Over the years, some big-money signings have flopped and ended up leaving for nothing, while others have gone on to become club legends and more than justified their costly price.With spending in football being reigned in among ongoing financial uncertainty caused by Covid-19, we aren't expecting to see a huge amount of record deals landed this summer, but there could yet be some surprises ahead of the 2021/22 campaign kicking off in August.In the meantime, for a bit of pre-season fun, we've taken a look at every Championship club's record signing fee, as well as the side they turn out for now.
Here's a look at how Peterborough’s record signing fee shapes up against every other club they'll be facing in the Championship this season:
5. 5th - Swansea City
Record signing: Andre Ayew. Estimated transfer fee: £18m (from West Ham United in 2018). Current club: He's just left the Swans upon the expiry of his contract, and has been linked with the likes of Celtic and Leeds United.
Photo: Harry Trump
6. 6th - Huddersfield Town
Record signing: Terence Kongolo. Estimated transfer fee: £17.5m (from Monaco in 2018). Current club: He moved to Fulham last summer, for significantly less than the fee paid by the Terriers three years ago.
Photo: Jordan Mansfield
7. 7th - West Bromwich Albion
Record signing: Oliver Burke. Estimated transfer fee: £15m (from RB Leipzig in 2017). Current club: He's now at Sheffield United, and made 25 Premier League appearances for the club last season.
Photo: Bryn Lennon
8. 8th - Middlesbrough
Record signing: Britt Assombalonga. Estimated transfer fee: £15m (from Nottingham Forest in 2017). Current club: He left Boro at the end of last season, and is still on the hunt for a new side.
Photo: Harriet Lander