Big money signings are no longer a surprise in the world of football. Not to be left behind in the cash rush, the English Football League (EFL) has also witnessed some big money spending in recent times. This post looks at some of the most expensive EFL signings of all time. Read on.
1. Ruben Neves – £15.8m
Ruben Neves is a name that is making rounds in the Premier League as we speak. Since his arrival at Wolverhampton Wanderers from FC Porto, the Portuguese has been a revelation. At the time of his signing, Neves became the most expensive signing by an EFL team. It was all worth it though as Wolves have gone on to gain promotion to the Premier League. In their first season in the EPL, they qualified for Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League and now continue to fight for a Champions League spot.
2. Britt Assombalonga – £15m
Having started his career at Nottingham Forest, Britt developed into a promising striker at the EFL club. This caught the attention of another EFL club that was looking to add a prolific striker to its ranks. In came Middlesbrough calling. The player made a move for £15m. This figure remains the second most expensive transfer in EFL history. It is hard to tell whether Middlesbrough’s investment paid off as the club keeps struggling in the EFL.
3. Joao Carvalho – £13.2m
A client of super-agent Mendes, Joao became the third most expensive transfer in EFL history with his move to Nottingham Forest. A former youth player of Benfica, Joao offers the promise of further development. Still, his first season in English football has not gone so well. The player has only managed four goals and eight assists in 38 appearances for Forest this season. Forest splashed a whopping £13.2m on the Portuguese player last summer.