Emiliano Buendia has today completed a big-money move, swapping Norwich City for Aston Villa.
Villa will pay a fee of £35million – representing a club record for Dean Smith’s side.
The club confirmed: “Aston Villa and Norwich City have reached an agreement for the transfer of Emiliano Buendia.
“As Emiliano is currently in the Argentina national team’s biosecure bubble, preparing for a World Cup qualifying match with Colombia on Tuesday evening, he will undergo a medical and complete the transfer after the game.”
Buendia, 24, was named Championship player of the season for helping the Canaries to the title with 15 goals and 16 assists.
His whopping transfer fee see Norwich make a huge profit on a player they purchased for just £1.5m back in 2018.
But where does his fee stand in terms of all-time figures paid for players in the Championship? Well, it technically makes him the most expensive according to the figures provided by transfermarkt.
The only player to command a higher fee whilst playing for a second tier club is Nathan Ake.
However, he never actually featured for Bournemouth in the second tier. There are a number of players on the list who this applies to, hence we omitted them from this particular list.
For example, Tottenham spent £30m on Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko in August 2016 but he never featured after United’s relegation either.
Others to have moved from freshly-relegated clubs for high fees without playing in the Championship include Jordan Pickford, Gini Wijnaldum, Ryan Sessegnon and Callum Wilson.
The person who is third on this particular list will be a new teammate of Buendia’s next term.
Ollie Watkins arrived at Villa last year after leaving Brentford. The Bees had just lost the play-off final and that prompted Villa to splash out more than £30m on Watkins.
Top ten record Championship sales
Emi Buendia – £35m to Aston Villa, 2021
Ollie Watkins – £30.6m to Aston Villa, 2020
Ben Godfrey – £24.75m to Everton, 2020
James Maddison – £22.5m to Leicester, 2018
Said Benrahma – £20.79m to West Ham, 2021
Jude Bellingham – £20.7m to Dortmund, 2020
Neil Maupay – £20m to Brighton, 2019
Adam Webster – £20m to Brighton, 2019
Jarrod Bowen – £19.17m to West Ham, 2020
Adama Traore – £18m to Wolves, 2018
* Only includes players who featured in the competition prior to moving clubs
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