Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a number of potential signings this summer.
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon is also seen as a target and it is likely that, if Spurs are to sign any of those players, they will have to table offers higher than the £42m they paid to acquire Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.
Bringing in a new record signing is always fraught with risk but how have the last club’s last five record signings fared?
Football FanCast takes a look…
Signed from Ajax, Sanchez was secured as reinforcement to the club’s central defensive ranks.
A Colombia international with an excellent turn of pace and brilliant positional awareness, the centre-back can be prone to mistakes and has yet to truly dislodge both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
His time will come, though, and an initial investment of £42m could yet pay off.
A flop to start with, the Frenchman is now, amazingly, Spurs’ best midfielder.
A genuinely exceptional ball carrier who carries both the physicality and the tactical awareness to wear down his opposition, he is now the poster boy of Pochettino’s coaching work.
He has improved no end and £30m now looks like a snip. Everton will be kicking themselves that Spurs pipped them to the post.
Perhaps the worst Spurs signing of the modern era, Soldado was a genuinely phenomenal goalscorer at Valencia.
Having scored 82 goals in 141 outings in Spain, he was touted as the answer to Spurs’ striker woes.
But in north London, he netted just 16 times in 76 games and was a player bereft of confidence.
He was still taken into the hearts of fans – one goal against Everton saw him cry in celebration, such was the vociferous reception his strike received – but this was a titanic misfire.
The Argentine has not managed to live up to his clear potential.
Signed in the aftermath of Gareth Bale’s departure to Real Madrid, Lamela was meant to bring skill, guile and explosiveness to the right flank.
Instead, he’s been almost permanently injured and is too lightweight to really make any sort of impact in the Premier League.
Chalk this one up as a flop.
His hat-trick against Ajax makes this move worth every penny.
Had Lucas not managed to net that treble in Amsterdam, with the last goal coming in injury time, Spurs would not have had the chance to win the Champions League.
They didn’t, of course, as they lost 2-0 to Liverpool with Lucas on the bench.
If he’d been on the pitch, perhaps it would’ve been different. We’ll never know.