10 most expensive ever players from accumulated fees with Lukaku to go top

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The transfer window has started to heat up in recent weeks, with big bucks beginning to change hands in the final month of business.

Premier League champions Manchester City have wrapped up a domestic record £100m transfer Jack Grealish, whilst rivals Manchester United forked out a whopping £73m move to finally prise Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund.

Now, their rivals Chelsea look set to get in on the act, with Romelu Lukaku's imminent return to Stamford Bridge set to see the Blues smash their transfer record in a mammoth £97.5m deal.

Lukaku has already racked up an eye-watering amount in transfer fees during his decade-long career – so where will this latest fee tie in?

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a closer look at the 10 most expensive players ever according to their accumulated transfer fees according to Transfermarkt.

1) Romelu Lukaku – £288m

The Belgian striker is set to complete a move back to Chelsea a decade after making his debut for the Londoners as a teenager.

Lukaku was flogged to Everton after three years and no goals at Stamford Bridge but has since gone on to rack up massive transfer fees with moves to Manchester United and Inter Milan.

The 28-year-old hitman fired 24 Serie A goals last term as Inter ended their 11-year Scudetto drought.

Lukaku is expected to be confirmed in a £97.5m deal imminently – a fee which would be a new Blues record and will see him move ahead of Neymar to the top of this expensive list.

2) Neymar – £279m

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Neymar may be about to be nudged from the top of this list, but he does still hold the world record for a single fee splashed out on a player.

Paris Saint-Germain forked out an astronomical £197m to prise the Brazilian icon from Barcelona back in 2017.

Neymar formed one third of Barcelona's infamous 'MSN' attacking partnership alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi – who has just wrapped up a free transfer to reunite with the Brazilian in Paris.

Neymar has notched an impressive 56 goals in 70 Ligue 1 games since his arrival in France, but he hasn't yet been able to guide PSG to that elusive maiden Champions League trophy.

3) Cristiano Ronaldo – £209m

Cristiano Ronaldo has commanded a whopping figure in excess of £200m in transfer fees during his career.

Ever since evolving into a global megastar at Manchester United, Ronaldo has been coveted by the biggest and best teams in the world.

He was prised from Old Trafford in a then-record £80m switch to Real Madrid where he lit up La Liga during a mesmerising nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo was lured to Turin in a sensational £105m deal three years ago after notching an incredible 451 goals in 438 appearances for Madrid.

4) Alvaro Morata – £170m

Alvaro Morata has commanded £170m in transfer fees but has failed to nail down a home over the past few years.

The Spanish striker flopped at Chelsea after a club record £70m deal before being offloaded to Athletico Madrid for £50m.

Since then, Morata has failed to hit the heights expected, netting just five La Liga goals in his debut season.

The 28-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Juventus, enjoying a more fruitful campaign.

The Italian outfit are reportedly keen on a return swoop for Morata, who doesn't appear to be in Athletico's plans going forward.

5) Angel Di Maria – £161m

Angel Di Maria captured global attention with his £59.7m move to Manchester United back in 2014, with the Old Trafford club accused of paying an inflated fee for the Argentine winger.

Di Maria racked up just 34 appearances and four goals in a miserable year before his short stint in Manchester was ended with a £44m switch to French giants PSG.

Back in 2019, before a Champions League tie, Di Maria lifted the lid on his nightmare spell at Old Trafford, blaming former boss Louis Van Gaal for flopping.

"I only stayed one year. It wasn't the best period of my career, or they didn't let me have my best time there," he told French radio station France Bleu.

"There were problems with the coach at the time.

“But thanks to God, I was able to come to PSG and be myself again."

6) Antoine Griezmann – £156m

Antoine Griezmann completed one of the most controversial transfers in La Liga history when Barcelona exercised the £100m release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.

Since joining Atletico from Real Sociedad back in 2011, Griezmann forged a reputation as one of Spanish football's most feared marksmen.

However, the Frenchman has struggled to replicate his impressive form for Atletico at the Nou Camp.

He did enjoy a better campaign last year, netting 12 goals. More will be expected this year with Barca needing stars to step up in the wake of Lionel Messi's shocking departure.

7) Philippe Coutinho – £153m

Philippe Coutinho was prised away from Liverpool by Barcelona for an initial £105m deal back in 2018.

The Catalan giants intended for the Brazilian to fill the boots of Neymar, who'd departed for PSG a few months earlier.

Unfortunately, Coutinho has struggled to replicate the sparkling form that made him such a coveted player during his spell at Anfield, where the winger notched 13 goals in 31 Premier League games during his penultimate season in England.

Despite amassing over £150m in transfer fees throughout his career, the 29-year-old managed just 12 La Liga appearances last year and his future remains unclear.

8) Zlatan Ibrahimovic – £152m

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's catalogue of big money moves has seen him rack up a whopping £152m in transfer fees during his storied career.

The Swedish striker has represented some of the biggest clubs around the globe including Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus and recently had a spell in the USA with LA Galaxy.

Ibrahimovic's inclusion on this list is made more remarkable when you consider that he hasn't commanded a transfer fee at any of his last three clubs.

His biggest move was a whopping £59m switch to Barcelona back in 2009, where he spent two years before arriving in Milan for his first spell at the San Siro on loan.

The Swedish superstar has notched 62 goals in just 98 Serie A appearances over his two spells at the club.

9) Gonzalo Higuain – £140m

Gonzalo Higuain in his prime was one of the most feared, and coveted, marksmen in Europe.

Higuain excelled during a seven-year spell at Real Madrid, notching 107 league goals in 191 La Liga games.

That form prompted Napoli to bring the Argentine striker to Italy before Juventus shelled out a whopping £75.3m to prise him from Naples after just three years.

After a strong start to life in Turin, Higuain's form has stalled since. He spent uninspiring stints at AC Milan and Chelsea on loan before departing to the MLS to join David Beckham's new franchise Inter Miami on a free transfer.

10) Ousmane Dembele – £137m

Ousmane Dembele arrived at Barcelona in a big bucks move from Borussia Dortmund back in 2017.

The Frenchman has struggled since that whopping £135.5m switch, managing just 18 goals over an injury-hit four-year spell.

Dembele arrived at the Nou Camp shortly after the departure of Neymar to PSG but has struggled to fill the boots of the brilliant Brazilian, and his future remains unclear.

The 24-year-old started his career at Rennes before being tempted to Germany and could be on the move again this summer with Barcelona's poor financial health well-documented.

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