Who Are The Most Expensive January Transfers In Premier League History?

For football fans up and down the land, the January transfer window can be the thing that wipes away all those New Years blues. Alternatively, it can heap a few bits extra, depending on how your club does. The January transfer window is one of desperation and pressure, which can lead to some overly-inflated deals being done. Join us here at SinkorSwimSports as we run you through the most expensive January transfers in Premier League history. 

Most Expensive Outgoings

The Premier League might be world-renowned for importing the biggest superstars these days, however, there have plenty of examples of continental clubs breaking the bank for those plying their trade in England. 

Philippe Coutinho‘s transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018 for £117m remains the most expensive January transfer ever. Unfortunately, things never really worked out for the Brazilian at Barca but the money did allow the Reds to reinvest on the likes of Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk. 

Diego Costa‘s unceremonious end to his Chelsea career actually netted the Blues a hefty £52m when it was registered in January 2018. 

Another Chelsea star comes in our list of the most expensive January outgoings, with Oscar‘s move to China in 2017 the third-highest to date. One of the Premier League’s most creative midfielders and his move to Shanghai Port for £52m was certainly a shock to see at the time. 

Elsewhere, Dusan Vlahovic has the highest January transfer of teams outside the Premier League. The Serbian striker completed a £72m move from Fiorentina to Juventus in 2022 and has scored 16 goals in 37 games to date.

Phillippe Coutinho Barcelona
Coutinho’s move to Barcelona remains the most expensive January transfer ever

Who’s The Highest In 2023? 

The highest transfer paid by a Premier League club was, unsurprisingly, made by Todd Boehly’s Chelsea in January 2023. The club have spent over £214m in 2023 alone so far, and nearly half of that was spent on Mykhailo Mudryk. The Ukrainian cost Chelsea roughly £88m. 

Behind him sits Virgil van Dijk‘s £75m move from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018, with Aymeric Laporte‘s £58m the same window currently in third. 


Selling Club

Buying Club


Mykhailo Mudryk

Shakhtar Donetsk



Virgil van Dijk




Aymeric Laporte

Athletic Bilbao

Man City


Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund



Fernando Torres




Bruno Fernandes

Sporting Lisbon

Man United


Anthony Gordon


Newcastle United


Cody Gapko

PSV Eindhoven



Benoît Badiashile




Mudryk Chelsea
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