Juventus’ 10 most expensive transfers of all time

Robin Bairner
Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Juventus
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Juventus are the most successful club in Serie A history, having won 36 Scudetti over the course of their history – not including the two titles controversially revoked due to the Calciopoli crisis.

Between 2011 and 2020, Juventus won a record nine Scudetti in a row – although this run was finally stopped as Inter lifted the 2021 crown, before Milan and Napoli won the subsequent two titles.

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Given Juve’s dominance in Italy during the 2010s, it will come as no surprise they have landed countless big-money signings over the years – including the most expensive in Italian football history.

Below, FootballTransfers lists their 10 most expensive signings of all time.

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10. Paulo Dybala – €41m (from Palermo, 2015)

Paulo Dybala arrived at Juventus from Palermo in 2015 with a big reputation. The Argentine had impressed during his short Serie A to date, earning favourable comparisons to the likes of Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero. Indeed, he was described as the No.10 of the future.

Paulo Dybala at Juventus
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Dybala developed into a fan favourite after arriving in Turin and he was particularly impressive during his early years. In total, he scored 115 goals for the club.

Injury problems hampered him in his last few seasons and he departed on a free transfer in 2022, eventually joining Roma.

9. Bremer – €41m (from Torino, 2022)

Gleison Bremer was signed by Juventus in the summer of 2022 to replace Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, who had departed the day before to join Bayern Munich.

Juventus moved quickly to hijack a deal for the Brazilian, who had appeared certain to sign for bitter rivals Inter.

Bremer was named Serie A Defender of the Year in 2021-22 and Juve agreed to pay €41m up-front plus a potential €8m in add-ons.

He made 43 appearances during his debut campaign at the Allianz Stadium and established himself as arguably the best defender in the league once again during a brilliant second season at the club.

8. Federico Chiesa – €42.5m (from Fiorentina, 2022)

Federico Chiesa had been considered a Juventus player long before he officially joined the club for €42.5m in 2022.

The Italian had spent the previous two seasons on loan at the Allianz Stadium after Fiorentina agreed to loan him to Juventus with an obligation to buy.

He impressed during his loan spell – and was one of the best players at the delayed Euro 2020 as Italy won the title – but an ACL injury kept him sidelined for the majority of 2022.

Since returning he has struggled to return to the fitness levels and form that made him one of Europe’s most exciting wingers.

Federico Chiesa joined Juventus permanently in 2022
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8. Pavel Nedved – €45m (from Lazio, 2001)

Pavel Nedved was signed by Juventus to replace the great Zinedine Zidane, and the Czech Republic legend arguably had a similar influence on the team as the great Frenchman.

He led the club to the 2003 Champions League final and he won the Ballon d’Or later that year, despite strong competition from Arsenal’s Thierry Henry.

Nedved spent eight years at Juventus until his retirement, even sticking by them when they were relegated to Serie B following the Calciopoli scandal.

In total, he played 327 games for the club at which he later became a director. He scored 65 times.

6. Gianluigi Buffon – €52.9m (from Parma, 2001)

Gianluigi Buffon became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he moved from Parma to Juventus – a record that would stand for close to 20 years.

While some players can be burdened by such huge transfer fees, Buffon lived up to his price tag in stunning fashion, becoming the most iconic goalkeeper of his generation.

Gianluigi Buffon retired from football in 2023
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The Italian spent 20 years at Juventus, with a one-year spell at PSG during the 2019-20 season, before returning to boyhood club Parma in 2021.

Buffon retired in 2023 at the age of 45, having made 1,151 senior career appearances for club and country.

4. Dusan Vlahovic – €81.6m (from Fiorentina, 2022)

Dusan Vlahovic‘s transfer in January 2022 came as a surprise to some, not just because of the size of the deal, but due to the clubs that Juve beat to snap him up. Both Arsenal and Tottenham wanted to sign the Serbian, but Juventus won the race and sealed one of Serie A’s top marksmen.

Vlahovic helped Juventus qualify for the Champions League in his first half-season at the club, netting seven goals in 15 Serie A games.

Despite his goal-scoring prowess at Fiorentina, Vlahovic has been unable to replicate quite that same form in Turin, even if his levels did improve during the 2023-24 season.

5. Arthur – €80.6m (from Barcelona)

Arthur arrived at Juventus for a large fee in part as an accounting trick. With the Turin club’s finances in turmoil during the summer of 2020, they sent Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona for an inflated fee with Arthur going in the opposite direction.

Arthur at Juventus
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In the process, the deal allowed the club’s accountants to amortise the expense of Arthur over five years while banking the full sum of the Bosnian’s move in their accounts for that period.

His impact during his first two years was disappointing and he was loaned to Liverpool for the 2022-23 season and to Fiorentina for the 2023-24 season.

3. Matthijs de Ligt – €85.5m (from Ajax, 2019)

Having caught the eye with his impressive appearances for Ajax during their run to the 2-2019 Champions League semi-finals, Juventus beat off plenty of competition to sign Matthijs De Ligt.

The Dutchman initially struggled to impose himself in the heart of the Juventus defence, and even after winning a regular spot in the starting XI, he was not immune to criticism.

Juventus decided to cash in on De Ligt after three rather underwhelming years as he was sold to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2022 for a fee of €67m.

2. Gonzalo Higuain – €90m (from Napoli, 2016)

Juventus’ financial management has come under fire in recent years and the transfer that brought Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli is an example of their profligacy with money.

The Argentine was prolific for the Naples side, scoring 71 Serie A goals over three seasons, though the transfer fee of €90m to Juve was eye-watering.

Gonzalo Higuain at Real Madrid
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Although he notched 24 times in his first season in Turin, Higuain would not sustain that level of success. Indeed, he spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Milan and Chelsea.

In 2020, his deal with the club was terminated by mutual consent, allowing him to move to MLS side Inter Miami. He retired in 2022.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – €117m (from Real Madrid, 2018)

It was a huge coup for Juventus when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, where he had attained legendary status by becoming their record scorer.

Even though he was 33 years old when he joined, Ronaldo remained a world-class performer, and while he failed to lead Juventus to the Champions League title they so craved, he became the quickest player in the club’s history to reach 100 goals.

Questions were raised, however, during the 2020-21 season regarding Ronaldo’s value for money in terms of his €31m annual wage.

The following summer he returned to Manchester United, with Juve getting his salary off the books in the process.

The 10 most expensive Juventus signings of all time

Player From Fee Year
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid €117m 2018
2. Gonzalo Higuain Napoli €90m 2016
3. Matthijs de Ligt Ajax €85.5m 2019
4. Dusan Vlahovic Fiorentina €81.6m 2022
5. Arthur Barcelona €80.6m 2020
6. Gianluigi Buffon Parma €52.9m 2001
7. Pavel Nedved Lazio €45m 2001
8. Federico Chiesa Fiorentina €42.5m 2022
9. Bremer Torino €41m 2022
= Paulo Dybala Palermo €41m 2015

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