Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea: Which team is the most valuable in 2020-21?

  • Rob Swan

Liverpool have further strengthened their star-studded squad with the additions of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota from Bayern Munich and Wolverhampton Wanderers, respectively.

Thiago, one of European football’s most revered midfielders, cost Liverpool an initial £20 million (potentially rising to £25 million with add-ons).

While Jota, 23, has set the Reds back £41 million (potentially rising to £45 million with add-ons).

But where does this leave Jurgen Klopp’s side on the list of the most valuable teams (in terms of market value) in world football?

Transfermarkt have updated their list – and Liverpool are no longer third in the list.

15. Napoli (Market value: £531.16m)

Kalidou Koulibaly, valued at £58.5 million, has been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer but Napoli’s most expensive player remains with the Italian club for now.

Other players with reasonably high market values at Napoli include Fabian Ruiz (£45 million) and Lorenzo Insigne (£43.2 million).


14. Borussia Dortmund: (Market value: £534.38)

Jadon Sancho could still join Manchester United this summer, but only if the English club are prepared to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108 million asking price.

Erling Haaland is Dortmund’s second most valuable player, according to Transfermarkt, at a cool £72 million.


13. Arsenal (Market value: £581.45m)

Arsenal are looking much improved under Mikel Arteta and strengthened their squad this summer with the likes of Willian and Gabriel.

Even more importantly, the Gunners managed to tie down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (valued at £50.4 million) to a new long-term contract.


12. Juventus (Market value: £593.28m)

Cristiano Ronaldo might be 35 but the legendary forward is still worth an impressive £54 million.

Two players in the Juventus squad currently have higher values than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner: Paulo Dybala (£72 million) and Matthijs de Ligt (£63 million).


11. Inter Milan (Market value: £660.69m)

Inter have some exceptional attacking players in their ranks, namely Romelu Lukaku (£76.5 million), Lautaro Martinez (£63 million) and Christian Eriksen (£54 million).

They boast the highest squad market value of any Italian team right now.


10. Tottenham (Market value: £697.1m)

Gareth Bale is valued at just £25.2 million at the moment, so the Welshman’s return hasn’t boosted Tottenham’s overall market value by that much. Sergio Reguilon, meanwhile, is valued at £22.5 million.

Tottenham’s three most valuable players are Harry Kane (£108 million), Heung-min Son (£57.6 million) and Dele Alli (£57.6 million).


9. Atletico Madrid (Market value: £702m)

The third most valuable Spanish team at this moment in time, forward Joao Felix (£72.9 million) is Atletico Madrid’s most expensive player followed by world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak (£72 million) and Saul Niguez (£64.8 million).


8. Paris Saint-Germain (Market value: £706.41m)

PSG have two of the world’s most valuable players in their ranks in the form of Kylian Mbappe (£162 million) and Neymar (£115.2 million).

Mauro Icardi and Marco Verratti, meanwhile, are both valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt.


7. Manchester United (Market value: £719.46m)

Man Utd were outclassed by Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener on Saturday, despite boasting the seventh most valuable team on the planet.

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford (both £72 million) are United’s two most valuable stars, closely followed by Bruno Fernandes (£63 million), Anthony Martial (£52.2 million) and Harry Maguire (£50.4 million).


6. Bayern Munich (Market value: £755.96m)

The best team in Europe right now, last season’s Champions League winners have seven players in their squad worth £54 million or more, including Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane and, of course, Robert Lewandowski.

Their most valuable player at the moment, however, is 25-year-old Serge Gnabry, worth £81 million.


5. Real Madrid (Market value: £789.48m)

Real Madrid slide to fifth in the rankings after offloading several players this summer.

Their most expensive player, Eden Hazard (£72 million), will be hoping to enjoy a more productive second season following a disappointing debut campaign at the Bernabeu.


4. Chelsea (Market value: £825.93m)

Chelsea climb to fourth place following a remarkable summer spending spree.

Kai Havertz (£72.9 million) is the club’s most valuable asset. followed by N’Golo Kante (£72 million), Timo Werner (£57.6 million) and Christian Pulisic (£54 million).


3. Barcelona (Market value: £916.29m)

Barcelona’s market value would have been reduced by £100.8 million had Lionel Messi’s attempt to leave Camp Nou earlier this summer proved successful.

Antoine Griezmann is the club’s second-most valuable player at £86.4 million, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Frenkie de Jong (both £64.8 million) are joint third.


2. Manchester City (Market value: £933.14m)

Manchester City are second on the list, largely thanks to Raheem Sterling (£115.2 million) and Kevin De Bruyne (£108 million).

Bernardo Silva (£72 million) is currently City’s third-most valuable star.


1. Liverpool (Market value: £986.67m)

But now in first place, up two places from third, it’s Klopp’s Liverpool.

Valued at just shy of £1 billion, the Reds have eight players worth £50 million are more: Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Salah and Mane are both valued at £108 million, with Alexander-Arnold closely behind at £99 million.

Thiago, meanwhile, is valued at £43.2 million, with Jota coming in at £25.2 million, according to Transfermarkt’s data.

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