Kylian Mbappe’s move from PSG has been named the worst-value deal of the transfer window, while Mohamed Salah’s transfer to Liverpool is the best value.
The CIES Football Observatory has released analysis on the deals conducted in the last window, which indicates the French giants got the worst value in Europe’s top-five leagues in signing Mbappe in an initial season-long loan deal that will be made permanent for €180 million next summer.
The 18-year-old, believed to be worth €92.6 from the Observatory’s algorithm, means PSG will overpay by €87.4m in the deal, once add-ons have been taken into consideration.
According to their findings, Liverpool have landed the best bargain in taking Salah from Roma for €50 million – despite his €69.4m value.
The analysis also showed that Ousmane Dembele, bought for €147m by Barcelona, cost over €51.2m more than his fair value fee of €95.8m.
Elsewhere, Manchester City spent €57.5m on Benjamin Mendy – €29m more than his €28.5m value.
Manchester United will again try to sign GARETH BALE next summer, according to The Sun. Jose Mourinho wanted to bring the Wales international to Old Trafford as he searches for a world-class winger but Real Madrid were unwilling to part with him.
Mourinho is hoping a £90 million-plus deal could convince the Spanish giants to part with Bale.
Celtic were prepared to break their transfer record to take PATRICK ROBERTS to Scotland on a permanent deal, reports Goal.
Roberts scored 15 times in 43 games for the Hoops during an 18-month loan spell but Manchester City were only prepared to let him re-join on a season-long loan with Celtic ready to splash out £30 million on the winger.
Joey Barton has claimed on talkSPORT that ROSS BARKLEY turned down a move to Chelsea on deadline day because Blues manager Antonio Conte turned his phone off.
Barkley’s representatives tried to contact the Chelsea boss about the role pencilled in for Barkley but could not get hold of him and the England midfielder opted against the move despite a £35m offer being accepted.
Leicester are unlikely to follow up on their interest in former Manchester City defender BACARY SAGNA, writes the Leicester Mercury.
Sagna is a free agent after being released over the summer and the Foxes were one of a number of clubs keeping tabs on the 34-year-old, who made 85 appearances for City over three seasons.
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EMRE CAN: Juventus are interested in the Liverpool midfielder along with Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, according to Tuttosport and published by 90min.
MARCUS EDWARDS: The highly-rated Tottenham teenager interested Ajax, writes The Sun but the 18-year-old believes he can break into the Spurs first team this season.
NABY KEITA: The Sun claims he could play for Liverpool this season if the Anfield club pay RB Leipzig a premium fee to fast-track his departure in January.
Rising star Kylian Mbappe tried to explain his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco on Monday after receiving fierce criticism from hardcore Monaco fans.
The 18-year-old joined PSG on a season-long loan with an option to buy that would make him the second most expensive player of all-time for a fee that could reach €180m.
Before the move, Monaco’s ‘Ultras’ had lambasted Mbappe for his behaviour and his wage demands that were leaked to the French press.
“I know that a few of you don’t understand my choice and that you’re angry and I understand that,” Mbappe wrote in an emotional statement on Twitter.
The French international was booed by his old fans while he sat on the bench during Ligue 1 champions Monaco’s 6-1 thrashing of Marseille, their last game before Mbappe left for title rivals PSG.
“I also understand some boos when we last (met),” he added.
“Because false information circulated throughout the ‘Mbappe soap opera’. But I haven’t changed, my entourage haven’t changed and our values remain the same; humility, simplicity and respect.
“You can be angry, hate me or boo me but you can never stop me from loving you because the truth is there – I love you.”
À MES AMIS MONÉGASQUES 🇮🇩👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/c33n6Q9adh
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 4, 2017