The likes of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have been linked with big money moves this summer, with Liverpool turning down a £40 million bid from Manchester City for 20 year old Sterling.
The Reds value Sterling at at-least £50m, which is illogical compared to the likes of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal who were bought for £38m and £32m respectively.
Rio Ferdinand Speaks Out
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said on Twitter that English players are overpriced compared to foreign players. He took the example of Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez being cheaper than the current valuations of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
English players are soooo overpriced right now it's a joke! Kane & sterling have huge potential but 40m & 50m…aguero 38m & sanchez 32m!!!
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 20, 2015
What exactly is it about English players that make them so expensive? Certainly the Premier League is the most challenging league in the world but there is a better quality of players abroad.
Media hype is a key factor which influences the asking price.
The homegrown English players being transferred at such huge prices, reflects how a single good season can make player so overpriced when compared to players like Reus, Sanchez etc. who are proven players for both club and country and have lower valuations.
The national side of England are perennial underachievers. They were knocked out of the last World Cup in the Group Stage.
Here is a look at the some of top overpriced English transfers of the past.