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Top 10 most expensive African footballer: Pepe outclasses Bakambu
Published in Ahram Online on 01 - 08 - 2019

1-Nicolas Pepe, £72m ($87m) - Arsenal
Cote d'Ivoire winger Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal from French side Lille in June 2019 for a club-record fee of £72 million.

2-Cedric Bakambu, £65.4m ($83m) – Beijing Guoan
The DR Congo striker joined the Chinese Super League in July 2018 after making a huge impact at Villarreal scoring 9 goals in 15 games.

3-Riyad Mahrez, £60m ($76m) – Manchester City
The Algerian winger joined Manchester City in July 2018 coming from Leicester City for a fee of £60 million to become the Citizens most expensive signing and a record transfer fee received by Leicester City.

4-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, £56m ($71m) – Arsenal
The Gabon striker joined Arsenal coming from Dortmund in January 2018 for what was a club record fee.

5-Naby Keita, £52.75m ($64m) – Liverpool
Liverpool signed the Guinea midfielder in August 2017 but the deal was set to go through in June 2018. The deal was set at £48 million but they had to pay an additional premium of £4.75 as Leipzig qualified for the Europa League as per their agreement.

6-Mohamed Salah, £36.9m ($45m) – Liverpool
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah became Africa's most expensive player after completing his move to Liverpool from AS Roma for a fee of £36.9 in the summer transfer window of 2017 season. Salah enjoyed a highly successful season with Roma, helping them finish as runners-up in the Italian Serie A behind champions Juventus. He scored 19 goals and provided 15 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.

7-Sadio Mane, £35m ($42.5m) – Liverpool
The Senegal forward became Africa's most expensive player when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £35m in July 2016.

8-Eric Bailly, £30m (36.4m) – Manchester United
The Ivorian defender is the most expensive African defender after joining Manchester United from Villarreal in June 2016. He was Jose Mourinho first signing at Old Trafford.

9- Islam Slimani, £29.5m ($35.8m) – Leicester City
The Algerian striker joined Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon in summer 2016 for a club record fee of £29.5m including add-ons.

10 – Wilfried Bony, £28m ($34m) – Manchester City
The Ivorian striker became the most expensive African player when he joined Manchester City coming from Swansea in January 2018 for a fee of £28m. The athletic goalscoring machine has been in a terrific form in 2014, having finished as the Premier League's top scorer of the calendar year of 2014 with 20 goals.
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