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Huge riches in the top flight means that clubs were able to pay way over the odds to land their summer transfer targets

NONE of the Premier League’s top ten signings cost more than £13million when they joined their previous clubs.

But the huge riches in the top flight means that clubs were able to pay way over the odds to land their summer transfer targets.


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Athletic Bilbao made a £71m profit on keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga

The top ten most expensive signings this summer came at a combined £477.8m – before this summer, the player’s total worth came to £72.6m.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga took the crown as the move expensive summer signing following his £71million move from Athletic Bilbao.

The world record move eclipsed the £65m Liverpool paid for Alisson Becker just three weeks before.

Bilbao will feel like the Premier League side overpaid for the 23-year-old having made a 100 per cent profit on the Spaniard.

Manchester City spent £60m on signing Riyad Mahrez who cost Leicester £400,000

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Manchester City spent £60m on signing Riyad Mahrez who cost Leicester £400,000

Alisson is also a massive signing for Liverpool to sure things up at the back

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Alisson was the world’s most expensive keeper for three weeks

He only made his top flight debut in September 2016, playing in just 54 La Liga matches before his switch to Chelsea.

Riyad Mahrez joined Leicester in 2014 for a measly £400,000 but set Man City back a cool £60m.

Napoli made a £49m profit on Jorginho after his move to Chelsea while Alisson only cost Roma £6.7m when he signed from Internacional in 2016.

Liverpool also spared no expense in their deal for Naby Keita.

Keita joined Liverpool for £50m after signing a pre-contract agreement from RB Leipzig

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Keita joined Liverpool for £50m after signing a pre-contract agreement from RB Leipzig

The powerful midfielder signed for £50m while RB Leipzig forked out £12.3m for him two years ago.

Barcelona will also be rubbing their hands with defender Yerry Mina.

The Colombian cost the Catalan side £10.4m in January and he went onto make just four La Liga starts before his £28.5m to Everton.

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