AC Milan most expensive player sales - How Serie A side made almost €800 million in outgoing transfers

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Milan have made some premium player sales this century!

One of the most iconic football clubs in the world, AC Milan have left a permanent mark on the beautiful game.

The Rossoneri is the birthplace of some of the greatest footballers to have walked the earth.

Talk about Paolo Maldini or Franco Baresi, two of the greatest defenders ever.

Or Ronaldinho and Kaka, two of the all-time great Brazilians to have played in Europe.

Or, Alessandro Nesta, Cafu, Marco van Basten, Andriy Shevchenko, Ruud Gullit.....the list is almost endless.

Despite having such legends feature for them, Milan have had to let go of many such great players when other clubs agreed to pay a premium fee for them.

Which players form part of Milan's most expensive sales, though?

Let's take a look!

Milan most expensive sales by season


Biggest sale


Total sales


Jens Petter Hauge




Diego Laxalt




Lucas Paqueta




Krzysztof Piatek




Leonardo Bonucci




Mattia De Sciglio




Stephan El Shaarawy




Ricardo Saponara




Mario Balotelli




Kevin-Prince Boateng




Thiago Silva




Marco Borriello




Klaas-Jan Huntelaar








Alberto Gilardino




Massimo Donati




Andriy Shevchenko




Jon Dahl Tomasson




Martin Laursen




Jose Mari




Francesco Coco




Cristian Zenoni




Roberto Ayala





*All figures are taken from Transfermarkt unless stated otherwise.

Milan top 10 most expensive player sales

  1. Mario Balotelli | €20 million/£18 million | Liverpool | 2014

    #10 Mario Balotelli | €20 million/£18 million | Liverpool | 2014

    After joining Inter Milan's under-19 team in 2006, Mario Balotelli was promoted to their first team in 2007.

    Over the course of the next three years, the Italian striker made 59 appearances for the Nerazzurri, scoring 20 goals.

    Newly rich Manchester City came calling in 2010, signing him for €29.50 million (£26.55 million). After helping City win the FA Cup in his first season, Balotelli assisted Sergio Aguero's iconic Premier League title-winning goal in the 2011-12 season.

    In January 2013, he joined Milan in a €20m (£18m) move, scoring 26 goals in 43 appearances for them before returning to the Premier League, this time with Liverpool who agreed to pay €20m (£18m) for the Italian forward.

  2. Suso | €21 million/£18.90 million | Sevilla | 2020
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    #9 Suso | €21 million/£18.90 million | Sevilla | 2020

    A product of Liverpool's academy, Suso joined the Reds in 2012 and after making just 14 appearances in three seasons, including a season-long loan at Almeria, he moved to Milan in a €1.30 million (£1.17 million) transfer in January 2015.

    Suso established himself at Milan, making 126 appearances for them over five years, scoring 21 goals.

    His best run at the club came in the 2016-17 season when he scored seven goals and assisted nine, helping Milan win the Supercoppa Italiana late in 2016.

    In January 2020, the Spaniard moved to Sevilla on a loan before they signed him for €21m (£18.90m) later that summer.

  3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic | €21 million/£18.90 million | PSG | 2012

    #8 Zlatan Ibrahimovic | €21 million/£18.90 million | PSG | 2012

    After spending his youth at Malmo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Ajax in 2001 for €7.8 million (£7.02 million).

    Three seasons, 71 games and 35 goals later, Juventus came calling, signing the Swedish striker for €16m (£14.40m). At Juventus, Ibrahimovic scored 23 goals in 70 appearances over two seasons before Inter signed him for €24.80m (£22.32m).

    After winning three league titles with Inter, the forward to Barcelona in a €69.5m (£62.55m) move in 2009.

    However, Ibrahimovic could only survive one season at Camp Nou, and went to Milan on loan in 2010 before signing for them permanently for €24m (£21.6m) in 2011.

    Just a year later, Paris Saint-Germain signed Ibrahimovic in a mega transfer worth €21m (£18.9m).

  4. Francesco Coco | €22.50 million/£20.25 million | Inter | 2002

    #7 Francesco Coco | €22.50 million/£20.25 million | Inter | 2002

    A product of Milan's youth academy, Francesco Coco made his debut for the senior team in 1995 and went on to feature for them for seven years, three of which were on loan to different clubs.

    The Italian left-back made 56 appearances for Milan as he was loaned to Vicenza, Torino and Barcelona before Inter came calling in 2002.

    Inter chose to sign him for €22.5 million (£20.25 million) in July 2002.

    Coco went on to make just 26 appearances for Inter over five years, which included two season-long loans to Livorno and Torino.

  5. Lucas Paqueta | €23.44 million/£21.10 million | Lyon | 2020

    #6 Lucas Paqueta | €23.44 million/£21.10 million | Lyon | 2020

    Lucas Paqueta's name was doing the rounds in Europe ever since he rose to prominence at Flamengo between 2016 to 2019.

    AC Milan were the first team to recognise his talent and they brought him to Europe for a hefty €38.40 million (£34.56 million) fee in 2019.

    However, the attacking midfielder could only survive one season at the San Siro before moving to Lyon in the summer of 2020 for a cut-price €23.44m (£21.10m).

    After impressive performances for Lyon, West Ham came calling in the summer of 2022, signing him for a premium €42.95m (£38.66m) fee.

  6. Krzysztof Piatek | €24 million/£21.60 million | Hertha | 2019
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    #5 Krzysztof Piatek | €24 million/£21.60 million | Hertha | 2019

    In the January transfer window of 2019, Milan decided to splash €35 million (£31.50 million) on Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek after his amazing goal-scoring run for Genoa in the previous year.

    Piatek signed a contract until 2023 and was signed as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who joined Chelsea.

    The striker scored in his first three starts in Serie A, becoming the first Milan player to do so in the league since Balotelli in 2013.

    However, just one year later, in January 2020, Hertha Berlin signed him for €24m (£21.60m).

    In January 2022, he moved to Fiorentina on loan before joining Salernitana on a similar deal in the summer of 2022.

  7. Leonardo Bonucci | €35 million/£31.50 million | Juventus | 2018
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    #4 Leonardo Bonucci | €35 million/£31.50 million | Juventus | 2018

    To date Milan's most expensive signing in history, Leonardo Bonucci arrived from Juventus for €42 million (£37.80 million) in 2017, signing a five-year deal.

    He was named the club's new captain in his first month at the club.

    Amid high expectations, Bonucci failed to deliver on his promise at San Siro, with his only memorable moment at the club coming in a 3-1 defeat to Juventus, when he scored the goal to break Gianluigi Buffon's record for longest consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.

    In 2018, Bonucci returned back to Juventus in a €35m (£31.50m) transfer.

  8. Thiago Silva | €42 million/£37.80 million | PSG | 2012
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    #3 Thiago Silva | €42 million/£37.80 million | PSG | 2012

    Milan signed Thiago Silva for €10 million (£9 million) from Brazilian club Fluminense in January 2009.

    The Brazilian defender won his first Serie A title in the 2010-11 season and was by far their best player throughout the campaign.

    After injuries towards the end of his time at Milan, Paris Saint-Germain came calling, offering a premium €42m (£37.80m) fee in 2012, making him the most expensive defender in the world at that time.

    Silva flourished at PSG, making over 200 appearances before moving to Chelsea in the Premier League in 2020 as a free transfer.

  9. Andriy Shevchenko | €43.88 million/£39.49 million | Chelsea | 2006

    #2 Andriy Shevchenko | €43.88 million/£39.49 million | Chelsea | 2006

    Andriy Shevchenko played a starring role as Milan won the 2002-03 Champions League trophy, leading him to win the Ballon d'Or in 2004.

    After over 200 appearances and 127 goals for them, the Ukrainian striker moved to Chelsea in a €43.88 million (£39.49 million) transfer in 2006, making him the most expensive signing made by an English club at the time.

    Jose Mourinho handed him the number seven shirt.

    However, things didn't go according to plan for the striker at the Blues as he stayed for just two seasons at the club before returning on loan to Milan in 2008.

    In the summer of 2009, the Ukrainian legend returned to his hometown club Dynamo Kyiv as a free agent.

  10. Kaka | €67 million/£60.30 million | Real Madrid | 2009
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    #1 Kaka | €67 million/£60.30 million | Real Madrid | 2009

    Milan signed a young Brazilian footballer named Kaka from Sao Paulo in 2003 for €8.50 million (£7.65 million), just one year after he won the World Cup with Brazil.

    Not many would have imagined that this youngster would go on to become one of the greatest footballers of his generation, but at Milan, he became one.

    In six years at Milan, Kaka won the Scudetto, an Italian Super Cup and a Champions League, mesmerising football fans around the world.

    Two years after winning the Ballon d'Or, in 2009 Kaka became one of the most expensive footballers in history after Real Madrid paid Milan a €67m (£60.3m) fee for the Brazilian maestro.

    To this day, he remains Milan's most expensive player sale in history.

    Kaka returned to Milan in 2013, before making a move to the MLS with Orlando and a loan move back to Sao Paulo in 2014.

    In 2017, he announced his retirement from professional football.