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Transfer Season: Most expensive playing XI of all time2 min read

Transfer Season

With the transfer of Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea for a record £71.2 Million from Athletic Bilbao, the most expensive XI has a brand new addition. But who are the other ten players? find out which players had the bank broken for them and made it to the current most expensive playing XI of all time.

Note: All transfer fees are listed in £ (Pounds)

 

GK – Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao – £71.2 Million, 2018

Kepa is the latest addition to this XI, knocking out Liverpool’s Alisson Becker who held the record for 20 days. Kepa is immensely talented but is he worth £71.6 Million? We have to wait and watch.

LB – Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City from AS Monaco – £52 Million, 2017

Manchester City coughed up £52 Million for the Frenchman. Mendy spent a majority of City’s title-winning campaign nursing a knee injury. By the end of the 2018 Football season, Mendy had a Premier League medal and was a part of France’s Squad that won the World Cup. 

CB – Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool from Southampton – £75 Million, 2018

The Dutch International has looked top class since his arrival at Anfield. Van Dijk is a Leader of men and was part of the reason why Liverpool made the Champions League Final. The £75 Million fee seems justified now.

CB – Aymeric Laporte to Manchester City from Atletic Bilbao – £58 Million, 2018

Laporte is one for the Future. The French Centre-back hasn’t had the best of starts to his career at the Etihad Stadium but considering the fact that he is only 24 years old works in his favour. The price tag is definitely inflated, but this is just how the market is now.

RB – Kyle Walker to Manchester City from Tottenham Hotspur – £54 Million, 2017

Walker was a key component of Pep Guardiola’s title-winning Season. Walker is, in my opinion, the best Right-Back in the Premier League and Manchester City are lucky to have him.

CM – Paul Pogba to Manchester United from Juventus – £90 Million, 2016

Pogba is a world class player and has proved it time and again at Manchester United. Sure he hasn’t been very consistent but nevertheless is a brilliant player and £90 Million Pounds well spent.

CAM – Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona from Liverpool – £142 Million, 2018

Coutinho is probably the best number 10 in the world. He is deadly from long range and is very quick on his feet, £142 Million Pounds is a steal for the little Brazilian.

CAM – James Rodriguez to Real Madrid from AS Monaco – £63 Million, 2014

James was one of the standout performers in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring six goals and took Columbia till the Quarter-finals. So it was no surprise when Real Madrid paid £63 Million for him. Things didn’t work out for James at Madrid, and the Columbian is on Loan at Bayern Munich.

LW – Neymar to Paris Saint Germain – £200 Million, 2017

The most expensive player of all time. Neymar’s move to PSG has been historic and is part of the reason why the Transfer market is so inflated right now. The Brazilian is rated as one of the best players in the World, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,

ST – Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus- £100 Million, 2018

Undoubtedly the most significant Transfer of the Year. Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus at the age of 33 is the most talked about transfer this Season and the Portuguese skipper’s debut for Juve is highly anticipated.

How does Ronaldo fit in at Madrid

RW – Kylian Mbappe to PSG – £166 Million, 2018

France’s Wonderkid and PSG’s prized possession. Kylian Mbappe has been a revelation; he’s won two Ligue 1 titles, the Golden boy award and is also a World Cup winner to top it off, he’s 19 Years old. Definitely one for the future!

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