The coronavirus has absolutely upended the world of football. Leagues have canceled their season early, broadcasters have terminated their contracts, and many expect the upcoming transfer market to be unlike anything we’ve seen before.
The collapse of the transfer market has forced player values to plummet according to a study from KPMG, who estimates that the top 20 most valuable players in Europe will see their value decrease by an average of 20 percent if the season is canceled and 13 percent if it resumes until the end behind closed doors.
For Paris Saint-Germain superstars Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr., their values will decrease by 21.5 percent and 21.7 percent, respectfully, now that the Ligue 1 season has been canceled.
The good news for PSG fans is that despite the drop in value, both Mbappé and Neymar are likely too expensive for any club to afford. According to KPMG, the Frenchman would go from a valuation of €225 million in February to somewhere between €177 million and €188 million. Neymar’s valuation would drop from €175 million to between €137 million and €149 million.
“The coronavirus disruption will certainly have an impact on players’ market value,” the report reads. “Financial constraints are likely to lead to a decrease both in the volume of transactions and in the transfer fees, and to an increase in the number of swap and loan deals.”
Fortunately for PSG, they have one of the best sporting directors in the game, and Leonardo is an expert at finding quality players for bargain prices. With Mbappé and Neymar more than likely staying in the French capital for another season, it might be easier than ever to convince players to join the PSG project.
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