Here’s top 25 highest transfer fee paying club since 2000

first_img23 – WEST HAM UNITED – 427 TRANSFERS – €736.95m 22 – OLYMPIQUE LYON – 193 TRANSFERS – €746.54m 19 – VALENCIA CF – 312 TRANSFERS – €866.91m Before 2003 Chelsea weren’t a big spending club but they were the first side to really have a huge cash injection from a new wealthy owner, when Roman Abramovich took over.Lenny Pidgeley, ChelseaRead Also: West Ham stun Chelsea, Aubameyang fires Arsenal revival Transfer prices have been getting higher and higher since Luis Figo broke the world record when he moved to Real Madrid from Barcelona for €62 million in 2000.Since then the transfer record has been broken on six occasions but 39 other transfers have officially been worth more than the deal for the Portuguese forward.High transfer prices have increased throughout and football, through television deals and rich owners, has only got wealthier, so it’s no surprise to see 15 clubs have spent over €1 billion in the past 20 years.According to Transfermarkt, Chelsea are the biggest spenders since the turn of the century and the top four have all spent over €2 billion in that time. 14 – ARSENAL – 317 TRANSFERS – €1.13bn 20 – BORUSSIA DORTMUND – 189 TRANSFERS – €829.03m The money has served them well as they’ve won five Premier League titles, five FA Cup, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League in that time. 3 – FC BARCELONA – 195 TRANSFERS – €2.06bn 17 – SSC NAPOLI – 585 TRANSFERS – €910.70m 24 – SEVILLA FC – 305 TRANSFERS – €716.78m 16 – BAYERN MUNICH – 129 TRANSFERS – €995.69m Loading… 13 – AS ROMA – 665 TRANSFERS – €1.23bn 12 – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – 407 TRANSFERS – €1.25bn 9 – LIVERPOOL FC – 369 TRANSFERS – €1.48bncenter_img 7 – INTER MILAN – 790 TRANSFERS – €1.58bn 21 – NEWCASTLE UNITED – 339 TRANSFERS – €767.02m It’s fair to say Newcastle haven’t always got a return on their spending.  8 – PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN – 266 TRANSFERS – €1.55bn 15 – AS MONACO – 420 TRANSFERS – €1.03 Billion 25 – ASTON VILLA – 375 TRANSFERS – €696.94 million 10 – ATLÉTICO MADRID – 331 TRANSFERS – €1.35bn 4 – MANCHESTER CITY – 409 TRANSFERS – €2.05bn 1 – CHELSEA FC – 471 TRANSFERS – €2.16bn 5 – JUVENTUS FC – 761 TRANSFERS – €1.90bn 18 – EVERTON FC – 302 TRANSFERS – €877.31m 6 – MANCHESTER UNITED – 316 TRANSFERS – €1.78bn Van Gaal pointing at a plane that might take him and Di Maria away from Old Trafford.  2 – REAL MADRID – 201 TRANSFERS – €2.14bn Money doesn’t always buy you success, but sometimes it does. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 11 – AC MILAN – 639 TRANSFERS – €1.32bnlast_img read more


Bellerin commits future to Arsenal

first_img Press Association Twenty-year-old full-back Bellerin enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Gunners in the last campaign, making the most of the opportunity presented to him by Mathieu Debuchy’s injury. He made 28 appearances and scored twice after proving his worth on the right side of Arsenal’s defence. Hector Bellerin has signed a long-term deal with Arsenal, the FA Cup holders have announced.center_img Arsenal signed Bellerin from Barcelona in the summer of 2011 and he was promoted to the first team a year ago. A short statement from Arsenal read: “Everyone at the club looks forward to Hector’s continued progress with the club.” last_img read more


Clippers’ Ivica Zubac says basketball kept him motivated through 2020’s challenges

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I don’t think any of us was away from the game for that long,” Zubac said Sunday, before leaving the fanless AdventHealth Arena shortly after the Clippers’ loss to the Nets — in which he pulled down 15 rebounds, his fourth consecutive game with at least 10 boards.“Just that hope that we were gonna return, just waiting for that date to come up,” he said. “Working every day, because we know we’ve got a bigger goal and we all know why we’re here, we know we want to win the championship. That’s what kept me sane.”Wasn’t easy, though, he said.When the pandemic interrupted life — including basketball — in the United States in March, the 23-year-old was in a groove in his first full season with the Clippers, contributing 8.0 points and 7.2 rebounds as the starting center on a championship contender.Then, on March 24, just a couple weeks after the NBA paused play without any real idea when or how it might resume as the coronavirus was ravaging the world, a destructive 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked Zagreb, Croatia. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “He’s been doing it all season, he’s just able to get more minutes,” Kawhi Leonard said, via Zoom, on Sunday. “He’s been very active on the offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, blocking shots. He’s doing a good job for us.”Doing a good job and feeling good, too, Zubac said. Really good.“I can’t say I’m feeling tired or anything, I’m feeling great,” he said. “I’m happy, and I’m happy nothing serious happened and I’m able to play again.”center_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ The temblor destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings and left many residents without electricity, heat and internet in the city where Zubac lived for about six years and maintains many close friendships.“I had a lot of friends that I consider as family affected by it,” he said. “Fortunately, no one got hurt, but it was a tough period for the country. We all came together and we tried to help as much as we could, the athletes included. It was just tough, especially because it happened in the middle of a pandemic. Everyone was trying to stay in when that happened, but a lot of people’s apartments were ruined, a lot of people ended up on the streets.“It was tough seeing it from over here, but Croatians are tough people. They’re gonna rebuild, but it’s a tough thing.”Zubac donated funds to the recovery effort, an offering that was matched by the NBPA in May, when it announced it was directing more than $500,000 to both coronavirus relief activities and disaster relief in Croatia, where money was funneled to rebuilding efforts and to a Zagreb hospital.Otherwise, Zubac said he spent the hiatus determined to emerge from it stronger and better.“I worked out throughout the whole stoppage time,” he said. “I worked super hard. I was in great shape, I was lifting a lot, I got much stronger.”“And then, the week before we were about to go to Orlando, that happened to me.”Zubac contracted the coronavirus, which he said left him fatigued and aching, and unable to exercise for 10 days. It undid much of his progress over the previous four months and delayed the return to competition he’d so been longing for.He said he quarantined with his fiancee, who also had the disease but was asymptomatic.“I’m happy I had her with me,” Zubac said. “If I were by myself, I don’t know how that would have ended up, I would probably go crazy. It’s super tough going to test every day, hoping for negative and the doctor calls you and says, ‘You’re positive again.’ And to get that for three weeks, it messes with your mind. But I’m happy I had her with me and we got through it together.“I don’t even know how I got it,” Zubac continued. “That’s what people don’t realize, it takes just a little bit to get it and all the things that the NBA is doing here, making it tough for people to get out and come in and all that, all the masks, all the social distancing and everything, you gotta be like that.”Meanwhile, his teammates were across the country, acclimating to bubble life and preparing to play basketball without him.“It was tough. It was frustrating,” he said. “Everyone else went there and I had to stay at home. I couldn’t go anywhere, I couldn’t work out at a facility. The first seven to 10 days, I couldn’t do nothing. I was super tired and had overall body aches and everything.“After that period I started doing some stuff at home, I got a bike, so I was working on my conditioning, just a little bit of lifting. And when I finally got the cleared all the NBA protocols, got here and straight into it.”Straight into the Clippers’ final scrimmage July 27, when the 7-footer played 13 minutes, made his only shot and collected six rebounds and four fouls.Since then, Zubac’s conditioning has improved, and his play has reflected it. He’s made the most of more playing time, his minutes-per-game average increased from 18.1 before the hiatus to 22.9 in the bubble, where the Clippers have been without reserve center Montrezl Harrell, who was, until just the past day, away from the team, mourning the death of his grandmother.During seeding games — in which the Clippers are 3-3 — Zubac is averaging 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 67.6% from the field. He’s also averaging close to two assist per game, setting helpful screens and dissuading opponents from driving to the rim.Related Articles LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> This year that keeps giving and giving, it didn’t leave out Ivica Zubac.In the past few months, the Clippers’ good-natured center has been touched by a pandemic, an earthquake and a taxing case of FOMO.Now, at last, he has basketball back.That’s been the one thing, he said, that’s buoyed him and his teammates through recent challenges. And it’s been a glorious reunion for the Croatian big man, who’s attacked his time on the court with purpose and verve, and with a fresh appreciation. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime last_img read more


Jagdeo meets with Indian Minister, CPA SG

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday met with India’s Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Dr Satya Pal Singh and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretary General Akbar Khan, at his Church Street, Queenstown office.Discussions centred on building better relationsand ties between the parties involved and a host of other issues related to Guyana’s national development and long-term ties with India and CPA.last_img