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Most Expensive Signings From Europe’s Top Five Leagues Analyzed

Last summer, the transfer market was lit up, with billions being spent by European clubs on reinforcements. With the League season in Europe’s top five leagues drawing to a close, we take a look at how the most expensive signings from each Europe’s elite football leagues has fared so far.

#1. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United was the most talked about transfer of the summer. It cost Manchester United £89 million to resign a player who they let go for free.

So far, Pogba has by no means measured up to the form that saw him win four consecutive Serie A titles. The Frenchman has come under heavy criticism by the British media, who think the former Le Havre youth player is both overrated and overpriced.

Perhaps owing to Manchester United’s inconsistent form, it’s almost laughable to watch a hapless £89 million Paul Pogba do next to nothing for the Red Devils. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Christian Ericksen, Kevin De Bruyne, have all contributed more goals and assists than the former Juve midfielder.

Pogba has scored four Premier League goals in 29 Premier League games this season; he also has four assists. He has scored seven goals in all competitions.

#2. Gonzalo Higuain

The most expensive player in the Serie A for the 2016-17 is Gonzalo Higuain. A season after he won the Capocannoniere (Serie A golden shoe) with 36 goals, Juventus priced him away from Napoli, much to the disgust of Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis; although I doubt if the money would disgust him.

Higuain joined Juventus for a staggering fee of £75.3 million. The former Real Madrid striker has not been poor for Juventus so far. He’s done the one thing he was brought to do, which is to score.

Although still a long shot from reaching the 36 goals he scored for Napoli last term, his 24 league goals put him three goals behind Edin Džeko in the run in for another golden shoe.

With Higuain’s help, the Old Lady has won the Italian Cup, they’re one win from bagging the Serie A and will play in the Champions League final.

#3. Julian Draxler

Considering his immense talent, Julian Draxler has always been expected to play in a big European team, perhaps Arsenal. However, when he left Wolfsburg last year, a year after joining them, his career trajectory didn’t lead anywhere near London but rather to France – where he would become Ligue 1 most expensive signing for the 2016-17 season.

Paris Saint-Germain paid €42 million to Wolfsburg for his services. The 23-year-old World Cup winner can be said to have had a respectable season with PSG, considering it’s his first outing in a new country.

Draxler has played just 16 times for the Ligue 1 Champions this season. He’s however, scored 11 goals in all competitions, spanning 23 games.

#4. André Gomes

Another 23-year-old midfielder who came in for plenty money in the summer is André Gomes. This time, it was Catalan giants, Barcelona, doing the spending. Gomes joined the 2015 Champions League winners for an initial fee of £29.75 million, per Transfermarket.co.uk. That fee made the Euro 2016 winner, the most expensive La Liga signing of the 2016-17 season.

Gomes said on his arrival at Barcelona that the team was so good, he could play for Barca “with his eyes closed”. Someone should’ve whispered to Gomes, that the grass always looks greener on the other side.

The former Valencia midfielder has been lacklustre, so much so, he was booed by the Blaugrana crowd prior to his introduction as a substitute in Barcelona’s 6-1 historic victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League knockout stage.

André Gomes has played 42 games for Barcelona this season; he’s however, scored only three goals for the Spanish giants, all in La Liga.

#5. Mats Hummels

Dortmund fans are still feeling hard done by his departure, but the German defender would care less – he’s with the biggest team in Germany and one of the biggest in the world; the same team where he started his career.

Hummels became the most expensive signing in the Bundesliga when Bayern Munich paid £30 million to Borussia Dortmund for the signature of the 28-year-old.

The 2014 World Cup winner has played 42 times for Bayern this season. And for the most part, he’s replicated the form that saw him rated one of the best defenders in Germany, during his time at Dortmund.

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