Prior to his Liverpool transfer, Christian Benteke gained criticism as being a big fish from a small pond.
Determining the exact value of a footballer is one of the hardest tasks a front office has. Outside of the number of goals a player scores or number of wins he’s a part of, how does an executive really determine if they got value for a player?
In an effort to determine which clubs got value and which clubs got fleeced on the biggest transfer deals of the summer transfer window, the CIES Football Observatory used an algorithm to calculate a footballer’s market value.
Using this algorithm, the organization found that five major transfers this summer were bought for more than €15m of what they were actually worth.
Here is a look at the 5 most overpriced summer transfers :
5. Arda Turan, Atletico Madrid to Barcelona
Paid €34m, valued at €18.8m – overpaid by €15.2m
The La Liga & Champions League title holders needed midfield help and decided to outbid everyone for one of the best Turkish footballers in the world.
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