Study Shows Andriy Shevchenko Would Be The Most Expensive Premier League Player
Paul Pogba is the most expensive player to have played in the Premier League, but one study has actually proved that based on inflation it would be Andriy Shevchenko.
Ever since Neymar packed his bags and moved from Barcelona to PSG the price of transfers has shot up but even before the Brazilian's near £200 million move the addition of super owners and huge TV deals had pushed prices up massively.
It's not that long ago that we considered £15 million players to be a lot and anything around the £30 million mark to be astronomical but now every football club in the Premier League is within the reaches of the stars.
Pogba's return to England from Juve currently stands as the most money a player has cost a Premier League side, with Manchester United paying £89 million in summer 2016.
But a study shows that Pogba would only be the fourth most expensive player based on inflation. The Transfer Index shows that Chelsea's acquisition of Andriy Shevchenko would actually cost them £144 million in today's money.
Shevchenko arrived in England with a huge reputation, and a brilliant goalscoring record, from AC Milan in 2006. Things didn't go well in England for the Ukrainian though and he bagged just 23 goals in two seasons at Stamford Bridge.
He quickly returned to Milan on loan before going back to Dynamo Kiev, where he'd played before his stint in Italy, wasting much of the £30 million the Blues spent on him.
Alan Shearer's move from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United in 1996, then a world record fee of £15 million, would be worth £125 million.
Taking third place in the most expensive ranks would be Rio Ferdinand and his move from Leeds United to Manchester United, jumping from £29 million to £121 million.
Pogba is fourth on the amended list followed by fellow Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, Chelsea trio Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres and Michael Essien and United pair Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney rounding off the top 10.