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10 highest transfer fees paid for managers including Xabi Alonso to Liverpool world-record fee

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10 highest transfer fees paid for managers including Xabi Alonso to Liverpool world-record fee

In the world of football, transfer fees are typically associated with the movement of players from one club to another.

However, in recent years, there has been a growing trend of transfer fees being paid for the services of football managers. This relatively new concept has gained traction, and the amounts involved are on the rise.

One such example is the potential transfer of Xabi Alonso to Liverpool, which could see the club paying a world-record fee for a manager. Alonso, the former midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen manager, is under contract with the Bundesliga leaders until the summer of 2026.

Leverkusen is demanding a fee of over £20m to release him from his contract. This figure surpasses the previous record set by Bayern Munich, who paid €25m to bring in Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig in 2021.

Let’s take a look at the top ten highest transfer fees paid for managers up until now:

10. Maurizio Sarri – £5m Napoli to Chelsea, July 2018: Chelsea splashed out £5m to bring in the ill-fitting Maurizio Sarri. However, his death by a thousand passes style of play did not resonate well with the fans, and his tenure was short-lived. Sarri is currently in charge of Lazio following a stint at Juventus.

9. Ronald Koeman – £5m Southampton to Everton, June 2016: Ronald Koeman, the Dutch playing legend, arrived at Everton from Southampton. However, his 18-month tenure at Goodison Park was marked by mediocrity, and he was eventually sacked.

8. Brendan Rodgers – £5m Swansea to Liverpool, June 2012: Brendan Rodgers, now back at Celtic, made his first appearance on the list with his move from Swansea to Liverpool. He came close to winning the Premier League title during his 166-game tenure at Anfield.

7. Jose Mourinho – £5.2m Porto to Chelsea, June 2004: Jose Mourinho made his first appearance on the list when Chelsea hired him in 2004. This marked the beginning of Roman Abramovich’s significant investment in the club.

6. Jose Mourinho – £6.9m Inter to Real Madrid, May 2010: Mourinho’s second appearance on the list came when Real Madrid paid a substantial fee to bring him in from Inter. He won one league title with the club but faced tough competition from Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.

5. Ruben Amorim – £8.6m Braga to Sporting Lisbon, March 2020: Ruben Amorim, highly-rated as a potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp, cost Sporting Lisbon a hefty fee. Despite the interest from Europe’s top clubs, Amorim remains in his position for now.

4. Brendan Rodgers – £8.8m Celtic to Leicester, February 2019: Rodgers left Celtic for Leicester and won an FA Cup. However, his time at Leicester took a turn for the worse, and he departed midway through a season that ultimately saw the club relegated from the Premier League.

3. Andre Villas-Boas – £13.3m Porto to Chelsea, June 2011: Andre Villas-Boas arrived at Chelsea with a big reputation but was sacked after less than a season. His tenure ended with interim replacement Roberto di Matteo winning the club’s first Champions League.

2. Graham Potter – £21.5m Brighton to Chelsea, September 2022: Brighton cashed in on Graham Potter as he moved to Chelsea to replace Thomas Tuchel, the Champions League-winning manager. However, Potter’s time at Stamford Bridge was short-lived, and he was unceremoniously sacked.

1. Julian Nagelsmann – £21.7m RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich, April 2021: Bayern Munich paid a fee of €25m to bring in Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig. However, after two years and disagreements with players, Nagelsmann departed, leaving the club to question if the job was too big for the young coach.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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