Over the 28 seasons of the Premier League era, transfer spending has rocketed far above the rate of normal inflation.
The current transfer record is roughly 25 times more than it was back in 1992, with ever increasing television revenues as well as an influx of takeovers by billionaire businessmen and Gulf states the reasons why.
The English transfer record has been broken 15 times since the summer of 1992, but a huge price tag has proven to be no guarantee of success.
Two men, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, have twice being the subject of a record fee.
But who are all the names to have the title? And what happened to them next? Daily Star Sport takes a look…
Southampton to Blackburn, £3.6m, 1992
Shearer was twice a Premier League record transfer
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Prior to 1992, the English transfer record was £2.9million, set when Liverpool signed Dean Saunders from Derby County.
Alan Shearer’s move from Southampton to Blackburn may have only increased the record by £700,000, but it was significantly more successful.
Shearer scored a total of 130 goals in 171 appearances for Rovers, breaking the 30 goal barrier in the league in each of his last three seasons with the club.
Most notably, he scored 34 goals as he appeared in all 42 matches of Blackburn’s triumphant 1994/95 league campaign, in which they won the title for the first time in 81 years.
Nottingham Forest to Manchester United, £3.75m, 1993
Keane made a big impression after joining Manchester United
Nottingham Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1992/93, but Roy Keane had a superb season on an individual level.
Described as “the hottest prospect in football right now” by his manager Brian Clough, Keane became one of only five men who have won a place in the PFA Team in the year when their team has gone down.
He verbally agreed a transfer to Blackburn Rovers, but Alex…