Euro 2020: Most Valuable XI

A look at the costliest possible side that can be assembled from the stars currently competing at the Euro 2020 tournament.

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The ongoing Euro tournament is one of the most prestigious trophies in a player’s career. With so many ridiculous skills and brilliant goals (special mention: Patrick Schick’s golazo) on display, we tend to use superlatives such as priceless and invaluable quite freely; but what is the maximum value that a lineup of eleven players could fetch in today’s market? Transfermarkt takes a look:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois

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Thibaut Courtois.

Valued at €60m, the Los Blancos goalkeeper is one of the three Belgians in the lineup. He has been a rock between the posts for Real Madrid this season, doing his market value a big favour. He would be looking to make up for a trophy-less club season with international success this summer.

Defenders: Matthjis de Ligt, Ruben Dias and Raphael Varane

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Matthjis de Ligt (l), Ruben Dias (c) and Raphael Varane.

de Ligt commands a similar price owing to his young age and immense potential, and the Dutch centre-back has been among the best in business since nineteen years of age.

A stellar debut season for Manchester City saw Ruben Dias’ market value shoot up to €75m, also winning two trophies and multiple individual honours.

Alongside them is €70m rated Raphael Varane, who has been as dependable as ever for Real Madrid and Les Bleus. Manchester United and PSG are reported to be interested in signing the central defender, who is entering the prime of his career.

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong, Joshua Kimmich and Kevin de Bruyne.

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Frenkie de Jong (l), Joshua Kimmich (c) and Kevin de Bruyne.

Frenkie de Jong was one of the vital cogs of the 2018/19 Ajax side that reached the Champions League semifinals, and his stock has increased to €90m following a strong showing with FC Barcelona this season.

Kimmich has been dubbed the second coming of Phillip Lahm, and has been nothing short of phenomenal for both club and country after his switch from right-back to defensive midfield; justifying his €90m valuation.

Kevin de Bruyne has been considered the best midfielder in business for a few seasons now, and this was well showcased this season as he won his second PFA Player of the Year award in a row; despite being injured for a number of matches. He is the costliest midfielder yet, ramping up €100m in valuation.

Wingers: Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe

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Kylian Mbappe (l) and Jadon Sancho.

Next we have two of the hottest properties in world football in English wonderkid Jadon Sancho and French sensation Kylian Mbappe. Sancho has long been a target of English giants Manchester United, and he has only added to his case in the past few seasons. Boasting of both flair and efficiency in abundance, the winger already carries a €100m price tag at twenty-one years of age.

Kylian Mbappe has long outgrown his ‘best youngster in the world’ tag, and is now considered one of the finest footballers on the planet. At just twenty-two, Mbappe already has a World Cup and a Champions League final appearance to his name. His valuation of €160m shows just how much is expected of the player, with his physical peak not due for another five to six years.

Forwards: Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku

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Harry Kane (l) and Romelu Lukaku.

Finally, we come to two of the hottest properties in the striker market right now. Harry Kane, who was both top scorer and top assist provider in the recently-concluded Premier League, could cap off a remarkable individual season by going all the way and winning the Euro 2020 with England. Having reportedly handed in a transfer request, any club looking to sign him would have to shell out a minimum of €120m for his services; according to Transfermarkt. Manchester City are among the clubs that could sign him, as are Manchester United and local rivals Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku spearheaded the Inter Milan attack with twenty-four goals and eleven assists as the Nerazzurri won their first Serie A title in a decade. As Inter look to balance their accounts by selling off a few stars, Lukaku could be a target of many top clubs this summer. Transfermarkt values him at €100m, and at twenty-eight years old he still has many seasons left in him.

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