Date: 22nd January 2017 at 9:48pm
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The Cies Football Observatory have been crunching their numbers again to produce the January 2017 edition of their highest player transfer values for the top leagues across Europe.

Since 2012 CIES have been using their unique transfer value algorithm to postulate which players in the big five leagues in Europe would likely move clubs in a given transfer window and more importantly for the type of fee they would attract for a deal to go through.

The algorithm factors in variables such as player performance (minutes played, goals scored, assists etc) and individual characteristics (age, contract length etc) and factors in the behaviour of employer clubs and potential suitors given their transfer attitude over the years.

With growing riches in the game owing to television deals, the Premier League especially, transfer fees have rocketed in recent years and the billion pound mark was broken in the English game when it came to a single windows dealing and spend last summer and that trend is clearly likely to continue in the coming years.

That of course has a related effect on the transfer values suggested in this edition and CIES boast since 2013 a close to 80% accuracy in the correlation between values their algorithm estimated and sums actually paid for players.

For greater details and explanations please Click Here.

For this edition of their research, again familiar names appear at the top of the importance and value pile.

Barcelona’s Neymar is rated at 246.8 million Euros and he’s streets ahead of team mate Lionel Messi at 170.5 million Euros and Premier League and Manchester United arrival Paul Pogba at 155.3 million Euros.

Below them a further ten players are estimated with a value over the 100 million Euro mark and in the top 100 list, 42 players are from the Premier League directly.

The following are the estimated players with the highest values for each position on the pitch.

Highest Value Per Position
Pos
Player
Club
Estimated Value
GK
Jan Oblak
Atletico Madrid
59.8m Euros
CB
Raphael Varane
Real Madrid
64m Euros
FB
Hector Bellerin
Arsenal
70.3m Euros
CM
Paul Pogba
Manchester United
155.3m Euros
AM
Dele Alli
Tottenham Hotspur
110.5m Euros
F
Neymar
Barcelona
246.8m Euros



The full list of the 100 players they have listed this edition can be found on the above ‘CIES’ link, but the table as limited to Vitalfootball applicable sites is as follows.

Rank
Player
Club
Estimated Value (Euros)
1
Neymar
Barcelona
246.8 million
2
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
170.5 million
3
Paul Pogba
Manchester United
155.3 million
5
Luis Suarez
Liverpool
145.2 million
6
Harry Kane
Tottenham Hotspur
139.2 million
7
Christiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
126.5 million
8
Paulo Dybala
Juventus
113.8 million
9
Dele Alli
Tottenham Hotspur
110.5 million
10
Eden Hazard
Chelsea
101.5 million
11
Gonzalo Higuain
Juventus
98 million
12
Anthony Martial
Manchester United
92.5 million
13
Raheem Sterling
Manchester City
85.5 million
14
Gareth Bale
Real Madrid
84 million
16
Sergio Aguero
Manchester City
79.7 million
17
Riyad Mahrez
Leicester City
78.1 million
18
Mauro Icardi
Inter Milan
77.7 million
19
Kevin de Bruyne
Manchester City
76.7 million
20
Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal
76.3 million
21
N’Golo Kante
Chelsea
74.5 million
22
Alvaro Morata
Real Madrid
72.9 million
23
Toni Kroos
Real Madrid
71.4 million
25
Romelu Lukaku
Everton
70.9 million
26
Christian Eriksen
Tottenham Hotspur
70.8 million
27
Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich
70.4 million
28
Hector Bellerin
Arsenal
70.3 million
29
Eric Dier
Tottenham Hotspur
69.5 million
32
Diego Costa
Chelsea
66.3 million
33
Leroy Sane
Manchester City
65.3 million
36
Raphael Varane
Real Madrid
64 million
37
Thomas Muller
Bayern Munich
63.6 million
38
Nicolas Otamendi
Manchester City
63.1 million
39
Sadio Mane
Liverpool
60.8 million
40
Shkodran Mustafi
Arsenal
60.5 million
41
James Rodriguez
Real Madrid
60.4 million
42
Virgil van Dijk
Southampton
60.2 million
44
Andre Gomes
Barcelona
59.3 million
45
Roberto Firmino
Liverpool
55.3 million
46
Thibaut Courtois
Chelsea
55.2 million
47
Willian Borges
Chelsea
55.1 million
48
Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool
55 million
49
Georginio Wijnaldum
Liverpool
53.7 million
50
Miralem Pjanic
Juventus
52.5 million
52
Jamie Vardy
Leicester City
52.2 million
53
Marco Asensio
Real Madrid
51.6 million
55
David Alaba
Bayern Munich
50.5 million
56
Lucas Moura
Paris Saint-Germain
50.4 million
57
John Stones
Manchester City
48.9 million
58
David de Gea
Manchester United
48.8 million
59
Mateo Kovacic
Real Madrid
48.8 million
60
Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea
48.1 million
61
Samuel Umtiti
Barcelona
47.7 million
62
Mesut Ozil
Arsenal
47.6 million
63
Granit Xhaka
Arsenal
46 million
64
Joshua Kimmich
Bayern Munich
45.8 million
67
Manuel Neuer
Bayern Munich
45 million
68
Ivan Rakitic
Barcelona
45 million
69
Heung-Min Son
Tottenham Hotspur
44.8 million
70
Sergio Busquets
Barcelona
44.6 million
72
Mats Hummels
Bayern Munich
43.4 million
73
Jerome Boateng
Bayern Munich
43.3 million
74
Leonardo Bonucci
Juventus
43 million
76
Daniele Rugani
Juventus
42.7 million
78
Nathan Redmond
Southampton
42.4 million
79
Isco Alarcon
Real Madrid
42.3 million
82
Dimitri Payet
West Ham
40.9 million
84
Alessio Romagnoli
AC Milan
40.8 million
85
Toby Alderweireld
Tottenham Hotspur
40.7 million
86
Alex Sandro
Juventus
40.7 million
87
Denis Sanchez
Barcelona
40.3 million
88
Cesar Azpilicueta
Chelsea
40.3 million
89
Marco Verratti
Paris Saint-Germain
40.2 million
90
Danny Drinkwater
Leicester City
40 million
91
Pedro Rodriguez
Chelsea
39.8 million
92
Douglas Costa
Bayern Munich
39.4 million
93
Emre Can
Liverpool
38.7 million
95
Marquinhos Aoas
Paris Saint-Germain
37.6 million
96
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
37.5 million
99
Renato Sanches
Bayern Munich
36.6 million
100
Michail Antonio
West Ham
36.2 million