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The Most Expensive Football Transfers in 2019 (So Far)


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When Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain in 2017, the French club has paid a small fortune for the Brazilian player – 222 million EUR, or more than 25 billion KSH. With this transfer, the team set the new world record for the most expensive association football transfer in history, a record no other player or club could break in 2018 (although Mbappé’s transfer to the same Paris Saint Germain came close – the French team paid 180 million EUR, or 20.5 billion KSH for the teenage forward – he was 19 years old at the time). This year, the world of football has already seen a few high-profile transfers, way more expensive than even the dreamiest jackpot at https://www.betway.co.ke/Casino. While none of them came close to last year’s record, not to mention the world record set in 2017, they were still high enough to be worthy of attention.

Christian Pulisic

Fans of English football will probably be happy for US football player Christian Pulisic joining Chelsea earlier this year. The attacking midfielder started his career with the German team Borussia Dortmund at the age of 17 after playing only 15 youth games at the club’s academy. After three years with the German club, he joined English Premier League team, Chelsea – on paper, that is, because he was quickly placed on load to his home team in Germany. It might seem counterproductive for a team to pay for a player and not using him at all – especially when the sum is 58 million GBP (almost 7.7 billion KSH). Pulisic will continue to play for Borussia Dortmund – for the time being at least.

Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong joined Ajax in 2016, at the age of 18, spending his youth years at Willem II Tilburg. The midfielder made his time at the Eredivisie club count – he played more than 50 matches for the team, getting known for his dribbling, control of the ball, and passing range. Although he is still an Ajax player, there is a journey to Spain in his future: earlier this year, he agreed to transfer to the Catalan football club Barcelona for an initial fee of 75 million EUR (over 8.5 billion KSH).

Lucas Hernandez

The most expensive player of the year 2019 (so far) is Lucas, born Lucas Hernandez, who – despite his Spanish-sounding name – is French (he was born in Marseille, France). Until recently, he played with the Spanish team Atlético Madrid and the French national team – he was part of the squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The time for him to leave Spain for Germany will soon come: German club Bayern Munich paid 80 million EUR (9.14 billion KSH) to sign him, so he will join the team starting the 2019-2020 season.


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