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Phil Foden emerges top of 100 MVPs in Europe with £163.4m price tag

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden is the most valuable player in Europe’s top-five leagues, according to CIES Football Observatory.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who was recently named the PFA Young Player of the Year, has so far played 56 times for club and country during a breakthrough 2020/21 campaign, scoring 18 times in total.

As a result of his impressive form under Pep Guardiola, where he helped his boyhood club to a Premier League title win, Foden is all set to play a key role in the upcoming European Championships for England.

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In fact, the Stockport-born midfielder is ahead of some of the world’s best when it comes to overall transfer value.

To determine transfer values, the CIES team analyses the following criteria: age, book value, competition level. results, achievements, performance, experience, international status, contract and position.

With these criteria, they predict an estimated value of each player based on the above attributes.

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Image credit: CIES Football Observatory

In their detailed report, Foden (£164.4 million) comes out on top ahead of Manchester United duo Mason Greenwood (£153 million) and Marcus Rashford (£137 million).

Bruno Fernandes (£132 million) is another Manchester United player who features in the list while Mason Mount (£106.1 million) of Chelsea being the only other Premier League player in the top 10 highest-priced players.

In terms of the other players included, Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland comes in fourth (£134 million) while Frenkie de Jong (£119 million), Pedri (£114 million), Alphonso Davies (£113 million) and Joao Felix (£110 million) complete the list.

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Outside of the top 10, another England international, Jadon Sancho, just misses out with a transfer value of £103.3 million, while Ferran Torres, Kai Havertz and Trent Alexander-Arnold also feature alongside the likes of Timo Werner, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Image credit: CIES Football Observatory
Image credit: CIES Football Observatory

Thoughts on the above valuations? Who deserves to be higher up on the CIES list?

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