With the transfer season coming to a close, we thought we would take a very quick look at the most expensive players in the world.
Rather than just list the top few, we have put together a starting XI plus four players on the bench of those with the biggest transfer fees in the 2013 summer window, purely from a positional point of view.
tribal’s Most Expensive XI
Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid)
The 21-year old Spanish right-back returns to Madrid from Bayer Leverkusen after joining the Germans from Madrid’s B team last summer. Cost £5.4m (€6.5m) as a buy-back option after one season with Leverkusen.
Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain)
20-year old French left-back who joined PSG from Lille for £12.6m (€15m). Has represented France at all youth levels.
James Rodriguez (Monaco)
The 21-year old Colombian winger landed at big-spending Monaco from FC Porto for £39m (€45m) becoming the second most expensive transfer from a Portuguese side behind ex-teammate Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
28-year old Brazilian midfielder who rose to fame with Shakhtar Donetsk before City paid in excess of £30m (€40m) for his services.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Superstar Welsh winger who cost Madrid a world record £85.3m (€100m). Was one of the best few players in the Premier League who will now look to vindicate the biggest transfer fee in history.
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
Uruguayan striker who became the most expensive player in French football history when PSG paid Napoli £54m (€64.5m). Fifth biggest transfer in history who is a prolific goalscorer.
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
Falcao cost Monaco £50.4m (€60m) following two remarkable seasons with Atletico Madrid. Colombian striker who only finished behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on Spain’s scoring charts last term.
Vladimir Gabulov (Dinamo Moscow) – Russian goalkeeper bought from Anzhi Makhachkala for £5.8m (€7m).