5 Most Expensive Transfers Since the Outbreak of COVID-19

Arjun Singh Devgan
Chelsea signed Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020
Chelsea signed Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020 / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the globe, with all facets of life being affected by the emergence of the virus. Football as a sport and business has not been an exception as clubs around the world have seen their finances plunge due to zero income from gate money, with fans being barred from the stadium.

Despite this, clubs have been busy in the transfer market and here, we take a look at the five most expensive deals done since the outbreak of coronavirus.

1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund to Man United) - €85m

Jadon Sancho
Borussia Dortmund v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Manchester United finally got Jadon Sancho on their books in 2021 for €85million after spending more than a year in his pursuit, with the Red Devils signing one of the most sought after youngsters in the world.

Sancho was brilliant for Borussia Dortmund in his four seasons with the senior team, and is expected to be the key if United are to compete for trophies in the 2021/22 season.

2. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea) - €80m

Kai Havertz
Arsenal v Chelsea: The Mind Series / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Hailed by the media as the future superstar of German football, Kai Havertz moved to Chelsea in 2020 for €80million and while he has not the desired impact, he has displayed his class in patches.

It can be said that the 22-year-old is still adjusting to life in England, with the youngster only managing to score nine goals throughout the season - though he did score the all-important goal in the final of the Champions League, to help the Blues win the trophy.

3. Arthur Melo (Barcelona to Juventus) - €72m

Arthur Melo of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A... / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

Arthur Melo moved from Barcelona to Juventus in 2020 on a swap deal which saw Miralem Pjanic go the other way, in a deal that was said to be worth €72million.

The Brazilian though struggled to live up to his potential at Turin in his debut season, making only 32 appearances in what was a disappointing campaign for the Bianconeri.

4. Victor Osimhen (Lille to Napoli) - €70m

Victor Osimhen
SSC Napoli v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A / Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Many were surprised when Napoli decided to break their club record transfer fee to sign Victor Osimhen from Lille, and the Nigerian's debut season did not go to plan as he struggled with injury issues, while also contracting COVID-19.

The 22-year-old did manage to score 10 goals and more will be expected from him come next season.

5. Ruben Dias (Benfica to Manchester City) - €68m

Ruben Dias
Manchester City v Barnsley: Pre-Season Friendly / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City spent €68million to sign Ruben Dias from Benfica, and it was money well spent as the Portugese completely revolutionised their defence, in the process leading them to the league title.

Dias' performances last season led him to being named the FWA Footballer of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.