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Transfer market

The top 10 most expensive loan signings in football

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Gonzalo Higuaín - 2018-19

The Argentina striker was loaned to Chelsea from Juventus for €9m, six months after joining AC Milan.


Gonzalo Higuaín - 2018-19

Higuaín arrived at Milan for another fee of €9m in the summer of 2018 after Juve signed Cristiano Ronaldo but spent only six months at San Siro.


Mattia Destro - 2012-13

The Italy international was loaned to Roma from Genoa for a cost of €11.5m in 2012.


Nicoló Barella - 2019-20

The Italy midfielder joined Inter from Cagliari for the season with €12m changing hands.

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Carlos Tévez - 2007-08

The Argentina striker was loaned to Manchester United from West Ham for €12.7m in 2007 after a legal wrangle over third-party ownership.


James Rodríguez - 2017-19

The Real Madrid midfielder joined Bayern Munich for €13m in 2017 on a two-year loan deal and now has returned to the Bernabéu after the Bundesliga giants decided not to make the move permanent.


Duván Zapata - 2018-20

The Colombia striker joined Atalanta on a two-season loan deal with an option to purchase in 2018, with Sampdoria pocketing €14m in return.


Giovani Lo Celso - 2019-20

After turning down purchase offers in excess of €50m for Lo Celso, Betis eventually agreed to a season-long loan deal with Spurs worth €16m.

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Kylian Mbappé - 2017-18

After guiding Monaco to the Ligue 1 title, PSG stumped up €45m for a season-long loan for the France international before making the deal permanent a year later for €145m.


Philippe Coutinho - 2019-20

The Brazilian joined Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona for the season for a fee of €8.5m.

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