Some of the athletes that Porto has sold on for a significant profit throughout the years include James Rodriguez,, Luis Diaz, and Eder Militao. Over the years, Porto, a Portuguese powerhouse, has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s top producers of youthful talent. Porto’s Top 10 most expensive transfers – €1.3 billion in outgoing transfers
The world-renowned scouting network and excellent youth program of the Dragons enable the reigning Primeira Liga champions to sign talented players and give them a chance to develop before offering them a significant profit.
Megastars like James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao, Hulk, and Eder Militao are just a few who first gained notoriety at Porto before progressing to greater and better things. Porto makes significant investments in their youth program, much like their bitter rival Sporting CP, to provide the young players with the best resources and training to enable them to reach their full potential.
(*All figures are from Transfer market.)
Porto’s top 10 most expensive player sales
10 Jackson Martinez – €35m (Atletico Madrid 2015): Jackson Martinez played in 90 games for Porto in the Primeira Liga while playing for Chiapas of Mexico in exchange for €8.8 million over the course of three seasons. In a Champions League group stage match against Shakhtar in 2014–15, the Colombian’s best performance came as a substitute. At the end of that campaign, Atletico Madrid came knocking and demanded a hefty €35m for him.
9 Andre Silva – €38m (AC Milan 2017): Before AC Milan came knocking and agreed to pay a €38m fee for the Portuguese striker, Silva played 41 times for Porto over the course of two years, scoring 17 goals. Before RB Leipzig purchased him for €23 million in the summer of 2021, Frankfurt planned to sign him permanently in September 2020.
8 Fabio Silva – €40m (Wolves 2020): Silva’s breakthrough season in 2019–20 saw just 12 league games as he split time between the first and reserve teams. After that lone season with the first squad, Porto struck gold when Wolves of the Premier League agreed to sign the striker for a club-record €40 million.
7 Radamel Falcao – €40m (Atletico Madrid 2011): From his time at River Plate, when he made 111 appearances in all competitions over five years and scored 45 goals, Radamel Falcao’s name was creating ripples in European football. Early in 2009, Porto’s scouting team began keeping an eye on Falcao. In the summer of that year, after selling Lisandro Lopez to Lyon for €24 million, they acquired him for €3.93 million. The first team to seize the chance to get him in 2011 was Atletico Madrid, who paid €40 million to do so.
6 Hulk – €40m (Zenit 2012): In 2008, Hulk transferred from the Japanese team Tokyo Verdy to Porto after the Portuguese club paid €5.5 million for half of his playing rights. Hulk became a legend at Porto between 2008 and 2012 by scoring 54 goals in 99 games, several of which were magnificent. Zenit, a powerful Russian club, expressed interest in the Brazilian forward in 2012 and agreed to pay Porto a premium of €40 million.
5 Vitinha – €41.5m (PSG 2022): Vitinha made his senior debut in 2020 at Porto after moving up the ranks. He made 38 appearances over two seasons while contributing two goals. Vitinha’s €41.5 million release clause was finally triggered by Paris Saint-Germain, who then persuaded Vitinha to sign with them in the summer of 2022.
4 James Rodriguez – €45m (Monaco 2013): Before being transferred to Monaco for a sum of €45 million in 2013, James Rodriguez scored 32 goals in 108 games across all competitions during a period of three years. When Real Madrid called shortly after the World Cup and agreed to pay €75 million for the offensive midfielder in the summer of 2014, Porto would later come to rue their decision to sell him.
3 Eliaquim Mangala – €45m (Manchester City 2014): Eliaquim Mangala began his club career at Standard Liege before signing with Porto in 2011 for just €6.75 million, the reigning European champions. He was a member of the Porto squad that finished the 2012–2013 season perfectly. Later, Manchester City contacted him and purchased him for €45 million in the summer of 2014.
2 Luis Diaz – €47m (Liverpool 2022): Luis Diaz was sold to Liverpool in the summer of 2022 for an unbelievable €47 million after a fantastic three years with Porto between 2019 and 2022 during which he assisted them in winning two league titles, two Portuguese Cups, and the Portuguese Super Cup. Jurgen Klopp was initially intrigued by the Colombian winger’s 77 appearances for Porto and 26 goals, which caught his interest.
1 Eder Militao – €50m (Real Madrid 2019): In 2018, Eder Militao relocated to Porto from Sao Paulo and inked a five-year contract with the reigning Portuguese champions. Real Madrid saw Eder’s performances and quickly announced in March 2019 that they had acquired the defender on a six-year contract for a €50 million transfer price.
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