As he closes in on a £10m move from Celtic to Southampton, Fraser Forster could soon become the sixth most expensive goalkeeper ever, dislodging Uruguayan Fernando Muslera from that spot.
Forster, who was one of only two members of the England squad who didn’t feature for a minute of the Three Lions’ disastrous World Cup finals campaign, now looks set to swap Scotland for the south coast of England ahead of the new Premier League season, but what of the rest of the names on that list?
Here’s the new top six:
6. Fraser Forster – Celtic to Southampton - £10m, 2014
Just as Liverpool have raided Southampton this summer, so the Saints have done the same to Celtic over the past two years, paying £12.5m for Victor Wanyama last year and now £10m for Forster.
Having comes through the ranks at Newcastle, loan spells at Stockport, Bristol Rovers Norwich and initially at Celtic sharpened his skills before a £2million move to the latter in 2012, and the 26-year-old has won three Scottish Premiership titles and turned in several fine Champions League displays in Glasgow.
5. Jan Oblak – Benfica to Atletico Madrid - £12.6m, 2014
But Forster’s move doesn’t make him the most goalkeeper of the summer, with that honour going to 21-year-old Slovenian stopper Jan Oblak, who has swapped Benfica for Atletico Madrid to become the Spanish champions replacement for Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.
After signing as a teenager in 2010, Oblak broke into the Benfica side last season and played a starring role as The Eagles won everything in sight in Portugal and reached the final of the Europa League, where they lost to Sevilla.
4. Angelo Peruzzi – Inter Milan to Lazio - £15.7m, 2000
One of the finest goalkeepers of the late nineties and early noughties, Angelo Peruzzi perhaps never got the credit he deserved outside of Italy, but he was a big hit in his homeland.
Three Serie A titles and the Champions League with Juventus resulted in a move to Inter Milan in 1999, and then a record move to Lazio in 2000. He stayed in Rome for seven seasons and was a backup goalkeeper in the Italy squad which won the World Cup in 2006.
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3. David de Gea – Atletico Madrid to Manchester United - £18m, 2011
After showing immense promise at Atletico Madrid, David de Gea moved to Manchester United in 2011 and initially struggled with the English game.
Such a young and talented goalkeeper was always going to improve though, and three years later De Gea has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, which he helped United to win in 2012/13.
2. Manuel Neuer – Schalke to Bayern Munich - £19m, 2011
A newly crowned world champion, Manuel Neuer put on a very convincing argument for being regarded as the best goalkeeper on the planet during Germany’s ultimately successful month in Brazil.
Blessed with abilities which make him just as effective outside of his penalty area than he is in it, Neuer seems determined to revolutionise goalkeeping and looks like being a constant presence at the very top of the continental game for the next decade, especially given Bayern Munich’s dominance in Germany and their formidable form abroad.
1. Gianluigi Buffon – Parma to Juventus - £33m, 2001
The holder of the title of world’s most expensive goalkeeper for the past 13 years has probably been the best shot-stopper around for all of that period too.
Gianluigi Buffon moved from Parma in 2001 and has gone on to be part of the furniture in Turin, winning five (still legitimate) Serie A titles. He was also an inspirational figure in Italy’s 2006 World Cup win, and at 36 years old he’s just signed a new contract which will keep him at Juve until 2017.
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