Newcastle United's most expensive departures
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Newcastle United's most expensive departures

Newcastle United have made some impressive sales over the years.

Plenty of players have made names for themselves at St. James’ Park and ultimately made the club a healthy bit of profit following their stints.

Sadly these days, money earned via the sales of players does not really get reinvested, with club owner Mike Ashley more than happy to ensure mediocrity and stagnation.

Here are the top 10 biggest sales Newcastle United has made in its history so far.

Values taken from

  1. Andy Carroll to Liverpool, 2011 – £36.9 million
  2. Moussa Sissoko to Tottenham Hotspur, 2016 – £31.5 million
  3. Ayoze Perez to Leicester City, 2019 – £30 million
  4. Gini Wijnaldum to Liverpool, 2016 – £24.8 million
  5. Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, 2013 – £22.5 million
  6. Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, 2018 – £22.2 million
  7. Jonathan Woodgate to Real Madrid, 2004 – £16.5 million
  8. Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace, 2016 – £14 million
  9. Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal, 2014 – £13.5 million
  10. Jermaine Jenas to Tottenham Hotspur, 2005 – £13.5 million
  11. James Milner to Aston Villa, 2008 – £13.5 million

The biggest sale Newcastle have made to date remains the deal that saw Andy Carroll head to Liverpool in January 2011.

The striker had been making a name for himself at St. James’ Park, and many fans had anticipated him sticking around for years and becoming a brilliant target man for the Magpies.

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But it was the sale of Fernando Torres by Liverpool that changed everything, with the Reds then moving to land Carroll for just under £37 million – a British transfer record at the time.

It was a move that ultimately reflected really well on Newcastle, as Carroll’s record with injuries has been very poor ever since.

Carroll, of course, is now back at Newcastle in a second stint, and it’s likely he will depart the club this summer as a free agent.

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Moussa Sissoko is the second-highest ever sale by Newcastle, with the midfielder leaving the club after it suffered relegation in 2016.

Ayoze Perez is the final player to have been sold for £30 million or more by Newcastle, and the third-highest sale in the club’s history.

The Spaniard departed St. James’ after five years at the club, and it was a sale that not everyone was happy with despite the fee received, given he’d scored a number of important goals for the club in his last couple of campaigns.

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In terms of there being any changes to this list in the near future, one would imagine maybe Allan Saint-Maximin and/or Miguel Almiron would make an appearance if Newcastle decided to cash in.

The Frenchman arrived for around £16.5 million but is arguably worth around three times that now, and his long contract puts Newcastle in a position to demand a very high fee – likely one that would put him at the very top of the record departures list.

No Newcastle fan wants to see him sold, but there’s every chance a huge club could come knocking with an offer Mike Ashley won’t be able to refuse.

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