Mario Gomez – £27 million
Mario Gomez had established himself as a Bundesliga star by the time Bayern Munich came calling in 2009.
The forward scored 35 goals the year before, adding to the 28 he’d managed in the 2007/08 campaign.
Bayern liked those numbers and were willing to pay a Bundesliga record to make him their new first choice striker.
Gomez managed just 14 goals in his first year but soon found his feet and managed 113 goals in four years at the club. That period saw him win seven trophies as well, fully justifying his price tag.