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Even though the last time Bolton Wanderers broke their record was over ten years ago, it goes without saying that some of those figures were quite impressive, especially considering how different the price tags in football were back then.
When the now-retired Johan Elmander joined the squad in 2008/09 from Toulouse for a reported fee of £11.3m, it eclipsed the legendary Nicolas Anelka’s £10.8m record that was set two seasons before that. Of course, back then, Anelka wasn’t as big of a name as he would end up becoming further down the line but even still, his arrival was huge.
Interestingly enough, that same season when they broke the record, they also brought in Fabrice Muamba from Birmingham City for a sum of £5.7m, and that is still their third most expensive signing in the history of the club.
The names on the departure list are similarly big and famous as well. Anelka tops the charts this time as he was sold to Chelsea for a £16.2m in 2007/08, surpassing the figure Bolton Wanderers received back in 2000/01 when they sold Eidur Gudjohnsen to the same club for £6.7m.
However, in 2011/12, they would also send Gary Cahill to Stamford Bridge for £7.5m and those three Chelsea transfers are still their top three most lucrative sales to date.
Needless to say, there were some absolutely gigantic names donning Bolton Wanderers’ shirt throughout the years. And not many were as big as the legendary Jay Jay Okocha who joined the squad from Paris Saint-Germain back in 2002. The same could also be said for Youri Djorkaeff and Anelka himself, both of whom were quite impactful during their stints at the club.
And then there are the icons such as Jussi Jaaskelainen who spent more than a decade at the club, Gary Speed or Kevin Davies who ended up carrying the club on his shoulder for multiple seasons.
But there are more: Ivan Campo, Cahill, Gudjohnsen or Fernando Hierro. All of those transfers ruffled a few feathers one way or the other and it’s difficult to mention all of the most impactful ones without accidentally excluding someone from the list.
It goes without saying, however, that some of the aforementioned players are some of the all-time greats most of the Bolton Wanderers fans remember fondly.