What is the most expensive transfer window from a Serie A club?

At a time where transfer fees are only getting bigger and bigger, what is the most money that one Serie A team has ever spent in a single transfer window?


As the rumours begin to fly, clubs start to negotiate and players are announced, the transfer window is well and truly back open.

Over the next few months, lucrative fees will be exchanged for players, whether that be departing from or arriving in Serie A. However, it is unlikely that a club will match the record window that Juventus once had.

In the summer of 2018, the Old Lady would smash the league’s previous transfer record and put themselves in the history books for the most amount spent in a single transfer window by a Serie A team.

The season prior started disappointingly, with Juve losing against Lazio in the Suppercoppa Italia, though they would go on to win both the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto. In the Champions League, the Bianconeri would reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.

The goal for next season would then be to build on that, especially in Europe with club president Andrea Agnelli putting emphasis on the importance of a strong showing in Europe’s most prestigious competition. As such, the budget for the season was elevated. So who joined Juventus in the summer of 2018, and for how much?

Ronaldo, Cancelo, Costa, and Bonucci feature in Juventus’ record-breaking transfer window

Cristiano Ronaldo – €117m

Cristiano Ronaldi in action for Juventus against Inter. [@juventusfcen]

After Ronaldo’s fifth Champions League trophy and his third in a row, the Portuguese superstar decided to move from Real Madrid to Juventus. For a €117 million fee, Juventus had already writteb themselves into the record books in a new way before the season even began, with the striker becoming the most expensive incoming Serie A player ever.

The goal, of course, was for the 33-year-old to transfer his successes in Spain to Italy, and whilst Juve retained the Scudetto and won the Suppercoppa, they failed to retain the Coppa Italia or build on their performances in Europe, succumbing to Ajax in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Whilst it was a respectable opening season in Serie A for Ronaldo, he failed to win the golden boot in the league, the Champions League, or the Coppa Italia, scoring a total of 27 goals across all competitions.

The Portuguese star stayed at Juventus for a further two seasons, scoring an additional 60 goals over this period in Serie A, before departing to Manchester United for around €20m.

Joao Cancelo – €40m

Joao Cancelo with Juventus against Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic. [@juventusfcen]

After Joao Cancelo’s time at Inter the season prior, Juve brought the Portuguese man with a view to being the starting right-back going forward. Whilst he started the majority of games, his game time was shared with Juan Cuadrado, who had begun to transition to a more defensive position, and Mattia De Sciglio.

The full-back also was played higher up the pitch too, playing at wingback or as a winger on a few occasions. The 25-year-old played a key part in the Bianconeri’s season, with the side only losing three times all season when he played.

Only 12 months after moving to Turin, he moved again, this time leaving Italy and moving to Manchester City for €65m.

Douglas Costa – €40m

Douglas Costa in training for Juventus. [@juventusfcen]

Originally, Douglas Costa joined from Bayern Munich on loan, the season prior. After the success of this, Juve activated the purchase option in the loan, buying the Brazilian for €40m. Unlike his prior season where the electric winger got 19 goal contributions across all competitions, Costa ended the season with a single goal and an assist, with his debut season tarnished by injuries and a memorable red card against Sassuolo.

Unfortunately for the Old Lady, the Brazilian never reached the same heights as his first season, with his second permanent season being an improvement on the first but he was still nowhere near the same player they had during the loan spell.

He departed the year following for Bayern and Gremio, both loan spells, before departing permanently at the end of his contract in early 2022, signing for LA Galaxy.

Leonardo Bonucci – €35m

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci against Sevilla. [@juventusfcen]

After an underwhelming season at AC Milan, Juventus rebought Bonucci, with Mattia Caldara going the other way. The veteran was a stalwart in the defence during the 18/19 season as Juve would only lose twice when he played.

The 29-year-old was a point of huge controversy during the most recent season after he claimed that team-mate Moise Kean was partly to blame for receiving racial abuse after scoring. He was also quick to speak out when Juventus were first handed a 15-point deduction in January.

However, Bonucci still remains at Juve to this day and since his return he has won two Scudetti, two Coppa Italia, and also a Suppercoppa, being made captain after Georgio Chiellini’s departure last year.

Mattia Perin – €14m

Mattia Perin at Juventus. [@juventusfcen]

After Mattia Perin’s 17/18 campaign, interest in him was high with the Italian shot-stopper keeping 12 clean sheets in 35 games for Genoa. The 26-year-old was brought in to challenge Wojciech Szczesny given the departure of Gianluigi Buffon, however, injuries hindered the Italian’s chances, and he was re-bought by his former club after two successive loan spells back at the Rossoblu.

Andrea Favilli – €7m

Andrea Favilli originally joined the club in 2015 on loan, playing in the Primavera squad where he scored 22 goals. He also made a single Serie A appearance in this loan spell.

Juve wouldn’t actually sign him though until 2018. However, when they did he was almost immediately sent on loan to Genoa for a €5m fee. Though he didn’t score in six Serie A appearances, Genoa took up their option to sign him permanently for €7m.

Giangiacomo Magnani – €5m

Following a positive spell at Perugia, Juve acquired the 23-year-old due to a ‘right to buy’ clause, only to then sell Magnani for the same fee less than a month later, though it still counts as money spent.

Emre Can – Free transfer (€16m in fees)

After the expiry of the German’s contract at Liverpool, Juventus would snap up the midfielder for free, though they would have to pay €16m for his signature which was reportedly a signing bonus for Can and a commission for the agent.

However, Can only played 29 of 38 Serie A games and started only 20. This was largely due to injuries, something which was a large part of his departure from Liverpool too. His best moment in a Juventus shirt arguably came against second-placed Napoli, where he scored in a 2-1 victory.

After not being included in Maurizio Sarri’s Champions League squad the following season, Can became unsettled and moved on loan to Borussia Dortmund, before the obligation to buy clause in his contract was activated and he moved from Turin to Dortmund permanently for €25m.

Juventus’ total spend in the 2018 summer transfer window: €274 million


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