Watch: Ranking the top five transfer windows of the 21st century


As we currently find ourselves in the midst of another transfer window, we have looked into the five greatest transfer windows by clubs since the year 2000.

From Real Madrid to Leicester City, we’ve taken a look into some of the very best deals from around Europe this century.


5. Leicester City (2015)

Nigel Pearson’s Leicester had an unbelievable recovery in the 2014/15 season as they climbed from the foot of the table to finish in 14th place after they won seven of their last nine matches.

In their first season back up from the Championship they had proven to be competitive in the Premier League, but no one expected what was to come.

In the summer of 2015 they spent a grand total of just £18.5 million, but what a transfer window it was.

They brought in the likes of: N’Golo Kanté, Shinji Okazaki, Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Gökhan Inler.

Snatching up N’Golo Kanté for just £5.6 million is perhaps one of the best pieces of business we have ever seen in the Premier League.

Leicester’s frugal transfer window along with the addition of Claudio Ranieri was the perfect storm at the King Power in 2015.

Leicester went on to win the Premier League by a 10-point margin and cemented themselves as modern legends of the game.


4. Barcelona (2004)

Barcelona had quite the turbulent transfer window in the summer of 2004.

They lost the likes of: Phillip Cocu, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars and Luis Enrique so the pressure was on to replace the star power they had lost.

Frank Rijkaard’s side then went on to have a transfer window to remember.

They completed deals for Henrik Larsson, Deco, Samuel Eto’o and they also promoted a 16-year-old Lionel Messi into the first team.

Their successful transfer window ultimately laid the foundations for their 2005/06 treble-winning season.


3. Inter Milan (2009)

Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan won a historic treble in 2010 and it was largely down to the success of their 2009 summer transfer window.

Inter had won four successive Serie A title by this point, but this transfer window managed to take this side to another level.

With the additions of: Diego Milito, Thiago Motta, Lúcio, Samuel Eto’o and Wesley Sneijder Inter had one hell of a transfer window.

They went onto win a historic treble winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League.

Diego Milito scored 30 goals across all competitions and won the Serie A Footballer of the Year award in the process.

Samuel Eto’o went onto score 53 goals for Inter across 102 appearances and Wesley Sneijder was in with a shout of the Ballon d’Or.

Jose Mourinho worked his magic with Inter Milan and their treble winning season still remains as one of his greatest achievements.


2. Chelsea (2004)

Sticking with Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s 2004/05 transfer window laid the foundations for the unprecedented success which was to come.

In Mourinho’s first season at the club, Chelsea stormed the Premier League title with a then-record of 95 points.

They only conceded 15 goals throughout their league campaign, a record which still stands to this day.

In the summer of 2004, they splashed out on: Paulo Ferreira, Petr Čech, Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba, Tiago and Ricardo Carvalho.

Čech, Drogba and Carvalho were ever-present members of a Chelsea side which went onto dominate the Premier League.

Petr Čech still holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets with 202 and it’s fair to say Didier Drogba delivered a big moment or two for Chelsea.

Chelsea's new manager Jose Mourinho stands in front of the West Stand, June 2004.


1. Real Madrid (2009)

Were you really expecting anything else?

Undoubtedly the best transfer window of the 21st century has to go to Real Madrid’s record breaking 2009 window.

Los Blancos found themselves in quite the rut in 2009 as Barcelona were crowned champions of Spain and Europe.

Real Madrid had to respond in some way and boy did they.

They broke the world record transfer fee twice in the same window by landing Kaka for €67M and Cristiano Ronaldo for €94M.

On tip of this they also purchased Xabi Alonso, Raúl Albiol, Álvaro Arbeloa and Karim Benzema.

CR7 and Benzema each rank as Real Madrid’s two greatest goalscorers in the club’s history with 311 and 219 goals respectively.

Both players played vital roles in Madrid winning three consecutive Champions League finals and we may never see another transfer window quite like it.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring a goal during the match of La Liga between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Bernabeu Stadium Stadium in Madrid, Spain. April 02, 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring a goal during the match of La Liga between Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Bernabeu Stadium Stadium in Madrid, Spain. April 02, 2017.