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When it comes to big transfer figures at Cardiff City, there are only two seasons that clearly stand out from the rest – 2018/19 and 2013/14. Both were the campaigns during which records were shattered and then some as multiple expensive players arrived at the club.
The current record-holder, however, is the late Emiliano Sala who was bought for a reported fee of £15.3m in January 2019 from Nantes. Sadly, the 28-year-old centre-forward passed away later on that same month and would not live to don the Bluebirds’ colours following his move away from France.
His fee, however, broke the previous record that was held by Gary Medel’s arrival for a fee of £11.7m back in 2013/14. But Cardiff bought some other players along with Sala that year as Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid also joined the squad and became the club’s third and fourth most expensive transfers in history.
But interestingly enough, the latter player was then sold in 2019/20 to Fulham and Cardiff registered a slight loss since he was bought for £10.2m and then subsequently departed for a reported sum of £8m, their second most lucrative deal to date.
Steven Caulker’s £9.6m transfer away from Cardiff and to QPR in 2014/15, just a year after his initial arrival to the club, is still their biggest sale in history.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Bluebirds have had a truly incredible roster of players join the squad over the years and it’s difficult to pick only the best and most influential ones. Arriving from Stoke as Cardiff City’s first big signing in the new millennium, Graham Kavanagh surely warrants a place on this list.
And then there are the likes of Danny Gabbidon and David Marshall, both of whom commanded the pitch in their own right, the former by shrugging off attackers with ease and the latter dominating the area between the sticks.
We also shouldn’t forget Peter Whittingham, who registered over 400 appearances for Cardiff City and of course, the legendary Craig Bellamy and his two stints with the club that were not necessarily crowned with goals but incredible moments nonetheless.
Needless to say, the Bluebirds have had some true legends of the game don their colours over the years gone by.