The Premier League is by far the most financially strong football league in the world. And as a result, it has also seen some of the most crazy amounts of money being spent on transfers in recent years. In this article, we will be taking a look at the most expensive XI to have ever been signed in the English top flight.
Premier League’s most expensive XI of all-time
GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Club to Chelsea, £71m)
Kepa has re-emerged as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper under Graham Potter, after having a very inconsistent last few years. He has had his bright moments with the Blues, but has also had some absolute howlers as well.
RB: Wesley Fofana (Leicester to Chelsea, £75m)
Granted, Fofana isn’t a right-back, but he is one of the most expensive defenders to have been signed by Chelsea. The youngster had to force his way out of Leicester City to get the move to Stamford Bridge, where he now has a long-term contract.
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool, £75m)
Virgil Van Dijk has gone on to become one of the best central defenders in the world at Liverpool. He has won every available trophy playing for the Reds, and is their vice-captain on the pitch.
CB: Harry Maguire (Leicester to Man Utd, £80m)
Another massive Leicester City sale – Harry Maguire has not had the best time at Manchester United. The England international has earned the trust of Gareth Southgate, but hasn’t been able to show up for Manchester United as frequently.
LB: Marc Cucurella (Brighton to Chelsea, £62m)
Cucurella is the Premier League’s most expensive left-back of all-time. He joined Chelsea after only a year at Brighton, and is currently finding it hard to break into the first team in spite of Graham Potter being in charge.
CM: Paul Pogba (Juventus to Man Utd, £89m)
Most big money transfers somehow don’t work out, and Paul Pogba didn’t work out at Manchester United twice. The midfielder joined United from Juventus for a record fee in 2016, only to leave them again for Juventus as a free agent.
AM: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa to Man City, £100m)
The most expensive Premier League signing of all-time, Grealish left Aston Villa for City to win his first league title. And while he has failed to produce the numbers that he did at Villa, an increasing end product could make him a top player for the club down the line.
AM: Jadon Sancho (Dortmund to Man Utd, £73m)
We haven’t seen the skillful winger that was once tearing up defences in black and yellow at Old Trafford. But on the back of a personal training camp in the Netherlands, we could see the player return to his old ways under Erik Ten Hag.
RW: Antony (Ajax to Man Utd, £86m)
One of United’s most expensive signings of all-time, Antony hit the ground running at his new club. But, the pace has slowed down for the Brazilian recently. And with a big second half of the season coming up, he will be expected to produce much more.
ST: Romelu Lukaku (Inter to Chelsea, £97.5m)
Lukaku, like Paul Pogba, didn’t work out in the Premier League twice. The Belgian is currently back on loan at Inter, but has been performing very poorly, leaving his future up in the air for the time being.
LW: Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea, £89m)
Chelsea’s newest big-money signing was expected to join Arsenal, but the deal was hijacked by the Blues to bring him to West London. It will be interesting to see how the former Shakhtar Donetsk man takes to the English top flight after an eye-catching run in the Champions League.