The 10 Netherlands footballers with the highest price tag

Robin Bairner
Memphis Depay at his Barcelona unveiling, July 2022

It’s been a difficult few years for football in the Netherlands, despite the emergence of some top players like Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and most recently Donyell Malen.

Ajax have flirted with European success in both the Europa and Champions League, but the strong performances that fans have grown accustomed to from the national team have simply not been there.

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The Netherlands failed to qualify for World Cup 2018 then at Euro 2020 they crashed out in the last 16 against a Czech Republic team that they were favoured to beat.

Louis van Gaal is now back in charge of Oranje, but who will be his aces?

Here we study the Netherlands’ 10 most valuable players, according to FootballTransfers’ algorithm, most of whom are liable to play a major role in Van Gaal’s rebuild.

Van Dijk beaten into third

Unsurprisingly, it is one of the Netherlands’ brightest young talents who leads the way in terms of valuation.

Frenkie de Jong is reckoned to hold a market value of €90.1 million – making the Barcelona star one of the most expensive players in the entire world. Given that he is reckoned by some critics to have been the standout central midfield player anywhere thus far in 2021, that would appear a fair reflection.

De Ligt was a team-mate of De Jong as Ajax reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2018 and like the Barca star has moved on. Now at Juventus, his reputation is growing again after a slow start and he is worth €76.7m.

Frenkie de JongBarcelona€90.1m
Matthijs de LigtJuventus€76.7m
Virgil van DijkLiverpool€61.6m
Stefan de VrijInter€47.8m
Memphis DepayBarcelona€40.5m
Donny van de BeekMan Utd€40.4m
Gini WijnaldumPSG€36.8m
Marten de RoonAtalanta€34.6m
Ryan GravenberchAjax€33.5m
Wout WeghorstWolfsburg€32.5m

There is a wealth of central defensive quality with the Netherlands as Virgil van Dijk comes in at €61.6m, despite a season in which he was ruled out because of serious injury, while Stefan de Vrij is next at €47.8m.

Depay rounds out the top five at €40.5m.

Completing the top 10 are Manchester United’s Van de Beek, who has not imposed himself as he would have wished at Old Trafford, but also Gini Wijnaldum and Marten de Roon of PSG and Atalanta respectively. Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch and striker Wout Weghorst of Wolfsburg are the final two names to make the list.