Thursday 8 December 2016

New figures show that Man United's most overpriced summer signing wasn't even Paul Pogba

Published 06/09/2016 | 16:33

HULL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Paul Pogba (L1), of Manchester United with Eric Bailly of Manchester United (L2), during the Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Hull City FC at KC Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
HULL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Paul Pogba (L1), of Manchester United with Eric Bailly of Manchester United (L2), during the Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Hull City FC at KC Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Hull, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The recently closed transfer window was the most outrageous on record, with the Premier League clubs spending over €1bn combined on players over the summer.

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While the top sides paid massive transfer fees as always, it was the wealthy middle class of the Premier League who helped reach such an obscene amount of spending, with teams like Everton and Crystal Palace funding big money transfers.

With such an inflated transfer market it is hard to know what the true value of players really is, but the CIES Football Observatory have conducted a very interesting study to find out who the 10 most overpriced signings of the summer were across the top leagues.

According to figures published in the Telegraph, eight of the ten most overpriced players were sold to Premier League clubs, with Man United, Chelsea and Man City all featuring twice.

Surprisingly, Man United's most overpriced signing apparently wasn't world record transfer Paul Pogba, but rather centre back Eric Bailly, the promising young defender from Villarreal who has made a very promising start to his career at Old Trafford.

Here is the top 10:

10. Leroy Sane (Schalke to Manchester City)

Value: €37.8m

Transfer fee: €52.3m

Gap: €14.5m

 

9. Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United)

Value: €94.8m

Transfer fee: €110m

Gap: €15.2m

 

8. Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina to Chelsea)

Value: €9.8m

Transfer fee: €26.5m

Gap: €16.7m

 

7. David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea)

Value: €20.2m

Transfer fee: €40m

Gap: €19.8m

 

6. John Stones (Everton to Manchester City)

Value: €38.2m

Transfer fee: €58.5m

Gap: €20.3m

 

5. Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal)

Value: €28.8m

Transfer fee: €50m

Gap: €20.3m

 

4. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace to Everton)

Value: €12.2m

Transfer fee: €34.6m

Gap: €22.4m

 

3. Kevin Gamiero (Sevilla to Atletico Madrid)

Value: €14.5m (£12.1m)

Transfer fee: €37m (£31m)

Gap: €22.5m (£18.9m)

 

2. Eric Bailly (Villarreal to Manchester United)

Value: €14.9m (£12.5m)

Transfer fee: €38.4m (£32.2m)

Gap: €23.5m (£19.7m)

 

1. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Juventus)

Value: €66.2m

Transfer fee: €90m

Gap: €23.8m

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