World football's top 25 most expensive players’ market values have tumbled lately

  • Rob Swan

It remains to be seen to what extent football’s transfer market will be affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

But it’s quite possible – in fact, it now seems rather likely – that things will be different once relative normality has returned.

Despite reports linking high-profile players with mega-money summer moves – including Jadon Sancho leaving Borussia Dortmund for £100 million and Tottenham wanting double that amount for star man Harry Kane – it’s possible that the pandemic will result in significant drops in transfer values across the board.

A report by BBC Sport last week cited the CIES Football Observatory as saying that transfer values could decrease by 28 per cent across Europe’s top five leagues – wiping off more than £7 billion.

They also ask how football clubs spending £50 million on a player would look in terms of PR.

“At a time when people are losing their jobs, being placed on furlough and the daily death toll is in the hundreds, the usual spending from Premier League clubs would seem out of sync with a country encountering hard times,” BBC Sport’s Alistair Magowan writes.

And this doesn’t just apply to Premier League teams. Clubs in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and every other country will find themselves in the same boat this summer.

According to Transfermarkt’s data, the market values of the world’s most expensive footballers has tumbled in recent weeks due to coronavirus.

Let’s take a closer look…

25. Serge Gnabry | Bayern Munich

Current value: £64.8m (down from £81m)

The 24-year-old was having a great season but 20 per cent has been shaved off his market value this month.

24. Marc-Andre ter Stegen | Barcelona

Current value: £64.8m (down from £81m)

One of the world’s best goalkeepers is now valued at less than £65 million.

23. Alisson | Liverpool

Current value: £64.8m (down from £81m)

Alisson, another of the world’s top ‘keepers, has also suffered a £16.2 million drop in his market value.

22. Roberto Firmino | Liverpool

Current value: £64.8m (down from £81m)

Alisson’s Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino is also now valued at just under £65 million.

21. Paulo Dybala | Juventus

Current value: £64.8m (down from £81m)

Juventus star Paulo Dybala is another big name whose market value has decreased lately.

20. Eden Hazard | Real Madrid

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

Eden Hazard, who cost Real Madrid £100 million last summer, is now valued at £72 million.

19. Paul Pogba | Manchester United

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

If Manchester United sell Paul Pogba this summer, it’s unlikely they’ll fetch the £90 million fee they paid Juventus four years ago.

18. N’Golo Kante | Chelsea

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

N’Golo Kante is still one of the world’s best midfielders but his value has also been chopped.

17. Jan Oblak | Atletico Madrid

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

Arguably the world’s best goalkeeper is now worth ‘just’ £72 million in the current climate.

16. Bernardo Silva | Manchester City

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

Bernardo Silva, Man City’s midfield magician, has also seen his value drop by 20 per cent.

15. Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

Seventy-two million pounds sounds like a bargain for the world’s best defender. It would still take an awful lot more than that to tempt Liverpool into selling the Dutchman.

14. Leroy Sane | Manchester City

Current value: £72m (down from £90m)

Leroy Sane is another star whose value has dropped by £18 million.

13. Joao Felix | Atletico Madrid

Current value: £72.9m (down from £81m)

Because he’s only 20 with a huge future ahead of him, Joao Felix has only seen his value drop by 10 per cent this month.

12. Kai Havertz | Bayer Leverkusen

Current value: £72.9m (down from £81m)

The same applies to Bayer Leverkusen’s gifted attacking midfielder Kai Havertz.

11. Antoine Griezmann | Barcelona

Current value: £86.4m (down from £108m)

Antoine Griezmann, who has been linked with a move away from Barcelona, has seen his market value cut by £21.6 million.

10. Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool

Current value: £89.1m (down from £99m)

Trent Alexander-Arnold has only lost 10 per cent of his value due to the fact he’s only 21 with bags of ability.

9. Lionel Messi | Barcelona

Current value: £100.8m (down from £126m)

The world’s finest footballer is now worth just over £100 million – the lowest his market value has been for years.

8. Jadon Sancho | Borussia Dortmund

Current value: £105.3m (down from £117m)

Jadon Sancho is still expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer – but will any club seriously be paying a fee in the region of £100 million for the 20-year-old?

7. Sadio Mane | Liverpool

Current value: £108m (down from £135m)

Sadio Mane’s market value is down £27 million (20 per cent) to £108 million.

6. Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City

Current value: £108m (down from £135m)

Kevin De Bruyne, another of the Premier League’s star players, has suffered the same decrease this month.

5. Mohamed Salah | Liverpool

Current value: £108m (down from £135m)

Mohamed Salah is another Premier League star whose value has dropped to £108 million.

4. Harry Kane | Tottenham

Current value: £108m (down from £135m)

Tottenham may want £200 million for Harry Kane, but Transfermarkt say he’s worth just over half that amount now.

3. Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain

Current value: £115.2m (down from £144m)

Neymar’s £198 million world-record transfer fee, set in 2017 following his move from Barcelona to PSG, is likely to remain intact for many more years.

2. Raheem Sterling | Manchester City

Current value: £115.2m (down from £144m)

Raheem Sterling, three years younger than Neymar, is the Premier League’s most expensive player as thing stand.

1. Kylian Mbappe | Pairs Saint-Germain

Current value: £162m (down from £180m)

But out in front – and by some distance – it’s Kylian Mbappe, whose value has only fallen by 10 per cent.

It’s possible that these values will continue to fall over the coming weeks.

But we’re edging closer to the return of top-level football in some countries (Germany and Italy look set to resume competitive action over the next month or two) and others, all going well, will hopefully follow suit.

This could mean that transfer values don’t fall *too* much more before we finally get back to something resembling normality.

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