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Football’s most expensive players: Neymar, Coutinho and Pogba on the list, but who could join them this summer?

Antoine Griezmann could kick off another summer of cash-splashing from Europe’s big boys with Barcelona set to shell out £105million on him.

The World Cup winning striker has made it clear to Atletico Madrid he won’t be returning and now looks set for a big-money move to Barca.

Paris Saint-Germain made Neymar the most expensive player ever

Eden Hazard could also be set for a major transfer amid rumours of a £90m switch to Real Madrid while several other world stars are being linked in the rumour mill, too.

Should Griezmann or Hazard complete such moves, they would head straight into the top-ten list of the most expensive deals ever.

So with the window set to open, could we see a new record transfer fee spent this summer?

Here are the current top ten priciest players in the world.

10). Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea – £72million (2018)

The Spanish goalkeeper was drafted in by the Blues last summer following Thibaut Courtois’ departure and kept 14 Premier League clean sheets this season.

=9). Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli to Juventus – £75million (2016)

Three prolific campaigns in Naples saw Higuain snapped up by their Serie A rivals.

=9). Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Manchester United – £75million (2017)

The big Belgian is yet to really produce his best for the Red Devils but at still just 25 years old, he has time to become an Old Trafford great – should Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer keep him, of course.

=9). Virgil van Dijk, Southampton to Liverpool – £75million (2018)

His fine debut season with the Reds was him crowned Player of the Season and has fully justified his price-tag.

Virgil van Dijk has been superb for Liverpool since his £75m arrival

8). Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid – £80million (2009)

The man who made huge transfer fees the new norm. Real made Ronaldo their new Galactico in 2009 and transfer spending has never been the same since.

7). Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid – £86million (2013)

The Welshman took over Ronaldo’s crown as the most expensive player in 2013 but his switch to Spain has never been an easy fit.

6). Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United – £93million (2016)

Pogba remains the Premier League’s most expensive player ever following his return to Old Trafford.

5). Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid to Juventus – £99million (2018)

The second entry for the living legend and while some doubted spending so much on a 33-year-old, Ronaldo continues to excel.

Paul Pogba cost Manchester United £89million

4). Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona – £135.5million (2017)

Still a young talent and has great quality without question but his time at Barca is yet to spark into life. Could next season be his year?

3). Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool to Barcelona – £146million (2018)

The Premier League’s priciest exit to date saw Coutinho complete a controversial move to the Camp Nou. He’s won back-to-back league titles since.

2). Kylian Mbappe, Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain – £166million (2018)

Possibly the man – or boy – to become the next global superstar for the foreseeable future and take over from Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Already a World Cup champion, the 20-year-old’s career is just going from strength to strength.

1). Neymar, Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain – £200million (2017)

The most expensive player in history and the man who set £200m as the new benchmark. The Brazilian is undoubtedly a superstar but can infuriate as much as he can fascinate.

Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian ace Neymar


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