Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann will be the main Catalan assets in Naples. - Enric Fontcuberta / EFE / SIPA
The coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the interruption of national and continental football competitions, has resulted in a drop of almost a third in the transfer value of players from the five major European championships, reveals a study published Monday. Thus, the total transfer value of players at the level of the five major championships would decrease by 28%, from 32.7 to 23.4 billion euros, in the event that no match is played and no contract is extended until at the end of June, estimated the Football Observatory of the Center Center International d'Etude du Sport (CIES) in Neuchâtel.
Main potential victim, Olympique de Marseille whose transfer value of players would drop by 38% (loss of 97 million euros), according to the study which relates to Germany, England, Spain, France and Italy.
Big losses for big clubs
Paris SG would lose 302 million euros (-31.4%), Real Madrid 350 (-31.8%) and FC Barcelona 366 (-31.3%). Conversely, the lowest percentage of losses would go to Stade Brestois (-16%). Player by player, the estimated transfer value of Paul Pogba (Manchester United) "would be almost halved, from 65 to 35 million," said CIES.
The extent of the decline varies depending on several factors "such as the age of the players, the length of the contract, career path and recent performance".
"The biggest loss in relative terms concerns aging footballers with short-term contracts who have played fewer matches in the current season than in the previous one," adds CIES.