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The top 10 most expensive English players of all time will shock you to the core

Kyle Walker is all set to become the most expensive after agreeing terms with Manchester City.

Every football fan is aware of the premium on English players compared to the rest of the world.

Because, for one reason or another, by virtue of being young, English and semi-talented they’re suddenly priced in the same class as the most expensive players on the planet.


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Kyle Walker is set to become the most expensive player of the lot after Manchester City agreed an eye-watering £50m (plus potential add ons) with Tottenham.

It’s an extraordinary amount of money for a player not even regarded as first choice by Spurs.

Kyle Walker will undergo a medical in Manchester on Friday

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This man is set to become the most expensive English player of all time

But can you work out or remember the top 10 most priciest English players of all time before the Walker deal goes through?

David Beckham and, er, Darren Bent are notable mentions after just missing the cut – but the actual top 10 might make you feel a little uneasy…

10 Adam Lallana (Southampton to Liverpool) – £25m in 2014

Lallana embodies Klopp’s high intensity mantra

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Lallana embodies Klopp’s high intensity mantra

Lallana was one of three Saints players to make the now well-trodden path north to Merseyside and, after a debut season plagued by form and fitness issues, is now one of Jurgen Klopp’s favourite players.

9 James Milner (Aston Villa to Manchester City) – £26m in 2010

James Milner is among the English players clubs have splashed out to sign

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Milner was a Premier League winner with City

Mr Reliable is now a left-back at Liverpool, but once upon a time he was a key cog of Manchester City’s title-winning side after impressing at Aston Villa.

8 Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United to Manchester United) – £29m in 2002

Ferdinand standing next to some old bloke

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Ferdinand standing next to some old bloke

Ferdinand was in many ways the perfect centre-back prototype and United splashed out a then record £29m for him in 2002 – a record he held for 12 years.

Luke Shaw (Southampton to Manchester United) – £30m in 2014

Luke Shaw...returned early for pre-season training

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Shaw’s career has been curtailed by injuries

Another raid on the south coast, but Shaw’s career hasn’t panned out as many hoped after a horrific leg break nearly two years ago derailed his development.

6 Jordan Pickford (Sunderland to Everton) – £30m in 2017

Everton have brought in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland

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Everton’s new number one…Jordan Pickford

The first of the current bunch to make the cut, Pickford’s outstanding and almost singular attempts to keep Sunderland in the Premier League last season convinced Everton to splash the cash.

5 Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United) – £30m in 2004

Rooney is now back at his boyhood club

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Rooney is now back at his boyhood club

Rooney’s move in 2004 is looking like better value for money by each passing year after an incredible career that saw him become United’s record goalscorer last season.

4 Michael Keane (Burnley to Everton) – £30m in 2017

Keane signs on the dotting line last month

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Keane signs on the dotting line last month

Arguably the most alarming entry of the lot, the Toffees forked out £30m for Keane off the back of just one fairly impressive season in the Premier League.

3 Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool) – £35m in 2011

Andy Carroll seriously struggled at Liverpool after making mega-money move

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Nobody knows how Carroll remains Liverpool’s record signing

Somehow remains Liverpool’s record signing and Carroll, depending on the success of Pickford and Keane after their moves this summer, is the only guaranteed flop on the list.

2 John Stones (Everton to Manchester City) – £47.5m in 2016

Stones plays the Guardiola way

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Stones plays the Guardiola way

Stones is the archetypal Pep Guardiola defender and has all the credentials to grow into a top class player for years to come.

1 Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City) – £49m in 2015

Sterling’s exit from Anfield was contentious

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Sterling’s exit from Anfield was contentious

After one of the most acrimonious transfer sagas in recent memory, Sterling has had his ups and downs at City and may now find himself out of the starting line up after the signing of Bernardo Silva.


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