Neymar to PSG: How much have Qatar owners spent on transfers since 2011 takeover?

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The Parc des Princes side have been major players in the transfer market for six years now, regularly signing players for €30m or more

Paris Saint-Germain have smashed the world transfer record by signing Neymar from Barcelona for €222 million.

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While this stratospheric figure is far in excess of anything any club has ever paid for a player before, it is certainly not the first time the club has been associated with a giant move. Indeed, since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) took the club over in 2011, PSG have become one of the major players on the transfer scene.

It did not take the club’s Qatari owners to make their presence felt, swooping to sign Javier Pastore for a figure of around €40m from Palermo mere weeks into their reign. Although the Argentine was regarded as one of the game’s up-and-coming stars at that time, bigger and more eye catching deals were to follow.

Thiago Silva, the game’s premier centre-back at the time, arrived a year later for €42m from AC Milan, while PSG actually got his team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic around the same time for €20m - a figure that appears a bargain in hindsight.

QSI have pushed the boundaries almost on an annual basis thereafter. 


Season Player From Fee
2017-18 Neymar Barcelona €222m
2013-14 Edinson Cavani Napoli €64m
2015-16 Angel Di Maria Man Utd €63m
2014-15 David Luiz Chelsea €50m
2012-13 Thiago Silva AC Milan €42m
2011-12 Javier Pastore Palermo €40m
2012-13 Lucas Moura Sao Paulo €40m
2016-17 Julian Draxler Wolfsburg €38m
2016-17 Grzergorz Krychowiak Sevilla €33m
2013-14 Marquinhos Roma €31m

In the summer of 2013-14, Edinson Cavani was the big capture, breaking the club’s transfer record and coming in response to Monaco signing prolific forward Radamel Falcao. The striker joined from Napoli for €64m.

Twelve months afterwards, David Luiz was the big capture as the defence received an upgrade. The Brazil international became the most expensive defender in history when he arrived from Chelsea for €50m - still the biggest fee ever paid for a centre-back.

Then came Manchester United flop Angel Di Maria, who commanded a price of €63m - the club’s third-highest signing ever.

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Neymar, however, cost more than Cavani, Di Maria, David Luiz and Thiago Silva combined, emphasising the sheer scale of the move that QSI have made with the intention of finally winning the Champions League – the competition that has been their target for the six years they have pulled the strings at Parc des Princes.

His arrival means that QSI have spent approximately €905m in six years on transfer fees since taking over the club.