Nicolas Pépé's move to Arsenal on Thursday, August 1 made him the most expensive African player in history.
Which other stars from the continent have moved for big money?
Naby Keïta 🇬🇳
RB Leipzig to Liverpool ✈️
"Deco" as he is affectionately known is blessed with great technique, balance and dribbling skills. He modelled his game on Andres Iniesta when growing up, and after a brilliant 2016/2017 campaign with Leipzig, Liverpool came calling. Now a Champions League winner, the Guinea star will hope to shrug off some of the injury problems that have plagued him during his short stay at Anfield so far.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 🇬🇦
Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal ✈️
It was no surprise to see such a hefty price tag accompanying the Gabonese hitman when he made the move from the Bundesliga to Arsenal, such has been his consistency in front of goal at the top level. One of the most lethal strikers in world football, PEA has notched doubles figures for league goals in nine consecutive seasons across four different domestic competitions.
Riyad Mahrez 🇩🇿
Leicester City to Manchester City ✈️
It's been quite a couple of months for the Algerian superstar. After winning a historic domestic treble with Manchester City, Mahrez went and skippered Algeria to their first AFCON title in 29 years and made a bit of his own international history in the process. Crowned the PFA Player of the Year in 2016 after a stellar season that propelled Leicester to Premier League glory, Mahrez is now a household name in Europe.
Cédric Bakambu 🇨🇩
Villarreal to Beijing Guoan ✈️
When the Congolese striker's move to China was rubber-stamped, he was the most expensive African footballer on the planet at the time. AFCON 2019 didn't go according to plan for Bakambu and DR Congo, but he's hit the ground running already in this season's Chinese Super League with 11 goals in 18 games.
Nicolas Pépé 🇨🇮
Lille to Arsenal ✈️
Ivory Coast's Nicolas Pepe is now the most expensive African footballer of all time. Arsenal finally got their man after weeks of intense speculation. The ex-Lille man was on shortlists around Europe but Unai Emery's side pulled off a major transfer coup by bringing Pepe to North London. 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season made the attacker one of the hottest properties in Europe, and the Premier League welcomes him with open arms.
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