Van Dijk, Maguire, De Bruyne: Premier League's most expensive XI ever

Marc Cucurella in action for Chelsea

Chelsea completed the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

“I’m very excited about what he can bring,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website following the move. “He’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy.

“I don’t want to get too excited, but I have the feeling we signed the new Azpilicueta, in terms of his mentality, attitude, even in terms of his position, just with a left foot. He can play in the back three, he can play wing-back and he is a very nice, very humble guy with his personality.

“He is a fantastic player, a very intelligent player, who is very strong on the ball, aggressive off the ball, mobile, hungry, with a good attitude. So I’m very, very happy that he joins us.”

Chelsea made Cucurella the most expensive left-back in Premier League history, signing him in a deal worth Β£58.77m.

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Following the move, we’ve named the most expensive XI in Premier League history. It’s proof that spending a lot of money on a player doesn’t guarantee success…

All figures are provided by Transfermarkt.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga | Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea | Β£72m

Kepa was Chelsea’s number one for two seasons before losing his place. He’s now backup to Edouard Mendy.

RB: Joao Cancelo | Juventus to Manchester City | Β£58.5m

What a signing Cancelo has been for City. He’s one of the best full-backs in world football.

CB: Virgil van Dijk | Southampton to Liverpool | Β£76m

Van Dijk was worth every penny. He’s been arguably the best centre-back in the world for a number of years.

Virgil van Dijk in action for Liverpool
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – JULY 21: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool looks on during the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on July 21, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

CB: Harry Maguire | Leicester City to Manchester United | Β£78.3m

Maguire has not managed to live up to his price-tag in a tumultuous United spell.

LB: Marc Cucurella | Brighton to Chelsea | Β£58.77m

Cucurella has arrived at Chelsea with a hefty price tag. Will he be worth it? Time will tell.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Marc Cucurella of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

RM: Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United | Β£76.5m

Sancho had a disappointing first season at United, directly contributing to eight goals in 37 games.

CM: Paul Pogba | Juventus to Manchester United | Β£94.5m

Pogba’s signing was a disaster. They recently lost him on a free transfer after he decided against extending his stay.

Paul Pogba in action for Man Utd
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on February 26, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

CM: Kevin De Bruyne | Wolfsburg to Manchester City | Β£68.4m

City’s move for De Bruyne in 2015 was criticised by some but he has silenced his doubters. He is a four time Premier League winner and two time PFA Players’ Player of the Year winner.

CAM: Kai Havertz | Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea | Β£72m

Havertz hasn’t lived up to expectations, but he did score the winner in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph against Chelsea in 2021.

Premier League's most expensive XI ever include Virgil van Dijk, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba

LW: Jack Grealish | Aston Villa to Manchester City | Β£105.75m

Grealish directly contributed to just six goals in 39 games for Man City in the 21/22 season.

ST: Romelu Lukaku | Juventus to Chelsea | Β£101.7m

A complete disaster of a signing. Lukaku announced his unhappiness and intention to return to Inter Milan just months after arriving at Chelsea. He got his wish this summer as he re-joined the Italian giants on loan.

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