These five Brits all broke new ground – but only two of them have gone on to win a league title...
Francis became Britain’s first six- figure man as Nottingham Forest paid £ 1.18m to snare him from Birmingham in 1979. Three months later he nodded the winner in the European Cup final, but Liverpool ended up as domestic champions.
No British club had ever forked out £ 5m for a player when Blackburn signed Sutton from Norwich in July 1994 – but that very campaign, his SAS partnership with Alan Shearer lifted the Lancashire club to the Premier League summit.
Sutton’s strike partner became the first British player to move for more than £ 10m when he joined Newcastle in 1996. The world- record £ 15m marksman delivered a club- record 206 goals and two FA Cup finals... but sadly no major honours.
The balletic centre- back was the first Brit to surpass the £ 25m mark – Manchester United signed him from Leeds for £ 29.1m in 2002, and were rewarded with six league titles and a European Cup. Not too bad for a kid from Peckham.
The first domestic star to join a British club for more than £ 50m was another defender transferring to Old Trafford. ‘ Slabhead’ smashed the ceiling in an £ 80m deal from Leicester to United two years ago, but he’s yet to pick up a trophy.