- 7 Dec 2023
Caicedo, Enzo and the 10 most expensive centre midfielders of all time
Moises Caicedo is now the most expensive centre midfielder of all time following his €134 million move to Chelsea from Brighton in August 2023.
Chelsea had already broken the British transfer record on January Deadline Day in 2023, snapping up Enzo Fernandez, who had helped lead his country to World Cup glory a month earlier, from Benfica for €121m, and they did so again with the signing of Caicedo.
The Frenchman originally left Old Trafford to join the Italian giants on a free transfer in 2012, and re-signed for the Red Devils for €105m after four successful years in Turin.
Following six years back at Man Utd, Pogba once again left the club to join Juventus on a Bosman transfer in 2022.
Frenkie de Jong is the fourth most expensive centre midfielder in history; he cost Barcelona €86m when he joined from Ajax in 2019. The Blaugrana splashed the cash on the Dutchman after his pivotal role in Ajax’s run to the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals.
The fifth most expensive centre midfielder of all time is Aurelien Tchouameni after his €80m transfer to Real Madrid in the 2022 summer window. The France international joined Los Blancos from AS Monaco after spending two-and-a-half years in the French principality.
In sixth place in the standings is another Real Madrid signing - Zinedine Zidane’s move from Juventus in 2001. The French legend was one of the first Galacticos to join Real Madrid in the early noughties, signing for €77.5m.
Next up is Arthur Melo, who was involved in a swap deal with Miralem Pjanic in 2020. The Brazilian left Barcelona to join Juventus for €76m, while Pjanic moved the other way for €60m.
The eighth most expensive centre midfielder of all time is Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne. He joined Manchester City from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for €76m in 2015 after impressing in Germany after a disappointing spell at Chelsea.
He is followed by James Rodriguez, who is ninth in the list of the most expensive centre midfielders of all time. The 2014 World Cup hero earned a move from AS Monaco to Real Madrid following his breakout international tournament. The Colombian cost Los Blancos €75m.
The 10 most expensive centre midfielders of all time
|Moises Caicedo||Brighton to Chelsea||€134m||2023-24|
|Enzo Fernandez||Benfica to Chelsea||€121m||2022-23|
|Paul Pogba||Juventus to Manchester United||€105m||2016-17|
|Frenkie de Jong||Ajax to Barcelona||€86m||2019-20|
|Aurelien Tchouameni||Monaco to Real Madrid||€80m||2022-23|
|Zinedine Zidane||Juventus to Real Madrid||€77.5m||2001-02|
|Arthur Melo||Barcelona to Juventus||€76m||2020-21|
|Kevin de Bruyne||Wolfsburg to Manchester City||€76m||2015-16|
|James Rodriguez||Monaco to Real Madrid||€75m||2014-15|
|Thomas Lemar||Monaco to Atletico Madrid||€72m||2018-19|