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Tottenham most expensive player sales - How Spurs made £840 million in outgoing transfers

11:00 GMT+3 19/01/2023
Tottenham most expensive player sales
Tottenham have made some big player sales this century!

One of the oldest clubs in English football, Tottenham Hotspur were formed in September 1882 with the motto of 'To Dare Is To Do'.

Nicknamed 'The Lillywhites', Spurs have won two first-division titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, one Uefa Cup Winners' Cup (abolished) and one Uefa Cup (now Europa League).

Some great players have featured for Tottenham throughout the years - Paul Gascoigne needs no introduction, and neither does Glenn Hoddle.

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric had huge success throughout their careers, and their departures were followed by the rise of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. In between these eras, Tottenham have let go of some of their best players at a premium fee.

Who are those players?

Let's take a look!

Tottenham most expensive sales by season

Season

Biggest sale

Fee

Total sales

2022/23

Steven Bergwijn

£28.13M

£34.88M

2021/22

Juan Foyth

£13.50M

£31.16M

2020/21

Kyle Walker-Peters

£11.97M

£11..97M

2019/20

Christian Eriksen

£24.30M

£58.05M

2018/19

Mousa Dembele

£4.82M

£4.82M

2017/18

Kyle Walker

£47.43M

£93.42M

2016/17

Ryan Mason

£13.86M

£47.07M

2015/16

Roberto Soldado

£14.40M

£78.53M

2014/15

Gylfi Sigurdsson

£9.09M

£39.74M

2013/14

Gareth Bale

£90.90M

£124.56M

2012/13

Luka Modric

£31.50M

£65.50M

2011/12

Peter Crouch

£10.17M

£38.93M

2010/11

Robbie Keane/Adel Taarabt

£1.08M

£2.64M

2009/10

Darren Bent

£10.62M

£28.53M

2008/09

Dimitar Berbatov

£34.20M

£79.25M

2007/08

Jermain Defoe

£8.37M

£20.30M

2006/07

Michael Carrick

£24.48M

£34.79M

2005/06

Frederic Kanoute

£5.85M

£22.91M

2004/05

Helder Postiga

£6.75M

£9.45M

2003/04

Jonathan Blondel

£1.08M

£1.58M

2002/03

Stephen Clemence

£1.22M

£1.22M

2001/02

Luke Young

£5.40M

£8.78M

2000/01

Espen Baardsen

£1.80M

£2.21M

TOTAL

£840.29M

*All figures are taken from Transfermarkt unless stated otherwise.

Tottenham top 10 most expensive player sales

  • Kevin Wimmer Tottenham Hotspurs 10122015

    #10 Kevin Wimmer | £17.46 million | Stoke City | 2017

    Kevin Wimmer joined Tottenham from German club Koln for a fee of £5.40 million in the summer of 2015.

    The centre-back signed a five-year contract, but couldn't establish himself as a regular in the Spurs starting XI.

    After just two seasons at the club, making just 15 appearances, Tottenham sold him for £17.46m to Stoke City in 2017.

    Wimmer spent one season at Stoke before being loaned to Hannover 86, Mouscron and Karlsruher SC before joining Rapid Vienna as a free agent.

  • Kieran Trippier Tottenham v Watford Premier League 06022016

    #9 Kieran Trippier | £19.80 million | Atletico Madrid | 2019

    After graduating from Manchester City's youth academy, Kieran Trippier was promoted to their senior team in 2009-10, however, he could not make a single appearance for them before being loaned to Barnsley and then Burnley before joining the Turf Moor side in 2012.

    After three years at Burnley, Tottenham came calling in the summer of 2015, signing Trippier for £4.41 million.

    At Spurs, Trippier made 69 appearances in four seasons before Atletico Madrid signed him for £19.80m in the summer of 2019.

    After three seasons in Spain where he won La Liga, Newcastle United swooped for the English defender for £12.60m.

  • Robbie Keane Tottenham

    #8 Robbie Keane | £21.60 million | Liverpool | 2008

    After coming through the ranks at Wolves' academy, Robbie Keane made 73 appearances for their senior team between 1997 and 1999.

    After making subsequent moves to Coventry, Inter Milan and Leeds, Keane signed for Tottenham in the summer of 2002 for £9.45 million.

    After making 197 appearances for Spurs, scoring 80 goals, Keane joined Liverpool for £21.60m in the summer of 2008, however, he returned back to Spurs in February 2009 for £15.03m.

  • TOTW Christian Eriksen Tottenham

    #7 Christian Eriksen | £24.30 million | Inter | 2019

    After graduating from Ajax's academy, Christian Eriksen played for three years with their senior team, making 113 appearances and scoring 25 goals between 2010 to 2013.

    After being linked to multiple top clubs, it was Tottenham who won the race to sign the Danish midfielder for £12.74 million in the summer of 2013.

    Eriksen was incredible at Spurs, making 226 appearances, scoring 51 goals in his seven-year spell at the club before moving to Inter for £24.30m in January 2020.

    Since leaving Inter in 2021, Eriksen has played for Brentford and is now on the books of Manchester United.

  • Michael Carrick - Tottenham Hotspur

    #6 Michael Carrick | £24.48 million | Manchester United | 2006

    Michael Carrick graduated from West Ham United's academy before going on to make 136 appearances for their senior team between 2001 to 2004.

    In August 2004, Tottenham came calling, making the transfer official for just £3.69 million.

    Between 2004 to 2006, Carrick made 64 appearances for Tottenham, mostly featuring as a deep-lying holding midfielder.

    Sir Alex Ferguson was desperately looking for Roy Keane's replacement at Man United in the summer of 2006 and made Carrick his prime signing that year for £24.48m.

  • Bergwijn Tottenham 2020

    #5 Steven Bergwijn | £28.13 million | Ajax | 2022

    Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn joined PSV's reserve team in 2014 and featured in the Eredivisie's second division before making 112 appearances for the senior team, scoring 29 goals until 2019.

    In January 2020, Tottenham came calling, signing the Dutchman for £27 million.

    At Spurs, Bergwijn played 60 games, scoring seven goals in his two-year spell at the club before signing for Ajax in a £28.13m deal in the summer of 2022.

  • GERMANY ONLY: LUKA MODRIC TOTTENHAM

    #4 Luka Modric | £31.50 million | Real Madrid | 2012

    One of the greatest midfielders in football history, Luka Modric joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2008 for £20.25 million.

    After an initial period of struggle, Modric settled in at Spurs, making 127 appearances, scoring 13 goals and coming up with incredible performances to attract some of the biggest clubs in the world.

    Real Madrid signed the Croatian for £31.50m in the summer of 2012 and he has since then gone on to win five Champions Leagues, multiple league titles and cups and a Ballon d'Or.

  • Dimitar Berbatov Tottenham

    #3 Dimitar Berbatov | £34.20 million | Manchester United | 2008

    After featuring for CSKA Sofia from 1998 to 2001, scoring 26 goals in 50 games, Dimitar Berbatov signed for German club Bayer Leverkusen for £2.25 million in January 2001.

    Berbatov established himself as one of the best strikers in German football in his six-year spell at the club, scoring 69 goals in 154 games.

    In May 2006, Spurs reached an agreement with Leverkusen for Berbatov's transfer for £14.13m, making him the most expensive Bulgarian footballer ever at that time.

    Two seasons, 70 appearances, and 27 goals later, Manchester United came calling, signing the striker for £34.20m in the summer of 2008.

    Berbatov also became Tottenham's most expensive sale at that time.

  • kyle walker tottenham hotspur premier league 041517

    #2 Kyle Walker | £47.43 million | Manchester City | 2017

    Tottenham signed Walker in the summer of 2009 for £5.31 million before loaning him to Sheffield United, QPR and Aston Villa in back-to-back seasons.

    It was in the 2011-12 season that Walker started to establish himself in the Spurs first team.

    The pacy full-back made 183 appearances for Spurs and went on to become one of the best players in his position in the Premier League and he was included in the PFA Team of the Year twice.

    In the summer of 2017, Manchester City, who were continuing to change their already expensive defence with more expensive replacements, paid £47.43m for Walker's signature, making him the second-most lucrative sale for Spurs.

  • GARETH BALE TOTTENHAM

    #1 Gareth Bale | £90.90 million | Real Madrid | 2013

    One of the greatest footballers in Welsh history, Gareth Bale graduated from Southampton's academy before joining their senior team and going on to play 40 games for them in the 2006-07 season.

    Tottenham saw potential in the winger and acted quickly, signing him for £13.23 million in the summer of 2007.

    In the next six years, Bale grew in stature and went on to become one of the best players in the world at Spurs, scoring 42 goals in 146 games until 2013.

    Real Madrid splashed a then-world record £90.90m for the Welsh winger in the summer of 2013.

    Bale went on to score 81 goals in 176 games with Los Blancos, winning five Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles, one Spanish Cup, three Spanish Super Cups, three Uefa Super Cups and four Club World Cups in what was a glorious career in terms of silverware.

    The winger returned to Spurs on loan in 2020 before joining LAFC for free in July 2022.