Premier League ‘big six’ stars’ transfer values plummet due to coronavirus

Top players in the Premier League’s ‘big six’ clubs have seen their values slashed amid the coronavirus outbreak, with some sides now worth a staggering 19.7 per cent less than they were.

The largest decrease has seen the value of one player decrease by a staggering £28.8million.

Transfer and player value experts at Transfermarkt.com have assessed the financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to the suspension of all football in the UK.

In a statement explaining their value adjustments, a statement said: "Transfermarkt reacted on the coronavirus crisis with a worldwide market value downgrade for the majority of players – the squad values of Premier League clubs are going down by more than £1.8billion as a result.

“Players, who were born in 1998 or later are downgraded by 10 per cent, all others – down to a minimum value of £300,000 – by 20 per cent. In England’s four highest leagues, this leads to a market value loss of £2.01bn – the squad values of the 20 Premier League clubs go down by £1.84bn alone.

“This equates to a minus of 18.94 per cent in comparison to the previous record value of £9.71bn.”

Here is what all that means for the most valuable stars playing for the ‘big six’ clubs…

Arsenal

The Gunners – who have the sixth most valuable squad in the country – have seen their squad value decrease by £144.66m (18 per cent) since mid-March, from £636.08m to £521.42m currently.

Most valuable player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seen almost £13m shaved off his value due to the outbreak, with his market price falling from £63m to £50.4m.

Next is Nicolas Pepe, who was brought to the Emirates last summer for a club-record £72m, but has seen his value fall from £58.5m to £46.8m.

Another forward, Alexandre Lacazette, is Arsenal ’s third most valuable player. The Frenchman has suffered a decrease in value from £54m to £43.2m.

Talented 20-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has seen only a 10 per cent decrease due to being born later than 1998, so the Frenchman’s value has dropped from £40.5m to £36.45m.

Finally, the value of fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira has fallen from £40.5m to £32.4m.

Chelsea

The Blues, who are ranked as having the fourth most valuable squad in the Premier League, have suffered an overall decrease in value of £134.24m (18 per cent) from £746.15m to £611.91 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

N’Golo Kante – by far Chelsea ’s most valuable player – has seen nearly £20m slashed off his value. The Frenchman was worth £90m in Transfermarkt’s previous update but is now only valued at £72m.

21-year-old Christian Pulisic benefits from only a 10 per cent decrease thanks to being born in 1998 and his value has fallen from £54m to £48.6m

Midfielder Jorginho had been rated as Chelsea’s second most valuable player but has slipped behind Pulisic due to sustaining a 20 per cent decrease in value from £58.5m to £46.8m.

Next is young midfielder Mason Mount, who has shone when given the opportunity by Frank Lampard this season and whose value nearly quadrupled from £10.8m last summer to £40.5m by December 2019, but has now slipped by 10 per cent to £36.45m.

Finally for the Blues, defender Antonio Rudiger has fallen behind Mount in the rankings after falling from a value of £45m to £36m.

Liverpool

The Reds are ranked as the second most valuable team in the Premier League and have seen their squad value cut from £1.08bn to £870.26m – a decrease of £209.74 (19.1 per cent).

With two players valued at over £100m before the pandemic, some of the league leader’s stars have seen huge sums knocked off their values.

Wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane lead the way, both seeing their values plummet from £135m to £108m. This decrease of £27m is more than the market value of club captain Jordan Henderson, who is valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt.

Liverpool ’s third most valuable player is 21-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has suffered a 10 per cent decrease in value from £99m to £89.1m.

Virgil van Dijk, formerly the world’s most expensive defender, is next and has seen his value drop from £90m to £72m.

And finally for Liverpool is another former world record signing for a position. Goalkeeper Alisson’s value has fallen from £81m to £64.8m.

Manchester City

City, the most valuable team in the country, have also seen their squad value slip below the £1bn mark with an overall decrease of £223.08m (19.7 per cent) – the largest margin of the ‘big six’ clubs – from £1.14bn to £916.92m

England winger Raheem Sterling has suffered a huge decrease in value of almost £30m from £144m to £115.2m – the largest drop in the value of any player in the Premier League.

Next is arguably the league’s best midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, who retains his £100m+ valuation thanks to a decrease from £135m to £108m.

Two more wingers are ranked as City’s joint-third most valuable players. Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane, who has hardly featured this season due to injury, and Portugal star Bernardo Silva have both sustained a drop in value from £90m to £72m.

Finally for the Premier League champions is €70m (£63m) summer signing Rodri, who has seen his value slashed from £72m to £57.6m.

Manchester United

The Red Devils’ ranking as the fifth most valuable team in the country matches their current league position and they have seen a decrease in value of £136.85m (19%) from £718.88m to £582.03m.

Despite only making eight appearances this season due to injuries, France midfielder Paul Pogba remains United’s most valuable player. The World Cup winner’s value has been slashed from £90m to £72m and he remains a target for Real Madrid.

Twenty-two-year-old forward Marcus Rashford is second on the list and his value has decreased from £72m to £57.6m.

Harry Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender after signing from Leicester City for £80m last summer, is next. The United club captain’s value has fallen from £63m pre-pandemic to £50.4m at the present.

Forward Anthony Martial is United’s joint-fourth most valuable player and the Frenchman has seen his value fall from £53m to £43.2m.

Mirroring this decrease is January signing Bruno Fernandes, who has impressed since joining from Sporting. The Portugal midfielder’s value has also fallen from £53m to £43.2m.

Tottenham

Perhaps surprisingly given their struggles this season, Spurs are found to have the third most valuable squad in the Premier League by Transfermarkt. The north London club’s squad value has decreased by £148.05 (19.1 per cent) from £777.15m to £629.1m due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Less surprising is that England captain Harry Kane is Spurs’ most valuable player. The 26-year-old is valued similarly to Salah, Mane and De Bruyne by Transfermarkt and has seen his value fall from £135m to £108m.

Next are prolific winger Son Heung-min and England midfielder Dele Alli, who have both suffered a decrease in value from £72m to £57.6m.

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