European transfer prices crash: €10bn fall, Mbappe & Messi fees crater, 20% value drop in Real Madrid & Barca squads

European transfer prices crash, €10 billion to be wiped off market

KPMG, the global accountancy firm, have analysed the financial fallout in the football transfer market due to the Covid-19 crisis, and the forecasts are staggering.

As reported in the FT, the European transfer market is heading for a crash, with up to €10 billion to be wiped off the market. Readers are told:

Up to €10bn will be wiped off the value of European football players due to the coronavirus pandemic, as some of the sport’s biggest clubs warn that plummeting revenues mean less cash will be spent on star signings.

KPMG believe that the impact of playing football behind closed doors will result in a €6.6 billion loss to European football. However, that figure will rise to €10 billion if leagues in Europe cancel their campaigns.


Lower transfer fees may benefit big clubs

In recent days there’s been a growing clamour of support in the UK for a redistribution of wealth in the football pyramid.

Those views were aired by EFL chairman Rick Parry on Tuesday.

However, KPMG indicate that the depressed European transfer market will likely benefit the bigger clubs, which in turn could increase the divide between the haves and have nots. KPMG said:

We will most likely witness a ‘buyer’s market’, in which a minority of clubs could exploit the difficult financial position of their counterparts, possibly getting players at a lower price than would have been possible up until last summer.


Kylian Mbappe & Leo Messi fees drop drastically

In the KPMG Football Benchmark report, they include a graphic showing the likely decrease in transfer fees for world football’s top stars.

It’s believed that PSG striker Kylian Mbappe has seen his value drop from around 225 million euros to 188 million euros.

Leo Messi’s price tag has also fallen dramatically. The Barcelona superstar, who is out of contract in 2021, has seen his value fall from 175 million euros to 134 million euros.

KPMG Football Benchmark: Mbappe & Messi fees crater

KPMG Football Benchmark: Mbappe & Messi fees crater


20% value drop in Real Madrid & Barca squads

Spanish football giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are also given bad news by KPMG.

According to their estimates, in the scenario that La Liga resumes behind closed doors, Real Madrid’s squad value will fall from 1,168 million euros to 944 million (19.1% drop). That figures fall to 851 million euros (27.2% fall) if the season is cancelled.

Barcelona’s squad, previously valued at 1,136 million euros, will be 903 million euros (-20.5%) if the season continues and 808 million (-24.0%) if not.

20% value drop in Real Madrid & Barca squads

20% value drop in Real Madrid & Barca squads


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This article was edited by Ben Green.