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Paris Saint-Germain most expensive signings: How PSG splashed over €1.8 billion on incoming transfers

10:00 EAT 10/10/2022
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PSG have made transfers worth close to €2 billion in their quest for European supremacy

Paris Saint-Germain have significantly inflated an already wild transfer market ever since new owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) acquired a majority stake in the club in 2011.

In their ultimate mission to be crowned champions of Europe, PSG have splashed the cash on numerous high-profile signings over the last decade or so.

We all remember when they changed the transfer market forever by spending a world record €222 million on Neymar in 2017, followed by the second-most expensive transfer in history when they parted ways with €180m to bring Kylian Mbappe on board two years later after a successful loan spell.

There have been far more high-profile transfers over the course of the last two decades or so, though, so let's take a look at their spendings each season and at their most-expensive arrivals of the 21st century.

PSG most expensive incoming transfers

Season

Most expensive signing

Fee

Total spending

2022/23

Nuno Mendes

€48.80M/£44.11M

€147.50M/£132.75M

2021/22

Achraf Hakimi

€66.50M/£59.85M

€89.50M/£80.55M

2020/21

Mauro Icardi

€50M/£45M

€62M/£55.80M

2019/20

Abdou Diallo

€32M/£28.80M

€95M/£85.50M

2018/19

Kylian Mbappe

€180M/£162M

€262M/£235.80M

2017/18

Neymar

€222M/£199.80M

€238M/£214.20M

2016/17

Julian Draxler

€36M/£32.40M

€134.50M/£121.05M

2015/16

Angel Di Maria

€63M/£56.70M

€116.10M/£104.49M

2014/15

David Luiz

€49.50M/£44.55M

€49.50M/£44.55M

2013/14

Edinson Cavani

€64.50M/£58.05M

€135.90M/£122.31M

2012/13

Thiago Silva

€42M/£37.80M

€151M/£135.90M

2011/12

Javier Pastore

€42M/£37.80M

€107.10M/£96.39M

2010/11

Nene

€5M/£4.50M

€9M/£8.10M

2009/10

Mevlut Erdinc

€8.50M/£7.65M

€15.50M/£13.95M

2008/09

Stephane Sessegnon

€8M/£7.20M

€10.50M/£9.45M

2007/08

Zoumana Camara

€6M/£5.40M

€20.50M/£18.45M

2006/07

Pierre-Alain Frau

€5M/£4.50M

€16.70M/£15.03M

2005/06

Bonaventure Kalou

€8.50M/£7.65M

€18.20M/£16.38M

2004/05

Jerome Rothen

€10M/£9M

€27.50M/£24.75M

2003/04

Pauleta

€11M/£9.90M

€34.90M/£31.41M

2002/03

Andre Luiz

€11M/£9.90M

€12.75M/£11.48M

2001/02

Hugo Leal

€9.50M/£8.55M

€19.50M/£17.55M

2000/01

Nicolas Anelka

€34.50M/£31.05M

€62.29M/£56.06M

TOTAL

€1.83B/£1.65B

*All figures are taken from Transfermarkt.

PSG's top 10 most expensive player signings

  • 2018-01-30 Pastore PSG

    #10 Javier Pastore | €42 million/£37.80 million | Palermo | 2011

    Javier Pastore was one of the first few superstars to arrive at PSG in the initial days of the club's takeover by QSI.

    Signed for €42 million (£37.80m) from Palermo in 2011, Pastore eventually spent seven years at PSG, scoring 29 goals in 186 appearances.

    It was Pastore who vacated his number 10 jersey and gave it as a gift to Neymar when the Brazilian arrived at the club.

  • Thiago Silva PSG Angers Ligue 1 30112016

    #9 Thiago Silva | €42 million/£37.80 million | Milan | 2012

    A transfer that very much took advantage of Milan's financial turmoil at the time, Thiago Silva signed for PSG for €42 million (£37.80 million) in the summer of 2012.

    Milan initially refuted all rumours relating to the Brazilian defender so much so that the club's owner at that time, Silvio Berlusconi, insisted that he would stay at the club.

    The whole saga even reached a stage where just 12 days before signing for PSG, Thiago Silva extended his contract with Milan until 2017.

    However, the move happened after all mere weeks later, making Thiago Silva the most expensive defender in history at that time.

  • Nuno Mendes PSG

    #8 Nuno Mendes | €48.80 million/£44.11 million | Sporting CP | 2022

    PSG initially signed Nuno Mendes on a season-long loan in the summer of 2021.

    His performances for the club saw him nominated for Ligue 1's Young Player of the Year award and also saw him rewarded with a place in the Team of the Year.

    The Portuguese left-back was so good that PSG decided to exercise their option to trigger his buyout clause of €48.80 million (£44.11m) and sign him on a four-year deal.

  • David Luiz PSG Lens 03072015

    #7 David Luiz | €49.50 million/£44.55 million | Chelsea | 2014

    Just two years after signing Thiago Silva for a world record fee for a defender, PSG broke their own record and brought in David Luiz from Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

    Signed for €49.50 million (£44.55 million), Luiz won all four domestic competitions in his two-season spell in France before returning to Stamford Bridge in a €35m (£31.50m) million transfer in 2016.

    After another three seasons at Chelsea, Luiz joined Arsenal before returning back to his home country to join Flamengo in 2021.

  • Mauro Icardi PSG 2021-22

    #6 Mauro Icardi | €50 million/£45 million | Inter | 2020

    Icardi joined PSG from Inter in the summer of 2019 on a one-season loan with a €70 million option to buy.

    He won Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and also reached the UEFA Champions League final in his first season at the club.

    Despite being an unused substitute in that final, Icardi was PSG's top scorer in the tournament with five goals in seven games, alongside Kylian Mbappe.

    PSG decided to trigger the option to sign him, although they renegotiated the deal to eventually get their man for €50 million (£45 million) in the summer of 2020.

  • Angel Di Maria

    #5 Angel Di Maria | €63 million/£56.50 million | Manchester United | 2015

    After a rather sour stint at Manchester United, where he failed to adjust and perform, Angel Di Maria joined PSG in the summer of 2015 for €63 million (£56.50 million).

    In his seven years at PSG, Di Maria won numerous domestic trophies and even reached the Champions League final in the 2019-20 season against Bayern Munich.

    The Argentine winger spent another two seasons in France, racking up 92 goals and 112 assists in 295 matches for PSG, before making the move to Juventus as a free agent in the summer of 2022.

  • Edinson Cavani PSG Chelsea Champions League 17022015

    #4 Edinson Cavani | €64.50 million/£58.95 million | Napoli | 2013

    Back in 2013, PSG signed Edinson Cavani from Napoli for €64.50 million (£58.95 million), making him the sixth-most expensive transfer in history at that time.

    During his time at the club, Cavani became one of the best strikers in the world and won back-to-back domestic trebles with PSG, winning the Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.

    His journey at the French capital also saw him become PSG's greatest-ever goal scorer when he scored his 157th goal in his 229th match in a 4-0 win over Montpellier in January 2018.

  • ACHRAF HAKIMI PSG LIGUE 1 22092021

    #3 Achraf Hakimi | €66.50 million/£59.85 million | Inter | 2021

    Hakimi signed for PSG in July 2021 for €66.50 million (£59.85 million) from Inter.

    The Moroccan soon became an integral part of the first team as he adjusted to conditions in France rather quickly.

    Hakimi made a grand entry into Ligue 1 as he scored on his debut against Troyes in the first league game of the 2021-22 season.

  • Kylian Mbappe PSG 2018

    #2 Kylian Mbappe | €180 million/£162 million | Monaco | 2018

    After leading Monaco to a league title in his breakthrough 2016-17 season, Kylian Mbappe soon became a phenomenon on the European stage, with some of the best clubs in the world showing their interest in him.

    PSG eventually pounced on the opportunity to sign the striker and signed him on loan in August 2017.

    Mbappe went on to score on both his Ligue 1 and Champions League debut for PSG.

    After a successful loan spell, the Parisians announced his permanent transfer for €180 million (£162 million) in the summer of 2018, making him the second-most expensive transfer in the history of football.

    Mbappe has scored close to 200 goals in all competitions for PSG since his move to the capital.

  • Neymar PSG 2017-18

    #1 Neymar | €222 million/£199.80 million | Barcelona | 2017

    After activating his release clause and paying Barcelona €222 million (£199.80 million), Neymar completed his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017, making him the most-expensive footballer in history.

    The Brazilian superstar won a domestic treble in his first season at the club and has won every single league title since arriving in Paris except the 2020-21 season, where Lille claimed the title for the first time since 2011.

    Neymar has scored over 100 goals for PSG since 2017.