Roy Keane Predicted How Much Legendary Manchester United Players Would Cost Now
Former Manchester United star Roy Keane decided to enter the conversation on the absurd amount that clubs spend on their transfer fees.
Inflation over the years has led to transfer fees soaring to new heights completely, and the 2017 summer dealings led to the most insane increase in prices that we're likely to ever see.
Neymar's move from Barcelona to PSG for a world-record £198 million changed the game that summer and it was soon followed by Ousmane Dembele joining Barcelona, as Neymar's replacement, from Borussia Dortmund for an initial £97 million, and Kylian Mbappe's move to PSG which was for an eventual £166 million from Monaco.
That spending hasn't really slowed and the records for a centre back and goalkeepers have fallen, with the keeper record twice being broken in about a week in the summer of 2018.
£50 million has well and truly become the new £30 million in today's market, as in that is what clubs must player for a decent player, and the Ireland national team assistant boss, opinionated as ever, was quizzed on transfer fees in a press conference ahead of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
In answering questions from journalists, Keane, who won 17 major honours with United, soon began to have his say on what his former Manchester United teammates Ruud van Nistelrooy, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs would be worth if they were playing today.
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Keane rated Van Nistelrooy and Beckham's talents at £1 billion, Ryan Giggs worthy of £2 billion before giving himself a modest price tag of £3.75 million - the very same fee United paid to land him from Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in 1993. Classic Keano.
As quoted by The Telegraph, here is Keane's full assessment of the transfer market:
"It's mind-boggling, the figures that are out there - especially for the average players. If ever there was a time to be a professional player it's now. Average players are going for £35 million. My goodness.
"I don't really analyse it too much, but that's the market place at the moment. There aren't many top players out there. The really big players are going for big money and it's filtering down now.
"When average players are going for £30-40 million, it does make you scratch your head, but if the clubs are prepared to pay that, then it's not the players' fault."
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