The new season of Serie A has already started. The first rounds showed that the 2020/21 campaign in Italy will be very interesting. The teams delight with intriguing and productive matches with a lot of goals. In Italy, great attention is always paid to coaching confrontations, but the main characters are still the players.
Now let’s talk about those who have to make a difference or help out their team in important fights. Next – the 11 most expensive Serie A players in their positions. The player value data was taken from Transfermarkt with the latest update on August 25, 2020. By the way, the total cost of the team, which will be presented below according to the 3-4-3 scheme, is 730 million euros.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan; transfer price € 60 million)
The most the expensive goalkeeper of Serie A right now is Milan’s goal keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Rossoneri pupil is only 21 years old. Moreover, he has been playing in the first team for 5 years. Earlier Donnarumma conceded quite a lot – more than 40 goals per season. But in many cases the goalkeeper’s defense failed. Donnarumma has yet to concede in Serie A this season. And Milan looks much more confident than in previous years. It is noteworthy that the contract of the main goalkeeper of the Rossoneri is calculated until the end of the season, but the management is in no hurry to renew the agreement with him.
Stéphane de Vrey (Inter; 60 million euros)
De Vrey spends his third season with Inter. In the summer of 2018, the defender joined the Nerazzurri as a free agent from Lazio. In Milan, he immediately became a player in the starting lineup, which he remains to this day. De Vrey is effective on both sides of the pitch. For example, last season the 28-year-old Dutchman scored 3 goals and 4 assists in Serie A matches, which is not bad for a center-back. Not so long ago, Barcelona were interested in the footballer, but Inter turned down the Catalans’ offer.
Calidou Coulibaly (Napoli; € 65 million)
Coulibaly is considered one of the best center-backs in Serie A. The Senegalese is very rarely distinguished by effective actions, and last season he missed many matches due to injuries. At the same time, the transfer cost of the 29-year-old defender has risen to 65 million euros (previously it was 56 million). “Napoli” asked for Coulibaly from 70 to 80 million euros according to various information, when they were actively interested in Manchester City. As a result, the “townspeople” found themselves a new defender, and the Senegalese remained in Naples.
Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus; 75 million euros)
In July 2019, de Ligt moved from Ajax to Juventus for 85 million euros. Taking this into account, they immediately began to expect high-level performances from the guy. At first, the young center-back did not succeed in everything, but every month he got used to Italian football more and more. Who knows how de Ligt’s first year at Juventus would have been if Giorgio Chiellini had not been injured at the start of the season. But the guy had no choice but to try to show his level in every match. By the end of the last campaign, the 21-year-old Dutchman had already become one of the most important players in the Turin club.
Nicolo Zagnolo (Roma; 55 million euro)
Zaniolo is considered one of the main talents of Italy. Two years ago, Roma signed Inter’s young attacking midfielder for 4.5 million euros. Zaniolo is now valued at 55 million. But whether the player’s value will grow in the near future is a big question. Nicolo becomes very traumatic. During the year, the 21-year-old midfielder twice suffered a cruciate ligament rupture on both knees. Such serious injuries at an early age are a wake-up call, but Roma believes in their player and refuses to sell him.
Christian Eriksen (Inter; 60 million euros)
During the 2019/20 season, Eriksen received an offer from Inter, which he decided to accept. Tottenham were not eager to let go of their playmaker, but the player himself wanted a change. So far, the Dane’s business in Milan is not going well. In the second half of last season, the 28-year-old midfielder took part in 17 Serie A games, spending less than one half on the field on average. Surely, this is not what Antonio Conte and Eriksen himself were counting on. Rumors about the possible departure of the Dane have already begun to appear in the media, but the Nerazzurri mentor believes in his ward.
Sergey Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio; € 65 million)
Milinkovic-Savic is one of the leaders of Lazio, along with Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile. The three did a great job last season helping the Eagles return to the Champions League after a 13-year hiatus. Other clubs such as Juventus and PSG have begun to show interest in the 25-year-old Serb. The Parisians were ready to pay 80 million euros for a Serb. However, Lazio did not want to let the player go. The player himself also announced his desire to stay in Rome. In addition, his contract with Biancocelesti is for another 4 years.
Paulo Dybala (Juventus; € 80m)
The past season turned out to be good for Paulo. The footballer scored 10 goals and gave 11 assists in 33 Serie A. matches. Every year, Dybala is associated with a transfer to other clubs, but he himself wants to play only for Juventus. However, the 26-year-old Argentine is upset by the fact that he still has not extended his contract with the club. The current agreement of the football player with the Bianconeri is calculated until June 2022. According to rumors, Dybala is demanding a serious salary increase, and the “old lady” is in no hurry to satisfy the player’s demands. The parties have been negotiating for several months, which are very difficult.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus; 60 million euros)
Since the transition from Real Madrid to Juventus, Ronaldo has lost 40 million euros in value. But we cannot say that this somehow affects the game of the Portuguese. Last season, Cristiano scored 31 goals in 33 matches of the Italian championship, becoming the second top scorer in Serie A after Immobile. Not a bad figure for a 35-year-old forward. In the 2020/21 campaign, Ronaldo has already scored 3 goals in 2 matches and provided 1 assist. Despite his age, Cristiano remains Juventus’ top scorer right now and one of the most expensive strikers in Serie A.
Lautaro Martinez (Inter; € 70m)
Martinez spends his third season with Inter. After leaving Racing in the summer of 2018 (for 25 million euros), Lautaro made a big step forward in terms of development. Now the 23-year-old Argentinian is one of the most promising strikers. Barcelona have been chasing Martinez for several years now, but have not yet been able to get him into their ranks. “Inter” repels the attacks of the Catalan club, referring to the amount of compensation. Perhaps Lautaro doesn’t need to go anywhere yet. Under Antonio Conte’s supervision, he can move even further in terms of development and progress.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter; 85 million euros)
Lukaku was the opening of the last season of Serie A. After spending not the best period at Manchester United, the Belgian moved to Inter in the status of a “downed pilot”. At the same time, the “nerazzurri” paid 77 million euros for the player in the summer of 2019, which caused a great resonance in the press. However, in Milan, Lukaku finally found himself. In the first season, the 27-year-old Belgian scored 23 goals for Inter in Serie A and became the top scorer of the Europa League. Conte made a goal-scoring machine out of Romelu. These two are bound to have another vibrant season to finally make Inter a Scudetto contender.