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The Red Devils do have one of the bigger budgets in the league at the moment but despite that, they are not exactly the big-spending types. With that being said, however, some of their most expensive incoming transfers are still fairly fresh.
And if we had to highlight one particular season out of them all, 2010/11 would certainly take the cake, no contest. During that campaign, Crawley Town reinforced their squad with multiple big-money signings and at the end of that season, they also got promoted into League Two, eventually getting into League One before dropping down a level once again a couple of years later.
Be that as it may, both Richard Brodie, who was signed from York City for £225,000, their most expensive purchase to date, and Wullie Gibson who arrived from Dunfermline Athletic FC for £158,000, the second name on the list, were bought in 2010/11.
But seven out of their top 11 transfers ever were also done in that same season, highlighting just how big they were on the market in that period. But possibly the most important deal they’ve done was the signing of Tyrone Barnett for £153,000 a year later, in 2011/12. The reason behind that is simple – he was sold the very next season for a staggering fee.
Peterborough United paid £1.2m to snatch the forward away from the Red Devils and that is still their biggest sale in the history of the club. Barnett is then closely followed by Matt Tubbs who was sold for £860,000 and Hope Akpan for £333,000.
There are a couple of names that certainly stand out from the rest on the list of the most famous transfers ever. Barnett definitely warrants a mention for the incredible business the Red Devils were able to conduct, making a huge profit with his sale.
Brodie, their record signing whose fee remains untouched around ten years in the future is also someone worthy of being included. But there are more, of course. Like Tubbs, who was another huge sale for them, or the arrival of Emile Sinclair from Peterborough in 2013/14.
Dannie Bulman initially joined on loan but would then end up signing permanently in 2007. He left the club in 2009 only to return in 2011 and then in 2017 once again. Both his first signing and returns are already quite famous.
And then there are also Josh Doherty and Reece Grego-Cox, both fairly fresh signings who ruffled a couple of feathers and could still make it big.