=10) Mehdi Benatia (Moroccan) – £21 Million
Transfer (2014): Roma to Bayern Munich
Roma paid €13.5-million to sign Benatia from Udinese in the summer of 2013. After a year starring in defence for Roma Benatia was subject to the interest of some of Europe’s biggest names including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Bayern eventually won the battle for the Moroccan international, paying Roma €26-million (£21m) for Benatia.
He was vital at the heart of the Bayern defence as they defended their Bundesliga title and currently earns €4-million a year having signed a five year contract last summer. The Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia joined Bayern Munich from Roma on a five-year deal and was signed by Pep Guardiola. Benatia also plays for the Morocco national team.
=7) Yaya Touré (Ivorian) – £24 Million
Transfer (2010): Barcelona to Manchester City
Toure has played in a number of European leagues throughout his career, however he first came to prominence playing in France with AS Monaco. His performances there attracted the interest of Barcelona, who signed him from the Ligue 1 club for €10-million in 2007. During his time at the Catalan club he won seven trophies, with six being claimed during 2009. Toure lost his place in the Barcelona first team following Pep Guardiola as manager, resulting in the announcement he would leave the club at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
Manchester City won the fight to sign Toure following his departure from the Camp Nou and he has been integral to the 2012 and 2014 Premier League champions since. The Ivorian international currently earns more than £200,000 a week, however following a disappointing season with Manchester City he has been linked with a move away from the club to Internazionale where his former City manager, Roberto Mancini, currently works.