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We don’t really have a context for transfer fees and what they cost in the real world. This isn’t going to help, but I did it anyway.

1. Juan Mata to Man United – £37.1m ($61 million USD)

The same amount ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent lobbying Washington in 2013

Manchester United's new signing Mata holds a club shirt with club manager David Moyes during a photocall at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester

From the Verge:

The increase in lobbying spend comes as the United States’ largest technology companies increase their political efforts. Among the group, Facebook has been particularly active. In April last year, Mark Zuckerberg launched with other Silicon Valley executives to push for immigration reform. In November, the Facebook CEO took his political advocacy to ABC’s This Week, discussing NSA surveillance and directly criticizing the government’s Addressing the rise in lobbying spend, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson said “policymaking in Washington is all about how much money you can throw around.”

2. Kurt Zouma to Chelsea – £12.5m ($20.5 million USD)

The amount Chicago has budgeted this year for snow removal


Source: the Chicago Sun-Times.

3. Shane Long to Hull City – £7.4m ($12.1 million USD)

The amount the Naples Winter Wine festival raised for Florida Children in January 2014

Crystal Palace v Hull City - Barclays Premier League

From Wine Spectator magazine:

2014 marked another successful charity event for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, whose Jan. 25 live auction raised $12.1 million—a 53 percent increase in live sales over 2013 and the highest sales total since 2008. Net proceeds topped out at $13.5 million.

“As always, we have a great formula: great wines, great weather and a great cause,” said the event’s cochair, Anne Welsh McNulty. “We had a particular energy and excitement.”

4. Konstantinos Mitroglou to Fulham – £12.4m ($20.4 million USD)

Amount Paul Jacobs, outgoing CEO of Qualcomm, made in 2013

Olympiakos' Piraeus Mitroglou reacts during his team's Champions League soccer match against Paris St-Germain at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris

From Bloomberg:

Jacobs, who is moving to the role of executive chairman when he steps down, received a salary of $1.2 million, plus bonuses, and a stock award of $15 million, according to a company filing yesterday. Jacobs’s total compensation was about 1 percent less than the $20.7 million he made in 2012. Sales more than tripled and profit doubled under Jacobs, who has been CEO since 2005.

5. Mohamed Salah to Chelsea – £11m (18.1 million USD)

Amount the house that Michael Jackson died in sold for in 2012

FC Basel's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Chelsea's during their Champions League Group E soccer match at St. Jakob-Park in Basel

Source: WSJ.

6. Nemanja Matic to Chelsea – £21m ($34.5 million USD)

Amount the family of reclusive art collector Huguette M. Clark won after they sued her estate after she cut them out of her $300 million fortune

Chelsea v Stoke City - FA Cup Fourth Round

From NBC:

After Clark died in 2011 at age 104, nineteen relatives challenged her last will and testament, which had cut them out of her $300 million copper fortune. The relatives claimed that she was mentally ill and had been defrauded by her nurse, attorney and accountant. No one was charged with any crime after an investigation by the district attorney’s office, but enough questions were raised that the case was settled in September 2013 just after jury selection began. The relatives, who last saw her in 1957 and most of whom never met Clark, will receive $34.5 million. Lawsuits continue as the relatives hope to receive more money from Clark’s hospital and doctor. The proceeds from the scheduled sales at Christie’s will go back into the estate for distribution under that settlement.