MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates when Romelu Lukaku (not pictured) scores their sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Paying the Big Bucks: Picking the Premier League's Most Expensive XI Following the January Window

This is all getting a bit silly now, isn't it?!


In the recent January transfer window alone, three of the eleven most expensive players currently in the Premier League were signed, whilst five of them were signed in the previous summer; transfer fees are becoming astronomical and modern football is beginning to have no boundaries when buying players. 


Clubs from England's top flight alone shelled out £446.2m alone on new players in the winter transfer window, just under double the £225m spent in 2011 - the second highest January transfer total - which, if anything, suggests that the money in the game at the moment is at an unprecedented high. 


With that in mind, here's the most expensive XI currently plying their trade in the Premier League...

1. Ederson - £34.9m

Now the most expensive goalkeeper in Premier League history, Ederson joined up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in the summer of 2017 having previously played his football in Portugal with Benfica. 


The Brazilian has bought an assured presence with him from the Estádio da Luz to the Etihad, and has been the perfect example of the sweeper keeper that Guardiola has longed for ever since arriving in Manchester. 


What has surprised the majority about Ederson's style of play, however, is his braveness. 


The 24-year-old has put his body on the line on numerous occasions so far in his debut season in England, most notably when Sadio Mane's boot left stud marks in the keeper's face earlier in the season, and at the moment, Ederson looks worth every penny of that record fee. 

2. Kyle Walker - £50m

The former Tottenham man became the most expensive defender of all time when Manchester City parted with £53m to prise the full back away from Tottenham, only to have that record snatched away from him by Virgil van Dijk this winter, although Walker has had an excellent start to life at the Etihad under Pep Guardiola. 


The 27-year-old has recorded five assists so far in the sky blue of City, the second highest total for a defender in the league, whilst his explosive pace on the overlap has created an abundance of space for his teammates to cut through the opposition. 

3. Virgil van Dijk - £75m

Liverpool smashed the transfer record for a defender by a good £22m this January, when they finally succumbed to the stubbornness of Southampton and shelled out a stunning £75m to lure the Dutchman from St Mary's, ending one of the summer's biggest transfer sagas in the process. 


The former Celtic man has had a mixed start to life at Anfield, scoring the winner against Everton on his debut before going on to lose games against Swansea and West Brom before being dropped for the trip to Huddersfield in favour of Dejan Lovren. 

4. Aymeric Laporte - £57.2m

Pep Guardiola smashed City's transfer record once again when he recruited Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao this winter in a £57.2m deal.


Whilst it is too soon to say whether the young Frenchman will be a success, the Citizens are definitely getting one of the most promising young defenders in world football - and one who could partner John Stones at the heart of their defence for the next decade. 


With the luxury of having Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany to choose from, City didn't necessarily need Laporte for the present, but acquiring him now is a shrewd move in order to let the 23-year-old settle in his new surroundings. 

5. Benjamin Mendy - £52m

Disappointingly, Benjamin Mendy made just five appearances for the Citizens before an injury at home to Crystal Palace ruled him out for the remainder of the season, but the general consensus before that unfortunate incident was that the 23-year-old was one of the best left backs in world football. 


Mendy arrived at the Etihad from Monaco in a £52m deal having just won the Ligue 1 title at the French club, where his rampant performances down the left flank coupled with his exquisite crossing ability won him many admirers. 


The best is definitely yet to come from the French international...

6. Kevin De Bruyne - £55m

City (yes, City again) swooped to sign the Belgian maestro from Wolfsburg for a then club record fee of £55m.


Whilst it could be argued that the table toppers' spending is becoming excessive, their purchase of the former Chelsea man is looking like an absolute steal given the quality of his football so far this season. 


De Bruyne has already recorded 11 goals and 14 assists this campaign as City look to be running away with the title, but what has really caught the eye is the vision and execution of the 26-year-old's passes; he can see runs from his teammates that those sitting in the top tier of the Etihad probably didn't realised were on. 

7. Paul Pogba - £89m

Topically, Paul Pogba's transfer fee has been the main factor surrounding his return to Old Trafford as it was, at the time, a world record fee. The £89m figure still weighs heavily on his shoulders whilst seemingly coming up in conversation at the Frenchman's every move. 


Whether he is dabbing, changing his hairstyle or conjuring up new dance moves with Jesse Lingard, people only seem to mention how much he cost, and tend to ignore the fact that the 24-year-old is perhaps one of the best midfielders in world football. 


He's most certainly one of the best in the Premier League. 

8. Raheem Sterling - £49m

After turning down a new contract at Liverpool for what seemed to be a financially motivated move away, Raheem Sterling's £49m move to City was plagued by accusations of greed for the best part of his debut season at the Etihad. 


However, since the arrival of Pep Guardiola in Manchester, the former QPR man's game has reached new heights. He now finds himself in more dangerous positions to added effect in front of goal thanks to the Catalan boss' intelligent use of him. 


The 23-year-old has cut out a lot of unnecessary dribbling from his game and has instead become far more efficient, scoring 19 goals and setting up six more, becoming one of the highest scorers in Europe as a result. 

9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £55.5m

Arsenal softened the blow of losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United by smashing their transfer record to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in a £55.5m deal.


This came much to the delight of the Gunners' fanbase as well as another new recruit in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who enjoyed a fruitful partnership in Germany with the 28-year-old. 


The Gabonese forward has already hit 21 goals so far this season in Dortmund and with Mesut Ozil and the aforementioned Mkhitaryan in behind him, Arsene Wenger will be licking his lips at the thought of Aubameyang causing mayhem up top for the north Londoners. 

10. Alvaro Morata - £58m

Having got off to an excellent start in the blue of Chelsea after reuniting with former boss Antonio Conte in west London, Alvaro Morata has gone off the boil somewhat. 


The Spaniard has 12 goals for the Blues as we enter the business end of the campaign, but that figure has been smeared as a result of the frequently squandered chances in front of goal by the former Real Madrid and Juventus man, much to the amusement of opposition fans. 


The deadline day arrival of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal may be the kick up the backside that the 25-year-old needs. 

11. Romelu Lukaku - £75m

One of the biggest transfer sagas in the Premier League last summer came to a much anticipated end when Manchester United finally announced the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton in a £75m deal, beating off interest from the Belgian's former club Chelsea in the process. 


The 24-year-old currently has 17 goals so far in his debut season at Old Trafford and, despite coming under a fair amount of criticism for his hold up play and consistency against the bigger clubs, the former Anderlecht man has done well and the disapproval at his performances is very unjust. 

Total: £657.8m