Most expensive African football transfers: Ranking the Top 10

Records are tumbling during the transfer window as clubs across the world spend big in order to bolster their squads for the challenges to come.

Neymar’s shocking move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for an eye-watering €222 million deal made headlines around the world, smashing the world transfer record, and there’s still much more business to be done before the window closes at the beginning of September.

From an African perspective, there have also been some significant movers, but have any of them broken into the continent’s top ten biggest moves in history?

In this feature, Kwesé ESPN runs down the top 10 most expensive African football transfers ever…updated in light of the ongoing transfer window.

9. Didier Drogba (Marseille > Chelsea) & Yaya Toure (Barcelona > Manchester City) – £24 million

Perhaps the two outstanding African football players in the history of the Premier League, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure are tied in eighth place.

Drogba may have courted his controversy upon his arrival in England, but subsequently won four league titles and four FA Cups at Stamford Bridge, becoming one of the London club’s all-time greats.

Yaya is a two-time Premier League champion with the Citizens, and succeeded in winning Pep Guardiola around last term after initially appearing destined for the City exit door.


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