The finances of Premier League clubs continue to be the envy of sides throughout the game, with the ever-increasing spending of England’s top tier leading to transfer records seemingly being shattered each window.
Newly-promoted Leeds United are the latest top-flight club to smash their transfer-record after returning to the Premier League following a 16-year absence, Marcelo Bielsa’s side splashing the cash on Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno as they bid to re-establish themselves at the highest level.
Not every side in the division can spend hugely, however, and we’ve decided to look at the more modest record transfers involving clubs in the top tier.
Here are the five Premier League sides with the lowest club-record signing:
Sheffield United – Sander Berge (£22m)
Sheffield United smashed their transfer-record mid-way through an impressive return to the Premier League last season, securing the signing of hugely promising Genk midfielder Sander Berge in a £22m deal.
The Norwegian youngster had attracted the attention of some of Europe’s leading clubs following his performances in last season’s Champions League with the Belgian side, Liverpool amongst the sides to have been left impressed by the physically imposing 22-year-old.
Berge’s move to Bramall Lane in the winter window was seen as a significant coup by Chris Wilder, with the marque addition having enjoyed a solid if unspectacular start to life in the Premier League thus far.
The Norway international has played on the right-hand side of a midfield three for much of his first few performances, but his long-term future is believed to be as a defensive screen in front of the back four.
Wilder will hope his club-record signing can improve further as he continues to adapt to English football, the Blades hoping to build on a memorable season last time out.
Brighton – Adam Webster (£20m)
Brighton broke their transfer-record to secure the signing of centre-back Adam Webster from Championship side Bristol City last summer, the fee for the defender eclipsing the fees paid for the likes of Neil Maupay, Leandro Trossard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
Webster enjoyed a promising debut season with the Seagulls and after a brief adaptation established himself as a first-choice alongside club captain Lewis Dunk at the heart of the defence, ousting long-term partner Shane Duffy in Graham Potter’s new-look side.
Only Crystal Palace conceded less goals amongst teams in the Premier League’s bottom half last season, Webster bringing solidity to the Brighton side and providing an aerial threat in both boxes, scoring three league goals during the 2019/20 campaign.
Webster could, however, face increased competition for a first-team place should Brighton retain the services of Ben White, the returning loanee attracting attention from several Premier League rivals after an excellent season at Leeds.
Southampton – Danny Ings (£20m)
Another side who broke their transfer-record last summer, Southampton sealed the permanent signing of Danny Ings from Liverpool following the forward’s season-long loan deal at St Mary’s.
The club-record fee soon proved to be an inspired piece of business as Ings enjoyed the best season of his career last term, scoring 22 league goals to finish as the runner-up for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Ings’ selfless style and willingness to work hard makes him the perfect focal point for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s pressing style, whilst his prolific form has earned the 28-year-old a recall to the England squad for next month’s Nations League games with Iceland and Denmark.
The Saints striker earned his sole international cap five years ago and will hope to maintain his form and fitness next season as he bids to establish himself in Gareth Southgate’s plans.
West Bromwich Albion – Oliver Burke (£15m)
Oliver Burke’s career is yet to hit the anticipated heights following the winger’s exciting emergence, the winger having drawn comparisons to a young Gareth Bale after bursting onto the scene with Nottingham Forest.
A big move to the Bundesliga failed to work out as the Scotland international spent just a season with RB Leipzig, before returning to English football after signing for West Bromwich Albion in a club-record £15m deal.
It’s proven another frustrating move for Burke who has struggled to settle or find his best form, failing to score a league goal in 20 appearances for the club before being shipped out on loan to Celtic and then Spanish side Alaves last season.
Burke’s temporary move to Celtic in 2019 saw his fortunes improve as he helped the club to a domestic double, with speculation reporting the winger could return to Glasgow in a permanent deal this summer, though likely at a vastly reduced fee.
Burnley – Ben Gibson (£15m)
Sitting level with West Brom for the lowest club-record transfer are Burnley, who have continued to punch above their weight in recent seasons despite a comparatively modest budget to many of their Premier League counterparts.
Sean Dyche has regularly bought sensibly and often British, including the club-record signing of Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough, though the centre-back must surely rank amongst the manager’s poorest purchases.
Gibson had established himself as one of the best defenders in England’s second-tier but has struggled since making the move to Burnley, failing to dislodge first-choice duo James Tarkowski and Ben Mee and suffering a succession of injury problems.
Gibson has made just six appearances in all competitions in two seasons at Turf Moor, returning to his former side to train last season after growing frustrated at his situation with the Clarets, the defender suffering a breakdown in relationship with Dyche.
A move looks likely this summer with his Burnley career all but over, the likes of Norwich and Middlesbrough reportedly interested in the defender’s services.