According to a study by CIES, Manchester United overpaid for Anthony Martial by R435 million, while Raheem Sterling was the bargain of the transfer window.
The CIES Football Observatory suggests Martial’s current value is €22.1 million (R344 million), which is €27.9 million (R435 million) less than what United actually paid for the 19-year-old.
Martial is joined by Kevin De Bruyne, for whom Manchester City overpaid by €26.6 million (R414 million) and Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, who was €19.7 million (R306 million) overpriced.
PSG reportedly overpaid €15.3 million (R238 million) for Manchester United flop Angel Di Maria and FC Barcelona spent €15.2 million (R237 million) too much for Arda Turan.
However, CIES also analysed the bargains of the transfer window, and pointed out that City underpaid €32.1 million (R500 million) for Raheem Sterling.
The Swiss-based research institute rate the 20-year-old’s current value at an astonishing €95.1 million (R1.5 billion), so the Citizens’ whopping €63 million (R982 million) fee was, in fact, a bargain.
Another transfer bargain was Robin van Persie, who left Manchester United for just €5.5 million (R86 million) to join Fenerbahce, which was €11.4 million (R178 million) under his current value, according to CIES.
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