With many Wolverhampton Wanderers fans looking ahead to the summer in terms of transfer incomings, talks of outgoings have largely slipped under the radar.
This has particularly been the case since Pedro Neto suffered his knee injury at the beginning of last April, with rumours surfacing linking him with moves to Manchester City and Manchester United.
Since then, the Wolves’ prized asset for buying clubs this summer could be Ruben Neves, who has impressed in a difficult campaign scoring five league goals.
Nevertheless it is likely Jeff Shi and the board would command a record breaking fee, something they have done previously.
Here is a list of the top five transfer sums Wolves have received for players, thanks to Transfermarkt.com.
5. Benik Afobe – £12 150 000 (Wolves – Stoke City, July 2018)
The first and undoubtedly the strangest transfer on the list. Wolves had previously profited off Afobe when they sold him to Bournemouth in 2016 and they could not resist the chance to do so again. Adding him to their attack for a second spell in January 2018, Afobe’s goals were pivotal in Wolves’ charge to the Championship title. That summer, Wolves decided to sign him permanently only to then make a quick profit from him by loaning him to Championship side, Stoke City, who were obliged to make it permanent for £2 million more than what Wolves paid the following January.
4. Steven Fletcher – £13 680 000 (Wolves – Sunderland, August 2012)
The second of Wolves’ record-breaking exits after their relegation. Fletcher was signed to be a part of Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland side. He made a great start scoring 11 league goals in his first season but failed to get more than five after that, leading to a loan to Marseille before plying his trade in the Championship where he has largely remained since.
3. Matt Doherty – £15 120 000 (Wolves – Tottenham Hotspur, August 2020)
Arguably the player on the list who has had the most underwhelming transfer. His transfer to Spurs made Wolves a huge net profit on him after signing him for just £10 000 from Bohemians in 2010. Under Jose Mourinho, Doherty quickly fell out of favour to Serge Aurier and his future at the North London club looks uncertain.
2. Helder Costa – £15 930 000 (Wolves – Leeds United, August 2019)
Loaned out to Leeds after Wolves’ first season in the Premier League back in 2018 with an obligation to buy. The Portuguese winger has played a key part in Leeds’ long awaited return to the Premier League under Bielsa whilst also featuring regularly this season, scoring four goals in the competition this season.
1. Diogo Jota – £40 230 000 (Wolves – Liverpool, September 2020)
Jota’s transfer fee dwarfs the rest of those on this list, and for good reason. Diogo has been a revelation since joining Liverpool scoring key goals both in the League and Champions League. It has been a disappointing season for the club but on a personal level a very good one for the forward.