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Crystal Palace are not exactly the biggest spenders in the whole of the Premier League, that one is a given. But there have nonetheless been a couple of big transfers at the club in the last couple of years.
However, the record that was set back in 2016/17 when the Eagles snatched up Christian Benteke from Liverpool for a reported fee of £28m still takes the cake as Crystal Palace’s biggest and most expensive transfer in the history of the club. But before the now 25-year-old centre-forward arrived at Selhurst Park, Andros Townsend’s £14m switch from Newcastle was the top dog around.
Of course, a year later, in 2017/18, the Eagles signed Mamadou Sakho for £25.3m and the former Liverpool man became their second-highest signing to date. When it comes to departures, however, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s big exit towards Manchester United for £49.5m is by far their most lucrative deal, followed by Yannick Bolasie’s sale to Everton in 2016/17 for £26m.
Interestingly enough, 2019/20’s transfer window was mostly memorable for Wan-Bissaka’s departure as none of the new arrivals could break into the top slots on the most expensive players list.
Without a shadow of a doubt, there have been some big names trodding the pitches of Selhurst Park over the years and it’s not easy to pick only the most famous ones that have been transferred to the club.
But if we start with their modern history, Wilfried Zaha simply has to be mentioned as the club’s current talisman. The forward has been signed from Manchester United for £3.4m in 2015 and even though his future is yet to be decided, Zaha is very much the face of the modern Eagles.
Some of the other newer signings, like Benteke who broke the record, haven’t been as successful but then, the likes of Jordan Ayew, who arrived for a symbolic £2.5m from Swansea City in 2019/20, could still turn out to be shrewd pieces of business.
And then if we go further back, we have to mention the likes of Ian Wright or Andy Johnson, both of whom have had a certain impact on the club. Even though he only spent one season at the club, Attilio Lombardo is still considered to be somewhat of a cult hero at Selhurst Park, and we should also mention Mark Bright who, together with Wright, formed that formidable partnership up front.