Brighton new-boy Matt Clarke joins FA Cup-winning company in Portsmouth's biggest sales since 2009

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Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch, Sylvain Distin, Younes Kaboul and Prince Boateng.

Now the list of Pompey’s biggest sales during the last decade features a fresh addition – Matt Clarke.

On Friday, the 22-year-old was recruited by Brighton in a deal worth around £4m, potentially reaching in excess of £5m.

And that move ensures Clarke is among Pompey’s top-six transfer fees received since the summer of 2009.

Certainly the central defender is among esteemed company consisting of FA Cup winners, internationals and, in Boateng’s case, a champion in Serie A and La Liga.

Still, Clarke represents Pompey’s largest fee received since Boateng’s £5m exit to Genoa in August 2010.

Glen Johnson is Pompey's most expensive sale in the last decade - with Matt Clarke joining him in the top six. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Glen Johnson is Pompey's most expensive sale in the last decade - with Matt Clarke joining him in the top six. Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire

And in terms of the past 10 years, he finds himself sixth on the roll of honour.

Looking back, July 2009 signified the start of the Blues’ demise, with a frenetic clear-out of prized assets during the final throes of the Sacha Gaydamak era.

With Pompey desperate for cash to fend off administration, Johnson (£17m) moved to Liverpool and Crouch (£10m) headed to Spurs.

Before August had ended, Distin (£5m) joined Everton and Niko Kranjcar (£2.5m) followed Harry Redknapp and Crouch to White Hart Lane.

Josh Huggins has signed for Gosport Borough  Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Josh Huggins has signed for Gosport Borough Picture: Chris Moorhouse

During the January 2010 transfer window, with Avram Grant now manager and the Ali Al Faraj ownership heading into the hands of Balram Chainrai, more sales followed.

Kaboul (£6.5m) returned to Spurs, a figure significantly reduced on the basis of Pompey still owing the White Hart Lane club for the original transfer, plus a sell-on clause.

There was also the chaotic deal which took Asmir Begovic (£3.25m) to Stoke, with the Blues handing £1m to Spurs as a sell-on clause after originally agreeing a deal with them.

Following defeat in the FA Cup and relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2009-10 campaign, another clear-out took place.

Nadir Belhadj (£3.5m) and Papa Bouba Diop (£250,000) both left Fratton Park in July 2010.

Then Boateng, following an eye-catching World Cup for Ghana, was sold to Genoa for £5m, although instantly loaned to AC Milan in another convoluted deal.

Now Clarke has joined such fine Pompey company, representing the sixth-highest transfer fee received in a decade.