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Even though they haven’t been the biggest spenders in English football, the last couple of years have suddenly changed everything for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Before the transfer window of the 2018/19 season rolled in, their record-holder was actually Ruben Neves, who arrived from Porto for £16.1m in 2017/18.
And then, they suddenly shifted to a higher gear, breaking that record in 2018/19 and then adding two more expensive players to eclipse it even further. Jonny Otto’s £18.4m move from Atletico Madrid was the new top transfer at the club and was closely followed by Adama Traore and Rui Patricio.
In 2019/20, however, they broke the record once again, this time by buying Raul Jimenez from Benfica for £34.2m, which is still their highest transfer fee to date. But the arrivals of Daniel Podence for £17.6m and Patrick Cutrone for £16.2m in the same season were enough for the players to slot into fourth and fifth spot on the most expensive players list respectively.
Their departures are not as exciting, however, or rather, not as expensive, we should say. The upcoming deal to take Helder Costa to Leeds United in 2020/21 for £15.9m will be their most lucrative sale to date, eclipsing Steven Fletcher’s move to Sunderland for £13.6m back in 2012/13.
There have undoubtedly been some big names arriving at Wolverhampton Wanderers throughout the years but maybe less so in their modern history. Of course, we simply have to mention Jimenez’s arrival in 2019/20 that broke their transfer record and is so far paying off quite nicely, to say the least.
A similar thing could be said for Traore’s arrival in 2018/19 as the young player has become a highly influential figure at the Molineux ever since. But if we go a bit further back throughout their history, there are also at least a couple of names one can simply not miss.
The likes of Derek Dougan, Bert Williams and the legendary Steve Bull certainly classify as all-time greats and are also among the best transfers Wolves have made throughout their history. Of course, we’re talking about players that were active years and years ago but that doesn’t take anything away from the impact they’ve had on the club.