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Transfer inflation hits 16%, study shows

FALCAO-UNITEDGENEVA, September 3- Europe’s top clubs are paying 16% more for players than five years ago as football inflation drives rises, a study showed on Wednesday.

In a report on the summer transfer window, the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory said Manchester United and Paris St Germain had paid tens of millions of euros above market rates for top purchases Angel di Maria and David Luiz.

“Our new data analysis has revealed that overall, clubs paid on average 16% more than they invested in the five previous years for players with similar characteristics,” CIES said.

“This confirms the ongoing inflation trend of the transfer market at the top end of the football pyramid,” it said.

CIES examined football’s “Big Five” – the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, the Italian Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1.

“The inflation trend is mainly due to the sums spent by a handful of wealthy clubs” ready to pay more than a player is worth to get the best talent, said the study.

CIES said that the most inflation-driving deal was Manchester United’s British record £59.7 million (75.5 million euros) signing last week of Real Madrid midfielder di Maria.

CIES said that sum was 30 million euros over the right price for the Argentina international, in market terms.

United, who are 20-time English champions, are looking to rebuild following a disappointing seventh-place finish last season and have spent around £150 million in the process.

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CIES said that Paris St Germain’s fee of 62 million euros to bring Brazilian David Luiz from Chelsea was 29 million euros too high.

The sum was a world record for a defender.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, paid 25 million euros over the odds for World Cup Golden Boot James Rodriguez.

The Colombian moved from Monaco for 80 million euros.

At the other end of the scale, Liverpool’s purchase of Mario Balotelli for £16 million (20.2 million euros) from AC Milan was 16 million euros underpaid, CIES said.

Italy striker Balotelli was signed to help Liverpool fill the void left by Luis Suarez, who was another cut-price player.

Barcelona paid £75 million (94 million euros), or 12 million euros under the odds, for the controversial Uruguayan.

CIES said the Catalan club got a good deal thanks to “the existence of buy-out clauses and/or non-sporting related issues”.

Suspended by FIFA after biting an opponent at the World Cup, Suarez cannot make his Barcelona debut until October 25.

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The third most under-sold player was Spain’s Diego Costa, who Chelsea bought from Atletico Madrid for £32 million (40.5 million euros). CIES said that was 10 million euros less than he could have commanded, on current market trends.

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  1. hellfire

    October 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    The first casualties of the offensive..RIP, the brave you served us well and our heartfelt condolences  goes to your families….

    • Peter

      October 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Let’s the somali pyrates and al shabaab know kenya has mandate to do when provoked.

      • Nfdsomali

        October 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        Kenya’s can talk. The soldiers have only been trained to turn their guns on their own citizens (e.g, in wagala). Alshabaab is battle hardened. Just sit back and see how thins develop.

  2. MZALENDO

    October 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    THESE SHOW HOW NOT BEING AT WAR FOR A LONG TIME CAN CAUSE DEATH

  3. Mazzdark

    October 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Yes this also seems to happen to the Americans alot in Afghanistan, funny we never hear of any aircraft bought down by enemy fire……..i’m just saying……..!! Kenya Army isiende huko thinking its a nursery yard, the President and the Minister for Defence need to be on hand to reassure the Kenyans and the troops and also report to Parliament. I still insist that we need to build up a capacity to deploy irregular militia units made up of Northern Kenyans who are used to the terrain…Pokots, Turkanas, Samburu, Borana etc

  4. Josiah

    October 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Lets all remember to pray for your troops. War isn’t a good thing, but the Al Shabaab have been pushing us to this over the past few years.

    Godspeed Soldiers..

  5. koirotwet

    October 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. MEN OF HONOUR REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE PLANE WAS BROUGHT DOWN OR NOT, THEY DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
    ONE CONCERN THOUGH, ARE THESE CHOPPERS WELL SERVICED AND ARE OUR TROOPS WELL PREPARED. MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT UGLY PROCUREMENT DEALS IN THE MILITARY.

  6. Anonymous

    October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    these soldiers died defending our country and we salute them for their bravery. May God give the families of the deceased fortitude to bear this great loss.

  7. Maddgrassix

    October 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I bet no Kenyan can dispute a massive cover up! Never gamble any truth from military statements.

  8. Fmiguta

    October 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    condolences brothers. To all the aggressors just recognize that we have a territory, economic interests and other socio – political interests to protect to ensure the survival of our motherland Kenya.

  9. Felix

    October 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    War has casualties and whether the military is concealing anything or not, we are all aware it will not be easy. But it is high time we kicked ass. RIP to our fallen comrades, your demise will not go in vain.

  10. Daniel Ochiengotieno99

    October 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Am afraid my fellow wananchi,the Somalians land ca not be compaired with ours which is very rich we need to be wise on any step we take because these enemies have been in war for many years and they can mess us am afraid kenyans

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