We are finally witnessing major Premier League clubs making purchases now that the summer transfer window is nearing its conclusion. At the conclusion of any transfer window, the Premier League is always close to the top when discussing overall transfer spending. The English Premier League has a reputation for bringing in the best players from around the world.
But on this day, our attention is on transfers happening in the Premier League. Raphinha, a winger for Leeds, has also been linked to Chelsea and Arsenal this summer. Raheem Sterling, a standout for Manchester City and England, is on the verge of joining Chelsea. The Dutch center-half Nathan Aké of Manchester City is a player the Blues are also interested in signing. Declan Rice, the captain of West Ham, is frequently mentioned in relation to a move to one of the top six clubs in the league.
Here we take a look at the top 10 inter-Premier League transfers over the years.
- Gabriel Jesus (from Arsenal to Manchester City)
Gabriel Jesus moved from Manchester City to Arsenal this summer for a fee close to £45m. The Brazilian striker won four Premier League titles with the Citizens. The 25-year-old’s switch to the Emirates looks like one of the best moves of the summer as the Gunners were desperate for a top striker to lead the line. On top of that, Jesus fits the age bracket and has previously worked with Mikel Arteta at Manchester City.
- Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea to Everton)
Lukaku initially joined Everton on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2013. He scored 15 league goals that season and helped Everton to a 5th-place finish. The Belgium striker was later signed on a permanent deal for a club-record fee of £28 million.
Lukaku established himself as one of the best strikers in the league and was constantly the difference-maker for the Toffees. In the 2016-17 season, Lukaku was named in the PFA Team of the Year. In the summer of 2017, Manchester United paid £75 million to sign the Belgian goal machine.
- Dimitar Berbatov (Spurs to Manchester United)
Berbatov had established himself as one of the top strikers in the league after his move from Bayern Leverkusen to Spurs. But in the summer of 2008, there were rumours of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s interest in the striker.
Berbatov forced his way out of Spurs and joined the Red Devils for a £30m fee. The striker made over 140 appearances for Manchester United and won 2 Premier League titles, 2 League Cups and 3 English Super Cups. He also won the 2010-11 Premier League golden boot.
- Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea)
Fernando Torres at Liverpool was a completely different beast. The Spanish striker recorded 80 goals and 20 assists in 141 appearances for Liverpool. But in the January window of 2011, Torres was subject to interest from fellow Premier League giants, Chelsea.
The Reds rejected a £40m bid, but Torres handed in a transfer request. He did get his move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day for a £50m fee. However, the Spanish striker failed to find his form in the blue shirt, scoring just 45 goals in 171 appearances.
- Michael Carrick (Spurs to Manchester United)
Carrick made his name in the Premier League with West Ham United before moving to Spurs. But he enjoyed his most successful spell with Manchester United. The English defensive midfielder joined the club in 2006 and went on to win five Premier League titles, one Champions League, one Europa League, six English Super Cups, three English League Cups, one FA Cup and one Club World Cup.
Despite winning nearly everything with Manchester United, Carrick remains one of the game’s most underappreciated players. He later took up the role of assistant manager at the club following his retirement.
- Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City)
Sterling made his breakthrough in the Premier League with Liverpool. He made his debut in the league on March 24th, 2012, against Wigan Athletic. The English winger formed a formidable partnership in attack alongside Luis Suarez. He went on to make 129 appearances for the Reds before joining Manchester City in the summer of 2015 for a fee of close to £44m.
Since moving to the city, Sterling has lifted the Premier League title four times and won countless other trophies. The England player is now very close to joining Chelsea, another Premier League team, during the current transfer window.
- Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Manchester United)
Robin van Persie was a cult hero at Arsenal. The Dutch striker scored a total of 132 goals and recorded 58 assists for the Gunners. He was handed the No. 10 shirt and the captain’s armband in the hope of persuading him to stay at the club. But he forced a move to Manchester United in 2012 in the hope of competing and winning major titles. His wish did come true as he played a crucial role in the Red Devils’ Premier League triumph in the 2012-13 season. He also won the English Super Cup in 2014.
- Carlos Tevez (West Ham to Manchester City)
On the face of things, players moving from West Ham to Manchester City doesn’t seem that controversial. But this was not the case when we talked about Carlos Teves. The Argentine joined Manchester United on a two-year loan from the Hammers. He went on to win two Premier League titles, one Club World Cup and the Champions League with the Red Devils.
Manchester United agreed a fee with West Ham and offered to make Tevez one of the highest-paid players at the club. However, the striker turned down the contract offer and joined Manchester City on a five-year deal for a British record fee of £47 million. Teves won the Premier League and FA Cup with the Citizens before moving to Italy with Juventus.
- Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United)
Shearer holds the record for most Premier League goals in history with 260 goals. The English striker scored 12 goals for Blackburn Rovers. But after EURO ’96, Manchester United and Real Madrid were keen to sign the striker. But Blackburn Rovers refused to sell this star striker. He ultimately joined Manchester United’s direct league rivals, Newcastle United, for a record fee of £15 million. Shearer went on to score 206 goals for Newcastle, but he failed to lift any trophies with the Magpies. While Manchester United went on to win countless trophies under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson.
- Frank Lampard (West Ham to Chelsea)
The current Everton manager, is still the highest-scoring midfielder in the Premier League. The England midfielder started his career with West Ham and made his name in the Premier League with the Hammers. He moved to Chelsea for £11m in June 2001.
Lampard went on to make over 600 appearances for the Blues, winning the Premier League and Champions League in the process. He even managed Chelsea for 2 seasons before being sacked midway through the 2020-21 season.
- Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United to Manchester United)
Ferdinand broke the record for the most expensive British footballer twice, once when he moved from West Ham to Leeds United and again when he moved from Leeds United to Manchester United.
The legendary English defender moved to Manchester United from Leeds United. He went on to make 454 appearances for the Red Devils, winning 6 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League and Club World Cup, 3 League Cups, and 4 Super Cups.