Everyone knows Neymar is the most expensive football transfer in history, with € 222M, but do you know the most expensive loan player in football history? In this list, Football Devils presents the most expensive loan players in the history of football.
Loan deals may last from a few weeks to a full season, sometimes persisting for multiple seasons at a time. A loan fee can be arranged by the Parent club as well as them asking to pay a percentage of their wages. So here is the top 5 list of the Most expensive loan football players in history.
5. Duvan Zapata
Duvan Zapata is a Colombian player who plays as a striker for the Italian Serie A club, Atalanta. On 12 July 2018, he joined Atalanta from Sampdoria on a two-season loan deal with an option to purchase. The fee of this loan transfer is £22.50m. As per sources, his salary on loan at Atalanta is £43,000 per week.
Zapata scored four goals in a game against Frosinone on 20 January 2019. The goals lifted his tally up to 14 goals, all scored consecutively in his last 8 matches. This makes him the top scorer in the league, jointly with Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Quagliarella. He scored 23 league goals in the 2019/20 season helping the team to finish the third position in the league.
|Loan Spell||Sampdoria to Atalanta|
|Joined Date||July 12, 2018|
|Loan Period||Two Season|
Where is Duvan Zapata now?
Duvan Zapata is now a permanent player of Atalanta. On 17 January 2020, Atalanta signed him for a four-years. A week later, he scored his first goal since his return from a three-month injury against Torino. Zapata is now Atalanta’s highest non-Italian goalscorer in history.
4. Martin Odegaard
Martin Odegaard is a Norwegian player who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club, Arsenal FC on loan from Real Madrid. Before that, he was loaned to Real Sociedad on 5 July 2019 for a fee of £27m. The deal was for one season, with Real Madrid retaining the option to recall the player or extend the loan for an additional season after the first year. As per sources, his salary on loan at Real Sociedad is £84,000 per week.
The young talent scored his first La Liga goal on 25 August 2019, against Mallorca in a 1-0 victory. The fans and football pundits praised his performance and techniques. Odegaard was named Laliga Player of the Month in September 2019. In February 2020, he scored against Real Madrid to help his loan club eliminate his parent club from the 2019-20 Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage. Real Sociedad reached the final of the competition, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.
|Loan Spell||Real Madrid to Real Sociedad|
|Joined Date||July 5, 2019|
|Loan Period||One season|
Where is Martin Odegaard now?
Martin Odegaard is now a player for Arsenal FC on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season. He joined the club on 27 January 2021. He made his debut against rivals Manchester United three days later, coming on as a substitute in a 0–0 home draw. Odegaard scored his first goal for Arsenal with a 20-yard strike in a 3–1 away win over Olympiacos in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 ties.
3. Achraf Hakimi
Achraf Hakimi is a Moroccan player who currently plays as a right-back for French Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). He was a product of Real Madrid. On 11 July 2018, Hakimi signed for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on a two-year deal for a fee of £44.10m. As per sources, his salary on loan at Borussia Dortmund is £15,000 per week.
Hakimi scored his first goal for the Dortmund in a 7–0 victory over FC Nurnberg on 27 September 2018. He provided three assists in a single match for the first time in his career against Atletico Madrid. This was his first Champions League appearance for Dortmund. In February 2020, Hakimi set a Bundesliga speed record when he was clocked at 36.48 km/h (22.67 mph) in a match against Union Berlin.
|Loan Spell||Real Madrid to Borussia Dortmund|
|Joined Date||July 11, 2018|
|Loan Period||Two year|
Where is Achraf Hakimi now?
Achraf Hakimi is now a player for Paris Saint-Germain. He signed a five-year contract for a Ligue 1 club on 6 July 2021. The fee paid by PSG is to be an initial €60 million, potentially rising by €11 million in add-ons. PSG’s right-back made his debut on 7 August 2021, playing the entire ninety minutes and scoring his first goal for the club against Troyes.
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2. Luka Jovic
Luka Jovic is a Serbian player who currently plays as a striker for a Bundesliga club, Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Real Madrid. Before that, he was loaned to Eintracht Frankfurt from Benfica in June 2017. The deal is for two seasons with a fee of £52.20m. As per sources, his salary on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt is £22,000 per week.
Jovic made five appearances in the 2017-18 season, where the club won the DFB-Pokal and scored the only goal of the win at Schalke 04 in the semi-finals on 18 April 2018. 20-year-old Jovic became the youngest player to score five goals in a Bundesliga game. He did so in a 7–1 home win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on 19 October 2018.
|Loan Spell||Benfica to Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Joined Date||June 2017|
|Loan Period||Two season|
Where is Luka Jovic now?
On 14 January 2021, Jovic was loaned back to Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of the 2020–21 season. On 17 January, in his first match back with his former club, Jović came off the bench and scored two goals within half an hour as Frankfurt defeated Schalke 3–1.
1. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is a French player who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). On 31 August 2017, he joined PSG from Monaco for one season with an option to purchase. The fee of this loan transfer is £76.50m. The player was permanently signed with PSG in 2018 with a record transfer fee of €180 million. Mbappe’s salary on loan at PSG is £308,000 per week, as per sources.
Second most expensive football player in history, after Neymar scored his first goal on debut against Metz in a 5-1 victory. On 6 December 2018, Mbappé scored his 10th Champions League goal in a 3–1 defeat to Bayern Munich and became the youngest player to reach that mark at the age of 18 years and 11 months.
|Loan Spell||AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain|
|Joined Date||August 31, 2017|
|Loan Period||One season|
Where is Kylian Mbappe now?
2018 FIFA World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is now the main player of Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar and Messi. On 12 December 2021, he scored twice against Monaco in Ligue 1 to reach a century of league goals for PSG. With this, he became the youngest player to score 100 goals for a single team in the French top-flight since aged 22 years and 357 days old. Mbappe is now the second-highest goalscorer in PSG’s history after Edinson Cavani.
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