4) Wilfried Bony (Ivorian) – £28 Million
Transfer (2015): Swansea City to Manchester City
Bony’s move to Manchester City has not worked out thus far. The Ivorian appeared only twelve times for the reigning Premier League champions following his move from Swansea City in January, and scored only two goals. Bony had been prolific for the Welsh club since joining them from Vitesse in 2013, scoring 34 goals in 73 games in all competitions.
He had been chased by a number of Premier League teams before joining the Swans following a season for Vitesse in 2013 that had seen him named Eredivisie Player of the Year and top scorer. When transfers are counted in Pound Sterling rather than Euros, Bony is the second most expensive African player in history as add-ons could see his transfer from Swansea rise from £25-million to £28-million. If his time at the club continues as it has started however, he is unlikely to activate those clauses.
3) Islam Slimani (Algerian) – £28 Million
Transfer (2016): Sporting CP to Leicester City
In 2016, Leicester City set a club record when they signed Algeria international Islam Slimani. The club paid a reported transfer fee of £28 million to Portuguese club Sporting CP. While at Sporting, Slimani scored 48 goals in 82 games for Sporting.