The transfer value that certain players command is indeed mind-baffling. Across European leagues, the trend has pivoted towards young players who hold potential to attract some exceptional sums. In particular, it seems that all it takes is a steady run of good form for value to accelerate to extraordinary heights.
It will be interesting to see if such high valuations remain in the post-pandemic economy.
As such, a view of the highest estimated transfer values across top-five leagues as compiled by CIES is certainly telling.
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Topping the charts is Kylian Mbappe, the player who arguably set the trend for starlets to be sold for enormous sums. His present value is estimated at a whopping €259.2 million.
Right behind him but heaps below in transfer value is Raheem Sterling at €194.7 million. Englishmen have certainly fared well in this regard as the top ten list has five players from England with Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Marcus Rashford coming close behind in the top five while Harry Kane sits at no.10.
Sancho’s €179 million valuation comes as no surprise given the recent headlines and it will be interesting to see just how much of this speculated sum is actually exchanged should the player depart Borussia Dortmund this summer.
The Premier League’s identity as the most valuable is also evident in this list, with six players belonging to English clubs. Liverpool had the most players on the list with four to their name while Manchester United’s sole entry was Rashford with his highly appreciated value of €152.3 million.
The absence of Paul Pogba from the top 10 is also something to muse on given that the higher ups at Old Trafford are adamant that he would only be sold for a fee that falls in such a range.
However highly these players may be valued, at the end of the day a lot depends on the actual commerce and negotiation between clubs and their potential profits and it is there that metrics and statistics may take a backseat for factors like commercial appeal and social media presence.