Most Expensive XI in the 2023 Summer Transfer Window
The summer transfer window is often a thrilling period for football fans worldwide, as clubs across the globe make significant investments in acquiring top talent to bolster their squads. In the summer of 2023, some of the biggest footballing giants are likely to engage in high-profile and expensive player transfers, creating one of the most expensive XI ever.
Clubs with substantial financial resources may break transfer records to secure coveted stars. These high-stakes transfers have the potential to reshape the football landscape and ignite excitement for the upcoming season, as fans eagerly anticipate the impact of their newly acquired stars on the pitch.
Here is the complete Most Expensive XI in the 2023 Summer Transfer Window:
Most Expensive XI in the 2023 Summer Transfer Window:
GK: Andre Onana
Onana has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a further year, as he replaces the departed David De Gea, who left the club after 12 years as the club's first-choice stopper.
The transfer fee for the 27-year-old Cameroon international is an initial €51m (£43.8m), plus €4m (£3.4m) in potential add-ons, depending on individual and club performance.
United boss Erik ten Hag worked with Onana at Ajax, where they won three league titles and two KNVB Cups together and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
The goalkeeper, who has kept 104 clean sheets in 255 appearances throughout his club career, joined Inter Milan in 2022 and won the Coppa Italia during his time at the San Siro.
RB: Pedro Porro
After a few months of hearing how many wanted to see Sporting CP's Pedro Porro play for Tottenham Hotspur — even playing against them twice in the Champions League, Porro is joining the North London club.
It took a month's worth of waiting to see the two clubs agree on a €45m total fee to allow the Spanish right-wing-back to come to the Premier League.
Obligations of course stood in the way before an official announcement today, with Sporting seemingly moving the goalposts earlier in the week on Spurs. But, agreements came to be as Spurs even gave a 15% reduction on Marcus Edwards' sell-on clause to make the two clubs come to terms.
Joining Spurs on an initial €5m loan fee for the remainder of the season, Porro signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.
CB: Josko Gvardiol
Pep Guardiola is hardly short of options at centre-back, but he could not turn down the opportunity to sign one of the best young defenders around for a fee £20m lower than his reported release clause.
CB: Kim Min-jae
FC Bayern have signed Minjae Kim. The 26-year-old South Korea international joins from Napoli on a five-year contract until 30 June 2028. He will wear the number 3 shirt.
Kim, who joined Napoli from Turkey's Fenerbahce last summer, has signed a five-year deal until 30 June 2028 at the Allianz Arena.
One of Napoli's star performers en route to the club winning their first Serie A title in 33 years, Kim made 35 league appearances in 2022/23, as well as a further nine during their run to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
The 26-year-old, who also started three of South Korea's four group games at the 2022 World Cup, ranked in Serie A's top 15 for percentage of challenges won, and even chipped in with a couple of goals and assists.
LB: Lucas Hernandez
Paris Saint-Germain added a fifth player to its squad since the start of the summer transfer window by signing France defender Lucas Hernández from Bayern Munich on a five-year contract on Sunday after a long spell on the sidelines with injury.
Hernández hasn't played a competitive game since injuring his knee while playing for France against Australia at the World Cup in November.
No official figures was given for the deal but French newspaper L'Equipe said it was worth around 40 million euros ($44 million).
DM: Declan Rice
The 24-year-old midfielder already has some vast experience, having made 245 senior appearances for the Hammers as well as winning 43 caps for the Three Lions. Rice started his career at Chelsea before joining the West Ham Academy in 2014. He spent nine years at the London club, and his moment came when he captained the West Ham side that won the UEFA Europa Conference league and was named the Player of the Season by UEFA.
Rice recently completed his Arsenal signing after having a tough time with the particular transfer. He is a high-quality, young international player who will add great strength to Arteta's squad, fitting well into their strategy of competing with young, talented players at the centre of the club.
CM: Moises Caicedo
Moises Caicedo became the most expensive signing of the summer after completing his move from Brighton to Chelsea. The Blues were desperate to add the young midfielder to their team and signed him for a British record fee.
Caicedo had a debut to forget for the Blues. He gave away a penalty in his first match against West Ham United.
CM: Jude Bellingham
The England international joined Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham City back in 2020 and went on to record 24 goals and 25 assists in 132 appearances for the Bundesliga giants. He is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world right now.
The 20-year-old was linked with Manchester City and Liverpool, but he opted to continue his development under two of the best midfielders of all time, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Bellingham's move to Santiago Bernabeu was first announced by Borussia Dortmund, with the German club also confirming the huge €103 million transfer fee.
RW: Jeremy Doku
West Ham, Tottenham and Chelsea were all said to be in for Doku but the 16-cap Belgium winger became City's third summer signing after almost three years at Rennes, who made a fat profit on the £22million they paid Anderlecht in 2020.
ST: Harry Kane
Bayern Munich finally got their man after spending a lot of amount on him. They were unable to sign Harry Kane as Spurs were demanding more money for their striker. However, Bayern were determined to sign him and Kane went to Germany.
The Englishman created a goal within the first five minutes into hi Bundesliga debut. He then scored his first goal for the club.
In one of the least surprising developments of the summer, Brazil international Neymar has left PSG to move to the Saudi Pro League. He will earn over £129m a year in the Middle East. Mental.