Most expensive Serie A transfers
FootyOn writers pick out the five most expensive Serie A transfers ever, as Leonardo Bonucci moves to AC Milan
A shock to many, Bonucci recently agreed a move to Milan from Juventus for a fee in the region of €40,000,000.
This makes him the most expensive defender in internal Serie A transfer history, yet doesn’t make the top five when it comes to spending for all positions.
Once the biggest spending league in the world, we’ve picked out the five most expensive Serie A transfers ever…
Rui Costa – Fiorentina to Milan (€43,000,000)
Despite competition from some of the best midfielders in the world at the time, Rui Costa was named the best number 10 in Serie A on several occasions.
Thanks to his extraordinary talent, Costa was linked with moves away every summer, but only left Fiorentina when the club went bankrupt.
In 2001, Fiorentina manager Fatih Terim took Costa with him to Milan and paid a world record fee for him at the time.
Costa went on to win a Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and Champions League at the San Siro.
His former club, Milan, are 8/1 with BetVictor to win the league this coming season.
Christian Vieri – Lazio to Inter Milan (€49,000,000)
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After his performances for Atletico Madrid (scoring 24 in as many La Liga games) and at the 1998 World Cup, Vieri returned to Serie A with Lazio in 1998 for €25,000,000, but would soon be on the move.
The following season he moved to Inter for a then world record fee and flourished.
Netting 103 in 143 domestic games, Vieri is also remembered for forming a formidable partnership with Hernan Crespo.
Gianluigi Buffon – Parma to Juventus (€52,000,000)
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The fact that Buffon remains both club and national captain, 16 years after his famous move tells you a lot about the quality of this legendary goalkeeper.
Moving from a hugely talented Parma side in 2001, along with former teammate Lilian Thuram, Buffon was handed the number one shirt as the starting goalkeeper, replacing Edwin van der Sar, who was sold to Fulham.
Since then, Buffon has won eight Serie A titles (the Old Lady have topped the league 10 times, but had two stripped for match-fixing) and won the World Cup in 2006 with the Azzurri.
Juve are 10/1 with BetVictor to go one step better than last year and win the Champions League this coming season.
Hernan Crespo – Parma to Lazio (€55,000,000)
Parma coach Carlo Ancelotti was initially subject to criticism for keeping faith with Crespo after his arrival from Argentina.
However, he was soon rewarded with him netting 12 times in 27 matches during his first Serie A season – Parma finished runners-up to Juventus.
After bagging 62 in 116 league games, Crespo joined Lazio in 2000 for a then world record fee.
He concluded his first season with Milan as Serie A top scorer and netted 39 in 53 games over two seasons for the Rome club.
Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Juventus (€90,000,000)
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After a sensational 2015/16 campaign with Napoli, scoring 36 in 35 league games, Juventus poached the Argentina striker from the Little Donkeys.
The fee made Higuain one of the most expensive transfers ever and tops Serie A’s record buys.
He didn’t quite have the scoring season he did at Napoli previously, but still netted a solid 24 goals last term, won a Scudetto and reached the Champions League final.