Football seems to have gone crazy when it comes to transfer fees and the mouth watering wages paid to players. It’s almost thr end of the transfer win and still Manchester United are still yet to reach an agreement for a deal to sign 20year old English Youngster Jadon Sancho who is a long-term target from German club Borrusia Dortmund.
This is the latest example of clubs being required to pay inflated sums for players. Some of the most recent ones that come to mind include:
1. Neymar’s €222m move form Barcelona to Paris Saint German.
2. Philippe Coutinho’s €160m move from Liverpool to Barcelona.
4. Ousmane Dembélé’s €105 move from Dortmund to Barcelona.
5. Antoine Griezmann’s €120m move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona.
6. João Félix’s €126m move from Benfica to Atletico Madrid.
7. Kylian Mbappe’s €180m move from Monaco to Paris Saint German.
8. Eden Hazard’s €100m move from Chelsea to Real Madrid.
9. Paul Pogba’s €105m move from Juventus to Manchester United.
And now Sancho will join the list of the most expensive players football has ever had if United eventually succeed in putting a deal together. But how much success has this really brought to the clubs? How effective are big money signings proving to be? Let us look at it together.
Of all the big money transfers I mentioned above, only 2 have been able to go on and make it to the final of the UEFA Champions League with their parent club – Mbappe and Neymar in 2019/20 – and none has lifted the trophy with his club. The rest have not been able to make it past the semifinal stages.
In contrast, a certain team that made it to the Semifinals of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League is cheaper than every single one of the players I mentioned above.
That team is German side Rb Leipzig. They beat premier league side Totenham at the round of 16 with an aggregate scoreline of 4-0 before edging out Atletico Madrid 2-1 to reach the Semifinals.
The team that lined up in quarterfinals cost a combined sum of €90.05m. Below is a breakdown of all the players and their cost:
Goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi joined in a €3m deal from Rb Salzburg in July of 2015.
Right back Lukas Klostermann was acquired for €1m From VfL Bochum in August of 2020.
Centre back Dayot Upamecano was signed in January of 2017 for €20m from Rb Salzburg.
His partner Marcel Halstenberg arrived on a €3.50 deal from FC St. Pauli in August 2015.
Leftback Angeliño is on loan from Manchester City.
23-year-old midfielder Konrad Laimer signed for €7m from Rb Salzburg in June of 2017.
Kevin Kampl joined in a €20m deal from Bayer Leverkusen in August of 2017.
Marcel Sabitzer joined in May of 2014 for a Price of €2m From Rapid Vienna.
Elsewhere in attack Dani Olmo cost €19m and was signed from Dynamo Zagreb in January of 2020.
Christopher Nkunku was snapped from Paris Saint German in a €13m transfer in July of 2019.
And Finally Yussuf Poulsen signed up for just €1.55m From Lyngby BK in July of 2013.
If you find a way of calculating the total of all of that, you’ll see that the result is €90.05m – €29.95 Less than Sancho’s transfer fee.
Do you think Manchester United’s investment would be worth it if they buy him? Or would Sancho be another Flop?.
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