November 12 – A ranking of the value of loan players in Big 5 league teams has put former Liverpool striker and Barcelona misfit Philippe Coutinho at the top with a value of €96.5 million – €23.5 million less than the option to buy negotiated between Bayern and Barcelona of €120 million.
The valuations, from the CIES Football Observatory, are based on the CIES’s own algorithm. Five of the loan players are valued at over €50 million – a lot of playing stock to have working for someone else.
Real Madrid have three players on loan in the top 10 of the ranking – Dani Ceballos (at Arsenal and valued at €65.7 million), Martin Odegaard (at Real Sociedad and valued at €57.3 million) and Achraf Hachimi (at Borussia Dortmund and valued at €39 million). Together they account for €162 million of value.
Real have a further four players ranked in the top 50 , amounting to another €79.7 million of value out on loan. That makes a total €241 million of playing stock that is working for other clubs. However, the players are all 23 or younger and Real would doubtless argue that – unlike Barca’s Countinho – they are only likely to appreciate in value.
Source: CIES Football Observatory
See the full ranking at https://football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2019/wp273/en/
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