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The majority of Brentford’s big-money signing have come over the past season. Ahead of the 2019-20 season, the Bees managed to sign an incredible eight players, seven of which are the top highest transfer arrival fees the club has ever received.
However, the top spot goes to France U21 international, Bryan Mbeumo who signed from Ligue 2 side Troyes for a fee of £5.85m. Since signing, the 19-year-old has scored an impressive 14 Championship goals in his debut season. This signing was closely followed by Leeds veteran, Pontus Jansson who was bought for £5.54m to provide some stability in the Bees backline.
Celta de Vigo starlet, Mathias Jensen, and Fiorentina midfielder Christian Nörgaard were brought in, along with goalkeeper David Raya from Blackburn, Ethan Pinnock from Barnsley, and Halil Dervisoglu from the Eredivisie side Sparta R. All of the following were bought for around £3m as records were smashed to break Sergi Canós’ record fee for £2.61m in 2016-17.
As for departing Brentford players, here is where the Championship side have made a name for themselves over the past couple of seasons. France U21 star, Neal Maupay first arrived at the club in 2017-18 from Ligue 1 side, Saint Etienne for a small sum of £1.80m.
The 20-year-old went on to shine for the Bees, scoring almost one in two, and just two years after his stay, he was approached by Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion who signed him for a massive £19.80m. This is one of the main reasons Brentford were able to make the high-quality signings they did in the same summer.
Another two key departures which helped to fund future transfers, were centre-back duo Chris Mepham and Ezri Konsa. In 2018-19, Mepham was sold to Premier League side Bournemouth for an impressive £12.24m, and the following season Konsa followed suit by joining Aston Villa for just under £12m.
Now Burnley star, James Tarkowski, joined Brentford from Oldham Athletic in 2014 for free, and was sold to Premier League side Burnley just two years later for a fee of £3.60m. The English centre-back has gone on to catch the eye of many top clubs, and is worth around £20m in today’s market.
In 2014, Brentford signed a young Andre Gray from Luton Town, for just half a million pounds. He went on to score almost one in two for the Bees and just after one season Brentford famously sold the starlet Burnley for over £11m. Gray later went on to join Premier League side Watford – get the latest Brentford transfer rumours here!