With Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku linked with £20m to Inter Milan, the Belgium striker could go down in history as one of the most expensive loan moves of all time. Here, Express Sport takes a look at some of the other hugely expensive loan deals that have taken place in the sport.
Kylian Mbappé to PSG – £45m
The French striker recently ended months of transfer speculation by announcing he had signed a new contract with the Parisians. Given that, it’s easy to forget he originally signed for the club on loan as the French giants sought to circumvent Financial Fair Play rules following the £200m signing of Neymar.
Mbappe joined the club on a world-record loan deal of £45m in 2017. The deal included an obligation to buy clause taking the final sum to £166m, the second most expensive transfer to all the time.
From Gareth Bale to Tottenham: £20m
Bale’s return to England in 2020 was met with great fanfare as Tottenham supporters turned out in full force to celebrate the return of one of their best players. The Wales captain has had a deceptive season in north London, scoring 16 times in 34 games.
However, Spurs have parted with big money for the talisman’s one-season return, with the move costing around £20million, including vast wages.
Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich – £19m
The little Brazilian has just come off another loan spell this season at Aston Villa which was quickly made permanent at the end of the season. However, it wasn’t the first time the playmaker found himself on loan from Barcelona.
Bayern Munich shelled out around £19million to sign Coutinho for the 2019/20 season. The midfielder failed to impress during his time in Bavaria – but he managed to leave Germany with a Champions League winner’s medal. Notably, scoring twice against his parent club in an 8-2 quarter-final thrashing.
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United – £16m
The Colombian’s move to Manchester United from Monaco was one of the biggest of the 2014 transfer window, arriving on deadline day. He struggled in Manchester, scoring just four times, after barely recovering from a serious knee injury.
The move was a costly failure, with each goal costing around £4million. Falcao then had an equally unsuccessful loan spell at Chelsea the following season. However, the deal was less costly for the London club as it only covered his £180,000 salary, or around £9m over the course of the season.
Giovanni Lo Celso to Tottenham – £15m
Lo Celso had been one of Spurs’ top transfer targets in the 2019 summer transfer window and initially joined on a £15million loan deal from Real Betis. The move ultimately cost Tottenham around £66m after the club were forced to pay a £51m purchase obligation.
The Argentine flopped in North London by scoring just once in the Premier League. He spent the second half on loan at Villarreal after falling out of favor with boss Antonio Conte.
Carlos Tevez to Manchester United: £10m
The Argentine has once again made headlines today as he announced his retirement from football. In 2007, his move from West Ham to Manchester United made headlines as the Reds paid £10million on a two-year loan. The fees came before the rapid inflation of transfer prices over the past 15 years and would therefore likely have been much higher today.
Tevez enjoyed huge success during his time in the West End of Manchester. The forward scored 19 times, helping the club win the Champions League and two Premier League titles. United agreed to accept their option to sign him at the end of the 2008/09 season, but the striker refused, instead joining rivals Manchester City in one of the most sensational transfers in the history of the league.