The 10 most expensive signings in Ligue 1
The Ligue 1 is one of the top football leagues in the world and is often associated with great footballers, but was always seen as something of a feeder league. Over the years there have been numerous talents who have risen from the French league and moved onto the bigger leagues in England, Spain, Italy and Germany to achieve superstardom.
However, in June 2011, the Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) helmed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi took over the reins of Paris Saint-Germain and since then the league has seen an influx of superstars and super talents, mostly to the French capital with large sums shelled out in every transfer window for the players. With lucrative contracts on offer along with a new culture, players are nowadays not shy to try their mettle in France, with the number of people watching the French league also skyrocketing in the last 3-4 years. Here, the ten most expensive signings that arrived in Ligue 1 history are listed.
10. Grzegorz Krychowiak - €33.6 million
Grzegorz Krychowiak became the most expensive Polish footballer in history when he was snapped up by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on 3 July 2016 for a reported sum of €33.6 million from UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla. The 26-year-old was a vital cog in Sevilla’s midfield for the past couple of years leading them to successive Europa League crowns and was included in the Europa League Squad of the Season for the past two seasons.
After the departure of Laurent Blanc, PSG appointed Unai Emery as their new manager this season and the Polish defensive midfielder followed his manager’s path to Paris, signing a five-year deal. Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, Krychowiak impressed under Emery at Sevilla and was included in the La Liga Team of the Season for 2014-15. After putting a decent performance in the recently concluded Euros for Poland, the Gryfice born star seems to be an excellent addition to the ranks of the French champions.