This year’s Europa League is set to be an interesting watch, with some notable players in world football playing in this competition, after they failed to qualify for the Champions League based on their performance in domestic competitions last term.
We’ll take you through the top-five most expensive players in the 2023/24 Europa League, based on their market values from Transfermarkt.
1. Florian Wirtz – £74.1m
Wirtz signed for Bayer Leverkusen back in 2020, but has wasted no time in making his impact with the senior side. He’s played over 100 games for their first-team, which makes for impressive reading at the age of just 20.
He’s a player with the world at his feet if he can remain grounded, and it seems as though it’ll only be a matter of time before a European giant comes calling for his services. Wirtz has made an impact for Bayer Leverkusen in this year’s Europa League, as he’s scored and provided an assist in a comfortable win over Swedish giants, Malmo.
2. Luiz Diaz – £65.4m
Diaz hasn’t been consistently at the top of his game since signing for Liverpool, with his time being disrupted with some injury problems. However, that doesn’t seem to have impacted his market value, with the Colombian winger still proving to be a valuable asset to the Premier League giants.
Diaz signed for Liverpool back in 2022 from Portuguese side, FC Porto, and has gone on to score 14 goals and provide nine assists for his Liverpool team-mates in his 58 appearances to date. We’ve already seen Diaz on target in the Europa League, having scored in their win over Austrian side, LASK.
3. Dominik Szoboszlai – £61m
The midfielder signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2023, and has made a positive impact with the English club already. He’s provided the creativity for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Luiz Diaz on Liverpool’s flanks, and the Anfield faithful will be keen to see the Hungarian international go from strength to strength moving forwards.
Szoboszlai is only 23, and will be an important member of the Liverpool squad for years to come if he’s at his best. The Reds paid a sizeable amount of money for his services originally, but it already looks as though that’s proving to be a smart investment heading into the future.
It’s been brought to our attention by betting experts from BonusCodeBets that Liverpool are priced at 3/1 favourites on Ladbrokes to win this year’s Europa League. They’ve also provided us with the rest of the betting odds for the expected frontrunners for this competition.
- Bayer Leverkusen @ 11/1
- Roma @ 12/1
- Brighton & Hove Albion @ 14/1
- West Ham United @ 14/1
- Atalanta @ 18/1
- Villarreal @ 18/1
- Real Betis @ 20/1
4. Evan Ferguson – £56.7m
Not many would have heard of Evan Ferguson over a year ago, but it seems as though he’s destined for the very top if the early stages of his time with Brighton & Hove Albion’s first-team is anything to go by. The young Irishman netted a stunning hat-trick against Newcastle United earlier this season, and will be keen to make his mark in the Europa League at the earliest of opportunities.
At the age of 19, he’s still got his best years ahead of him, and he’s previously been attracting interest from other clubs after some strong performances for club and country. It’ll be interesting to see if Brighton can keep hold of such a talent, especially if he’s to play an important role for them in their Europa League adventure this season.
5. Mohamed Salah – £56.7m
Unsurprisingly, Mo Salah makes the top-five, and he’s arguably one of the best players in this list, and is only at fifth position due to his age. Liverpool’s star man already has eight goals to his name so far this term in all competitions, and will be key to the Reds’ chances of winning the Europa League, which is certainly an achievable target.
The 31-year-old has a market value of 56 million GBP, and has scored 194 goals in 316 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and if he can stay fit, then it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see Liverpool qualifying for next year’s Champions League.