Big money for safe hands – football’s most expensive goalkeepers

Chelsea signed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on Wednesday by meeting his buyout clause – a world record fee for a goalkeeper of £72.1million.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois left Chelsea for Real Madrid for a reported 35m euros (£31.5m).

Here, Football Paradise looks at the most expensive men between the sticks to date.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea in 2018, £72.1million

Chelsea met Kepa’s 80m euro buyout clause to make the 23-year-old the world’s most expensive goalkeeper. Kepa is renowned for his composure and targeted titles with Chelsea after swapping the Basque country for west London.

Alisson Becker, Roma to Liverpool in 2018, £65million

Brazil Training Session and Press Conference – Enfield Training Ground
Brazil’s Alisson Becker joined Liverpool this summer (John Walton/PA)

Brazil’s number one moved to Anfield for what was a world record fee at the time, as the Reds aim to resolve a goalkeeper problem which has proved costly. Simon Mignolet and Lorus Karius, most recently in May’s Champions League final, have made high-profile errors which Liverpool will hope to stop with Alisson in goal.

Ederson, Benfica to Manchester City in 2017, £35m

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – Premier League – Wembley Stadium
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson (Adam Davy/PA)

Alisson’s fellow Brazilian joined City from Benfica last summer after some unconvincing displays from Claudio Bravo during the 2016-17 season. The 24-year-old quickly established himself as Pep Guardiola’s first choice and impressed throughout the season, both with his shot-stopping and distribution, as City coasted to the title.

Gianluigi Buffon, Parma to Juventus in 2001, £32.6m

Argentina v Italy – International Friendly – Etihad Stadium
Gianluigi Buffon became a stalwart for both Juventus and Italy (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Italian was considered a pricey upgrade on the similarly great Edwin van der Sar when, aged 23, he left Parma. Seventeen years later his stay in Turin has finally come to an end, with Buffon moving to Paris St Germain earlier this summer. In an era when there has been significant competition from Iker Casillas in particular, Buffon will likely be remembered as the greatest goalkeeper of his generation.

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea to Real Madrid in 2018, £31.5m

The Belgium international was named the best goalkeeper at the Russia 2018 World Cup and the relatively modest size of his transfer fee was due to his Chelsea contract having just a year to run.

Jordan Pickford, Sunderland to Everton in 2017, £30m

Croatia v England – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Semi Final – Luzhniki Stadium
Jordan Pickford impressed for England at the World Cup (Tim Goode/PA)

The most expensive English goalkeeper is 24-year-old Pickford, who grew stronger during his maiden season at Goodison Park after bursting onto the scene at Sunderland. He will start the new season with his reputation – and value – significantly enhanced by a stellar showing for England at the World Cup.

Bernd Leno, Bayer Leverkusen to Arsenal in 2018, £22million

Tottenham Hotspur v Bayer Leverkusen – UEFA Champions League – Group E – Wembley Stadium
Bernd Leno joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen (John Walton/PA)

Leno ended seven years at Leverkusen by signing for the Gunners in June, where he will hope to replace Petr Cech as number one. The 26-year-old made more than 300 appearances for Leverkusen and was the youngest German goalkeeper to play in a Champions League match when he faced Chelsea in September 2011. Missed out on the Germany World Cup squad.

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