12 Sep 2016

Transfer Stunner: 'Brilliant' €39m Liverpool star is now worth more than Reus/Payet. Deluded?

Back in 2014, Liverpool star Emre Can cost the Reds a comparatively meager £10m [€12m], and according to the CIES Football Observatory, the Can's value has skyrocketed by 230% over the last two years.

According to CIES' latest set of football transfer values, Can - hailed in April by James Milner as 'brilliant' - is currently worth a whopping €39.5m.

This puts Can at number 59 in CIES' list of the top 100 most valuable players in Europe, which allegedly makes him more valuable than a whole host of top players, including:

* Verratti: €39m

* Bonucci: €38.6m

* Firmino: €38m

* Neuer: €35m

* Payet: €34m

* Nainggolan: €32.8m

* Pjanic: €31m

* Reus: €30m

Is Can really more valuable on the open market than the likes of Pjanic, and Reus? No chance (IMO), though biased Liverpool fans will inevitably disagree.

It's hard to see what Can has achieved to warrant an alleged transfer value of €39.5m. €20m-€25m, perhaps, but I can't see any club paying €39.5m for Can at this stage of his career.

In terms of credibility, though, it should be noted that - in the same list - CIES also claims:

* Anthony Martial is worth more than Luis Suarez.

* Deli Alli is more valuable that Gonzalo Higuain, and Robert Lewandowski.

On a related note: Only 3 Liverpool players make it into the top 100: Can, Firmino, and Coutinho.


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