Rice, Bellingham And The Ten Most Expensive English Players Of All Time

Two summer transfers have shaken up this list
08:00, 22 Jul 2023

This summer we have seen two midfielders go for gargantuan fees, as Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham became the two most expensive English footballers of all time. But who are the others on the list and how have they fared? Below we’ve listed the top ten, how much they cost, and whether they were worth the money. 

1. Declan Rice - £100m - potentially rising to £105m

The new entry at the top of the list. But he might not stay there depending on how successful Jude Bellingham is at Real Madrid, with a whole heap of add-ons taking his total above the £105m Arsenal could pay for Rice. The former West Ham captain has proven himself to be one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League in recent years, and he should be a roaring success at Arsenal.

Signing rating: N/A

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2. Jack Grealish - £100m

Some had already written Grealish off as a flop at Manchester City after a disappointing first season. Then he became Pep Guardiola’s go-to man on the left-hand side and was absolutely crucial as the Citizens went on to win a simply sensational treble. He’s not quite repaid the fee yet, but he’s well on track. 

Signing rating: 8/10

3. Jude Bellingham - £88m - potentially rising to £114m

Yeah, Real Madrid have had a blinder here. Bellingham is likely to be the best midfielder in the world for the next decade, and he will do so in the famous white shirt of Real Madrid. There’s no doubt that Bellingham will be a success, and Borussia Dortmund have once again made huge profit on an English star. 

Signing rating: N/A

4. Harry Maguire - £80m

Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United was meant to solve their defensive issues. He joined as a big money signing that was going to replicate what Virgil van Dijk had achieved at Liverpool and rescue United’s defence. Instead he was made captain as United floundered, and made the scapegoat for many of their issues. He’s been dropped by Erik ten Hag, and now stripped of the captaincy, there looks to be only one way this sad story ends. 

Signing rating: 5/10

5. Jadon Sancho - £72m

When United spent big on a 21-year-old English winger, hopes were high that he’d elevate them to the next level. Two years on, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Sancho has been unable to nail down a spot in the starting eleven and has just 12 goals to his name for his new club. Still plenty of time left for him to shine though. 

Signing rating: 4/10

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6. Mason Mount - £55m 

Manchester United and English players, it's a match made in heaven. This summer, they made Mount their headline signing, picking up the talented Englishman for £55m up front. He only had a year left on his deal at Chelsea, but to poach a player of his quality, whom manager Erik Ten Hag is so fond of, represents quite the coup. He should be a success in red. 

Signing rating: N/A

7. Kyle Walker - £53m

He might be on his way out of Manchester City this summer, but the £53m they spent on him in 2017 has been one of their best transfers. He’s been simply superb since arriving and well worth every penny. In fact, he might just be the best right back the Premier League has ever seen. 

Signing rating: 9/10

8. Ben White - £50m

A lot of money, but a decent signing for Arsenal. White was signed as a ball-playing centre-back but has since found himself deployed at right-back as Arsenal almost won the Premier League last term. He’s helped the Gunners progress, and at 25 can still improve as a player. 

Signing rating: 7/10

9. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - £50m

Manchester United again. This time they spent £50m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a talented player who was destined for big things. He’s not been bad for United by any means, and is still arguably the best defensive full-back in the league, but perhaps lacking slightly when it comes to the final third. 

Signing rating: 6/10

10. Ben Chillwell - £50m

Chiwell seemed like a relatively smart pick-up for Chelsea in 2020, having performed so well for Leicester City. He played a big role in their Champions League win in his very first season at the club but since then injuries have halted his progress and Chelsea have fallen away. 

Signing rating: 6/10

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