Most expensive new signings XI costs £516m and features seven from Premier League

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Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez Credit: PA Images
Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez Credit: PA Images

There have not been many expensive new signings but almost all have been made by Premier League clubs.

All numbers courtesy of transfermarkt


Goalkeeper: Gavin Bazanu (Manchester City to Southampton, £12.6m)
This just shows you the bargain Newcastle United picked up in Nick Pope; Southampton have paid more for a goalkeeper last seen in League One who will make his Premier League debut this season.


Right-back: Neco Williams (Liverpool to Nottingham Forest, £18m)
More evidence that what separates the very best Premier League clubs from the rest (among other things) is the ability to sell fringe players for rather a lot of money. Well done, Liverpool.


Centre-back: Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus to Bayern Munich, £60.3m)
Oh how Chelsea would have liked to have seen De Ligt in blue this coming season. But Bayern were not going to allow the Dutchman through their fingers a second time, having coveted him three years ago when he joined Juventus for rather more money.


Centre-back: Lisandro Martinez (Ajax to Manchester United, £51.63m)
Manchester United just love to spend big money on big centre-halves (and little ones). He is one of the Premier League virgins we are desperate to watch.


Left-back: Nuno Mendes (Sporting to PSG, £34.2m)
Marginally more expensive than Arsenal signing Oleksandr Zinchenko, we have PSG converting a successful loan deal for the Portuguese left-back who already has 15 caps at the age of 20. He started his first Christophe Galtier game at wing-back in Le Community Shield but faces competition from Juan Bernat.


Central midfield: Aurélien Tchouameni (Monaco to Real Madrid, £72m)
The European champions just got a whole lot younger and a whole lot better. What a signing.


Central midfield: Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United to Manchester City, £43.87m)
Whether he actually starts for the odds-on favourites for the Premier League is another matter, but he arrives for less than the price of a Raheem Sterling or Gabriel Jesus.


Attacking midfield: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City to Chelsea, £50m)
A no-brainer of a transfer that signals a new era for Chelsea of sensible, pretty much risk-free signings. Sterling should and could thrive under Thomas Tuchel.


Attacking midfield: Raphinha (Leeds United to Barcelona, £52.2m)
Finally. Finally. After a load of dicking around from Barcelona, Raphinha is on his way there from Leeds United. Raphinha’s Barcelona were for the romantics but romance is transactional nowadays


Striker: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, £54m)
You might have heard of him. We think he might be quite good. Though it seems that might not happen straight away. Which might see City miss out on the title.


Striker: Darwin Nunez (Porto to Liverpool, £67.5m)
You hadn’t heard of him a year ago but we think he might be quite good too. We have no reason not to trust Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool as they pretty much always get it right. Early signs were good in the Community Shield.

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