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Who Are The Most Expensive Goalkeepers Of All Time?

Liverpool look set to smash the world record fee for a goalkeeper, with a deal agreed for Roma stopper Alisson Becker.

The Premier League side are set to pay around €75m for the Brazilian international’s services, with manager Jurgen Klopp deciding to bring an end to Loris Karius’ reign as Anfield number one.

The deal, should it be completed will see a 17-year-old record broken in the process, as it will see Gianluigi Buffon’s move to Juventus finally moved from the top of the table.

While Alisson should soon be the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, who is currently in the top ten most expensive goalkeepers of all time?


1. Gianluigi Buffon – €52.9m. Parma – Juventus, 2001

27 Oct 2001: Portrait of Gianluigi Buffon goalkeeper of Juventus taken while in action during the Serie A 9th Round League match between Juventus and Inter Milan, played at the Delle Alpi stadium, Turin Italy. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT

The Italy legend, to this day still the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, was signed from Parma in 2001. He went on to play in over 650 matches for Juventus, winning nine Serie A titles in the process.


2. Ederson Moraes – €40m (£35m). Benfica – Manchester City, 2017

 during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Pep Guardiola solved a long-standing problem by signing the Brazilian international from Benfica. Ederson went on to play a key role in Man City’s Premier League title success last season.


3. Jordan Pickford – €34m (£30m). Sunderland – Everton, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Jordan Pickford of Everton celebrates after Theo Walcott of Everton (not pictured) scores their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Eyebrows were raised when Everton committed to paying £30m for Pickford in 2017, but he has proven himself to be worth the outlay. Having been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise poor Everton season, he went on to star with England at the World Cup this summer.


4. Manuel Neuer – €30m. Schalke – Bayern Munich, 2011

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 22: Manuel Neuer poses with his award for German footballer of the year ahead of the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on August 22, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Neuer was signed from Schalke at considerable cost in 2011, but he has gone on to pay that back several times over. One of the finest keepers in the world, Neuer has won six Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in his time at the Allianz Arena.


5. Francesco Toldo, €26.5m. Fiorentina – Internazionale, 2001

03 Aug 2001: Francesco Toldo of Inter Milan in action during the pre-season Birra Moretti Trophy in Bari, Italy. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT

Transfers of Italian goalkeepers were plentiful at the turn of the century, though an absurdly high number of them didn’t pan out. Toldo was one of the few who was worth the outlay, spending nine years at the San Siro and winning four Serie A titles.


6. Bernd Leno – €25m (£22m), Bayer Leverkusen – Arsenal, 2018

<> at London Colney on June 19, 2018 in St Albans, England.

One of Unai Emery’s first signings since taking over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer, Leno comes to England with a decent reputation and is expected to take over from Petr Cech as the Gunners’ new number one.


7. David De Gea – €25m (£17.8m). Atletico Madrid – Manchester United, 2011

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: David de Gea of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on April 8, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Signed to replace Edwin Van Der Sar at the turn of the decade, De Gea shook off an iffy start and has gone on to become the best keepers on the planet. A regular winner of the club’s player of the year award, De Gea has had to drag Man United to success on occasion.


8. Alex Meret – €22m. Udinese – Napoli, 2018

Alex Meret of Spal during the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and Spal at Stadio San Paolo Naples Italy on 18 February 2018. (Photo Franco Romano/Nurphoto)

Meret was signed to fill the void left by Pepe Reina’s departure for AC Milan, but will have to wait for his chances after the 21-year-old broke his arm in training less than a week after signing for the club.


9. Sebastien Frey – €21m. Internazionale – Parma, 2001

GENOA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Sebastien Frey of Genoa CFC looks on during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Atalanta BC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 20, 2013 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Toldo’s arrival at the San Siro meant that Frey was deemed surplus to requirements, but they were still able to receive a good price for the French youth international from Parma. Frey spent four largely successful years at Parma (despite the team’s struggles) before moving on to Fiorentina for €6m in 2005.


10. Angelo Peruzzi – €19m. Juventus – Internazionale, 1999

23 Oct 1999: Angelo Peruzzi in goal for Inter Milan against AC Milan during the Serie A match at the San Siro in Milan, Italy. Mandatory Credit: Claudio Villa /Allsport

Peruzzi left Juventus to join Inter in 1999, linking up with former Juve manager Marcello Lippi at the San Siro. However, his stay in Milan would not be a long one – he was sold to Serie A title rivals Lazio for €18m just a year later.


(Transfer fees taken from Transfermarkt and are in Euro, with the pound conversion at the time used to separate players in the event of a tie)

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