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The 10 Most Expensive African Transfers In History

The 10 Most Expensive African Transfers In History

By David Kappel - Jun 23, 2017 08:00 PM @kappilinho

With Liverpool's latest signing becoming the most expensive African transfer in history, here are the top 10 priciest players from the continent, including legends such as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.

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Mohamed Salah's transfer from AS Roma to Liverpool was announced on Thursday evening.

While initial reports suggested that he joined the English side for £34 million (R560 million), which would have equalled the African transfer record, Roma later confirmed they received an initial fee of £36.9 million (R607 million) and will get up to another £7 million (R115 million) in performance-based bonuses.

Salah beat Sadio Mane's £34 million (R559 million) move to Anfield and is now the most expensive African in history. Eric Bailly sits in third after completing a £30 million (R494 million) move from Villarreal to Manchester United in 2016.

Islam Slimani and Wilfried Bony are joint fourth, having signed for Leicester City and Manchester City, respectively, for £28 million (R461 million) each.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Yannick Bolasie share sixth position after completing moves worth £25 million (R411 million), when the former joined City in 2009 and the latter Everton in 2016.

Michael Essien's £24.4 million (R402 million) Chelsea deal in 2005 slightly edges the £24 million (R395 million) moves of Didier Drogba to Chelsea and Yaya Toure to Manchester City.

Read: Reports: Real Accept R874m Offer For James

In a surprising coincidence, all of the 10 most expensive transfers involving African players were moves to or between Premier League clubs.

Note: This list was published by

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