It’s been an expensive summer window across the Premier League, as eye-watering sums of money continue to be exchanged throughout the competition and across the continent.
There’s also just over a month until the transfer window slams shut, meaning there’s still plenty of time for cash to be splashed by the managers as they look to add the finishing touches to their squad before the World Cup and the January window.
Of course, teams in the big six have once again been the largest spenders in the Premier League, although newly-minted Newcastle are opening their transfer war chest to strengthen.
Foxsports.com.au takes a look at the top 10 most expensive Premier League transfers to date as we count down towards the 2022/23 season!
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1. Darwin Nunez, Benfica to Liverpool, $109m
After smashing in 26 goals in 28 league games for Portuguese giants Benfica last season, Darwin Nunez was always going to be one of the hottest commodities in the transfer window.
Liverpool beat out a host of Europe’s biggest and best clubs to secure Nunez’s signature as Jurgen Klopp continued to refresh his attacking stocks, with the Uruguayan penning a six-year deal.
Despite footage of Nunez missing several chances in training and squandering a sitter in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United, the 23-year-old silenced his early critics with a four-goal haul in a friendly against RB Leipzig.
Like so many of Klopp’s signings, it could take Nunez a bit of time to get fully up and running but once he does, Premier League backlines will be shaking in their boots when he’s hurtling in their direction.
2. Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, $87m
Perhaps the biggest bargain in recent transfer windows, Manchester City took full advantage of Erling Haaland’s release clause with Borussia Dortmund to bring the Norwegian to the Etihad.
A striker of Haaland’s quality is one that Pep Guardiola has longed for as was evident in his pursuit of Spurs star Harry Kane last season.
Counting against the 22-year-old is his recent injury struggles in his final season at Dortmund, but it didn’t stop him from plundering in the goals as he scored 29 in 30 appearances across all competitions.
With Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish pulling the strings in the midfield, Haaland will have no shortage of chances to bury as he makes his Premier League debut.
3. Richarlison, Everton at Tottenham Hotspur, $84m
In a simple case of strengthening rather than replacing, Spurs boss Antonio Conte added Everton flyer Richarlison to his side as the Italian continues to make the London outfit a force to be reckoned with.
Richarlison, who has notched double figures in the goalscoring department in four of the last five seasons, is not a guaranteed starter as he’ll contend with Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski on the wings.
But the fiery Brazilian will no doubt get a chance to make his mark as Spurs embark on a Champions League campaign.
4. Lisandro Martinez, Ajax to Manchester United, $83m
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag knows exactly what he’s getting with Lisandro Martinez, which is exactly why the Red Devils forked out a big sum to Ajax for him.
A criticism from opposition fans leveled at Martinez is that he’s one of the smaller center backs going around, but the last defender to win the Ballon D’or was Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 and he was only 176cm tall.
That’s not to say that Martinez will go on and win that same award, but he cannot be written off solely because of his height.
The Argentine’s arrival does add to an already-bloated group of center backs at Old Trafford though, as the Red Devils must find suitors for some of their expendable defenders.
5. Raheem Sterling, Manchester City to Chelsea, $81m
It’s perhaps the biggest transfer within the Premier League since Robin van Persie moved from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012.
Raheem Sterling’s seven-year spell at Manchester City came to an end as Chelsea happily took the England star off their hands.
It’s also somewhat of a homecoming for Sterling, having grown up in London.
6. Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City to Arsenal, $75m
After losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January and letting Alexandre Lacazette go for free, Arsenal’s striker stocks were severely depleted.
But in came Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, a player that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta knows well from his time at the club working as Guardiola’s assistant.
The Brazilian no doubt arrives with big expectations but at age 25, his best years are yet to come.
7. Kalvin Phillips, Leeds United to Manchester City, $70m
For the first time in his career, Kalvin Phillips will not be a Leeds United player.
The hometown hero moved to Manchester City where he’ll play a key role in their midfield engine room.
Phillips was especially excited about the prospect of playing and learning from Guardiola, a man that the 26-year-old believes “is rightly considered to be the finest in the world.”
8. Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli to Chelsea, $55m
It was almost a running joke that every summer window, the Koulibaly to Chelsea rumors would pop up, only for nothing to eventuate.
But 2022 was the year it finally came to fruition, as the Senegalese star departed Napoli.
His move to Stamford Bridge comes at an opportune time, as Thomas Tuchel has watched fellow centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both depart with Cesar Azpilicueta also rumored with a move away.
9. Sven Botman, Lille to Newcastle, $54m
Newcastle had to wait a little longer than they would have perhaps liked, but they eventually got their man in Sven Botman.
The Dutchman was also heavily linked with a move to AC Milan, but with the money on offer at Newcastle, it certainly isn’t hard to see why a switch to the Toon appealed.
10. Gianluca Scamacca, Sassuolo to West Ham, $52m
West Ham sorely lacked a proper striker in the second half of last season, but bringing Italian marksman Gianluca Scamacca to the club is one step to alleviating that issue.
The former Sassuolo man had his best goalscoring return to date last season in Serie A with 16 in 36 games, will he be the man to help the Hammers remain in Europe?