The most expensive XIs ever in the top five European leagues

Date published: Sunday 8th August 2021 10:30 - Matthew Stead

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku is one of only three players to feature in two of the most expensive XIs ever in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

The Belgian will extend his lead in one of these sides awful soon, too.


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, £80m)
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool, £75m)
LB: Benjamin Mendy (Monaco to Manchester City, £52m)
RW: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United, £73m)
CM: Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United, £89.3m)
CM: Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City, £62.8m)
LW: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa to Manchester City, £100m)
AM: Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea, £71m)
CF: Romelu Lukaku (Everton to Manchester United, £75m)

Buying clubs: Manchester City (x4), Manchester United (x4), Chelsea (x2), Liverpool (x1)
Total cost: £809.7m
Most expensive players to miss out: Nicolas Pepe (to Arsenal, £72m), Ruben Dias (to Manchester City, £65m), Riyad Mahrez (to Manchester City, £60m), Angel Di Maria (to Manchester United, £59.7m), Alvaro Morata (to Chelsea, £58m), Christian Pulisic (to Chelsea, £58m)


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, £130m)
AM: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool to Barcelona, £142m)
LW: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, £125m)
CF: Joao Felix (Benfica to Atletico Madrid, £112.9m)

Buying clubs: Barcelona (x5), Real Madrid (x5), Atletico Madrid (x1)
Total cost: £820.4m
Most expensive players to miss out: Antoine Griezmann (to Barcelona, £107.6m), Gareth Bale (to Real Madrid, £85m), Cristiano Ronaldo (to Real Madrid, £80m), Luis Suarez (to Barcelona, £75m), Neymar (to Barcelona, £71.5m)

Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele


GK: Manuel Neuer (Schalke to Bayern Munich, £19m)
RB: Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart to Bayern Munich, £31.4m)
CB: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich to Borussia Dortmund, £33.8m)
CB: Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich, £37m)
LB: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich, £68m)
RW: Leroy Sane (Manchester City to Bayern Munich, £44.1m)
CM: Arturo Vidal (Juventus to Bayern Munich, £32m)
CM: Corentin Tolisso (Lyon to Bayern Munich, £35m)
LW: Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg to Borussia Dortmund, £26.9m)
AM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, £31.5m)
CF: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart to Bayern Munich, £26.2m)

Buying clubs: Bayern Munich (x9), Borussia Dortmund (x2)
Total cost: £384.9m
Most expensive players to miss out: Javi Martinez (to Bayern Munich, £31.6m), Kerem Demirbay (to Bayer Leverkusen, £28.6m) Renato Sanches (to Bayern Munich, £27.5m), Donyell Malen (to Borussia Dortmund, £26m), Julian Draxler (to Wolfsburg, £25.5m)


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: Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid to Inter Milan, £36.3m)
CM: Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon to Inter Milan, £35m)
CM: Arthur (Barcelona to Juventus, £72.5m)
LM: Hirving Lozano (PSV to Napoli, £36m)
CF: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid to Juventus, £99.2m)
CF: Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus, £75.3m)
CF: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United to Inter Milan, £74m)

Buying clubs: Juventus (x5), Inter Milan (x3), Napoli (x2), AC Milan (x1)
Total cost: £595.7m
Most expensive players to miss out: Victor Osimhen (to Napoli, £60m), Hernan Crespo (to Lazio, £36m), Joao Cancelo (to Juventus, £35.5m), Douglas Costa (to Juventus, £35.2m), Federico Bernadeschi (to Juventus, £35m)


Ligue Un
GK: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid to Paris Saint-Germain, £14m)
RB: Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain, £51.3m)
CB: David Luiz (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, £40m)
CB: Thiago Silva (Milan to Paris Saint-Germain, £33m)
LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, £21.4m)
RW: Angel Di Maria (Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain, £44m)
CM: James Rodriguez (Porto to Monaco, £38.5m)
CM: Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg to Paris Saint-Germain, £35m)
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: £698.8m
Most expensive players to miss out: Radamel Falcao (to Monaco, £50m), Mauro Icardi (to Paris Saint-Germain, £45m), Wissam Ben Yedder (to Monaco, £37.1m), Lucas Moura (to Paris Saint-Germain, £38m), Javier Pastore (to Paris Saint-Germain, £34.8m)


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)
RW: Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG, £46.1m)
CM: Paulinho (Barcelona to Guangzhou Evergrande, £36.7m)
CM: Axel Witsel (Benfica to Zenit St Petersburg, £31.7m)
LW: Malcom (Barcelona to Zenit St Petersburg, £41m)
AM: Oscar (Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG, £52m)
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
Most expensive players to miss out: Alex Teixeira (to Jiangsu Suning, £38m), Hulk (to Zenit St Petersburg, £32m), Shoya Nakajima (to Al-Duhail, £31.5m), Anthony Modeste (to Tianjin Quanjian, £31m), Willian (to Anzhi Makachkala, £30m)

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