Napoli most expensive signings - How Serie A side spent over €1 billion on incoming transfers

Napoli most expensive signings
Exactly how much money have Napoli spent on new players in this millennium?

One of the most famous clubs in Italy, Napoli have been one of the most competitive football teams on the European stage in recent years.

We have seen many great players who feature for them, like Diego Maradona, who needs no introduction. They even named their stadium after the Argentina legend.

Then there's Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, and even Edinson Cavani in the modern day, who spent their prime in Naples.

But, all top players eventually left for other clubs leading to Napoli spending towards new talent.

How much did they spend? Was it worth it? Who is Napoli's most expensive signing ever?

Let's take a look!

Napoli most expensive transfers by season






Min-jae Kim




Matteo Politano




Victor Osimhen




Hirving Lozano




Fabian Ruiz




Nikola Maksimovic




Arkadiusz Milik








Manolo Gabbiadini




Gonzalo Higuain




Valon Behrami




Gokhan Inler




Victor Ruiz




Fabio Quagliarella




Christian Maggio




Daniele Mannini




Erminio Rullo/Gyorgy Garics




Nicolas Amodio




Emanuele Calaio




Daniele Portanova




Davide Dionigi








Claudio Husain





*All stats via Transfermarkt

Napoli's top 10 most expensive player signings

  1. Stanislav Lobotka | €21 million | Celta Vigo | 2019

    #10 Stanislav Lobotka | €21 million | Celta Vigo | 2019

    Napoli signed Stanislav Lobotka in the January transfer window of 2020, paying €21 million for his signature from Celta Vigo.

    The Slovakia international signed a four-year contract with the club and has since then gone on to make over 60 appearances for the Italian club.

    The midfielder had made his debut for Napoli against Juventus in January 2020 when he helped them to a famous 2-1 win.

  2. Matteo Politano | €21 million | Inter | 2021

    #9 Matteo Politano | €21 million | Inter | 2021

    One of the most exciting Italian wingers to have broken through the youth academy at Roma in Italy, Matteo Politano moved to Inter from Sassuolo in 2018 on a one-season loan before his move was made permanent in 2019 for €21.10 million.

    After just the first half of his first season at Inter, Politano was offloaded to Napoli on a loan in January 2020 with an obligation to buy in the summer of 2021.

    Napoli later decided to make the move permanent for €21m.

  3. Simone Verdi | €24.50 million | Bologna | 2018
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    #8 Simone Verdi | €24.50 million | Bologna | 2018

    Considering his impressive performances at youth level, in May 2010, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani announced that Verdi is expected to join the senior team in the 2010-11 season before the forward signed a professional contract with the club.

    But, he couldn't make a single senior official appearance for Milan before being transferred to Torino in 2011 for €1 million.

    Between 2011 to 2015, he featured in just 16 games for Torino while making loan moves to Juve Stabia in 2013 and Empoli from 2013 to 2015, before returning to Milan because they could not agree on a co-ownership deal with Torino. Verdi's future was actually determined by a blind auction which Milan won.

    More loan moves came before Bologna signed Verdi for €6.40m in 2016. Two years later, Napoli came calling, splashing €24.50m on his signature.

    Verdi could just survive one season at Napoli before being loaned to Torino and being sold to them in 2020 for €22m.

  4. Alex Meret | €26 million | Udinese | 2019

    #7 Alex Meret | €26 million | Udinese | 2019

    Napoli signed Udinese youth product, goalkeeper Alex Meret on a season-long loan in the summer of 2018 before signing him permanently for a €26 million fee in 2019.

    After an initial rotation with David Ospina in his first two seasons, Meret came to prominence at the club in the 2020 Coppa Italia Final when his penalty saves helped Napoli win the shootout.

    Since 2018, Meret has gone on to make more than 70 appearances for Napoli.

  5. Fabian Ruiz | €30 million | Real Betis | 2018
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    #6 Fabian Ruiz | €30 million | Real Betis | 2018

    Napoli signed Fabian Ruiz from Real Betis, paying a premium €30 million for the Spanish midfielder in 2018.

    From 2018 until 2022, Ruiz made 125 appearances for the Naples-based club, scoring 18 goals and providing numerous assists.

    In the summer of 2022, PSG came calling for the creative midfield star, agreeing to pay €23m for his signature.

  6. Arkadiusz Milik | €32 million | Ajax | 2016
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    #5 Arkadiusz Milik | €32 million | Ajax | 2016

    Polish striker Arkadiuisz Milik began his career at senior level at Gornik Zabrze in 2011 before moving to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.

    Then followed loan moves to Augsburg and Ajax before Ajax decided to make his move permanent in 2015 for €2.80 million.

    After just one season with Ajax where he scored 21 goals in 31 games, Napoli came calling, agreeing to pay €32m for the forward.

    Milik made 93 appearances for Napoli, scoring 38 goals before being sold to Marseille for €8m in the summer of 2022 before being loaned to Juventus.

  7. Konstantinos Manolas | €36 million | Roma | 2019

    #4 Konstantinos Manolas | €36 million | Roma | 2019

    After making a name for himself at Olympiacos in his two-year spell between 2012 and 2014, Roma decided to go big on Greek defender Konstantinos Manolas, signing him for €15 million in the summer of 2014.

    Manolas spent five seasons at Roma, making over 150 appearances for the club with arguably his best moment coming in a Champions League clash against Barcelona where he scored to knock the Catalans out of the tournament in dramatic fashion.

    In 2019, Napoli decided to sign Manolas for a premium €36m fee and he went on to make 60 appearances in two-and-a-half years, helping them win the Italian Cup in his first season at the club in 2019-20.

    In January 2022, Napoli let him return to Olympiacos for €2.50m before he joined Sharjah FC in September 2022.

  8. Gonzalo Higuain | €39 million | Real Madrid | 2013
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    #3 Gonzalo Higuain | €39 million | Real Madrid | 2013

    Amid competition from some of the top football clubs in the world, Napoli managed to swoop for Real Madrid legend Gonzalo Higuain in the summer of 2013.

    They signed the Argentine on a five-year deal, agreeing to pay Real Madrid a premium €39 million transfer fee.

    Higuain spent three seasons at Napoli, playing some of the best football of his career, scoring 71 goals in just 104 games, winning an Italian Cup and an Italian Super Cup before Juventus came calling in 2016, paying an eye-watering €90m fee for the Argentine striker.

    After two seasons at Juventus, scoring 48 goals in 105 games, Higuain joined Milan and Chelsea on loan before joining Inter Miami in 2020 and retiring from professional football in 2022.

  9. Hirving Lozano | €45 million | PSV | 2019
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    #2 Hirving Lozano | €45 million | PSV | 2019

    After two seasons at PSV in which he ended up as the top scorer in the Dutch League in his first season, Hirving Lozano moved to Napoli in the summer of 2019.

    Napoli paid a then club record €45 million for his signature, making him the most expensive transfer in the club's history at the time. Lozano also became the most expensive Mexican footballer of all time.

    On his Serie A debut, Lozano came on as a second-half substitute, scoring against Juventus in a 4-3 defeat.

    In three years, the Mexican winger has become an important part of the Naples-based side.

  10. Victor Osimhen | €75 million | Lille | 2020

    #1 Victor Osimhen | €75 million | Lille | 2020

    After excelling in his career at Wolfsburg, Victor Osimhen was sold to Belgian club RSC Charleroi for €3.50 million in the summer of 2019 after an initial loan move in which he scored 12 goals in 25 games.

    Just a month after joining Charleroi, Lille came calling, agreeing to pay €22.40m for the Nigeria striker.

    Over the course of the 2019-20 season with Lille, Osimhen established himself as one of the best young strikers in Europe, scoring 13 goals in 27 games.

    Napoli came calling, signing the then 21-year-old forward for a club record €75m in the summer of 2020.

    At the time of writing, Osimhen played 81 games for Napoli in all competitions, scoring 42 goals.