Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been named among the most valuable players in Europe by the CIES Football Observatory as the transfer window approaches.
Lionel Messi tops the list due to his age and length of his contract, but, quite surprisingly, he isn’t followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in this table.
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Here is the list of the top 10 most valuable players by way of potential transfer fees (million €).
10) James Rodriguez – 62.5-68.8
The latest Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ was signed following a sensational World Cup campaign last summer and the price quote could be the one inserted in his release clause.
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9) Alexis Sanchez – 67.8-74.6
Our Chilean sensation comes in at nine and would’ve been much higher if CIES correctly recorded one of their variables. The number of years remaining on each player’s contract contributes to the overall valuation on this list and according to the report, Alexis’s contract expires in 2018.
However, the Chilean signed a five-year deal when he arrived last summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Having said that, his potential price-tag is irrelevant because we’re no longer in the business of selling our top players. We buy them.