The Europa League was and remained the second most important European competition. But this is not bad. On the contrary, the importance of LE is only growing every year. Especially against the backdrop of the emergence of the League of Conferences. Each season in the Europa League group stage, there are several UEFA Champions League teams emerging. Here are the most expensive units this season in the Europa League:
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Real Sociedad (€ 376 million)
The Basques advanced to the Europa League group stage for the second year in a row. Last season, Real Sociedad reached the playoffs but left the tournament already at the round of 16, losing to Manchester United in a two-legged confrontation (0: 4 and 0: 0). In the current LE draw, Imanol Alguasil’s wards started with a combat draw in a duel against PSV (2: 2). The most expensive player of Sociedad is club pupil Mikel Oyarsabal. The transfer value of the winger is € 70 million. They are followed by midfielder Mikel Merino and forward Alexander Isak. Both players are valued at 40 million euros. Sociedad got into a complex group, where PSV and Monaco are also competing for the playoffs. The more interesting it will be to watch the Basques.
Napoli (518 million euros)
Neapolitans did not make expensive signings this past summer. Despite this, their composition is estimated at half a billion euros. Napoli is a team for the Champions League, but the Azzurri has to be content with the Europa League for the second season in a row. In the current LE draw, Luciano Spalletti’s charges started with a tough match against Leicester (2: 2). The most expensive players in the Neapolitan squad are forward Viktor Osimhen and midfielder Piotr Zielinski. The transfer value of both players is € 50 million. Slightly lower in the ranking are winger Lorenzo Insigne and defender Kalidou Coulibali, who is valued at 48 million. Napoli had a good start in the new season. Let’s see how things go with Spalletti.
Leicester (550 million euros)
Leicester has the most expensive squad among all the participants of the Europa League this year. Last season, the Foxes seriously claimed a place in the Champions League but ended up in the LE, where they played for the second year in a row. In the tournament’s opening match, Brendan Rogers’ team drew with Napoli (2: 2), although they had a two-goal lead during the game. Leicester’s most valuable player is midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who is valued at 60 million euros. The first three are closed by midfielders Juri Tielemans and James Maddison. The transfer value of both players is 55 million euros. Rogers has a good team capable of playing with many serious opponents. The Foxes have already won the FA Cup and Super Cup. Now is the time to make some noise in European competition.