The five biggest transfer fees received for Premier League stars

The five biggest transfer fees received for Premier League stars

Football : Deep pockets make for BIG fees

As expected, Philippe Coutinho's record move from Liverpool to Barcelona was made official during the January transfer window, as he arrived at the Nou Camp for a whopping £142 million.

The Spanish giants had long been after the Brazil international attacker and they sealed the deal with a mammoth transfer fee, one which Jurgen Klopp will be using to boost his own squad and find a quick-fire replacement for his departed midfielder. 

Liverpool are well off the pace in regards to the Premier League title race, though they are still in the hunt in the Champions League alongside four other English clubs. The Reds could yet go all the way in Europe this term, as they chase silverware success alongside the likes of Manchester City in the Premier League, Juventus in Serie A and Barcelona in La Liga, while Australian league leaders Sydney FC are odds-on in the A-League betting odds from bet365

Coutinho's departure from Anfield will have hurt Liverpool but it helps their financial situation. So where does the Brazilian's big-money move rank among the five biggest Premier League transfers ever? 

Philippe Coutinho

Starting with the most expensive transfer ever in the history of the Premier League and the most recent. Coutinho's recent switch from Anfield to the Nou Camp cost new employers Barcelona a mammoth £142 million.

This sees him highest on the list when it comes to moves involving the English top tier, but fellow countryman Neymar is currently the world's most expensive after his previous high-profile move from Barcelona to French giants PSG.

Gareth Bale

Back in 2013, Real Madrid made Gareth Bale the world's then most expensive player in history as they forked out a substantial £85 million to land his services from former club Tottenham Hotspur.

The Wales international star was also the most expensive transfer ever to involve a Premier League outfit, until Barcelona recently swooped for Coutinho, of course!

Cristiano Ronaldo

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner and all-time football great Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by, yes you guessed it, Real Madrid, back in 2009.

The Portugal international skipper was also a world record breaker at the time when he was captured for £80 million from Manchester United. 

Romelu Lukaku

The Red Devils are involved again in this list but this time for an incoming move, as they paid a massive £75 million to land Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku last summer from Everton. 

He quickly found his feet at Old Trafford but has hit somewhat of a rough patch during his career in red, one which he will likely come out of successfully under the guidance of Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho. 

Luis Suarez

Finally, rounding off the list is Barcelona frontman Luis Suarez, who was signed from Liverpool back in 2013 after his sublime performances in the Premier League at Anfield. 

The Uruguay international attacker is now reunited with his former Reds teammate Coutinho and the latter Brazilian will hope to achieve as much success as Suarez has since arriving at the Nou Camp several years ago. 

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