m, August 2016

Derby County will be hoping to go one better than last year and secure a place in next season’s Premier League.

To help them do so, the Rams broke their transfer record to bring versatile defender Krystian Bielik to the club from Arsenal for £10m.


Player: George Puscas (from Inter Milan)

Fee: £8m

Previous record: Sone Aluko, £7.5m, August 2017

The scourge of England at the U-21 European Championships in June, George Puscas will hope to cause panic among Championship defences this season, joining Reading from Inter Milan.

A fee believed to be in the region of £8m, Romanian Puscas is Reading’s club-record signing, just edging the fee spent on Sone Aluko in 2017.