The most expensive XIs ever: Arsenal to Leicester

Date published: Wednesday 11th August 2021 7:40 - Matthew Stead

Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil

Aaron Ramsdale would slot nicely into the most expensive Arsenal XI ever, while Romelu Lukaku will surely suit Chelsea’s. Leeds are hilarious.

The rest, from Liverpool to Wolves, will be along shortly. And these are not necessarily the most expensive 11 players signed by the respective clubs, just the most expensive players that would fit into a vaguely balanced actual team.

 

Arsenal

Leno

Chambers Mustafi White Tierney

Xhaka Partey

Ozil

Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

Total cost: £417.9m

Average player cost: £37.9m

Record signings (4): Mesut Ozil (£42.5m, September 2013), Alexandre Lacazette (£46.5m, July 2017), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£56m, January 2018), Nicolas Pepe (£72m, August 2019)

Players no longer with Arsenal: Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil

Players signed by each manager: Arsene Wenger (6), Unai Emery (3), Mikel Arteta (2)

 


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Aston Villa

Martinez

Cash Mings Konsa Targett

Luiz Sanson

Buendia Bailey

Ings Watkins

Total cost: £240.5m

Average player cost: £21.9m

Record signings (2): Ollie Watkins (£28m, September 2020), Emiliano Buendia (£33m, June 2021)

Players no longer with Aston Villa: N/A

Players signed by each manager: Dean Smith (11)

 

 

Brentford

Raya

Ajer Jansson Pinnock

Onyeka Jensen Norgaard

Mbeumo Canos

Dervisoglu Toney

Total cost: £60.8m

Average player cost: £5.5m

Record signings (6): Sergi Canos (£2.5m, January 2017), Mathias Jensen (£3.5m, July 2019), Pontus Jansson (£5.5m, July 2019), Bryan Mbeumo (£5.8m, August 2019), Ivan Toney (£10m, September 2020), Kristoffer Ajer (£13.5m, July 2021)

Players no longer with Brentford: N/A

Players signed by each manager: Thomas Frank (10), Dean Smith (1)

 

 

Brighton

Ryan

Montoya Webster Duffy Bernardo

Jahanbakhsh Bissouma Mwepu Trossard

Maupay Locadia

Total cost: £139.5m

Average player cost: £12.7m

Record signings (5): Shane Duffy (£4m, August 2016), Mat Ryan (£5m, June 2017), Jurgen Locadia (£14m, January 2018), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£17m, July 2018), Adam Webster (£20m, August 2019)

Players no longer with Brighton: Mat Ryan, Martin Montoya, Bernardo, Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Players signed by each manager: Chris Hughton (7), Graham Potter (4)

Enock Mwepu

 

Burnley

Hart

Collins Gibson Tarkowski

Rodriguez Brownhill Hendrick Cork Brady

Wood Vydra

Total cost: £110.1m

Average player cost: £10.09m

Record signings (4): Jeff Hendrick (£10.5m, August 2016), Robbie Brady (£13m, January 2017), Chris Wood (£15m, August 2017), Ben Gibson (£15m, August 2018)

Players no longer with Burnley: Joe Hart, Ben Gibson, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady

Players signed by each manager: Sean Dyche (11)

 

 

Chelsea

Kepa

Zappacosta Rudiger Luiz Chilwell

Kovacic Jorginho

Pulisic Havertz

Morata Torres

Total cost: £593.9m

Average player cost: £53.9m

Record signings (4): Fernando Torres (£50m, January 2011), Alvaro Morata (£58m, July 2017), Kepa Arrizabalaga (£71.6m, August 2018), Kai Havertz (£75.8m, September 2020)

Players no longer with Chelsea: David Luiz, Alvaro Morata, Fernando Torres

Players signed by each manager: Antonio Conte (4), Maurizio Sarri (3), Frank Lampard (3), Carlo Ancelotti (1)

 


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Crystal Palace

McCarthy

Sakho Guehi Andersen

Townsend Milivojevic Cabaye Schlupp

Eze

Benteke Wickham

Total cost: £160.9m

Average player cost: £14.6m

Record signings (3): Yohan Cabaye (£10m, July 2015), Andros Townsend (£13m, July 2016), Christian Benteke (£27m, August 2016)

Players no longer with Crystal Palace: Alex McCarthy, Mamadou Sakho, Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham

 

 

Everton

Pickford

Godfrey Mina Keane Digne

Schneiderlin Sigurdsson Klaassen

Richarlison Iwobi

Lukaku

Total cost: £312.1m

Average player cost: £28.4m

Record signings (3): Romelu Lukaku (£28m, July 2014), Jordan Pickford (£30m, June 2017), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£45m, August 2017)

Players no longer with Everton: Morgan Schneiderlin, Davy Klaassen, Romelu Lukaku

Players signed by each manager: Ronald Koeman (5), Marco Silva (4), Carlo Ancelotti (1), Roberto Martinez (1)

 

Leeds

Meslier

Mills Ferdinand Llorente Firpo

Raphinha Johnson Dacourt Harrison

Rodrigo Keane

Total cost: £139.6m

Average player cost: £12.7m

Record signings (3): Olivier Dacourt (£8m, July 2000), Rio Ferdinand (£18m, November 2000), Rodrigo (£27m, August 2020)

Players no longer with Leeds: Danny Mills, Rio Ferdinand, Seth Johnson, Olivier Dacourt, Robbie Keane

Players signed by each manager: Marcelo Bielsa (6), David O’Leary (5)

 

 

Leicester

Ward

Pereira Fofana Soyuncu Castagne

Tielemans Silva

Perez

Slimani Daka Iheanacho

Total cost: £278.7m

Average player cost: £25.3m

Record signings (3): Islam Slimani (£29.7m, September 2016), Ayoze Perez (£30m, July 2019), Youri Tielemans (£40m, July 2019)

Players no longer with Leicester: Adrien Silva, Islam Slimani

Players signed by each manager: Brendan Rodgers (5 of his ideal signings), Claude Puel (4), Craig Shakespeare (1), Claudio Ranieri (1)

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