First up: the Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona soap opera. Barca is willing to pay â‚¬40m for the kid. What does Transfermarkt say about it? Cesc’s value is â‚¬55m â€“ a lot more than what Barca (more than â‚¬530 in debt) can afford. Getting Cesc for less than â‚¬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 â‚¬45m â€“ however, according to Transfermarkt he’s worth â‚¬20m less. WesleyÂ Sneijder, Â for a change, is worth exactly what Inter ask for him:Â â‚¬40m. That’s more than Carlos Tevez (â‚¬38m). City missed out on selling him for more than that because they wanted â‚¬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 â‚¬20m but according to Transfermarkt he’s worth â‚¬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 – â‚¬18m. Phil Jones, on the other hand, is worth staggering â‚¬15m less than what he was bought for – just â‚¬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.
Â Alexis Sanchez is leaving Udinese for Barcelona. Udinese will reportedly earn around â‚¬26m in cash, plus another â‚¬11m related to bonuses. Which is quite fair â€“ Sanchez’s value, according to transfermarkt, is â‚¬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 ofÂ future dealsÂ 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 â€“ yet many clubs don’t want to gamble with the little money they can spend. So paying after hisÂ success makes economical sense for both the selling and buying clubs.
Â Now let’s move on to Liverpool – one of the biggest spenders this summer. The clubs has paid â‚¬22.5m for Stewart Downing – â‚¬10.5m more than what he’s worth. You think that a lot? Liverpool has paid HUGE premium on Jordan Henderson. Worth just â‚¬8.5, he was bought for more than â‚¬22m. Charlie Adam was bought for about â‚¬8m but he is worth less than â‚¬5m. Overall Liverpool overpaid â‚¬27m on British premium. However, “Moneyball” merchant John Henry approved all these deals so I guess this overspending is a part of a plan.
A very calculated buyer this summer is Bayern MÃ¼nchen. The club has bought Manuel Neuer forÂ â‚¬18m and now he is worth â‚¬28m. JÃ©rÃ´me Boateng was bought forÂ Â â‚¬13.5m and now his value is â‚¬1.5m higher. Rafinha was bought for â‚¬5.3m. His value stands now at â‚¬8m. Nils Petersen, Energie Cottbus’ goal machine, was brought in by Bayern at an estimated â‚¬2.8m and now worth â‚¬4m.
Real Madrid was active as usual in the Â market, getting some players for less than what they are worth – Nuri Åžahin was bought for â‚¬10m now he’s valued at â‚¬20m – Â and getting others for their exact worth – JosÃ© MarÃa CallejÃ³n for about â‚¬6.5m. Others were overpriced, like RaphaÃ«l Varane – Bought for â‚¬10m and worth about â‚¬4m). New left back, FÃ¡bio CoentrÃ£o, was purchased for â‚¬30m and today hisÂ valueÂ stands at â‚¬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 forÂ â‚¬62m in January now he is worth â‚¬46m. How many of you would bet his price will increase this coming season?