The former Chelsea star takes the top two spots in the top 10 most expensive loan transfer fees…
The formerly Chelsea Spain international, who is responsible for the highest and second highest loan fee of all time, could be borrowed again this month.
In the wake of the stench created by Man Utd’s demands to allow Newcastle to borrow Jesse Lingard, we’ve looked at the most expensive loan players of all time.
All figures are taken from the magnificent Transfermarkt.
10) Mattia Destro: Genoa to Rome – £10.35m
It was a complicated arrangement also involving Siena in 2012 when Destro moved between Genoa and Rome. The striker was officially a Genoa player when Roma loaned him out for a substantial fee to replace Liverpool-bound Fabio Borini while retaining the option of making him a permanent deal for around £4.5m additional pounds. The 30-year-old is now back at Genoa after leaving Roma on loan with Milan and then Bologna.
9) Odion Ighalo: Shanghai Shenhua to Manchester United – £10.8m
United and Tottenham were both jostling for a striker on deadline day in the 2020 winter window, both for the former Watford centre-forward. Ighalo opted for United, who had had a £20million offer for Josh King rejected that day by Bournemouth. It became United’s first loan move since Radamel Falcao five and a half years previously.
8) Nicolo Barella: Cagliari to Inter Milan – £10.8m
The Italy international’s first year at San Siro was spent on loan, giving Inter the chance to cobble together the £22million they were forced to cough up after one season. The total value of the move could be as high as £45m depending on the additions and Inter already renewed his contract in November with two more years left to run.
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=6) Federico Chiesa: Fiorentina to Juventus – £11.34m
Likewise, the deal that brought Chiesa to Juve was a permanent arrangement in all but name. The Old Lady disguised him as a two-year loan, but they were forced to pay around £36million over 18 months when he topped 10 goals and 10 assists – figures he reached during its opening campaign in Turin.
=6) Carlos Tevez: West Ham to Manchester United – £11.43m
Tevez spent two years on loan at United – although who was on loan was not entirely clear at the time. The Argentine left West Ham for Old Trafford in 2007 but the player’s registration belonged to the Media Sports Investment group. It appears MSI paid West Ham £2million to disclose what they had on Tevez before United spat on Kia Joorabchian.
5) James Rodríguez: Real Madrid to Bayern Munich – £11.7m
The then Colombian captain moved to Bayern for two years, by which time the Bavarians had the option of making him a permanent fixture for an additional £37million. Unsurprisingly as he made just 13 appearances in his final year, Rodriguez was fired at Madrid before being sent straight to Everton.
4) Duvan Zapata: Sampdoria to Atalanta – £12.6m
Atalanta took the Colombian striker in 2018 on a two-year loan with an option to buy in 2020 for a fee slightly lower than the amount paid to borrow him from Samp. Atalanta could have made a small profit had they accepted Newcastle’s £25million offer last week, but the Italians sense an opportunity to flush the Magpies a few euros more.
3) Giovani Lo Celso: Real Betis to Tottenham Hotspur – £14.4m
Spurs were keen on buying the Argentine playmaker from the start, but as time ticked down on the summer 2019 transfer window, they had to settle for borrowing Lo Celso for the season. This suited Betis as the loan fee could be deducted from the amount Spurs might have paid to make it a permanent deal, of which PSG were entitled to 20%. Spurs therefore paid a hefty loan price before making it a permanent arrangement halfway through his one-year loan.
2) Alvaro Morata: Chelsea to Atletico Madrid – £16.2m
The Spanish striker has returned to his boyhood club after a miserable season and a half at Chelsea where he scored 24 goals in 72 appearances. The original deal in January 2019 was an 18-month loan, but when it was made permanent in July that year, incredibly Chelsea recouped most if not all of the initial £58m outlay that it was necessary to bring him from Real Madrid in 2017. A year later, he was on loan again…
1) Alvaro Morata: Atlético Madrid to Juventus – £18m
Two loans in one here. Morata moved to Juve for the 2021-21 season for €10m, with the Old Lady retaining the option of buying the striker for £34m or borrowing him again for another season at the same price than the first. The widely-traveled striker scored 20 goals in all competitions last season and has seven so far this term, which has sparked interest from Barcelona.