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The 17 Most Expensive Croatian Players in Football Transfer History

Luka Modrić (Photo credit: Real Madrid)

Croatian youth international Filip Benković has become the third most expensive Dinamo Zagreb transfer in history. 

The 21-year-old centre-back has signed with English Premier League club Leicester.

Leicester confirmed the signing on Thursday with the defender penning a 5-year deal.

Filip Benkovic

Croatian media are reporting that the deal is worth up to 13 million euros, which would make it the third biggest transfer in Dinamo’s history. 

Marko Pjaca’s 23 million euro move to Juventus is the club record, with Luka Modrić’s move to Tottenham for 21 million euros in the 2008/9 season the second highest. 

Marko Pjaca (photo: Juventus/Facebook)

If Benković’s deal goes through he will be the third highest for the club and he will be among the TOP 20 of all time for a Croatian player. 

Top European clubs have spent over 200 million euros on buying 13 Croatian footballers over the last decade. 

Kovačić and Modrić the most expensive signings (Photo: UEFA)

The most expensive signing in Croatian history is still Mateo Kovačić’s 31 million euro move from Inter Milan to Real Madrid in 2015/16. 

Modrić’s 30 million euro move from Tottenham to Real Madrid is next on the list, followed by Dejan Lovren’s 25.3 million euro move from Southampton to Liverpool.

Lovren’s move to Liverpool is No.3

Most Expensive Croatian Transfers of All-Time

  1. Mateo Kovačić 2015./16 Inter – Real Madrid (€31 mil)
  2. Luka Modrić 2012./13. Tottenham – Real Madrid (€30 mil) 
  3. Dejan Lovren 2014./15 Southampton – Liverpool (€25,3 mil) 
  4. Marko Pjaca 2016./17 Dinamo – Juventus (€23 mil) 
  5. Mario Mandžukić 2014./15 Bayern Munich – Atletico Madrid (€22 mil)
  6. Mario Mandžukić 2015./16 Atletico Madrid – Juventus (€21 mil) 
  7. Luka Modrić 2008./09 Dinamo – Tottenham (€21 mil)
  8. Nikola Kalinić 2018./19 Fiorentina – Milan (€20 mil) 
  9. Duje Ćaleta-Car 2018./19 Salzburg – Marseille (€19 mil) 
  10. Ivan Perišić 2015./16 Wolfsburg – Inter Milan (€19 mil) 
  11. Ivan Rakitić 2014./15 Seville – Barcelona (€18 mil)
  12. Šime Vrsaljko 2016./17 Sassuolo – Atletico Madrid (€16 mil)
  13. Vedran Ćorluka 2008./09 Manchester City – Tottenham (€13,75 mil) 
  14. Eduardo da Silva 2007./08 Dinamo – Arsenal (€13,5 mil)
  15. Marko Rog 2017./18 Dinamo – Napoli (€13 mil)
  16. Mario Mandžukić 2012./13 Wolfsburg – Bayern Munich (€13 mil)
  17. Vedran Ćorluka 2007./08 Dinamo – Manchester City (€13 mil)

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