Torres, Sterling & The Most Memorable 'Big Six’ Transfers Of Recent Times

With Gabriel Jesus heading to Arsenal, we take a look into some of the more high profile big six switches in recent years
14:05, 21 Jun 2022

Gabriel Jesus looks certain to be leaving Manchester City this summer but his future will almost certainly still be in the Premier League. The Brazilian forward has been monitored by both Arsenal and Chelsea, with the former reportedly looking to seal a deal for his services this week.

His career didn’t quite take off at the Etihad Stadium like he or the club would have hoped, and his game time became more sporadic in recent seasons. The fact that he was the only available striker to Pep Guardiola last term and still wasn’t consistently involved would have set alarm bells ringing.

However, he seems to have shown enough to warrant the interest from two of City’s closest rivals, and he could become the latest in a long line of players to move from one of English football’s traditional ‘big six’ to another.

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Below, we take a look into some of the more high-profile switches in recent years.

Robin van Persie

The Dutch forward made quite an impact in the Premier League. After eight years with Arsenal, where he won an FA Cup and a Community Shield, he moved to Manchester United in a £24 million deal in 2012 as a marquee signing. He fired the club to the Premier League title in 2012-13 with 26 goals in what was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year in management.

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Fernando Torres

After four strong years at Liverpool, the Spaniard was lured away from Anfield by Chelsea, who were regularly winning silverware. They paid £50 million for Torres, a then-record British transfer fee, but as we all know the move didn’t work out as expected - no one will forget that miss against Manchester United. He did, however, score an all-important goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final on the way to their 2012 triumph.

Kyle Walker

Regarded as one of the best right-backs in Premier League history, Walker was pinched away from Tottenham Hotspur by Manchester City in 2017 to inject pace into the right side of defence. He cost an initial £45 million and has been a regular fixture in Pep Guardiola’s team ever since, winning four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four League Cups.

Raheem Sterling

City keep popping up in this list, which is not at all surprising. They lured rising star Sterling away from Liverpool in a £49 million deal in 2015 which sparked uproar from the Anfield faithful. The winger has blown hot and cold during his time in Manchester and his name doesn’t have quite the reputation that it did a few years ago.

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Ashley Cole

Left-back Cole was one of the greats of the Premier League era. After winning a handful of titles with his boyhood club Arsenal, he was signed by Chelsea in 2006 and went on to play an integral role for the Blues, winning several pieces of silverware including a Premier League and Champions League. But he was never forgiven by Gunners fans, who famously labelled him ‘Cashley’.

Petr Cech

The Czech Republic star is one of the greatest goalkeepers in EPL history. After 11 years with Chelsea, winning just about everything there was on offer, he spent the last four years of his career with Arsenal after joining for £10 million. He helped the Gunners win an FA Cup and two Community Shields during his stint at the Emirates.

Gael Clichy

The French defender spent eight years with Arsenal in the Premier League before joining Manchester City in 2011 for a fee reported to be £7 million. He went on to help City win two Premier League titles and two League Cups across six years but was far from the only player to make that journey, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna treading the same transfer path.

Kolo Toure 

The Ivorian centre-back played for three of the big six across a 13-year spell in the Premier League. He started out with Arsenal, where he was one of the club’s ‘Invincibles’ before moving to Manchester City in 2009. There he helped City win their first Premier League title in 2011-12 before moving on to Liverpool a year later and coming close to another league crown under Brendan Rodgers.

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