Transfer fees for outfielders reached what can only be described as ridiculous new levels this summer.
And while the price tag for top keepers remains relatively modest, they have also increased significantly.
Our analysis has found that Premier League clubs spent almost £80 million on new number ones in this window.
That may be less than half of Neymar’s price tag and represent just 5.4% of the £1.47 billion top flight clubs have spent on transfer fees this summer.
But it’s double what they spent on goalkeepers last summer – £39.5 million.
The most expensive price paid for goalkeeper this summer was also double last year’s top fee.
Ederson – the world’s most expensive keeper
Claudio Bravo’s £16.5m move from Barcelona to Manchester City was the single most expensive last summer.
His unconvincing form led to City manager Pep Guardiola setting a new world record for spending on a goalkeeper in June with the £35m purchase of Ederson from Benfica.
That’s marginally more than the £33 million Juventus paid Parma for Buffon in 2001 – although clearly he would have smashed that figure had he moved again since then.
Loris Klarius’ move from Mainz to Liverpool for around £5m and David Marshall’s transfer from Cardiff to Hull for £3.5m were the second and third bigger buys of last summer.
Those fees are dwarfed by the £25.6 million Everton paid Sunderland for Jordan Pickford and the £10m deal (completed in May) that brought Chelsea’s second choice Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.
Brighton also broke their transfer record to sign Matt Ryan from Valencia in June.
But the reported £5 million fee is only the fourth biggest paid for a goalkeeper in this window.
Krul end or new beginnings at Brighton?
Moves to the Seagulls have bookended this summer’s activity when it comes to goalkeepers.
Tim Krul became the final shot-stopper to switch clubs when he agreed to move to the Brighton from Newcastle in the final hours of deadline day.
Although it is a loan deal on paper, Krul’s emotional message to the Magpies fans he has built a rapport with over 11 years suggested he won’t be returning to Tyneside.
“Thank you for making me feel like an adopted Geordie,” wrote the 8 times capped Netherlands international.
“I am proud and honoured to have served this great club. You will always be in my heart. Bye bye for now.”
Despite his status as a fans’ favourite, Rafa Benitez showed no sentimentality in his treatment of Krul.
The Spanish manager tried to offload Krul permanently after he returned from a knee injury last season, but had to make do with sending him on two loan spells to his native Netherlands (at Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.)
In a final insult, when he returned to Newcastle he was forced to train with the reserves.
The Dutchman will begin as back-up at Brighton, who only had two senior keepers after Christian Walton was sent on loan to Wigan.
Ryan’s unconvincing start to the season could yet see Krul given the opportunity to prove a point to Benitez.
Juve pay the price for Szczesny
Premier League clubs have also significantly increased their profits on goalkeepers sold this summer.
Only one goalkeeper was sold for a fee during last year’s window – Alex McCarthy went from Crystal Palace to Southampton for £4 million.
This year there have been four paid-for transfers totalling £25 million.
Wojciech Szczesny’s £14m move from Arsenal to Juventus represented the majority of that.
Darren Randolph moved from West Ham to Middlesbrough for £5 million, Ron-Robert Zieler went from Leicester to Stuttgart for £3.6 million and Crystal Palace did superb business by selling Steve Mandanda, who they brought in for free from Marseille last year, back to the same club for £2.7m.
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The full list of goalkeepers transferred to and from the Premier League this summer is below:
IN – £79.85m
Ederson – Sporting Lisbon to Manchester City – £35m
Jordan Pickford – Sunderland to Everton – 25.6m
Asmir Begovic – Chelsea to Bournemouth – 10m
Mathew Ryan – Valencia to Brighton – £5m
Eldin Jakupovic – Hull to Leicester – £2.25m
Joe Hart – Man City to West Ham – £2m Loan
Paulo Gazzaniga – Southampton to Spurs – Undisclosed
Adam Legzdins – Birmingham to Burnley – Undisclosed
Willy Caballero – Man City to Chelsea – Free
Jack Rose – West Brom to Southampton – Free
Daniel Bachmann – Stoke to Watford – Free
Erwin Mulder – Hereveen to Swansea – Free
Robert Green – Leeds to Huddersfield – Free
Orestis Karnezis – Udinese to Watford – Loan
Jonas Lössl – Mainz to Huddersfield – Loan
OUT – £25m
Wojciech Szczesny – Arsenal to Juventus – £14m
Darren Randolph – West Ham to Middlesbrough – £5m
Ron-Robert Zieler – Leicester to Stuttgart – £3.6m
Steve Mandanda – Palace to Marseille – £2.7m
Raphael Spiegel – West Ham to Boavista – Free
Giedrius Arlauskis – Watford to Cluj – Free
Rene Gilmartin – Watford to Colchester – Free
Joe Murphy – Huddersfield to Bury – Free
David Stockdale – Brighton to Birmingham – Free
Jamal Blackman – Chelsea to Sheffield Unt – Loan
Pau Lopez – Spurs to Espanyol – End of Loan
Angus Gunn – Man City to Norwich – Loan
Alex Manninger – Retired
Emiliano Martínez – Arsenal to Getafe – Loan
Sam Johnston – Man Unt to Aston Villa – Loan
Mouez Hassen – Southampton to Nice – End of Loan
Ryan Allsop – Bournemouth to Blackpool – Loan
Matz Sels – Newcastle to Anderlecht – Loan
Christian Walton – Brighton to Wigan – Loan
Shay Given – Free agent
Gerhard Tremmel – Retired
Paul Robinson – Retired
Casper Ankergren – Retired