7 MOST EXPENSIVE GOALKEEPERS IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

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As we wait for news on Kepa’s £72million move from Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea, we check the 7 most expensive goalkeepers in football history. Chelsea’s

7David de Gea, Athletico Madrid to Manchester United in 2011, – £18.9million

Manchester United’s decision in 2011 to spend almost £20m on Atletico Madrid youngster David de Gea looked suspect at first after a series of high-profile errors. But the Spain international soon adjusted to the Premier League and is now considered one of the most important players in the club’s squad, winning the Red Devils’ Player of the Year award for the last three seasons.

5Bernd Leno, Bayer Leverkusen to Arsenal in 2018, £22million

Leno ended seven years at Leverkusen by signing for the Gunners, where he will hope to replace Petr Cech as number one, in June. The 26-year-old made more than 300 appearances for Leverkusen and was the youngest German goalkeeper to play in a Champions League match when he faced Chelsea in September 2011. Missed out on the Germany World Cup squad.

3Gianluigi Buffon, Parma to Juventus in 2001, £32.6million

The Italian (who remained the most expensive keeper in euros prior to Alisson’s move) was considered a pricey upgrade on the similarly great Edwin van der Sar when, aged 23, he left Parma. Seventeen years later his stay in Turin has finally come to an end, with Buffon moving to Paris St Germain. In an era when there has been significant competition from Iker Casillas in particular, Buffon will likely be remembered as the greatest keeper of his time.

1Alisson, Roma to Liverpool in 2018, £66.8million

Liverpool completed the world-record signing of goalkeeper Alisson in July. The Brazilian was part of Brazil’s squad for the world cup and he had a save success rate of 80.1% last season. At 25, he signed a six-year contract and will replace Loris Karius as the club’s No.1