Most expensive XIs ever at the ‘big five’ leagues

Date published: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 1:28

The formations are as sensible as possible…


Premier League
GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea, £71.6m)
RB: Joao Cancelo (Juventus to Manchester City, £60m)
CB: Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester United, £85m)
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool, £75m)
LB: Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Manchester City, £52m)
CM: Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United, £89.3m)
CM: Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City, £62.8m)
RW: Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal, £72m)
LW: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester to Manchester City, £60m)
CF: Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United, £75m)
CF: Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid to Chelsea, £58m)

Buying clubs: Manchester City (x4), Manchester United (x3), Chelsea (x2), Arsenal (x1), Liverpool (x1)
Total cost: £760.7m


La Liga
GK: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea to Real Madrid, £35m)
RB: Nelson Semedo (Benfica to Barcelona, £26m)
CB: Eder Militao (Porto to Real Madrid, £42.7m)
CB: Clement Lenglet (Sevilla to Barcelona, £31.7m)
LB: Ferland Mendy (Lyon to Real Madrid, £47.1m)
CM: James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid, £63m)
CM: Frenkie de Jong (Ajax to Barcelona, £65m)
RW: Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Real Madrid, £89m)
AM: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona, £105m)
LW: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, £96.8m)
CF: Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid, £112.9m)

Buying clubs: Barcelona (x5), Real Madrid (x5), Atletico Madrid (x1)
Total cost: £714.2m


GK: Manuel Neuer (Schalke to Bayern Munich, £19m)
RB: Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart to Bayern Munich, £31.4m)
CB: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich, £68m)
CB: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund, £33.8m)
LB: Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim to Borussia Dortmund, £22m)
DM: Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao to Bayern Munich, £31.6m)
CM: Corentin Tolisso (Lyon to Bayern Munich, £35m)
CM: Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim to Bayer Leverkusen, £28.6m)
AM: Julian Draxler (Schalke to Wolfsburg, £25.5m)
CF: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, £31.5m)
CF: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart to Bayern Munich, £26.2m)

Buying clubs: Bayern Munich (x7), Borussia Dortmund (x2), Bayer Leverkusen (x1), Wolfsburg (x1)
Total cost: £352.6m


Serie A
GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Parma to Juventus, £32.6m)
CB: Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax to Juventus, £67.5m)
CB: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus to AC Milan, £35.1m)
CB: Kostas Manolas (Roma to Napoli, £32.2m)
RM: Joao Cancelo (Valencia to Juventus, £35.5m)
CM: Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon to Inter, £35m)
CM: Manuel Rui Costa (Fiorentina to AC Milan, £30m)
LM: Hirving Lozano (PSV to Napoli, £36m)
ST: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus, £99.2m)
ST: Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus, £75.3m)
ST: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United to Inter Milan, £74m)

Buying clubs: Juventus (x5), AC Milan (x2), Inter (x2), Napoli (x2)
Total cost: £552.4m


Ligue Un
GK: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain £14m)
CB: David Luiz (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, £40m)
CB: Thiago Silva (Milan to Paris Saint-Germain, £33m)
CB: Thilo Kehrer (Schalke to Paris Saint-Germain (£33m)
CM: Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg to Paris Saint-Germain, £35m)
CM: Idrissa Gueye (Everton to Paris Saint-Germain, £29m)
RW: Angel di Maria (Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain, £44m)
AM: James Rodriguez (Porto to Monaco, £38.5m)
LW: Neymar (Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, £200m)
CF: Edinson Cavani (Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain, £55.6m)
CF: Kylian Mbappe (Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, £166m)

Buying clubs: Paris Saint-Germain (x10), Monaco (x1)
Total cost: £688.1m


Rest of the world
GK: Zhang Lu (Liaoning Hongyun to Tianjin Quanjian, £7.3m)
CB: Bruno Alves (Porto to Zenit St Petersburg, £18.2m)
CB: Daley Blind (Manchester United to Ajax, £18.1m)
CB: Edson Alvarez (Club America to Ajax, £15.5m)
CM: Paulinho (Barcelona to Guangzhou Evergrande, £36.7m)
CM: Axel Witsel (Benfica to Zenit St Petersburg, £31.7m)
RW: Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG, £46.1m)
AM: Oscar (Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG, £52m)
LW: Malcom (Barcelona to Zenit St Petersburg, £41m)
CF: Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal to Beijing Guoan, £65m)
CF: Jackson Martinez (Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande, £32m)

Buying clubs: Zenit St Petersburg (x3), Ajax (x2), Guangzhou Evergrande (x2), Shanghai SIPG (x2), Beijing Guoan (x1), Tianjin Quanjian (x1)
Total cost: £363.6m

Matt Stead


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