Pulse List 2016 Top 5 football transfers this year

This year's transfer window produced yet another world record transfer fee.

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Paul Pogba play

Paul Pogba

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Ever since new Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo made a mouthwatering move from Manchester United United to Real Madrid for a world record deal in the summer of 2009, every transfer window ever since has always involved insane fees shipping players form one club side to another.

The year did not disappoint in this regard as the bar for the world's most expensive transfer was raised yet again.

Here are the biggest transfer in football in the year 2016:

1. Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba

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When Paul Pogba left Manchester United under a cloud of animosity in 2012 for Italian side Juventus, few saw him returning to the club four years later.

But he did return, and he returned in style with the tag of football’s most expensive player as new manager Jose Mourinho splashed a world record £89.3 million on the 23-year-old central midfielder after he helped Juventus to four Serie A titles.

2. Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus' forward Gonzalo Higuain answers his critics with a goal against Torino at the Grande Torino Stadium play

Juventus' forward Gonzalo Higuain answers his critics with a goal against Torino at the Grande Torino Stadium

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A few weeks before Manchester United finalized Pogba’s deal, Juventus splashed a club record deal of £75.3 million on the Argentine striker as he made the switch from league rivals Napoli in a deal that surprised many.

The striker has done his best to justify his price tag, scoring 12 goals in 16 appearances, helping Juventus to the top of the Serie A table and qualifying for the Round of 16 of the Champions League.

3. Hulk

Brazil's Hulk speaks during a press conference announcing joining Shanghai SIPG football club, on July 1, 2016 play

Brazil's Hulk speaks during a press conference announcing joining Shanghai SIPG football club, on July 1, 2016

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The Chinese Super League continues to declare its intention to sign the best football stars as Shanghai SIPG splashed a whooping sum of £46.4  to snatch him up from Zenit Saint Petersburg, an Asian football record.

4. John Stones

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John Stones

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The English youngster’s stock rose in the English Premier League after he had a stellar 2014/15 season at the heart of the Everton defence.

This made him a target for the biggest clubs in the world with a host of Premier League giants trying to snap up the defender.

Then-Chelsea boss Mourinho relentlessly tried to sign him in his disastrous last season with the London giants, as Everton held on to their prized asset for another season.

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola finally signed the young defender for £47.5 million,  making him the second most expensive defender in history behind David Luiz.

5. Alex Teixeira

 

The 26-year-old Brazilian is another big star that has made the switch to the Chinese Super League, putting pen to paper on a £39.3 million deal that made the attacking midfielder a Jiangsu Suning player after six years at Shakhter Donetsk where he scored 67 in 146 appearances.

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