What are the values of players making the headlines

Which players are worth more than you think? Which ones worth a lot less?

Cesc - worth more than what Barca can pay

After analyzing national squads’ value and leagues’ values  let’s get more specific and focus on the ongoing transfer sagas that fill up the sports pages.

First up: the Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona soap opera. Barca is willing to pay €40m for the kid. What does Transfermarkt say about it? Cesc’s value is €55m – a lot more than what Barca (more than €530 in debt) can afford. Getting Cesc for less than €45m (Arsenal hold out for that price) will be a bargain for the Catalans.

Neymar, another popular name in the transfer market reports, will cost European teams who desire him about €45m – however, according to Transfermarkt he’s worth €20m less. Wesley Sneijder,  for a change, is worth exactly what Inter ask for him:  €40m. That’s more than Carlos Tevez (€38m). City missed out on selling him for more than that because they wanted €56m for him – a price nobody will pay for a player so desperate to leave England.


Let’s see what are the values of the players already purchased.

David de Gea, who was bought by Manchester United for more than €20m but according to Transfermarkt he’s worth €12m. Still, if he is going to be Manchester United’s number 1 for 10 plus years – he is worth every penny. Ashley Young was bought for about what he was worth – €18m. Phil Jones, on the other hand, is worth staggering €15m less than what he was bought for – just €3.5m, less than Mame Biram Diouf. It makes sense, objectively, that he was bought for a lot more than what he is worth. That’s because Jones is just a good center back from a team that was almost relegated (Blackburn). However, Alex Ferguson paid premium for Jones because he is A: English and B: Potentially very good.

 Alexis Sanchez is leaving Udinese for Barcelona. Udinese will reportedly earn around €26m in cash, plus another €11m related to bonuses. Which is quite fair – Sanchez’s value, according to transfermarkt, is €25m. It’s fair because his value should go up pending his performances.

I would think that due to the Financial Fair Play era a lot of future deals will involve add ons that could be high as the initial fee. It’s fair to pay more for a player who is going to be successful – yet many clubs don’t want to gamble with the little money they can spend. So paying after his success makes economical sense for both the selling and buying clubs.

 Now let’s move on to Liverpool – one of the biggest spenders this summer. The clubs has paid €22.5m for Stewart Downing – €10.5m more than what he’s worth. You think that a lot? Liverpool has paid HUGE premium on Jordan Henderson. Worth just €8.5, he was bought for more than €22m. Charlie Adam was bought for about €8m but he is worth less than €5m. Overall Liverpool overpaid €27m on British premium. However, “Moneyball” merchant John Henry approved all these deals so I guess this overspending is a part of a plan.

Dalglish. Big spender

A very calculated buyer this summer is Bayern München. The club has bought Manuel Neuer for  €18m and now he is worth €28m. Jérôme Boateng was bought for  €13.5m and now his value is €1.5m higher. Rafinha was bought for €5.3m. His value stands now at €8m. Nils Petersen, Energie Cottbus’ goal machine, was brought in by Bayern at an estimated €2.8m and now worth €4m.

Real Madrid was active as usual in the  market, getting some players for less than what they are worth – Nuri Åžahin was bought for €10m now he’s valued at €20m –  and getting others for their exact worth – José María Callejón for about €6.5m. Others were overpriced, like Raphaël Varane – Bought for €10m and worth about €4m). New left back, Fábio Coentrão, was purchased for €30m and today his value stands at €24m. Yet, he might be a bargain for Real Madrid. He has the potential to be the club’s left back for many years and he is, well, an excellent player.

Lastly: Fernando Torres watch: Bought for  €62m in January now he is worth €46m. How many of you would bet his price will increase this coming season?

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