The five most expensive Championship transfers in history
The transfer fees in the Championship have massively increased over the past few seasons and will continue to rise in the coming years, particularly after a huge financial boost in English football. This is due to willing owners backing their manager, seeking Premier League promotion in an effort to reach the richest league in world football.
Another contributing factor is the huge parachute payments that come in instalments to relegated teams, which they can then invest further in the playing squad in an attempt to try and bounce straight back up. This also makes it tough for smaller teams in the Championship to compete, but in the grand scheme of things, it's an extremely competitive division anyway. It is interesting to find out that the top 5 most expensive transfers have come about in the past two seasons. So let's take a look...
1. Ruben Neves, Wolves, £16.1million
The Midlands club forked out a huge fee to land the Portuguese international midfielder from FC Porto in the summer. The 20-year-old is highly-rated and has had some world-class clubs trying to sign him in the past. However, it was Championship side Wolves who were able to sign Ruben Neves, which raised eyebrows aplenty around Europe. He has been a huge part of Nuno Espirito Santo's side this season and has aided their promotion push, which has led them to the league summit.
2. Britt Assombalonga, Middlesbrough, £15.3million
Middlesbrough, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, managed to lure Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest in the summer. He is up there amongst the most prolific strikers at this level and has turned out to be a great signing for Boro, even though they have not been as successful as they would have hoped this term. The striker has scored 12 goals, building on from the 14 league goals he got for Forest in the last campaign, and continues to enhance his reputation in the Championship.
3. Helder Costa, Wolves, £13.5million
Wolves signed the talented 24-year-old winger from Benfica in the summer of 2016 initially on a season-long which they then made permanent in the following January after he impressed in his early months at Molineux. Prior to joining Wolves, Helder Costa had been out on loan at Deportivo La Coruna and AS Monaco, after failing to nail down a position in Portugal. He has turned out to be a decent signing by Wolves and he'll be hoping to be playing Premier League football come August.
4. Ross McCormack, Aston Villa, £12million
Aston Villa spent £12million on Ross McCormack who they signed from Fulham in 2016 following their relegation from the Premier League. However, his time at Villa Park has been a disaster. After just scoring two goals in his first season, he was shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the campaign. On his return to Villa in the summer, he was told by their manager Steve Bruce that he could find another club and he now finds himself playing in Australia on loan at Melbourne City. He is, to be fair, doing well from them in the A-League at the moment but his career at Aston Villa looks over.
5. Diogo Jota, Wolves, £12.6million
Another big-money Wolves signing that makes the list. The Midlands club signed Diego Jota on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2017 but made that move permanent on 30th January. He has scored 12 goals for them this season and has become a popular man at the Championship club. He has previously played for Pacos de Ferriera before moving to Atletico Madrid. However, he never played a game for the La Liga side as he spent last season on loan at Porto before moving to England with Wolves.