10 most expensive players aged 30 plus

Scott Newman
Modified 18 Sep 2017
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#9 Medhi Benatia - £14.8m, Bayern Munich to Juventus, 2017

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Despite his fee Medhi Benatia hasn't featured too much for Juventus

Moroccan centre-back Benatia was signed by Bayern Munich back in the summer of 2014 but didn’t really feature that much for them during his time there, so a move to Juventus – initially on loan in the summer of 2016, and then permanently – made a lot of sense given Juve’s penchant for using older players. Benatia was 30 when he moved to Turin, a relative youngster when compared to the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini.

Unfortunately for Benatia, he was only able to make a paltry 21 appearances for Juventus last season despite the relatively big transfer fee, and was an unused substitute when the Old Lady lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final at the end of last season. More appearances than he made at Bayern, but still not great.

Chances for him this season may remain slim given the development of youngster Daniele Rugani and the arrival of German international Benedikt Howedes, but evidently, Juve manager Max Allegri felt strongly enough for the Moroccan to pay a large fee. He may have a role to play yet.

Published 18 Sep 2017
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