Football clubs overspent by 30% on players – CIES Football Observatory study

In a summer transfer window where we witnessed one of the biggest transfers of the century, we get to find out just how much of a knock on effect that had on other transfer deals.

By SportBrief Reporter

CIES Football Observatory studies say that “European clubs paid an average 30% more than a player was worth during the recent transfer window.”

That statement pretty much sums up what some would describe as the craziest transfer window ever, with transfer fees reaching absurd levels following Neymar’s £198m fee to Paris St-Germain from Barcelona.

It appears that Neymar’s record transfer fee which twice eclipsed that of the previous record had a ripple effect across the European market.

The study also claims Paris St-Germain’s (PSG) proposed 180m euro (£165.7m) deal to sign Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe was the most overpriced with the fee being 87.4m euros (£80.4m) more than his estimated worth.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 23, left Sunderland for Everton for 34.3m euros (£31.6m) in the summer, with that fee being 27.5m euros (£23.5m) more than Pickford’s estimated worth, according to the Football Observatory.

The study also said Manchester United overpaid by 20.1m euros (£18.5m) to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, although former England striker and BBC pundit Ian Wright described it as the “last part of the jigsaw” for United.

Interestingly though, Mohammed Salah’s 50m euro (£46m) move from Roma to Liverpool was actually less than the forward’s estimated value of 69.4m euros (£63.9m) according to the study.

Overally, the Football Observatory concluded that clubs in Europe’s big five leagues (England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1) spent a record 5.9 billion euros (£5.4bn), a 41% increase on the previous year.

It’s also worth noting that the organization is keen for the distribution of transfer fees to be addressed, suggesting an increase in indemnities paid to the clubs that develop players.

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