Transfer Records: Predicting the Next Footballers to Smash Highest Ever Fees Position by Position

?Transfer fees will always be a go-to topic for football fans everywhere.

Records have always been broken and eyebrows have always been raised regarding the extraordinary numbers that are thrown around when it comes to high-profile transfers.

However, now that we all live in the post-Neymar to PSG for over £200m era, price tags for world class talents seem to be more outrageous and eye-popping with each summer that passes by.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided to have a look who we think will be the next big players to break the world record for their particular position.


Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak

Jan Oblak

Current Record: Kepa Arrizabalaga – Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea (£71.6m)

Arguably the most reliable and consistent goalkeeper in world football right now, Atletico Madrid shot stopper Jan Oblak has long been a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The big Slovenian conceded just 27 goals in 37 La Liga appearances last season, and has been part of one of the meanest defences in recent memory for nearly six years.

However, with Atletico beginning to lose some of their star players such as Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann, the 26-year-old may be starting to think that he has reached his limit at the Wanda Metropolitano, amid rumoured interest from the likes of Manchester United, who would have to put up more than £100m for Oblak’s services.

Other candidates include Gianluigi Donnarumma and David de Gea, however Donnarumma of Milan is not the finished article as of yet, and De Gea, who only has a year left on his contract, has seen his value drop since his dip in form at the end of last season.

Honourable Mentions: Gianluigi Donnarumma, David de Gea.


Full Back: Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich

Current Record: Lucas Hernandez – Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich (£67m)

It may be a good while before the recent record broken by the 23-year-old World Cup winning Hernandez’s record is broken.

However, there will surely come a time where world class right-back Joshua Kimmich gets bored of winning the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich year after year and not compete for the Champions League.

The 24-year-old clearly loves the club, and they clearly love him as he is an elite footballer, so getting him out of the Allianz Arena will not be cheap, but Barcelona have been reportedly looking into bringing him to the Nou Camp.

Other full backs such as Juventus’ Joao Cancelo and Ben Chilwell of Leicester City have also been linked with big moved this summer, but they wouldn’t command the fee that the German would.

Honourable Mentions: Joao Cancelo, Ben Chilwell.


Centre Back: Harry Maguire

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Current Record: Virgil van Dijk – Southampton to Liverpool (£75m)

Harry Maguire is a superb defender who has never failed to impress when given the chance. 

He had an outstanding World Cup last summer, and followed that up with an excellent season for Leicester City. He is calm on the ball, a rock at the back, and even contributes a good rate of goals.

Now, whether he is worth the reported £80m that Manchester City are prepared to pay for a 26-year-old defender who isn’t the quickest is a different question all together, and it does seem a bit mad that he may have a higher price tag than Van Dijk.

But the ‘English premium’ means he probably will…

Honourable Mentions: Matthijs de Ligt, Kalidou Koulibaly.


Central Midfielder: Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez

Current Record: Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United (£89m)

Another member of Diego Simeone’s side who have been heavily linked with a big move away from the club, Saul Niguez is already one of the world’s best midfielders at the age of 24.

Though not the most prolific, his all round ability in the centre of the park make him a clear standout for his club and for Spain, but Atletico will not let him leave cheaply, as his contract doesn’t expire until 2026.

Pep Guardiola is reportedly extremely keen to bring Saul to Manchester City as a long term replacement for David Silva, and would be far more valuable and useful in that role as oppose to other elite central midfielders such as Lazio’s Milinkovic-Savic and Atletico teammate Rodri.

Current record holder Pogba doesn’t seem shy in letting people know that he would like to leave Manchester United this summer, but his value has dropped since that huge move in 2016.

Honourable Mentions: Paul Pogba, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.


Attacking Midfielder/Winger: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Current Record: Neymar – Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (£200m)

Yes, this one is a bit of a stretch and almost impossible to predict, but we’ve given it a go anyway.

It will probably be a while before there is another £200m transfer, but Sterling, in a team full of superstars at the Etihad, stood out as the best player in that squad, and was often the first name on the team sheet for Guardiola, eventually winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Sterling speaks well about important issues, is an exceptional player, and is only 24 years old, which makes him an incredible asset. 

However, Guardiola, who is very much Sterling’s mentor, doesn’t exactly stick around long at clubs, and City may be caught up with when he leaves.

If they’re not on top dominating Europe, the Englishman may eventually receive an offer from the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid and become a global superstar.

Honourable Mentions: Neymar, Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz.


Forward: Kylian Mbappe?

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Current Record: Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain (£166m)

If anyone is going to beat Mbappe’s record of most expensive striker in the world which was set two years ago, it’s Mbappe himself.

During his time in Paris, he has won two Ligue 1 titles, a player of the year award, scored in the World Cup final which his France side won, and won the World Cup best young player award.

Oh, and he’s only 20. 

He bagged 33 goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances, and there is no doubt that he is a special player, but all is not well at PSG.

Mbappe will justifiably want the team built around him, but Neymar surely won’t let that happen, and the talk that Real Madrid want the Parisian at the Bernabeu won’t go away.

It will take something remarkable for PSG’s Qatari owners to sell him, but once Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo leave the stage, we will all be living in Mbappe’s world.

Honourable Mentions: Harry Kane, Joao Felix.


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Bayern Munich Still Want Callum Hudson-Odoi But Won’t Pay Big This Summer

?Bayern Munich are still interested in bringing Callum Hudson-Odoi to Germany but are said to be unwilling to pay more than £20m for the winger this summer.

Back in January, 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi was heavily linked with a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern and even handed in a transfer request after the Bavarians made a £35m bid to sign him.

His request was denied and, after struggling for game time in the first half of the season, he finally broke into Chelsea’s first team and put in a number of good performances before picking up a season-ending injury in April.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

According to German publication Bild (as relayed by ?The Sun) Bayern are still keen on signing Hudson-Odoi in spite of the fact that he will remain sidelined for months into next season due to injury.

The report adds that as the England international only has a year left to run on his current Blues contract, Bayern are only willing to make an offer of approximately £20m.

It was recently reported that Hudson-Odoi wants assurances that he will get regular playing time before he commits to signing a new contract. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Following Maurizio Sarri’s departure to ?Juventus, former Blues midfielder and current Derby boss Frank Lampard is ?expected to be announced as Chelsea’s new manager in the coming days.

The Sun claim that the club have faith in Lampard to persuade Hudson-Odoi to reject Bayern’s advances and stay with the Europa League winners.

Another possible key figure in the 20-year-old’s future is Lampard’s assistant manager at Derby, former Blues midfielder Jody Morris. Morris managed Hudson-Odoi whilst he was in charge of Chelsea’s academy from 2014 to 2018.

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Hudson-Odoi’s strong form in the second half of the season led to him being called up by Gareth Southgate to England’s senior team in March 2019.

He made his debut in a 5-0 win over Czech Republic at Wembley before making his first start in a 5-1 away victory over Montenegro, where he delivered an assist for Blues team-mate ?Ross Barkley.

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Liverpool to Battle Bayern Munich & Ajax for Dutch Wonderkid Sepp van den Berg

?Liverpool are set to compete with Bayern Munich and Ajax for the signature of 17-year-old PEC Zwolle defender Sepp van den Berg.

The centre-back is seen as one of the Eredivisie’s brightest young talents, after establishing himself as a regular part of PEC Zwolle’s side over the last few seasons.

According to Goal, his development has caught the eye of both ?Liverpool and ?Bayern Munich, and the two sides will now battle Ajax in the race for his signature.

He already has 22 senior appearances to his name, 15 of which have come as a starter in the Eredivisie. Zwolle rate him incredibly highly, so much so that they rejected a £2.25m bid from ?Serie A side Sampdoria in January.

Head of recruitment Dave Fallows and chief scout Barry Hunter have worked tirelessly to identify promising young talent, and they see Van den Berg as yet another wonderkid who could soon be part of the club’s senior side.

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Having tasted success in their pursuit of Ki-Jana Hoever last summer, who made his first-team debut during the season after starring for Liverpool’s youth sides, the Reds want to continue bolstering their ranks. 

Van den Berg’s brother, Rav, has been linked to Liverpool in the past, although it appears that Sepp has moved into their sights.

His contract with Zwolle is set to expire next summer, and it is thought that the Eredivisie side would be prepared to cash in on him this summer as they are aware that he will likely opt to leave the club for free at the end of the season anyway.

Should he join Liverpool, Van den Berg would spend his time with the club’s Under-18 and Under-23 sides but, like Hoever, he could be fast-tracked to the senior side if he continues to develop as expected.

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FIFA 20: Every Bayern Munich Player’s Predicted Ultimate Team Rating

A new season is already on the horizon and with that comes the much-anticipated release of FIFA 20 and hours of fun.

With Bayern having already wrapped up some transfer dealings, their squad is pretty much set for next season and hence we can make some very early predictions for Die Roten’s FIFA ratings for the 2019/20 campaign.

Given how the players have performed recently and their in-game mid-season ratings refresh, here’s how they could be rated later this year.


Christian Früchtl

Christian Fruchtl

Position: Goalkeeper

FIFA 19 Rating: 63

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 65

The highly-rated keeper did not play for the first team, despite an injury to Manuel Neuer last season, but 12 clean sheets in 23 appearances for the youth team is impressive.

His potential and good performances for the youth team could bump his rating up to 65.


Jann-Fiete Arp

Jann-Fiete Arp

Position: Striker

FIFA 19 Rating: 69

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 67

?Bayern announced the signing of the 19-year-old last year and he will link up with the team for the upcoming season. He is seen as a future number nine for the Germany national team but had a horrible campaign in the youth set-up at Hamburg.

Five goals in 23 appearances is not a goal return the Bavarians would have expected when they signed him, hence a downgrade for the young striker.


Alphonso Davies

Alphonso Davies

Position: Winger

FIFA 19 Rating: 72

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 73

As expected, the Canadian winger has had a difficult transition from ?Major League Soccer to the ?Bundesliga. He managed to grab a goal in his 74 minutes of Bundesliga game time and will be eager for more opportunities next season.

The good wing play and attacking threat he showed could improve his rating by one.


Renato Sanches

Renato Sanches

Position: Midfielder

FIFA 19 Rating: 75

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 75

Renato Sanches once again had a difficult season, with manager Niko Kovac only starting him in four league games. His well-taken goal against Frankfurt in the last match of the season shows the potential he has but he has not had the opportunity to prove himself.

Hence, his rating should stay the same.


Sven Ulreich

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Position: Goalkeeper

FIFA 19 Rating: 80

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 79

Ulreich had plenty of opportunities to prove his worth, like he did last year, but failed to impress as he conceded nine goals in nine appearances – a tally not up to Bayern’s standards.

With his negative performances affecting his stock and age also being a factor, Ulreich’s rating may go down.


Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Pavard

Position: Centre Back/Right Back

FIFA 19 Rating: 80

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 81

After a breakout World Cup, Bayern swooped in to secure the Frenchman for the 2019/20 season. He put in sturdy performances throughout the campaign just past but could not prevent Stuttgart getting relegated.

A good season after his summer in 2018 should ensure the World Cup winner gets a small rating boost.


Corentin Tolisso

Corentin Tolisso

Position: Midfielder

FIFA 19 Rating: 83

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 83

Another French World Cup winner, Tolisso played the first two games in the Bundesliga before he suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament rupture very early in the campaign. 

With barely any football played this season, it is unfair to judge him and therefore his rating should stay the same.


Jérôme Boateng

Jerome Boateng

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 Rating: 85

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 83

A very disappointing season from a player who was seen as one of the best in his position just a few years ago. After a series of mistakes, he was relegated to the bench for the second half of the season and was forced to retire from the national team by Joachim Löw.

His reputation has taken a massive hit and his new FIFA rating will as well.


Lucas Hernández

Lucas Hernandez

Position: Centre Back/Left Back

FIFA 19 Rating: 83

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 84

Bayern triggered the £72m buy-out clause in Lucas’ contract in March to secure him from ?Atlético Madrid for the upcoming season after he also won the World Cup with France.

He enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign but suffered a knee injury in December and had to have surgery which ended his season but his performances prior meant he got a winter upgrade, going up to 84 from 83. Having not played after the upgrade, his rating for FIFA 20 may remain at 84.


Kingsley Coman

Kingsley Coman

Position: Winger

FIFA 19 Rating: 83

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 84

Having virtually missed the first half of the season due to injury, Coman came back and produced some wonderful displays full of dribbling and creativity. 

Contributing to 17 goals in 2018/19 season, it was his most productive campaign to date and he has become a mainstay to Der FCB. A small upgrade is the least he deserves.


Javi Martínez

Javi Martinez

Position: Defensive Midfielder/Centre Back

FIFA 19 Rating: 84

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 84

Bayern struggled in the first half of the season but the introduction of Martínez back to the side gave them some much-needed balance in midfield and propelled them to the league and cup double. 

The 30-year-old’s man of the match performance in the Champions League against Liverpool in the first leg highlighted his reliability and quality and he deserves to keep the same rating.


Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry

Position: Winger

FIFA 19 Rating: 82

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 84

Voted by the fans as Bayern’s player of the season, the former Arsenal winger has been the surprise of the year. 

Contributing to 22 goals this season in all competitions, Gnabry’s performances in the Bundesliga earned him a place in the league’s team of the year. As he proved to be one of the best wide men in the league, an upgrade to 84 is well deserved.


Leon Goretzka

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Position: Midfielder

FIFA 19 Rating: 83

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 85

Another member of the team of the season was Leon Goretzka. Signed from ?Schalke for free last summer, Goretzka has impressed in midfield, adding goals and assists to his game. 13 goal contributions from the base of midfield is very impressive and he has fit in well at his new club. 

His strong displays from midfield throughout the season resulted in six different cards in FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team and his rating for FIFA 20 will undoubtedly increase.


David Alaba

David Alaba

Position: Left Back

FIFA 19 Rating: 85

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 85

It was another solid campaign for the Austrian, contributing to ten goals from left back, but he didn’t reach the heights that he previously showed in the treble-winning campaign.

Not better or worse than the previous season, so his rating may remain the same.


Thomas Müller

Manuel Neuer

Position: Attacking Midfielder/Striker

FIFA 19 Rating: 86

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 86

Despite being forced to retire from Germany like Boateng, Müller quietly had a decent season. He is no longer the goalscorer or player he once was but he has been integral on and off the field. Therefore, his rating remains the same as last year.


Niklas Süle

Niklas Sule

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 Rating: 84

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 86

Süle has proved this season that he is Bayern’s best centre back and one of the best young defenders around, highlighted by his inclusion in the Bundesliga team of the year. 

His dominant aerial ability and great pace make him a top modern centre back and is fully deserving of a FIFA upgrade.


Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich

Position: Right Back/Midfielder

FIFA 19 Rating: 85

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 87

Kimmich proved this season that he is one of the best defenders in the world and incredibly only missed one game, due to suspension in the Champions League. An incredible 19 assists in all competitions from right back shows the ability the German has.

Having already received a winter upgrade up to 86, Kimmich is fully deserving of an 87 card later this year, should he be awarded one.


Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer

Position: Goalkeeper

FIFA 19 Rating: 90

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 88

The captain had a very poor campaign and many believe Marc Andre ter Stegen will overtake him as Germany’s first choice soon due to his below average performances. Conceding 23 goals in 26 appearances in the best team in the league is embarrassing, especially for a keeper who was regarded as the best of his generation.

A heavy downgrade is incoming for the German shot-stopper.


Thiago Alcântara

Thiago Alcantara

Position: Midfielder

FIFA 19 Rating: 86

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 88

The Spanish midfield metronome has been a crucial cog in this Bayern side and has once again shown his brilliant technical ability. He has proven to everyone that he is one of the best midfielders on the planet and without his masterful control in the middle, Bayern would not have won the league and cup.

Another team of the year member, Thiago received a winter upgrade on his card but he deserves to move up to an 88 rating.


Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski

Position: Striker

FIFA 19 Rating: 90

Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 91

The Pole picked up Die Torjägerkanone, the award for top goalscorer, once again proving he is one of the best players in the world. 53 goal contributions in 47 games is incredible and the 30-year-old is an indispensable member of the squad. 

One of the most complete strikers in the game, Lewandowski’s performances propelled Bayern to success this year and inevitably meant he was also included in the team of the year.

An upgrade is the least he deserves and he may be the only player in the Bayern squad to achieve a rating higher than 90.

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Bayern Loan Players: How They Got on Away From the Allianz Arena During the 2018/19 Season

Bayern Munich, surprisingly, only sent one first-team player out on loan during the 2018/19 season.

A couple of reserve players from Bayern Munich II were given a chance elsewhere but did they all do enough to impress in the 2018/19 campaign away from the Allianz Arena? Let’s take a look.


Franck Evina

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Nicknamed ‘the Bavarian Hulk’ Bayern Munich II player Evina was shipped out on loan in January 2019 after a first half of the season in the Regionalliga Bayern, the fourth division in Germany, contributing to four goals in 16 appearances from left wing.

The Cameroonian forward then moved to Holstein Kiel in January, a team in the 2. Bundesliga, but failed to make a huge impact due to limited gametime.

Able to play on either wing or up front, Evina has had a great youth career, especially for the Under-17 side, contributing to 41 goals in 48 games. 

He has also impressed some of the first team starts as former ?Bayern defender Mats Hummels stated that Evina “can play an important role in the coming years”. Therefore, despite the poor loan spells last season, Bayern will most likely keep the player with the hope that this season was merely a blip.

Rating: 3/10


Marco Friedl

Marco Friedl,Bastian Oczipka

The only player from the first team to be sent out on loan, Friedl was given a chance to play regular ?Bundesliga football at Werder Bremen.

Despite only making nine appearances for the club, the left-back was able to display his versatility, putting in assured performances in centre back and right-back even contributing to an assist in the crucial quarter-final win against ?Schalke in the DFB Pokal.

Die Roten confirmed the arrival of Lucas Hernandez from ?Atlético Madrid in March meaning that the left-back slot at Bayern is filled. With that and his performances at Die Werderaner, Bayern decided to sell him to Werder for £3.15m this summer- a deal that suits all parties. 

Rating: 6/10


Adrian Fein

Adrian Fein,Marvin Mehlem

20-year-old midfielder Adrian Fein joined 2. Bundesliga outfit Jahn Regensburg in August 2018, just two months after signing his first professional contract with Bayern. He started the season with Bayern’s reserve squad contributing to three goals in six appearances from central midfield, then joined up with Regensburg for the rest of the campaign.

Unlike the other Bayern loanees, Fein was given ample opportunity to showcase his abilities as he is the only player from the loanees to play more than 1000 minutes. In those minutes, Fein was able to demonstrate his ability to dictate play alongside his physical presence. Deployed as a more defensive midfielder, Fein was able to contribute to two goals in 21 appearances for Regensburg.

Despite a great loan spell, Bayern are heavily stacked in midfield and there would be no opportunity for him to break into first team. Therefore, the Bavarians decided to send him on loan again for the upcoming season to Hamburger SV.

Rating: 7/10


Timothy Tillman

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Once regarded as Bayern’s best prospect, Timothy Tillman has failed to really improve since his stint with the Under-17 side. Der FCB sent the attacker out on loan to fellow Bundesliga club, and regional rivals, to Nuremberg to kick start his career again in the summer of 2018.

The loan spell did anything but kickstart the 20-year-old’s career, as he found minutes hard to come by. He only started two games, and for most of the season, he was not able to make the squad of a team that finished bottom of the league.

For both the reserves and first team, Tillman was not able to directly contribute to any goals during his time in the north of Bavaria. 

With Bayern wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry leaving, space has opened up for Tillman to secure a place in the first team. However, the lack of quality he showed throughout his time in Nuremberg will likely result in another loan or time in the reserves.  

Rating: 1/10

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