The 10 most expensive French players in history

Find the ranking of the 10 most expensive French players in history.

Officially transferred from AS Monaco to Real Madrid for the tidy sum of 100 million euros, Aurélien Tchouameni is now part of the very closed circle of the most expensive French players in history. Here are the Top 10 according to estimates Transfemarkt (bonus included):

1 – Kylian Mbappé – Monaco to PSG (2017) – €180m

like a meteorite, Kylian Mbappe made a sensational entry into the professional world under the colors of AS Monaco. Coveted by Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2016-2017 season, he will end up choosing the residents of the Parc des Princes, where he recently extended his lease until June 2025.

2 – Ousmane Dembélé – Dortmund to Barcelona (2017) – €140m

As a result of Neymar’s unexpected and spectacular departure from PSG in 2017 for the record sum of 222 million euros, FC Barcelona had to find a replacement for the Brazilian in express. The Blaugranas then chose to bet on Ousmane Dembélé and put the package to crack Borussia Dortmund.

3 – Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid to Barcelona (2019) – €120m

Despite his about-face in 2018, Antoine Griezmann finally joined FC Barcelona a year later. A transfer to 120 million euros which has further weighed down the finances of Barça. Especially since the Mâconnais has never managed to meet the expectations placed on him.

4 – Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United (2016) – €105m

After having literally exploded on the side of Turin, Paul Pogba made his big comeback to Manchester United in the summer of 2016. A transfer which propelled the former Le Havre to the rank of the most expensive player on the planet. A throne that he kept for a little over a year.

5 – Aurélien Tchouameni – Monaco to Real Madrid (2022) – €100 million

Bought by Monaco for 18 million euros from the Girondins, Aurélien Tchouaméni has become in two years an essential pawn of the Principality club, but also of the France team. On the shelves of the biggest European stables, the 23-year-old midfielder opted for the White House.

6 – Lucas Hernandez – Atlético Madrid to Bayern (2019) – €80 million

Not accustomed to splurging on the transfer market, Bayern Munich did not hesitate to exercise the purchase option of 80 million euros included in the contract of Lucas Hernandez in the summer of 2019. The native of Marseille remains to this day the most expensive French defender in history.

7 – Anthony Martial – Monaco to Manchester United (2015) – €80 million

On the last day of the 2015 summer transfer window, Anthony Martial signed for four seasons (plus an optional year) with Manchester United. An operation that will bring in no less than 50 million euros (plus 30 million bonuses) to AS Monaco.

8 – Zinedine Zidane – Juventus to Real (2001) – €77.5 million

Eager to build a “galactic” team made up of stars in the early 2000s, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez brought in Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for 77.5 million euros. “Zizou” then becomes the most expensive transfer in history.

9 – Thomas Lemar – Monaco to Atlético Madrid (2018) – €72 million

Among the strong men of the Monegasque squad, champion of France in 2017, Thomas Lemar was retained by his management for an additional season, before being sold the following summer to Atlético Madrid, which was ready to put 72 million euros on the table.

10 – Tanguy Ndombélé – OL to Tottenham (2019) – €60m

After two good seasons on the Lyon side, Tanguy Ndombélé saw his market value skyrocket. A boon for the finances of OL, who accepted the offer of 60 million euros from Tottenham during the summer transfer window 2019.

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