The 10 most expensive deals of the 2024 January transfer window

  • Janaury spending far lower than in previous years as clubs look to balance books
  • Despite tightening of purse string, high-profile clubs still active in the market
  • No player has cost more than £30m this winter

Some teams have made big moves in a quiet January
Some teams have made big moves in a quiet January / LLUIS GENE / Contributor / Franco Arland / Contributor

While it may not have been the busiest January transfer window of recent years, a number of clubs were still active in the market.

Plenty of high-profile deals were struck across the globe, with the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all taking this opportunity to strengthen their squads going into the second half of the campaign.

Here are the ten most expensive deals of the 2024 January transfer window.

10. Cyril Ngonge (Hellas Verona to Napoli)

SSC Napoli's Belgian forward Cyril Ngonge looks during the...
Cyril Ngonge stayed in Serie A despite leaving Hellas Verona / KONTROLAB/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £15.5m

Cyril Ngonge spent the majority of his early career in the Netherlands before making the move to Hellas Verona, with the attacker impressing upon his arrival in Italy.

With 11 goals in 36 appearances for Verona, the Belgian made the move to Napoli in January, making his debut for the scudetto winners in a goalless draw with Lazio.

9. Gabriel Moscardo (Corinthians to Paris Saint-Germain)

Gabriel Moscardo
Gabriel Moscardo impressed at Corinthians / Ricardo Moreira/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £17.1m

A whole host of clubs were touted with moves for 18-year-old Gabriel Moscardo in January but the midfielder opted to make the switch to PSG from Corinthians.

The Brazilian will spend the second half of the season back at Corinthians and will want to impress Luis Enrique ahead of the summer.

8. Lucas Beraldo (Sao Paulo to Paris Saint-Germain)

Bradley Locko, Lucas Beraldo
Lucas Beraldo is one of the youngster's PSG signed this winter / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £17.4m

The second Brazilian to team up with the French champions this winter, Lucas Beraldo made the move from Brazilian giants Sao Paulo for £17.4m.

The centre-back will be mentored by compatriot Marquinhos and be expected to fill in for the injured Milan Skriniar.

The 20-year-old has already made four appearances for the capital side and won the Trophee des Champions against Toulouse in his first match.

7. Adam Wharton (Blackburn Rovers to Crystal Palace)

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Adam Wharton will bolster Crystal Palace's midfield / Gary Oakley/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £18.5m

Recruiting the 19-year-old took Crystal Palace's spending up to £30m this winter - more than any other Premier League club - but the midfielder could be an essential addition at Selhurst Park.

With the Eagles' long injury list, which includes the impressive Cheick Doucoure, the £18.5m spent on Adam Wharton makes perfect sense, especially given the youngster's potential.

Wharton had been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham but will need to impress at Selhurst Park to reach that level.

6. Arthur Vermeeren (Royal Antwerp to Atletico Madrid)

Arthur Vermeeren
Arthur Vermeeren was straight into the action in Madrid / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £18.8m

Arthur Vermeeren had plenty of suitors heading into the January transfer window after dazzling in Antwerp, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United all eyeing the midfielder.

However, it was Atletico Madrid that pulled the trigger on the two-cap Belgium international, splashing just shy of £20m on Vermeeren to help bolster their ageing midfield.

The supremely talented 18-year-old made his Atleti debut during a 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano on 31 January.

5. Renan Lodi (Marseille to Al Hilal)

Renan Lodi
Renan Lodi spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest / Yasser Bakhsh/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £19.8m

Renan Lodi only made the move to Marseille in the summer, finally calling time on his Atletico Madrid career, but has already left the Stade Velodrome for Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

The left-back, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, will join up with fellow Brazilians Neymar and Malcom and could be on course for a title in his first season with Al Hilal as his new club currently seven points clear at the top of the Saudi Pro League.

4. Eljif Elmas (Napoli to RB Leipzig)

Eljif Elmas
Elmas swapped Naples for Leipzig in search of minutes# / Boris Streubel/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £20.8m

In a bid to start more matches, Eljif Elmas made the move from the Serie A champions to Marco Rose's RB Leipzig at the beginning of the January window for just over £20m.

The midfielder has made three appearances from the bench for the Bundesliga side so far, with the North Macedonia international hoping to impress Rose at the Red Bull Arena.

3. Radu Dragusin (Genoa to Tottenham Hotspur)

Radu Dragusin
The defender made two appearances for Spurs already / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £25m

Ange Postecoglou was keen to capture Radu Dragusin's signature after the former Juventus academy graduate made a positive impression in Italy with Genoa.

The Romanian centre-back was also being courted by Bayern - who ended up signing Spurs' Eric Dier on loan - but decided on a £25m switch to the Premier League instead.

Dragusin made his Lilywhites debut against Manchester United in mid-January and also made a small cameo against Brentford at the end of the month.

2. Sacha Boey (Galatasaray to Bayern Munich)

Sacha Boey
Sacha Boey has helped bolster Bayern's defence / Stefan Matzke - sampics/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £25.6m

Bayern Munich had been linked with a host of new names at right-back before landing Sacha Boey from Turkish giants Galatasaray, including the likes of Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United and Nordi Mukiele of PSG.

An attacking presence down the right flank, Boey impressed in the Champions League group stage this season against the Bavarian side, as well as in matches against Manchester United.

1. Vitor Roque (Athletico Paranaense to Barcelona)

Vitor Roque
Vitor Roque opened his Barcelona account in January / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

Transfer fee: £26.1m

A deal that was agreed last summer, the initial price tag for Vitor Roque's move from his homeland of Brazil to Barcelona is just £26.1m. However, that fee could be doubled if all add-ons involved in the transfer are met.

The 18-year-old striker joined up with the Catalan side in January and opened his Barcelona account during a 1-0 win over Osasuna at the end of the month.

Another wonderkid with huge potential swapping South America for La Liga, pressure will be on Roque to succeed in Catalonia.