Summer Transfer Window: 5 Players Worth £50 Million in the Current Market
The transfer market is truly inflated. Clubs throw themselves into uncontrollable debt to have the buying power most people or businesses only dream of.
The rise of "super clubs" (or so they're called) in Russia, like Anzhi Makhachkala, has seen a new kind of spending. Splurges on players like Samuel Eto'o with mega-salaries caused the market to be even more competitive.
The end of the season is only so far away now and rumours are flying around about many clubs and players. Here is a compilation of five players who are believed to cost around £50 million and above in the upcoming and current transfer market.
Robin van Persie
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Most fans have at least heard one rumour about the Dutchman. He's going to City, he's staying, Real Madrid have an eye on him...it goes on.
If it comes to be that the striker chooses to leave the North Londoners, Arsenal will not be willing to let their captain go for anything less than an exceedingly high price, hopefully taking something from the cheap prices Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were purchased for last year.
The Premier League's top scorer by a long shot—there is a six-goal difference between him and Rooney—he was chosen by the Premier League managers as the best striker so far this season with 25 percent of the votes.
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The Brazilian has been named the future Pele, the future best player in the world, currently one of the best players...the list goes on.
There is no doubting the young striker's talent, as he has scored 90 goals in his 169 appearances for Brazilian Copa Libertadores finalists Santos. He has capped 16 times for his national team, netting half as many times.
But why will he cost a team so much?
It was rumoured when Chelsea tracked him last season that Santos slapped on a £41 million price tag on him. By now, it has more than likely gone up, especially with the riches of the clubs chasing him.
Names like oil-rich Chelsea, Real Madrid (who apparently were snubbed by him), Barcelona (who Madrid was snubbed for), Anzhi and more are proof as to why Neymar will end up so expensive.
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Since Carlo Ancelotti headed to the "French Manchester City," Paris Saint-Germain, to lead them to glory in Ligue 1 and Europe, a series of players have been linked with Les Parisiens. Already acquiring Javier Pastore, Jeremy Menez, Thiago Motta and Salvatore Sirigu from Serie A, it would be unsurprising to see Pato be their next purchase from this league.
There has been discussion that the move may be unlikely, but his price will surely be high. PSG has money coming out their ears and is willing to spend the necessary money to get who they need.
This can come in handy for Milan, who will probably negotiate a high price for their striker.
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It has been rumoured that Edin Dzeko, who arrived at Manchester City from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, has been looking for a way out of the club due to lack of opportunity.
There have been rumours of a switch with Gonzalo Higuain, which would lower his price, but otherwise he would be pretty expensive. Scoring 13 goals this season with 22 caps, even if a club does approach City, they will be unwilling to let him go for cheap, especially after they payed £27 million for him.
The tall Bosnian wishes to find regular football and he is not finding it at his current club. There are numerous places a player of his talent could play week in, week out...if they have the money for his transfer fee and wages.
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It seems like just about every top club in Europe has been somehow linked to this young winger—Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and more.
The talented Belgian has been an integral part of Lille's success last season and good form this season. He has been a star for his national team and helped them to a third-place finish in their qualifying group with Germany, Austria and Turkey.
Lille has apparently priced him at £40 million to any clubs who come calling. With all these clubs battling for his signature, the price is likely to go up after all the negotiations.
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Who do you think would cost £50 million in the transfer market?