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
6Manuel Neuer, Schalke to Bayern Munich in 2011, £21million
Widely considered the best keeper in the world for a number of years, the 32-year-old is renowned for his abilities not just with his hands but also his feet. Neuer won the Champions League with Bayern a year before helping Germany to victory at the 2014 World Cup. Spent most of last season on the sidelines because of a foot injury.
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.
4Jordan Pickford, Sunderland to Everton in 2017, £30million
The most expensive English goalkeeper is 24-year-old Pickford, who grew stronger during his maiden season at Goodison Park after bursting onto the scene at Sunderland. He will start the new season with his reputation – and value – significantly enhanced by a stellar showing for England at the World Cup.
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.
2Ederson, Benfica to Manchester City in 2017, £35million
Alisson’s countryman became the most expensive keeper (in pounds) when he joined City last summer. The 24-year-old quickly established himself as Pep Guardiola’s first choice and impressed throughout the season, both with his shot-stopping and distribution, as City coasted to the title.
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