With this season’s transfer window seeing the transfer world record getting smashed by PSG’s £198 million acquisition of Neymar from Barcelona, as well as Premier League clubs, Serie A clubs and La Liga clubs all spending over £1 billion each in the window we thought it would be interesting to compile a most valuable Premier League XI with the help of transfermarkt.com. So without further ado, here is the most valuable XI in the Premier League.
Goalkeeper – David De Gea (Manchester United) €40 Million
The 27-year-old Spaniard joined Manchester United in 2011 from boyhood club Atletico Madrid for a then British record fee for a goalkeeper of £18.9 million as the replacement for legendary Dutchman Edwin Van Der Sar.
After a shaky start to life at Old Trafford, De Gea has gone on to cement himself as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and one of the best in the world. De Gea has won United’s player of the year award twice in his 7 season stint at the club and been named in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year 4 times, including the past 3 seasons so it is no surprise he is ranked the most valuable ‘keeper in the league.
Right-back – Kyle Walker (Manchester City) €35 Million
Kyle Walker made the move from Tottenham Hotspur to Pep Guardiola’s City this summer in a move thought to be worth between £45 million and £50 million and transfermarkt values 27-year-old at €35 million. Walker has been in the PFA’s team of the year twice, including last season’s, and is perfectly suited to the wing-back role he played at Spurs and has since adopted at City with his express pace and fitness allowing him to bomb up and down the wings in both an attacking and defensive sense. A great manager like Guardiola doesn’t sign just anyone!
Centre-backs – John Stones (Manchester City) €35 Million and Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) €35 Million
Although he is just 23-years-old, John Stones seems to have been around for much longer, having made his Premier League debut 4 years ago in 2013 at the age of just 18. When Everton signed the Barnsley born defender, Stones was primarily a right back but during his time in Merseyside he reinvented himself into one of the most sought after ball-playing centre-backs in the world with Manchester City finalising a near £50 million deal for the Englishman in 2016.
Toby Alderweireld is only in his third season at Spurs after signing for a bargain fee of £11.5 million from Atletico Madrid after an impressive loan spell at Southampton the previous season and has since formed an impressive central defensive partnership with fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen. His magnificent form for Spurs has seen Alderweireld named Tottenham’s Player of the Year and in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in 2016. It’s no wonder he’s gone from an £11.5 million signing to being valued at €35 million by transfermarkt as one of the best central defenders in the country.
Left-back – Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) €30 Million
Benjamin Mendy’s spell in England has unfortunately been blighted by injury, rupturing the ACL in his knee in just his 4th Premier League appearance against Crystal Palace, after signing for a reported record £52 million fee for the Citizens from AS Monaco after a magnificent season which saw them beat big spenders PSG to the Ligue 1 title and reach the Champions League semi-finals. His great form for the French side has seen his value on transfermarkt rise from just €9 million when he signed for Monaco in 2016 to the €30 million that he is valued at now, just a year later!
Central midfielders – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) €50 Million and Paul Pogba (Manchester United) €75 Million
Kante has been an integral part of the 2 most recent Premier League winning teams and, as a result, has been named in the 2 most recent PFA Premier League Teams of the Year, becoming the first Premier League star to win back-to-back league titles with different sides since Eric Cantona in 1993 with Leeds and then Manchester United. Kante was named Premier League player of the year last season and ranked as the 9th best player in the world by FIFA this year and, with a €50 million transfermarkt valuation, it has been a meteoric rise for the midfield ace, climbing from the second division of France to back-to-back Prem glory in just 4 years.
Letting Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford for free has to go down as one of the worst pieces of transfer business in Manchester United’s history, especially considering they signed him back just four seasons later for a then world record fee of £89.3 million. At just 24 years of age Pogba will only get better and better and has been freed up this season by the signing of Nemanja Matic and his importance to Man United going forward is illustrated by his €75 million transfermarkt valuation.
Wingers – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) €50 Million and Eden Hazard (Chelsea) €75 Million
Raheem Sterling burst on to the scene for Liverpool as an 18-year-old starlet in the 2013-14 Premier League season. After one further season in Merseyside, as well as a Golden Boy award, Sterling made the switch to City for an initial £44 million fee and has enjoyed his most prolific season this year to date, having scored 9 goals in just 12 games so far this year. Considering he is still just 22, Sterling still has many years of football left in him and now that he is having his best season to date, it is no wonder transfermarkt value him at €50 Million.
Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea in 2012 for £32 million after being linked with every other major club in England, turning down the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United, and has been an integral part of the Blues’ side ever since, winning 2 Premier Leagues, a League Cup, a Europa League and has been in 4 PFA Premier League teams of the year – an outstanding record considering he has only spent 5 full seasons in the league. He has been linked with a big money move to Real Madrid in recent seasons and with a transfermarkt value of €75 Million it will be interesting to see how much might be enough to prize the Belgian away from Stamford Bridge.
Attacking Midfielder – Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) €75 Million
Selling Kevin de Bruyne is one of the biggest transfer mistakes in Chelsea’s history. The Belgian left for Wolfsburg in 2014 for just £18 million where he was crowned Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2014-15 before making a £55 million move back to England with Manchester City in 2015 where he has established himself as one of the biggest creative forces in world football, ending last season as the Premier League’s top assister. Being one of the main driving forces behind City’s unbeaten run so far this season, with the Citizens 8 points clear at the top of the table and de Bruyne is currently second in the list of league assists and as a result of his great form, transfermarkt value the 26-year-old at €75 Million.
Striker – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) €80 Million
After two consecutive Premier League golden boots, it is no surprise that the 24-year-old is the highest valued player in this XI. Harry Kane has come through the ranks at White Hart Lane and had his breakout season in 2014-15 where he scored 21 goals in 34 league games and since then has scored over 20 league goals in each season since and is on course to do the same this year. He has been in 3 consecutive PFA Premier League Teams of the Season and is being touted for a big money move to Real Madrid in the near future.
Here is the team in full:
Do you think the most valuable XI is actually the best Premier League XI you could make? If you’ve got any changes then please put them in the comments.