The year is off to a great start in Europe when it comes to matters football. Bundesliga is the only League still enjoying extra days of holiday. Premier League as we all know never takes a break to entertain us during the festive period. Others including La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 took a short break but they are back to business. Today, we want to take a closer look at most valuable midfielders in Europe as we begin the year. This might change depending on success at the end of the season plus Russia World Cup.
5. Isco- €75 Million
Real Madrid playmaker Isco is valued at €75 million. The Los Blancos midfield genius has grown in the last few years to claim a solid place in Zinedine Zidane team. He almost left the club one year ago but the head coach assured him of play time and he stayed.
The Spaniard played a key role last season when Gareth Bale struggled with injuries. He scored a key goal against City rivals Atletico to help his side book a place in the final. He will certainly be happy that he was an integral part of that team that lifted five trophies in 2017 including La Liga and UEFA Champions League.
4. Dele Alli- €80 Million
Tottenham Hotspurs owners still cannot believe their luck when they look at Dele Alli. They paid £5 million for the youngster in 2015 but his value has just skyrocketed in two years. The 21-year-old scored 10 goals in his debut season and last year he netted 22 times in only 50 matches. He has started slowly this season with 9 goals in 26 matches. In total, he has 41 goals in 122 matches for Spurs. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo did not have those numbers at that age. Other players valued at €80 million include Barcelona defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets and Real Madrid central midfielder Toni Kroos.
3. Philippe Coutinho- €90 Million
Barcelona paid what is believed to be €142 million to sign the Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool a few days ago. They will certainly not agree with this valuation of their prized asset. The market has gone crazy since PSG paid €222 million to sign Neymar. It, therefore, not surprising for the Reds to demand that kind of fee.
The 25-year-old is no doubt a great addition to the team at Camp Nou. Unlike, Iniesta and Rakitic who are good at creating and assisting, the new arrival can score and assist. This season alone, he netted 12 goals in 20 matches for the Premier League side. He will fill that gap left behind by Neymar.