An All Star XI of Players Bought for Less Than the £96m it Would Cost to Sign Monaco's Kylian Mbappe

18-year-old Kylian Mbappe is a popular boy these days. So popular in fact that it will take a reported £96m to prize him away from Monaco. Man City's tormentor is obviously a superstar in the making but is it really worth putting all your transfer eggs in one very expensive basket? Compiled from deals completed in the last year, here's a not too shabby starting XI of players that together would cost (substantially) less than one Mbappe... The Barcelona and Netherlands keeper moved from Ajax...

GK: Jasper Cillessen £11m

The Barcelona and Netherlands keeper moved from Ajax last summer for around £11m.


He boasts two Eredivisie titles in his locker alongside a third place medal from the 2014 World Cup.


He's been used as Barca's cup man this season, keeping three clean sheets in total. He's also called Jasper, which is nice.

RB: Thomas Meunier £5m

The 25-year-old Belgian right back was a steal for PSG last summer when he moved for around £5m from Club Brugge.


Meunier apparently rejected interest from England to move to the French capital, where he has thrived in Ligue 1, as one half of the title-chaser's preferred full back pairing.

LB: Raphael Guerreiro £10m

Dortmund do transfer dealings well. Very well in fact.


The French-born Portugal star joined Thomas Tuchel's yellow army for around £10m in the summer of 2016.


In 16 Bundesliga appearances, the flying left back has scored four and registered five assists.

CB: Florian Lejeune £1.5m

25-year-old Lejeune swapped the Man City bench for the Basque country last summer and has flourished in La Liga, firmly establishing himself as one of the division's most feared and coveted centre backs.


The towering defender is fantastic in the air, and is already being touted for a move back to the Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham next season. Chances are he will cost a lot more than the £1.5m fee Eibar paid Man City.

CB: Antonio Rudiger £7.5m

The son of a German father and Sierra Leonean mother, Rudiger swapped Stuttgart for Roma last summer, after coming through Dormtund's academy and is currently thriving in Luciano Spalletti's attacking side.


Rudiger, now a full Germany international, has and athletic style and has been linked with just about every big club going - most notably Chelsea and Liverpool.

CM: Idrissa Gueye £7m

No one in the Premier League has made more tackles this season than Everton's Gueye.


Occasionally described as the 'new N'Golo Kante', the Senegalese all action midfielder has actually arrived in England the same season, and is older than the Chelsea star.


While all eyes are on Romelu Lukaku's movements this summer, the Toffees will be a very different side next year if Gueye decides to move on.

CM: Victor Wanyama £11m

It's hard to believe one of the Premier League, nay the world's best midfield enforcers cost just Tottenham £11m. But he did, do he makes the team.

CM: Marcelo Brozovic £4m

One of the latest in a seemingly endless production line of Croatian midfielders.


Brozovic joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015 on loan but made his move permanent last summer for just 4.4% of the cost of one Pogba.


He has made 17 league appearances this season in a side that has recovered from a bad start to thrive under new boss Stefano Pioli.

AMR: Serge Gnabry £4m

The 21-year-old attacking starlet has had quite a year.


Gnabry has gone from Arsenal reject to fully-fledged Germany international hat-trick scorer. 


OK, the hat-trick was against San Marino but its still an impressive turnaround for a player who couldn't break into the West Brom team on loan.


The Werder Bremen man has more Bundesliga goals this season (10) than Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben and the next man on the list...

AML: Ousmane Dembele £12.5m

Dembele will square off against Mbappe in the eagerly-anticipated Champions League quarter final clash in April.


The French wide man is frequently ranked alongside the Monaco front man in conversations about Europe's hottest young properties.


Dembele won Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2016 and was ranked eighth in the Daily Mail's recent best 50 players under 23 list.

ST: Manolo Gabbiadini £14.5m

The Southampton new boy has lowered any raised eyebrows with a series of impressive performances since his January arrival from Napoli.


The Italian scored in seven consecutive appearances between his last days in Serie A and his start to life in England, and netted twice in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.

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