Juventus’ Paul Pogba has been given a transfer value of €66m by a team of expert football economists.
An investigation took place in the Swiss town of Neuchatel and rated the young French international as the sixth most valuable player in the World.
The five above him are Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Barca’s Neymar.
21-year-old Pogba has already won two Scudetti since making the move to Turin from Manchester United, as well as establishing himself in the France national side.
His performances have attracted the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including big-spending Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain, though Juve are determined to keep hold of him.
However, speaking to France Football today, head of the investigation Raffaele Poli said it might make sense for the Old Lady to sell now.
“If Pogba doesn’t renew his contract that expires in June 2016 and things stay as they are, his value in a year wouldn’t be above €50m anymore,” Poli said.
“Suddenly, you see it’s not inconceivable that if a club offer more than €60m [this summer], Juventus may let him move so that they have the resources to strengthen.”
The investigation also claimed Pogba to be more valuable than Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, who was ‘clearly overpaid for’ by the Spanish side last summer when they forked out €100m to prise the player away from Tottenham Hotspur.