Due to large amount of money invested in the sport today we have seen clubs spend exorbitant fees to purchase players, and this summer has been no different.
Here are some of the most over-priced transfers so far.
5. James Rodriguez
£63 million from Monaco to Real Madrid
James Rodriguez is an excellent player and has proven himself to be exceptional for club and country for the past few seasons. The Colombian playmaker had a wonderful World Cup, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot.
However £63 million seems an extraordinary amount to pay for a player who has only proven himself in the Portuguese and French leagues.
One can also question Real Madrid’s need for a player like James as they are not short of players in his position having the likes of Angel di Maria, Isco and new signing Tony Kroos.
Rodriguez is an excellent player and is not over-rated, however no one can deny that he is too overpriced to be the fourth most expensive player of all time.
4. Ander Herrera
£29 million from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester United
Herrera has proven to be a vital player for Athletic Bilbao over the past three seasons making 128 appearances for the Spanish club and helping them secure a Champions League spot last season.
Although he has shone in pre-season for Manchester United, £29 million is a large amount to pay for an uncapped player. It is evident that Manchester United had to pay over the odds to secure the services of Herrera as they have not qualified for Champions League.
3. Calum Chambers
£12 million from Southampton FC to Arsenal FC
Chambers has only made 21 appearances in the Premier League to date. He was not even the undisputed choice at right back for the Saints, with manager Mauricio Pochettino constantly rotating between Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne.
Arsene Wenger recently admitted that he was taking a gamble on Chambers due to his inexperience. English players do tend to be overpriced.
2. Jeremy Mathieu
€20 million from Valencia to Barcelona FC
Barcelona were desperate to sign a central defender having missed out on their top target David Luiz.
Mathieu was their back-up option and he fits the bill of being a Barcelona defender as he is quick and good on the ball. But the price of €20 million seems too much to pay for a 30-year-old defender who only has two caps for France.
Mathieu didn’t even make the France squad for the World Cup with Didier Deschamps preferring the likes of Varane, Koscielny, Sakho and Mangala.
1. David Luiz
£50 million from Chelsea FC to PSG
Topping the list is the most expensive defender of all time, David Luiz.
The error prone defender has been criticised for his tendency to lose concentration very easily. His performance against Germany in the semi-final of the World Cup was horrific as he caught out of position several times by the opposition.
For Chelsea, the sale of Luiz seemed too good to be true as he had failed to cement himself as a regular starter for Jose Mourinho.
Luiz remains an excellent footballer and is good with the ball at his feet. However, he remains a liability for any team in defence. This move is probably the most overpriced transfer of all time.
Notable mention: Luke Shaw
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