WSN takes you through some of the biggest transfer fees paid out for African footballers
8# Mohamed Salah – £36.9 million from AS Roma to Liverpool
Salah’s move from As Roma to Liverpool has helped establish him as one of football best players. He signed for the Reds for £36.9 million back in the summer of 2017, with some reports suggesting that the price could rise to £43.9 million considering add-ons.
Having won the African best player award in 2018, Salah thrived under the pressure in the Premier League, smashing records aplenty during his maiden season in Anfield, and becoming the darling of the home fans in the process. He won
His contributions have helped transform Liverpool into an unstoppable force, winning the Champions league and Salah himself bagging a couple of individual awards.
7# Sadio Mane – £37 million from Southampton to Liverpool
In 2016, Liverpool signed Mane to Anfield from Southampton for over £37 million, making him the most expensive African player in history, at the time..
Mane made an excellent impression during his first season, and initially at least, threatened to be the catalyst for an unexpected title tilt by the Reds.
In subsequent campaigns, the Senegalese international has cemented his place as one of the finest wingers in the world today and forged a deadly striking partnership with fellow Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.
Like Salah, his fellow 2018-19 Golden Boot winner, he has maintained his outstanding form this term to transfer Liverpool into one of the most impressive sides in the history of the English game.
He’s also the reigning African Footballer of the Year, and it’s surely only a matter of time before he picks up a Premier League winner’s medal
6# Naby Keita – £52.75 million from RB Leipzig to Liverpool
After a stellar first season with RB Leipzig Naby Keita Signed a pre-Contract with Liverpool in 2017 which saw him join Liverpool at the end of 2017/2018 season.
The Guinean midfielder, however, is yet to truly realise his potential following a £52.75 million move, despite winning the Champions League last season.
5# Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £56 million from Leicester City to Manchester City
On January 2018, Aubameyang signed for Arsenal, for a then-club-record fee, reported to be £56 million. His move can after 5 seasons with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 144 goals in 213 matches.
The Central African hitman wasted little time demonstrating his quality under Arsene Wenger, and then Unai Emery, even though he wasn’t always been an undisputed starter under the latter.
Predictably, the goals have flown, with Auba sharing the Premier League’s Golden Boot with Mane and Salah last term.
4# Riyad Mahrez – £60 million from Leicester City to Manchester City
Manchester City signed Mahrez for £60 million in 2018, finally ending the Algeria international’s extended wait to exit Leicester City. Mahrez was instrumental in Leicester’s Premier League triumph in 2016.
With clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester city salivating for the Algerian’s signature, Leicester were not willing to sell their Star player below asking price. It resulted Mahrez abstaining training in order to force his transfer to Manchester city in 2018. His £60 million move made him the most expensive African player at the time.
Mahrez hasn’t always found the going easy at the Etihad Stadium, where he’s occasionally struggled for playing time under Pep Guardiola.
3# Cedric Bakambu – £65 million from Villareal to Beijing Guoan
DR Congo forward Cedric Bukambu signed for Chinese club Beijing Guoan for £65 million in 2018 after he scored 15 goals for Villarreal during the 2017-18 season.
Bukambu is not only the second most expensive African player but also the best paid in the continent.
He earns £307,000 weekly.
2# Nicolas Pepe – £72 million from Lille to Arsenal
The Ivorian winger became Africa’s most expensive player last summer when Arsenal signed him from French club LOSC Lille. Pepe registered 35 goals in 74 matches for Ligue 1 club Lille in the 2018/19 season.
It was premier league giants Arsenal who moved in for the player, agreeing to pay for £72 million making the Ivorian the most expensive African player.
Arsenal fans were desperate for Pepe to emulate Eden Hazard, LOSC’s finest import to the Premier League, rather than his compatriot Gervinho, although to date, Pepe has only shown his quality in glimpses in the top flight.
1# Victor Osimhen – £76 million from Lille to Arsenal
Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has signed for Serie A side Napoli from French outfit Lille, the two clubs announced on Friday. Neither club officially gave details of the transfer, but a source from Lille who was familiar with the transfer told AFP that the Ligue 1 team would receive 76 million pounds ($82.8 million) with add-ons potentially worth 10 million euros.
Italian media report however that Napoli have shelled out 50 million euros before add-ons. Either figure would be a club record transfer fee paid by Napoli.
Osimhen, 21, scored 18 times last season and was one of the revelations of France’s curtailed campaign.