Midfielders can fetch huge transfer fees in the modern day market, as seen by Coutinho’s recent £142m move from Liverpool to Barcelona. But which midfielders are the most valuable in the current market? Here are the most valuable midfielders in the world today.

7. James Rodríguez -€80 million

James will be starting the second of his two-year loan contract with the Munich club after which they have an option of buying him for € 42 million which is well short of the € 80 million valuations.

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It is fair to say that James was unlucky. Even after putting in good performances, he was mostly overlooked by Zidane. After a successful loan spell with Bayern Munich in the 2017-18 season, Rodriguez showed Real Madrid exactly what they had missed out on.

The Colombian was not able to make much of an impact apart from 2 assists in the World Cup in the wake of his injury, but his market value has continued to rise in defiance of a below-par World Cup campaign.

6. N’Golo Kante -€80 million

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In the modern football, Kante is one of the most diligent midfielders with a work rate that is almost unmatchable. In consequence, he is wanted by many high-profile clubs, including the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

His 2018 World Cup heroics gained him to the famous song: “He is short, he is nice, he’s the one, who stopped Leo Messi, but we all know he’s a cheater at cards, N’Golo Kante!”

5. Paul Pogba -€90 million

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Despite finding himself in the firing line in his first season at The Old Trafford, Pogba has remained in favour with Jose Mourinho, who has continued to place him in the starting XI.

Over the course of the past few years, the Frenchman has merchandised himself as the most promising talent across Europe. Only 25 years old, Pogba is at the peak of his powers and has just won the World Cup, which has seen his market value soar exponentially.

4. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic -€90 million

Nicknamed the “Sergeant”, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (23) has established himself as a hot property in the ongoing transfer window by virtue of a couple of impressive seasons at Lazio, with several top-notch clubs craving the Serbian’s signature.

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