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By now, everyone is familiar with Brentford’s transfer policy and with that in mind, it doesn’t really come as a surprise to see that their incomings are mostly cheap while the departures are quite lucrative, to say the least.
But the 2019/20 transfer window was simply incredible for the Bees, and that’s an understatement if we’ve ever seen one. Before that season kicked in, Sergi Canos’ £2.6m arrival from Norwich City in 2016/17 was their record but then everything suddenly turned on its head.
Not only do they now have a new record-holder in Bryan Mbeumo, who joined the club from Troyes for £5.8m, but they also added six other names to that list on top of it. And all six of those were also more expensive than Canos, the cheapest being Halil Dervisoglu, who arrived for £2.7m, and the most expensive one, behind Mbeumo of course, Pontus Jansson for £5.5m.
The real fun, however, starts when we take a look at some of their most lucrative sales. Neal Maupay’s £19.8m switch to Brighton & Hove Albion in 2019/20 quickly dethroned the former record-holder, Chris Mepham, who was sold to Bournemouth for £12.2m just a year prior to that.
Of course, the Bees would also offload Ezri Konsa to Aston Villa for £11.9m in the summer of 2019 and that became their third most profitable sale to date.
With such a prolific transfer system in place, it doesn’t surprise that there are plenty of deals that have become famous over the years. The two that are the true testaments to their transfer market prowess are surely those of both Maupay and Mepham.
The former player was bought for £1.8m from St Etienne back in 2017/18, only to be sold for £19.8m, making the club an insane profit along the way. The same can be said for Mepham who was groomed in their academy before being sold for £12.2m. Needless to say, both deals were simply incredible for the club as a whole.
For that reason, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for their record £5.8m arrival Mbeumo – at 20 years of age and with loads of raw potential, the young winger might soon become another lucrative deal the Bees are preparing behind the scenes.
If history is any indication at all, that course of action would not be surprising at all…