Chelsea quartet in most expensive Prem XI ever

Their spending this summer has finally taken Chelsea past their rivals in contributing to the most expensive XI in Premier League history.

But how does the costliest team ever assembled in England’s top flight compare to that of La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue Un and the rest of the world?

Only two players qualify for more than one of the most expensive XIs in Europe’s top five leagues. You might have noticed them already.

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: Marc Cucurella (Brighton to Chelsea, £62m)

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 (Inter Milan to Chelsea, £97.5m)

Buying clubs: Chelsea (x4), Manchester City (x3), Manchester United (x3), Liverpool (x1)
Total cost: £842.2m
Most expensive players to miss out: Darwin Nunez (to Liverpool, £85m), 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)

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: Jules Kounde (Sevilla to Barcelona, ​​£43m)

LB: Ferland Mendy (Lyon to Real Madrid, £47.1m)

CM: Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco to Real Madrid, £85.3m)

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: £854m
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)

Bundesliga

GK: Manuel Neuer (Schalke to Bayern Munich, £19m)

RB: Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart to Bayern Munich, £31.4m)

CB: Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus to Bayern Munich, £68m)

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: Sadio Mane (Liverpool to Bayern Munich, £35m)

AM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, £31.5m)

CF: Karim Adeyemi (Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund, £32.5m)

Buying clubs: Bayern Munich (x10), Borussia Dortmund (x1)
Total cost: £433.5m
Most expensive players to miss out: Javi Martinez (to Bayern Munich, £31.6m), Sebastien Haller (to Borussia Dortmund, £31m), Kerem Demirbay (to Bayer Leverkusen, £28.6m) Renato Sanches (to Bayern Munich, £27.5m), Andre Schurrle ( to Borussia Dortmund, £26.9m)

Series 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: Gleison Bremer (Torino to Juventus, £34.8m)

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 (x6), Inter Milan (x3), Napoli (x1), AC Milan (x1)
Total cost: £598.3m
Most expensive players to miss out: Dusan Vlahovic (to Juventus, £66.6m), Victor Osimhen (to Napoli, £60m), Hernan Crespo (to Lazio, £36m), Joao Cancelo (to Juventus, £35.5m), Douglas Costa (to Juventus, £ 35.2m)

League One

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: Nuno Mendes (Sporting Lisbon to Paris Saint-Germain, £34m)

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: £711.4m
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: Calvin Bassey (Rangers to Ajax, £22.7m)

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: £370.8m
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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