ROMELU LUKAKU became the fifth most-expensive player in football history when he completed his move to Manchester United.
The Old Trafford giants shelled out a cool £75million to land the Belgian from Everton.
And that is around £10million more than Barcelona paid Liverpool for Luis Suarez in 2014.
It also makes Lukaku’s the most-expensive internal deal in Premier League history.
As everyone knows, there is a premium on signing players from English sides — which usually means overpaying.
Here, we take a look at the top ten most-expensive internal Premier League transfers.
And it’s not a list that will blow people away — with just one having undoubtedly proved value for money.
Incidentally, Newcastle actually broke the world transfer record to land Alan Shearer from fellow Premier League side Blackburn in 1996 for £15m, but that fee is nowhere near the top ten.
Romelu Lukaku: Everton to Manchester United, 2017 — £75m
Red Devils fans will catch a first glance of their new man during the pre-season tour of the US.
The Belgian’s goal scoring record has been fantastic in England — and, with better players around him, will surely only improve.
However, while it is a slightly forlorn argument, his record in the biggest games does pose some serious questions.
Fernando Torres: Liverpool to Chelsea, 2011 — £50m
For two seasons at Anfield, the Spaniard was one of the greatest strikers this country had ever seen.
However,is form appeared to dip in his final 18 months with Liverpool, yet that didn’t stop Chelsea launching a staggering bid as they looked to resurrect their faltering title bid.
But, the deal was far from a success with Torres a shadow of the striker which had terrorised defences and it actually took him an astonishing 903 minutes to even get off the mark for the Blues.
Raheem Sterling: Liverpool to Manchester City, 2015 — £49m
Certainly not a failure, but Sterling has failed to kick on at City.
The 2014 Golden Boy-winner was a superstar in the making at Liverpool, but left at the prospect of trophies when Manuel Pellegrini came calling.
Showed glimpses of his talent when Pep Guardiola arrived, but now firmly second-choice behind Leroy Sane — and the arrival of Alexis Sanchez would send him even further down the pecking order.
John Stones: Everton to Manchester City, 2016— £47.5m
Was seen as the key signing for Guardiola last summer, but has been left far too exposed by the former Barcelona boss’ attacking style.
Stones certainly has talent, and the encouragement to express himself and not become less fearful of making mistakes will certainly benefit both City and England.
But he will need more protection from next season.
Juan Mata: Chelsea to Manchester United, 2014 — £37.1m
Has regularly scored goals for the Red Devils, and often when his team needed him most.
An FA Cup final equaliser, an Anfield masterclass and a Manchester derby winner, but Mata has not even a guaranteed starter.
Despite the glimpses of class, he can often be anonymous and has never recaptured his Chelsea form which saw him named the club’s Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Andy Carroll: Newcastle to Liverpool, 2011 — £35m
A disastrous signing.
Carroll had enjoyed a positive first six months in the Premier League and Liverpool were forced to make him the ninth most-expensive player ever as they lost Torres to Chelsea on the final day of the January transfer window.
He was loaned to West Ham just 18 months after arriving and sold for £15m the following season, having scored six Premier League goals.
Christian Benteke: Aston Villa to Liverpool, 2015 — £32.5m
Did marginally better than Carroll — but only just.
Benteke was brilliant at Villa but, after Brendan Rodgers got the boot at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp came in and the Belgian just didn’t fit into his system.
He was sold to Crystal Palace for £26m one season after arriving.
Rio Ferdinand: Leeds to Manchester United, 2002 — £30m
One of the most important signings Sir Alex Ferguson ever made at United.
Ferdinand was a class act who, at times, struggled to remain focused, but the legendary Scot soon helped him mature by handing the centre-back the captain’s armband.
And he remains one of only three men to captain United to Champions League success — while he also won six Premier League titles, the League Cup three times and a Fifa Club World Cup.
Luke Shaw: Southampton to Manchester United, 2014 — £27m
Still just 21, the young England left-back has time on his side — but he’s already fighting merely to save his United future.
Shaw struggled in first season, then started 2015-16 in incredible form before suffering double leg fracture which ended his season prematurely.
He returned under Jose Mourinho, but was accused of being unfit and regularly struggled to even make the bench.
Marouane Fellaini: Everton to Manchester United, 2013 — £27m
David Moyes’ first signing at Old Trafford — and it hasn’t really been one to savour.
Fellaini often gets a raw deal from the fans, but certainly doesn’t help himself with stupid acts of petulance like headbutting Sergio Aguero in a tense Manchester derby just seconds after picking up a booking.
He has scored some big goals for the club and been an imposing figure in United’s midfield —yet, will never go down as a great signing.
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