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Every Premier League club’s record signing as Liverpool splash cash on Nunez


Liverpool could eventually break their transfer record with the signing of Benfica hotshot Darwin Nunez.

The Reds have agreed a deal for the Uruguayan striker with an initial fee of £64m heading to the Portuguese giants, but considerable add-ons could see the Merseyside outfit eventually pay more than they were forced to fork out for the signing of Virgil van Dijk.

Of course, the Dutchman has been a huge success at Anfield and those at the club will hope that Nunez will follow in kind but record signings haven’t always managed to live up to expectations in the Premier League.

Mirror Football takes a look at every top flight outfit’s record acquisition and how they did once arriving at their new club.

Arsenal – Nicolas Pepe

Paying £72m for Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe, it appeared that Arsenal had secured quite a player with the signing of the former Lille star. Fresh off the back of a 23-goal season with the French giants, Pepe did not manage to match those numbers at the Emirates Stadium.

He found the net just eight times in all competitions during his debut campaign and followed that up with a further 16 strikes last season. However, he fell out of contention and has since been linked with a move away from north London this summer.

Aston Villa – Emiliano Buendia

With former boss Dean Smith aiming to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, he turned to one of the most exciting players in the Championship in the form of Argentine playmaker Emi Buendia. Villa could potentially end up paying up to £38m for the midfielder.

He had a promising first season at Villa Park with four goals and six assists and will be hoping to better those numbers next term.

Emiliano Buendia joined Aston Villa for £38m
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Bournemouth – Jefferson Lerma

Signed from Levante back in 2018 for a club record £25m. He remains with the Cherries to this day having made 147 appearances at the Vitality Stadium.

The Colombian will hope to offer his experience to the side once more next season as they embark on their Premier League return having earned promotion last term.

Brentford – Kristoffer Ajer

Heading into their debut Premier League campaign, it was no surprise to see Brentford elect to break their transfer record ahead of the season. They moved for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer to bolster their defence.

The 24-year-old more than played his part for Thomas Frank’s men last term as they staved off the threat of relegation with 24 Premier League appearances.

Brighton – Enock Mwepu

Like Brentford, Brighton only recently broke their transfer record having welcomed Zambian star Enock Mwepu from Red Bull Salzburg last summer. Despite a somewhat slow start to life at the AMEX Stadium, he started to sparkle towards the end of the campaign.

He scored a memorable goal during a victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the back-end of the campaign and will be one to hope to play an even greater role next season having adapted to the demands of Premier League football.

Chelsea – Romelu Lukaku

Whilst Mwepu will certainly be hoping to play a bigger part for his side next season, one player who might not actually be available to be called upon is Chelsea ’s record signing Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian made an emotional return to Stamford Bridge last term for an eye-watering fee of £97m.

However, it appears that his dream switch back to west London has gone sour. After netting just eight Premier League goals, it has been reported that he is keen to seal a return to Inter Milan after just a solitary season.

Romelu Lukaku could leave Chelsea after just a year
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Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke

Having become one of Liverpool ’s most expensive signings with his switch to Anfield in 2015, Benteke then became Crystal Palace ’s record transfer just a year later and it looked like money well spent. He scored 17 goals in his first season at Selhurst Park but in the five seasons since has only added a further 21 goals to his tally.

The 31-year-old still has a year remaining on his current contract so it appears unlikely that Palace will be able to recoup any of the significant fee that they paid for his services originally.

Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson

Joining from Swansea City in a £45m deal, Iceland international Sigurdsson was the latest in a long line of creative midfielders to be recruited by the Toffees.

He scored 31 goals in 156 games for the club, and will leave on a free transfer this summer.

Fulham – Jean Micheal Seri

Another who will be leaving his current club this summer is former Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri. The Ivorian was a surprise arrival at Craven Cottage back in the summer of 2018, with Barcelona having previously been linked with a move.

However, like so many, he was not able to live up to the hype having had a poor opening campaign in the capital before he then had loan spells with Galatasaray and Bordeaux. The 30-year-old did return last season to play a role in the club’s promotion but has not been offered fresh terms so will be searching for fresh employment.

Leeds United – Rodrigo

Recruited ahead of the 2020/21 season as an addition to Leeds’ attack as they aimed to remain in the top-flight, Spanish international Rodrigo arrived from Valencia for a reported £27m fee. Whilst the 31-year-old has become a popular figure at Elland Road, his goalscoring output has not quite been good enough to justify the considerable fee spent on him.

Rodrigo has scored just 13 Premier League goals over the past two seasons – a huge reason as to why the side struggled without Patrick Bamford last term.

Rodrigo has endured an underwhelming two years at Leeds
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Leicester City – Youri Tielemans

Having previously joined the East Midlands side on a loan spell from AS Monaco, Leicester wasted no time in securing his services on a permanent basis for a reported £40m fee in the summer of 2019. The Belgian playmaker has been worth every penny.

His performances in the heart of midfield have been of an excellent standard and a huge reason behind the Foxes’ back-to-back pushes for Champions League football under Brendan Rodgers. The winning goal in the FA Cup final alone was enough to justify his fee.

However, Tielemans could soon be on the way out of the King Power Stadium with his contract expiring next summer and links with Arsenal growing stronger by the day.

Liverpool – Darwin Nunez

The inspiration behind this piece, Uruguayan striker Nunez arrives at Anfield following a stunning season for Portuguese giants Benfica. He netted 34 goals last season – a total that includes two against his future employers in the Champions League quarter-final clash.

Jurgen Klopp has already revealed his admiration of the young striker so will certainly be hoping that he can justify his record fee at Anfield.

Manchester City – Jack Grealish

Not only is Grealish Manchester City ’s record signing but he is also the most expensive transfer in the history in English football. Pep Guardiola elected to bring the Aston Villa star to the Etihad Stadium following a few sensational seasons in the Second City.

So far, Grealish has not quite managed to justify that considerable outlay with just six goals to his name for the Premier League champions last season but at only 26, the England winger still has plenty of time to reach his undoubted potential for the Sky Blues.

Manchester United – Paul Pogba

Whilst the Blue half of Manchester elected to break their transfer market only recently, the Red Devils actually set their record way back in 2016 with the £89m signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. Combined with the presence of Jose Mourinho, it was thought that the Frenchman’s return would signal a new period of dominance.

That has not quite come to fruition – allowing for a Europa League and League Cup win. Inconsistent performances and injuries plagued Pogba’s time at Old Trafford and it has now been confirmed that he will leave the club on a free transfer this summer for the second time.

Paul Pogba became Man Utd’s record signing in 2016
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Newcastle United – Bruno Guimaraes

Regularly linked with a move to the Premier League, it was Newcastle that actually managed to secure the services of the Brazilian midfielder following their takeover by the Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund. Guimaraes wasted no time in making an impression at St James’ Park.

The 24-year-old scored five goals in his opening 17 appearances in the Premier League following his switch from French outfit Lyon in January and will likely be keen on making an impression next term.

Nottingham Forest – Joao Carvalho

Having seen Wolverhampton Wanderers secure promotion to the Premier League with the help of a number of young Portuguese stars, Forest attempted to do the same. They spent £13m on the Benfica starlet in the 2018 summer transfer window.

Despite undoubted signs of promise, Carvalho’s inconsistent appearances were a huge source of frustration at the City Ground. He was allowed to join Spanish outlet Almeria on-loan last term with the 25-year-old then sealing a permanent departure from the East Midlands at the end of the January transfer window by joining Olympiakos.

Southampton – Danny Ings

Following an injury-hampered spell at Liverpool, Southampton took a huge punt on Danny Ings. Initially signed on-loan, the Saints saw enough to make the former Burnley man their record signing by paying the Reds £20m for his services.

Ings put together a stunning goalscoring record at St Mary’s in his time with the club having netted 46 goals in 100 appearances. He then surprisingly made a switch to Aston Villa last summer but struggled for consistency with just seven Premier League goals and has been linked with an exit.

Tottenham Hotspur – Tanguy Ndombele

There was plenty of excitement in the 2019 summer transfer window as Spurs secured the £53.8m signing of Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman had developed an extremely promising reputation in Ligue 1 with a series of excellent midfield displays.

He was another to have shown brief glimpses of his ability in north London but nowhere near enough to justify the considerable outlay on him. Following two-and-a-half underwhelming campaigns with Spurs, he was granted a loan return to Lyon for the second-half of the 2021/22 campaign.

His future is now up in the air ahead of a return to north London this summer and it remains to be seen whether Antonio Conte will welcome back into the fold next term.

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West Ham United – Sebastien Haller

A deal that will likely frustrate Hammers supporters, Ivorian striker Haller was welcomed to the London Stadium for a huge £45m fee. He scored on his debut for the London club but was not able to sustain those performances and left for Ajax with a record of just 14 goals in 54 appearances.

However, the 27-year-old has refound his lethal goalscoring edge in Amsterdam with 47 goals in just 66 outings and also enjoyed a particularly prolific time in the Champions League last term.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Fabio Silva

Predicted for big things, Wolves aimed to tap into Portuguese striker Fabio Silva’s potential as they swooped for his services for just over £35m. The former Porto wonderkid has not yet managed to find his feet at Molineux though.

He scored just four goals in his first season with the club, whilst he failed to get on the scoresheet at all throughout the 2021/22 campaign. At just 19 years of age, there is no doubt that Silva could improve but Wolves would certainly have been expecting more of their record signing.

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