Manchester United are nearing the end of a huge summer ahead with new manager Erik ten Hag getting the backing he needs to overhaul the squad.

Last summer Manchester United made moves to sign Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for almost £110 million combined.

Now he has added Casemiro, Antony, and Lisandro Martinez for big fees.

Here is a look at how United’s record deals rank over the years…

Manchester United most expensive transfer deals
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United have spent many high fees through the years, with mixed success. Below is a run down of the club’s 26 most expensive incoming transfer fees of all time…

Manchester United’s most expensive transfers of all time

  1. Paul Pogba

    Signed from Juventus in 2016: £89 million

  2. Antony

    Signed from Ajax in 2022: £81.3 million

  3. Harry Maguire

    Signed from Leicester City in 2019: £80 million

  4. Romelu Lukaku

    Signed from Everton in 2017: £75 million

  5. Jadon Sancho

    Signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2020: £72.6 million

  6. Casemiro

    Signed from Real Madrid in 2022: £60 million

  7. Angel di Maria

    Signed from Real Madrid in 2014: £59.7 million

  8. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    Signed from Crystal Palace in 2019: £50 million

  9. Bruno Fernandes

    Signed from Sporting in 2020: £47 million plus add-ons

  10. Fred

    Signed from Shakhtar in 2018: £47 million

  11. Lisandro Martinez

    Signed from Ajax in 2022: £46 million plus add-ons

  12. Juan Mata

    Signed from Chelsea in 2014: £37 million

  13. Anthony Martial

    Signed from Monaco in 2015: £36 million plus add-ons

  14. Donny van de Beek

    Signed from Ajax in 2020: £35 million plus add-ons

  15. Raphael Varane

    Signed from Real Madrid in 2021: £34.2 million plus add-ons

  16. Victor Lindelof

    Signed from Benfica in 2017: £31 million

  17. Memphis Depay

    Signed from PSV Eindhoven in 2015: £31 million

  18. Dimitar Berbatov

    Signed from Tottenham in 2008: £30.75 million

  19. Rio Ferdinand

    Signed from Leeds in 2002: £30 million

  20. Eric Bailly

    Signed from Villarreal in 2016: £30 million

  21. Ander Herrera

    Signed from Athletic Bilbao in 2014: £29 million

  22. Juan Sebastian Veron

    Signed from Lazio in 2001: £28 million

  23. Marouane Fellaini

    Signed from Everton in 2013: £27.5 million

  24. Wayne Rooney

    Signed from Everton in 2004: £27 million

  25. Luke Shaw

    Signed from Southampton in 2014: £27 million

  26. Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    Signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2016: £26.5 million

Hits and misses

We have tried to keep the above list simple with the main transfer fees as opposed to including add-ons as the main fee. Otherwise Amad would be in there, but just £19 million of his £37 million fee was paid up front, with the rest in incentive laden bonuses. Indeed, Anthony Martial’s Ballon d’Or clause is unlikely ever to be activated.

Manchester United most expensive transfer deals
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There have been many hits and misses through the years. Most would argue United have not got anywhere near full value on the £89 million paid for Paul Pogba, but the club have had five years out of him. Angel di Maria lasted just one, and Romelu Lukaku only two seasons.

Bruno Fernandes already looks like a bargain, and hopefully in time Jadon Sancho will represent similar value for money.

Lower down the list, British players like Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have all provided outstanding value to the club over their careers. Hopefully Sancho can go on to the same.

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