Tottenham Hotspur most expensive signings: How Spurs splashed £1.5 billion on incoming transfers

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Tottenham have a bit of a reputation of being tight with their money, but they have spent plenty of cash this century

Tottenham Hotspur have done a fine job in becoming one of the Premier League's so-called big six over the course of the last decade or so after languishing in mid-table team at the start of the century.

Much of that upward trend is down to some strong decision making at board level and having a clear philosophy as to what they represent.

Their resurgence has not been cheap, though, as they have have been spending freely to get to where they are now.

Although Spurs have only surpassed the £50 million mark on two occasions, with both Tanguy Ndombele and Richarlison costing £50m+, they have not held back when it comes to quantity.

And it's fair to say that approach hasn't always paid off!

Luka Modric was a phenomenal signing at just over £20m, but they paid a similar amount for Vincent Janssen, Serge Aurier, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil to name just a few examples.

So, let's take a look at their 21st-century transfer dealings and their most expensive arrivals of the last 22 years!

Tottenham Hotspur most expensive signings by season


Most expensive signing


Total spending


James Maddison








Bryan Gil




Giovani Lo Celso




Tanguy Ndombele








Davinson Sanchez




Moussa Sissoko




Heung-min Son




Ben Davies




Erik Lamela




Mousa Dembele




Scott Parker




Rafael van der Vaart




Peter Crouch




Luka Modric




Darren Bent




Dimitar Berbatov




Jermaine Jenas




Andy Reid




Jermaine Defoe




Robbie Keane




Dean Richards




Sergiy Rebrov





*All figures are taken from Transfermarkt.

Tottenham Hotspur top 10 most expensive player signings

  1. Roberto Soldado | £27 million | Valencia | 2013
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    #10 Roberto Soldado | £27 million | Valencia | 2013

    Tottenham signed Soldado in the summer of 2013 for a then club record fee of £27 million.

    The Spanish striker scored on his debut in Tottenham's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and then four days later scored a brace in a 5-0 win in their Europa League match against Dinamo Tbilisi.

    However, he eventually scored just six goals in his debut season and was quickly labelled a flop by Spurs fans.

    Soldado left Tottenham in the summer of 2015 and joined Villarreal for a reported £10m.

  2. Steven Bergwijn | £27 million | PSV | 2020
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    #9 Steven Bergwijn | £27 million | PSV | 2020

    Steven Bergwijn arrived in North London from PSV for £27 million in January 2020.

    He signed a five-year contract and scored his first goal for the club on his Premier League debut in a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

    After the Premier League halt by Covid-19, Bergwijn scored in the first game against Manchester United in a 1-6 win at Old Trafford.

    The Dutchman made 60 appearances for Spurs, scoring seven goals before joining Ajax in the summer of 2022.

  3. Giovani Lo Celso | £28.80 million | Real Betis | 2020
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    #8 Giovani Lo Celso | £28.80 million | Real Betis | 2020

    Tottenham signed Giovani Lo Celso from La Liga side Real Betis in August 2019 on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

    Lo Celso made his debut for Spurs against Manchester City and they triggered the option to sign him permanently in January 2020 for £28.80 million.

    After two decent years at Tottenham, Lo Celso was loaned to Villarreal in January 2022 and has been there since then.

  4. Moussa Sissoko | £31.50 million | Newcastle | 2016
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    #7 Moussa Sissoko | £31.50 million | Newcastle | 2016

    After a much-publicized move from Newcastle United in 2016, Moussa Sissoko went on to make 202 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions.

    Spurs paid a premium of £31.50 million to acquire his services, but it is probably fair to say that the move didn't work out for either party.

    He spent five years at the club before deciding to join Watford in the summer of 2021 and got relegated with them in the 2021-22 season.

  5. Davinson Sanchez | £37.80 million | Ajax | 2017

    #6 Davinson Sanchez | £37.80 million | Ajax | 2017

    Tottenham signed Davinson Sanchez from Ajax in a deal worth £37.80m in the summer window of 2017.

    While he is now the fourth-most expensive signing in the club's history, in 2017, he became their record transfer, until Tanguy Ndombele arrived in 2019.

    The Colombian defender has been a towering presence for Spurs ever since, coming up with impressive performances and was also in the squad for their Champions League final against Liverpool in 2019.

  6. Pedro Porro | £40 million | Sporting CP | 2023

    #5 Pedro Porro | £40 million | Sporting CP | 2023

    The Spain international failed to make the cut at Manchester City while under contract at the Etihad, but he did a fine job at Sporting CP to earn himself the interest of Spurs and his return to the Premier League materialised in January 2023.

    The Londoners initially signed Porro on loan, with an obligation to buy, and they made the move permanent at the end of the 2022-23 season for a transfer fee of £40m

  7. James Maddison | £40 million | Leicester City | 2023

    #4 James Maddison | £40 million | Leicester City | 2023

    Spurs announced the signing of the attacking midfielder after striking a £40 million ($50.5m) deal following Leicester's fall into the Championship at the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

    Maddison was also targeted by Newcastle, but Spurs beat their Premier League rivals to the punch, and he has signed a contract until 2028.

  8. Cristian Romero | £45 million | Atalanta | 2022
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    #3 Cristian Romero | £45 million | Atalanta | 2022

    Serie A side Atalanta signed Romero from Juventus on loan in 2020 and decided to make his move permanent after he was nominated as the Best Defender in Serie A in 2020-21, only to then loan him to Tottenham Hotspur with an obligation to buy.

    Romero was impressive for Spurs throughout the 2021-22 season and the Argentine centre-back was signed in the summer of 2022 on a permanent deal worth £45 million, with a contract lasting until 2027.

  9. Richarlison | £52.50 million | Everton | 2022
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    #2 Richarlison | £52.50 million | Everton | 2022

    After a successful stint with Everton, Tottenham made Richarlison their second-most expensive transfer in history worth £52.50 million in the summer of 2022.

    The Brazilian became an instant hit, gaining his first assist in Tottenham's 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in August, before going on to score a brace on his Champions League debut against Marseille in September.

    With blistering pace and creativity on the ball, Richarlison is already proving to be a great investment by Spurs.

  10. Tanguy Ndombele | £54 million | Lyon | 2019

    #1 Tanguy Ndombele | £54 million | Lyon | 2019

    Ndombele arrived at Tottenham for £54m in 2019, becoming the North London club's most expensive signing in history.

    His best performance in a Spurs shirt came in their famous 6-1 win against Manchester United in October 2021 at Old Trafford as he scored once, but he never really looked at ease in the English capital.

    The midfielder left Tottenham to return to Lyon on loan in January 2022, before coming back to Spurs later in the summer.

    Ndombele was then loaned to Napoli in the 2022 summer window with an option to sign him for €30m next summer.