Tuesday, January 18, 2011

10 most expensive players

Darren Bent’s Aston Villa move puts him in top bracket of combined transfer fees earned by Premier League players

If Darren Bent completes a £24 million move to Aston Villa, the Sunderland striker’s fourth move will take his combined transfers to a massive £62m – but even that staggering figure isn't enough to make him the Premier League's most expensive.

Nicolas Anelka
On the road again: Nicolas Anelka has been bought and sold for more than £80m Photo:

Bent began at Ipswich and joined Charlton for an initial £2.5m which rose by a further £2.58m with the sell on clause.

Then the man nicknamed ‘Dynamite’ rocketed to fame with a £16.5m move to Tottenham Hotspur before transporting his skills to Sunderland for an initial £10m, rising to a possible £16.5m with ‘add-on’ clauses.

But the England striker is not alone in commanding huge amounts in moving more than once. Cristiano Ronaldo has had only three clubs – but the Portuguese genius has commanded two fees worth a total of £92.24m.

Tottenham’s Robbie Keane, whose hopes of a move to Birmingham fell through this week, is still expected to leave the Lane. If the Irishman does move, he will extend his combined fees already standing at a massive £70.3m.

Former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo, now 35 and seeing out his career at Parma, has moved six times for almost £70m.

A current Chelsea striker knows what it is like to take a signing on fee; Nicolas Anelka’s total fees in six moves have added up to a massive £86.5m.

Anelka spent a spell on loan at Liverpool before leaving Paris-St Germain to Manchester City.

Another ex-Liverpool player currently on loan is Craig Bellamy – and the Welshman’s six permanent moves total a remarkable £45m.

Not far behind is Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. He has moved just twice but totted up a total of nearly £42m.

Most expensive Premier League players in combined fees

Cristiano Ronaldo
Sporting Lisbon to Man Utd: £12.24m, Man Utd to Real Madrid: £80m
Total: £92.24m

Nicolas Anelka
Paris-St Germain to Arsenal: £0.5m, Arsenal to Real Madrid: £23m, Real Madrid to Paris-St Germain: £20m, Paris-St Germain to Manchester City: £13m, Manchester City to Fenerbahce: £7m, Fenerbahce to Bolton: £8m, Bolton to Chelsea: £15m
Total: £86.5m

Robbie Keane
Wolves to Coventry: £6m, Coventry to Inter Milan: £13m, Inter Milan to Leeds: £12m, Leeds to Tottenham: £7m, Tottenham to Liverpool: £20.3m, Liverpool to Tottenham: 12m
Total: 70.3m

Hernan Crespo
Parma to Lazio: £35.4m, Lazio to Inter Milan: £16.57m, Inter Milan to Chelsea: £16.8m, Chelsea to Inter Milan: free, Inter Milan to Parma: free
Total: £68.77m

Craig Bellamy
Norwich to Coventry: £6.5m, Coventry to Newcastle: £6m, Newcastle to Blackburn: £5m, Blackburn to Liverpool: £6m, Liverpool to West Ham: £7.5m, West Ham to Manchester City: £14m
Total: £45m

Dimitar Berbatov
Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham: £10.9m, Tottenham to Manchester United: £30.75m
Total: £41.65m

Peter Crouch
Tottenham to QPR: £60,000, QPR to Portsmouth: £1.5m, Portsmouth to Aston Villa: £5m, Villa to Southampton: £2m, Southampton to Liverpool: £7m, Liverpool to Portsmouth: £9m, Portsmouth to Tottenham: £9m
Total: £33.65m

Emmanuel Adebayor
Monaco to Arsenal: £7m, Arsenal to Manchester City: £25m
Total: £32m

Jermain Defoe
Charlton to West Ham: £1.15m, West Ham to Tottenham: £7m, Tottenham to Portsmouth: £7.5m, Portsmouth to Tottenham: £15m
Total: £30.65m