Top Dollar: The Most Expensive Premier League Player in Each Position by Transfer Fee

The summer transfer window is in full swing with some serious cash changing hands, including the £67m move of Alisson Becker from AS Roma to Liverpool, which smashed the record fee paid for a goalkeeper.

With Alisson now the newly made most valuable stopper, here’s a look at the most expensive current Premier League players in every position.

8. Goalkeeper – Alisson

Transfer Fee: £67m

The Brazilian international not only managed to beat out Manchester City’s Ederson as the starter in the World Cup, he also surpassed his transfer fee. 

Alisson’s move from Roma to Liverpool was one of the least surprising signings of the summer, but the amount spent on him by Jurgen Klopp’s side smashed the world record for a keeper that has been held ever since Gianluigi Buffon moved from Parma to Juventus in 2001. 

7. Centre-Back – Virgil van Dijk

Transfer Fee: £70.92m 

Virgil van Dijk holds the record for the most expensive transfer fee ever paid for a defender, moving from Southampton to Liverpool in last year’s winter transfer window. 

The Netherlands captain managed to fit right in with the Reds, bestowing confidence at the back which resonated with the rest of the squad. 

Despite joining the team in the middle of the year, Van Dijk is accredited with stabilising Liverpool’s defence and was included in the Champions League squad of the season. 

6. Full Back – Benjamin Mendy

Transfer Fee: £51.75m 

After being chosen for the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, Benjamin Mendy became the most expensive left-back in history when he completed his transfer from Monaco to Manchester City. 

His debut campaign at the Premier League turned tragic as a knee injury sidelined him for seven months, missing most of City’s title race. 

He still managed to earn a place in France’s World Cup campaign, and despite being on the pitch for only 40 minutes of the tournament he returns to the Etihad stadium with a World Cup winner’s medal.

5. Defensive Midfielder – Jorginho

Transfer Fee: £51.30m 

This summer saw Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri bring in Jorginho from former club Napoli. 

The Italian midfielder made his breakthrough season under Sarri, as Napoli went on to a second place finish which earned both player and manager a chance to move to London.

Jorginho enjoyed a long holiday over the summer as Italy did not qualify for the World Cup, so he should be fresh to continue his improvement from last season.

4. Central Midfielder – Paul Pogba

Transfer fee: £89m 

In the summer of 2016, Paul Pogba became football’s most expensive transfer as Manchester United purchased him from Juventus for a then record figure. 

The French midfielder has not fared as well as he had hoped on his return to Old Trafford, as he was heavily criticised for his part in United’s lacklustre performances. 

His Premier League appearances proved good enough for the French national team, as Pogba went on to become one of the key figures of their World Cup triumph. The Red Devils are crossing their fingers that his good form will continue in the upcoming season.

3. Attacking Midfielder – Kevin De Bruyne

Transfer Fee: £55m 

In the summer of 2015 Manchester City completed the transfer of Kevin De Bruyne from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. 

The talented midfielder kept improving every season, and last year proved he was at the top of his form as he led City to Premier League triumph, clinching the Playmaker of the Season award along the way. 

De Bruyne proved his worth yet again at the World Cup, leading Belgium to their best campaign in history, as they claimed third place.

2. Winger – Riyad Mahrez

Transfer Fee: £61.02m  

Riyad Mahrez’s summer transfer from Leicester City to Manchester City saw him break several records – he became the most expensive African player in history, Manchester City’s most expensive signing to date and the record transfer fee received by Leicester. 

Mahrez was one of Leicester’s best players during their spectacular Premier League triumph and Champions League campaign, and it will be interesting to see how he gels at his new club.

1. Forward – Romelu Lukaku

Transfer Fee: £76.23m 

After three great seasons at Everton with 87 goals to his name, Romelu Lukkaku made his breakthrough move to Manchester United in 2017. 

The Belgian superstar went on to score 10 goals in his first nine appearances, besting the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton.  

Lukaku was also Belgium’s top striker at the World Cup, scoring four goals and contributing an assist to win the Bronze Boot award.


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