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Wolves' most expensive signings - How Premier League side spent over £620 million on incoming transfers

4:00 PM MYT 23/01/2023
Wolves most expensive signings
Exactly how much money have Wolves spent on new players in this millennium?

Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers, nicknamed Wolves, have been shrewd with their transfer business since being promoted in 2016.

The three-time English champions have made some incredible signings over the years, beating some top clubs in order to land their transfer targets.

Talk about Matheus Nunes, or Goncalo Guedes, even Nelson Semedo, all three of these players were linked to some big clubs in Europe before Wolves managed to sign them.

But, who are Wolves' most expensive transfers since the turn of the millennium?

Let's take a look!

Wolves most expensive transfers by season

SEASON

MOST EXPENSIVE SIGNING

FEE

TOTAL SPENDING

2022/23

Matheus Nunes

£40.50M

£122.94M

2021/22

Rayan Ait-Nouri

£9.99M

£33.84M

2020/21

Fabio Silva

£36M

£78.83M

2019/20

Raul Jimenez

£34.20M

£105.03M

2018/19

Jonny Otto

£18.90M

£101.48M

2017/18

Ruben Neves

£16.11M

£22.15M

2016/17

Helder Costa

£13.50M

£32.49M

2015/16

Joe Mason

£3.51M

£8.41M

2014/15

Benik Afobe

£2.34M

£3.47M

2013/14

Kevin McDonald

£810,000

£1.66M

2012/13

Bakary Sako

£3.42M

£13.80M

2011/12

Roger Johnson

£7.20M

£10.85M

2010/11

Steven Fletcher

£6.48M

£18.19M

2009/10

Kevin Doyle

£6.84M

£17.51M

2008/09

Christophe Berra

£2.70M

£8.03M

2007/08

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

£2.03M

£6.75M

2006/07

Andy Keogh

£810,000

£2.53M

2005/06

Tomasz Frankowski

£1.80M

£2.81M

2004/05

Seyi Olofinjana

£1.80M

£3.62M

2003/04

Carl Cort

£2.70M

£8.89M

2002/03

None

Nil

Nil

2001/02

Kenny Miller

£4.05M

£16.04M

2000/01

Cedric Roussel

£2.16M

£5.72M

Total

£625.04M

*All stats via Transfermarkt

Wolves top 10 most expensive player signings

  • Patrick Cutrone Wolves 2019-20

    #10 Patrick Cutrone | £16.20 million | Milan | 2019

    After a two-season spell at AC Milan in which he scored 13 goals in 63 appearances, Wolves signed Patrick Cutrone in the summer of 2019.

    The striker arrived for £16.20 million on a four-year contract, but could only survive five months at Wolves as he joined Fiorentina on an 18-month loan with an option to buy in January 2020.

    Cutrone then moved to Valencia and Empoli on loan until the summer of 2022 before his hometown club Como signed him in Serie B on a three-year deal.

  • Daniel Podence Wolves 2022-23

    #9 Daniel Podence | £17.64 million | Olympiacos | 2019

    After establishing in his youth career at Sporting Lisbon before making it to their first team, Daniel Podence moved to Olympiacos in 2018 for £6.30 million.

    The Portuguese winger featured for two seasons in Greece, making 42 appearances, scoring eight goals before Wolves came calling.

    Podence signed for the Premier League side for £17.64m in a January move in 2020.

  • Adama Traore Wolves 2021-22

    #8 Adama Traore | £18 million | Middlesbrough | 2018

    After starting his career with Barcelona's youth team, Adama Traore arrived in England with Aston Villa for £9 million in the summer of 2015.

    After just one season, Middlesbrough came calling, signing the Spaniard for £7.43m.

    In over two years at Middlesbrough, Traore made 61 appearances, scoring five goals before signing for Wolves in the summer of 2018 for £18m.

    The winger was excellent for Wolves and Barcelona returned for him in January 2022, signing him on a loan before sending him back to The Wanderers in June 2022.

  • Jonny Castro Otto Wolves 2018-19

    #7 Jonny Otto | £18.90 million | Atletico Madrid | 2018

    Spanish full-back Jonny signed for Wolves from Atletico Madrid on an initial loan in the summer of 2021 before signing permanently for the Premier League club for £18.90 million on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

    Injuries got the better of him in his initial time at the club, but he overcame those issues and in March 2022, Jonny reached 100 competitive appearances for Wolves.

  • Nathan Collins Wolves 2022-23

    #6 Nathan Collins | £21.87 million | Burnley | 2022

    After graduating from Stoke City's academy and making 39 senior appearances for them, Nathan Collins moved to Burnley in 2021 for £12.6 million.

    The Irish centre-back featured for just one season at Turf Moor, making 19 appearances, scoring two goals. Burnley were relegated from the Premier League in the 2021-22 season.

    In July 2022, Wolves saw an opportunity and signed Collins for £21.87m.

  • BAR_Out_Nelson Semedo_Wolves.jpg

    #5 Nelson Semedo | £28.80 million | Barcelona | 2020

    After making his debut for Benfica's first team in July 2015 before going on to make 43 appearances for them in a two-year spell.

    In the summer of 2017, Barcelona came calling, signing the talented right-back for £32.13 million on a five-year deal.

    After winning two La Liga titles, one Spanish Cup and two Spanish Super Cups with Barcelona, Semedo moved to Wolves for £28.80m in the summer of 2020.

  • Goncalo Guedes

    #4 Goncalo Guedes | £29.34 million | Valencia | 2022

    After spending his youth career at the Benfica academy, Portuguese winger Goncalo Guedes joined their senior team, making 77 appearances for them over three years, scoring 16 goals.

    PSG came calling in January 2017, signing him for £27 million.

    However, after just eight months at the club, he joined Valencia on loan in the summer of 2017.

    The following summer, he was sold to Valencia for a £36m fee.

    Between 2018 to 2022, Guedes made 113 appearances for Valencia, scoring 23 goals before Wolves signed him for £29.34m in the summer of 2022.

  • Raul Jimenez Wolves 2022-23

    #3 Raul Jimenez | £34.20 million | Benfica | 2019

    Mexican striker Raul Jimenez signed for Benfica for a £19.80 million fee in August 2015 after just one season with Atletico Madrid.

    This happened when he failed to show up for his medical with West Ham as reports claimed he had missed his flight to London after he had overslept.

    However, Jimenez arrived in Portugal, going on to play four years for them, scoring 18 goals in 80 games before joining Wolves on an initial loan in the 2018-19 season followed by a permanent move in the summer of 2019 for £34.20m.

  • Fabio Silva Wolves 09052020

    #2 Fabio Silva | £36 million | Porto | 2020

    In September 2020, Wolves went ahead and broke their transfer record at that time by signing an 18-year-old unknown striker, Fabio Silva, from Porto for £36 million.

    The Portuguese forward came with high expectations with Wolves playing a gamble on him, offering him a five-year deal.

    However, after making 54 appearances and scoring just four goals in two years, Silva was shipped to Anderlecht to gain more experience on loan in the summer of 2022.

  • Matheus Nunes

    #1 Matheus Nunes | £40.50 million | Sporting CP | 2022

    After establishing himself at Sporting CP with 76 appearances and seven goals between 2019 and 2022, Portuguese attacking midfielder Matheus Nunes made the move to Wolves.

    The Premier League club parted ways with a club record £40.50 million fee, making Nunes the most expensive footballer in their history.

    The 24-year-old made his debut against Tottenham in a 1-0 defeat for Wolves in the Premier League.