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Top 10 most expensive English players of all-time rated – from Andy Carroll at Liverpool to Manchester City’s – talkSPORT.com



June 25, 2019
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English players do not come cheap.

Leicester are demanding £80million forManchester CityandManchester Unitedtarget Harry Maguire this summer.

Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire is wanted by Manchester United and Manchester City

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Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire is wanted by Manchester United and Manchester City

Reports have claimed City are willing to match the Foxes’ valuation of the England defender, who could earn a whopping £280,000-a-week deal.

City boss Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement fordeparting captain Vincent Kompanyand is believed to be a big fan of Maguire.

After listing thetop 10 most expensive Englishmen of all-time, talkSPORT ranks them from worst to best.

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10. Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011) – £35million

In the first half of the 2010/11 season, Carroll netted 11 goals in 19Premier Leaguegames, which was enough for Kenny Dalglish to bring him to Anfield in the January transfer window.

Reds star Fernando Torres had joinedChelseain a £50million deal and the club needed to replace him.

Carroll’s transfer proved nothing more than a panic buy fromLiverpoolchiefs.

The 30-year-old was loaned out to West Ham after just one full season on Merseyside before making his move permanent in 2013.

He scored just 11 goals in a Liverpool shirt.

Andy Carroll endured a miserable time at Anfield

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Andy Carroll endured a miserable time at Anfield

9. Luke Shaw (Southampton to Manchester United in 2014) – £30million

Shaw became the world’s most expensive teenager when joining Manchester United.

His Red Devils career so far has been blighted by injuries, though, with Shaw suffering a horrific broken leg in a Champions League game in September 2015 and it would go on to affect his form upon his return.

The England left-back was regularly criticised by ex-United boss Jose Mourinho, before finally nailing down a regular first-team place last season.

Mourinho’s successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has continued to play Shaw, but his poor end-of-season form saw him miss out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Nations League.

Luke Shaw had a topsy-turvy relationship with Jose Mourinho

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Luke Shaw had a topsy-turvy relationship with Jose Mourinho

8. Adam Lallana (Southampton to Liverpool in 2014) – £25million

After a difficult first season at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp brought the best out of Lallana.

But similarly to Shaw at Manchester United, the 31-year-old has struggled with injuries during his Liverpool career.

Lallana has failed to keep fit for a considerable run of games for the past two seasons and has fallen down the pecking order with the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita last summer.

He has just one year left on his Liverpool deal, and it looks like the upcoming season could be his last at Anfield.

Injuries have stalled Adam Lallana’s Liverpool career

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Injuries have stalled Adam Lallana’s Liverpool career

7. James Milner (Aston Villa to Manchester City in 2010) – £26million

Winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and an EFL Cup in a five-year spell is pretty impressive.

However, Milner was never a guaranteed starter. He was often deployed on the wing, despite starring for Aston Villa in the middle.

He moved to Liverpool in 2015 and has rediscovered his best form playing in central midfield.

James Milner was frustrated by his playing time at Manchester City

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James Milner was frustrated by his playing time at Manchester City

6. John Stones (Everton to Manchester City in 2016) – £47.5million

Stones endured a testing debut season at the Etihad, making three errors which led to goals, as Guardiola’s side finished third and without a trophy.

The England defender established himself alongside Aymeric Laporte in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign, but lost his place to Vincent Kompany, who played a crucial role in City’s title run-in.

There is still room for improvement from the 25-year-old.

John Stones will be hoping to win his place back in Manchester City’s starting XI

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John Stones will be hoping to win his place back in Manchester City’s starting XI

5. David Beckham (Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2003) – £24million

Beckham performed well in his four seasons at Bernabeu alongside football superstars Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and the Brazilian Ronaldo.

However, he won just one LaLiga title in a four-year trophy drought for the club.

Beckham was hugely popular with Real Madrid fans, though, and received a memorable ovation before joining LA Galaxy in 2007.

David Beckham was a hit in Madrid

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David Beckham was a hit in Madrid

4. Kyle Walker (Tottenham to Manchester City in 2017) – £53million

It has been non-stop winning for Walker since leaving Spurs for City.

He has bagged two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cups and an FA Cup in his short time at the Etihad so far.

City signed Danilo from Real Madrid in the same window as Walker, but the England defender has made the right-back position his own.

He is a firm starter under Guardiola and signed a new deal recently. City are, though, interested in Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo.

Kyle Walker is a consistent performer for Manchester City

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Kyle Walker is a consistent performer for Manchester City

3. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015) – £49million

Guardiola has transformed the young Englishman into one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

The England ace has added more goals and assists to his game since Guardiola arrived in 2016.

After leaving Liverpool in controversial style in 2015, Sterling has been able to change the pubic’s perception about him with his charity work and defiant stance against racism.

With Guardiola spoilt for choice with attacking options and his habit to rotate his frontline, Sterling is hardly ever rested.

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final in May

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Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final in May

2. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds to Manchester United in 2002) – £30million

Ferdinand will go down as one of the greatest defenders in Premier League history.

He played pivotal roles in United’s six Premier League title triumphs during his 12-year spell at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand, who works as a TV pundit for BT Sport, is still highly thought of at the club and has been linked with the vacant director of football role.

The former England defender made 453 appearances for the Red Devils

Rio Ferdinand was part of Manchester United’s last Premier League title win in 2013

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Rio Ferdinand was part of Manchester United’s last Premier League title win in 2013

1. Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United in 2004) – £27million

Rooney fully justified Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to have Manchester United spend £27million on an 18-year-old Evertonian.

The 33-year-old is United’s all-time leading scorer with 253 goals.

During his 13 years at Old Trafford, Rooney won every major honour, including five Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League.

Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United legend

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Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United legend
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