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Juventus most expensive signings - How Old Lady splashed €2.3 billion on incoming transfers

8:00 AM WAT 20/10/2022
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Juventus have not hesitated to spend big over the last two decades or so if they felt the occasion was right

Juventus are arguably one of the most successful teams around in the game and they have had some absolute superstars representing them on the pitch.

Just think about players such as Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane, Pavel Nedved and Gonzalo Higuain to name just a few.

Most of these high-profile names started their careers elsewhere and Juventus had to open up the cheque book to get their men.

It all started back in 2001 when they signed Gianluigi Buffon by shelling out a world record €52.88 million transfer fee for a goalkeeper!

And of course, no one can forget their blockbuster transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 for €117m.

There have been many more high-profile transfers, though, so let's take a look at their dealings in the 21st century and their most expensive moves.

Juventus most expensive transfers by season

Season

Most expensive signing

Fee

Total spending

2022/23

Bremer

€41M/£36.90M

€102.40M/£92.16M

2021/22

Dusan Vlahovic

€81.60M/£73.44M

€126.50M/£113.85M

2020/21

Arthur Melo

€76M/£68.40M

€155.31M/£139.78M

2019/20

Matthijs de Ligt

€85.50M/£76.95M

€230.50M/£207.45M

2018/19

Cristiano Ronaldo

€117M/£105.30M

€263.20M/£236.88M

2017/18

Federico Bernardeschi

€40M/£36M

€177.60M/£159.84M

2016/17

Gonzalo Higuain

€90M/£81M

€176.93M/£153.20M

2015/16

Paulo Dybala

€41M/£36.90M

€185.50M/£166.95M

2014/15

Alvaro Morata

€20M/£18M

€59.30M/£53.37M

2013/14

Angelo Ogbonna

€15M/£13.50M

€45.50M/£40.95M

2012/13

Kwadwo Asamoah

€18M/£16.20M

€72.80M/£65.52M

2011/12

Alessandro Matri

€15.50M/£13.95M

€101.83M/£91.65M

2010/11

Leonardo Bonucci

€15.50M/£13.95M

€59.27M/£53.34M

2009/10

Diego

€27M/£24.30M

€59.30M/£53.37M

2008/09

Amauri

€22.80M/£20.52M

€40.50M/£36.45M

2007/08

Tiago Mendes

€13M/£11.70M

€69.45M/£62.51M

2006/07

Jean-Alain Boumsong

€4M/£3.60M

€4M/£3.60M

2005/06

Patrick Vieira

€20M/£18M

€30.39M/£27.35M

2004/05

Emerson

€28M/£25.20M

€71.12M/£64.01M

2003/04

Marco Di Vaio

€14M/£12.60M

€35.79M/£32.21M

2002/03

Manuele Blasi

€17.70M/£15.93M

€40.70M/£36.63M

2001/02

Gianluigi Buffon

€52.88M/£47.60M

€180.04M/£162.03M

2000/01

David Trezeguet

€23.24M/£20.92M

€31.98M/£28.78M

TOTAL

€2.31B/£2.08B

*All figures are taken from Transfermarkt.

Juventus top 10 most expensive player signings

  • Joao Cancelo Juventus

    #10 Joao Cancelo | €40.40 million/£36.36 million | Valencia | 2018

    Juventus signed Joao Cancelo from Valencia on a five-year deal worth €40.4 million (£36.36 million) in the summer of 2018.

    The Portuguese defender won his first trophy with the club in January 2019 when Juventus beat Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana and he then went on to win the Serie A title in his first season in Turin.

    The versatile defender left Juventus in 2019 in favour of a move to Premier League giants Manchester City.

  • Paulo Dybala Juventus 2021-22

    #9 Paulo Dybala | €41 million/£36.90 million | Palermo | 2015

    Arriving from Palermo in a deal worth €41 million (£36.90 million) in the summer of 2015, Dybala was a main-stay at Juventus right up until 2022.

    In his seven-year stint in Turin, Dybala won five league titles and four Coppa Italia trophies.

    He was also voted Serie A's most valuable player on one occasion and was also included in the Serie A Team of the Year four times in his career.

    With 115 goals in 293 appearances, Dybala is the ninth-highest goal scorer in Juventus history!

  • Bremer Juventus Barcelona

    #8 Bremer | €41 million/£36.90 million | Torino | 2022

    Juventus signed Bremer in the summer of 2022 for €41 million (£36.90 million) on a five-year deal from local rivals Torino, beating Inter to the centre-back's signature.

    The deal made the Brazilian the eighth-most expensive transfer in Juventus' history.

    Bremer started his debut season on a positive note with impressive performances early on in his Juventus career.

  • Pavel Nedved Juventus

    #7 Pavel Nedved | €45 million/£40.50 million | Lazio | 2001

    The seventh-most expensive player in Juventus history, Nedved arrived from Lazio for €45 million (£40.50 million) in 2001 as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane.

    The Turin giants beat competition from Manchester United and Chelsea for his signature and it was Nedved whose incredible performances led Juventus to the final of the Champions League in 2003, in which he was suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

    Later that year, Nedved won the World Footballer of the year and European Footballer of the Year awards, beating Thierry Henry and Paolo Maldini for the latter.

    Nedved made 247 appearances for Juventus, scoring 51 goals in an eight-year spell.

  • Buffon Juventus

    #6 Gianluigi Buffon | €52.88 million/£47.60 million | Parma | 2001

    One of the greatest players in Juventus history, Buffon became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when the Turin based club paid €52.88 million (£47.60 million) for his signing in 2001.

    While the legendary Italian enjoyed a great career at Juventus, he also suffered one of the lowest moments of his career at the club as Juventus suffered relegation to Serie B, which was a first for Buffon in his career.

    The iconic shot stopper left Juventus for his boyhood club Parma in 2021, where he aims to end his career.

  • Arthur Melo Juventus 2022

    #5 Arthur Melo | €76 million/£68.40 million | Barcelona | 2020

    Arthur spent two seasons in Catalonia before agreeing a move to Juventus in the summer of 2020 in a swap-cash deal, with Miralem Pjanic moving the other way as part of what many perceived to be an accounting trick.

    On their books, Juventus showed that they paid €76 million (£68.40 million) for Arthur's signature, whereas in reality, the transaction between the two clubs was just amounting to the difference between the two players' transfer costs.

  • Dusan Vlahovic Juventus 2022-23

    #4 Dusan Vlahovic | €81.60 million/£73.44 million | Fiorentina | 2022

    Juventus signed Vlahovic from Fiorentina in a massive deal worth €81.60 million (£73.44 million) in the January window of 2022, making him the fourth-most expensive signing in the club's history.

    Vlahovic scored the opening goal for Juventus on his league debut against Hellas Verona on February 6 and he also netted after just 33 seconds into his Champions League debut against Villarreal in the same month, becoming the fastest starting debutant and the second-youngest Juventus debutant to score in the Champions League.

    Vlahovic has since also become the highest-scoring Serbian player in Serie A history, dethroning Dejan Stankovic.

  • Matthijs de Ligt Juventus 2022

    #3 Matthijs De Ligt | €85.50 million/£76.95 million | Ajax | 2019

    The youngest player ever to captain an Ajax team, Matthijs de Ligt led the Dutch side to the Champions League semi-final in the 2018-19 season.

    His performances throughout that season were remarkable and top clubs across Europe were said to be interested in his signature.

    However, Juventus struck gold in the summer of 2019 for €85.50 million (£76.95 million), an amount they agreed to pay Ajax in five annual instalments.

    De Ligt spent three years in Turin before Bayern Munich came calling in the summer of 2022, signing him for €67m (£60.30m) after what many Juve fans will see as a somewhat underwhelming spell.

  • Gonzalo Higuain Juventus Dinamo Zagabria

    #2 Gonzalo Higuain | €90 million/£81 million | Napoli | 2016

    After a successful stint with Napoli, Juventus broke the bank and paid €90 million (£81 million) to bring Higuain to Turin in 2016.

    This transfer made Higuain the most-expensive South American footballer of all time, until Neymar's transfer to PSG in 2017.

    The amount Juventus paid for him was also the highest-ever paid by an Italian team before their move for Ronaldo in 2018.

    The Argentine scored the winning goal on his Juventus debut against Fiorentina and also led them to the Champions League final in 2017, where his team were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid.

    Higuain left the club after four seasons and left for loan moves to Milan and Chelsea before joining Inter Miami in the MLS.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19

    #1 Cristiano Ronaldo | €117 million/£105.30 million | Real Madrid | 2018

    Ronaldo arrived at Juventus for €117 million (£105.30 million) in 2018 after creating history in his nine years with Real Madrid.

    At the age of 33, he also became the most-expensive transfer in the history of Serie A.

    In his three-year stint with Juventus, the Portuguese legend won two Serie A titles, two Italian Super Cup trophies and a Coppa Italia before making an emotional return back to Manchester United in the summer of 2021.