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10 most valuable players in the Premier League according to CIES - January 2022

Most valuable Premier League footballers (Image via Sportskeeda)
Most valuable Premier League footballers (Image via Sportskeeda)

The Premier League has some of the biggest talents playing with and against each other every week. Home to some of the richest clubs on the planet, there is never a shortage of excitement as world-class footballers battle it out against each other.

Aside from nurturing superstars in their academies, Premier League clubs also spend big on transfers.


Estimated transfer valuations are great indicators for Premier League clubs

It's hard to accurately measure the transfer valuation of a footballer. Unlike leagues like Spain's La Liga, the Premier League doesn't have mandatory release clauses, making the situation slightly tricky.

But estimated transfer valuations from dependable sources like the CIES football observatory are great indicators. The following ten names command the highest estimated transfer fees in the Premier League.


#10 Kai Havertz - €101.2M

Chelsea attacking midfielder Kai Havertz.
Chelsea attacking midfielder Kai Havertz.

The German sensation grabbed the headlines in his early days at Bayer Leverkusen. Kai Havertz's strong showing in Germany made him a cherished footballer by many clubs, but Chelsea managed to beat them all to his signature.

Havertz had a slow start to the first half of his debut season under Frank Lampard. However, he settled down well under Thomas Tuchel, and no Chelsea fan will forget his goal in the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City.

Havertz's strike won the club their second trophy in the competition and their first in nine years.

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Havertz has been a regular at Chelsea in the current season, having already made 24 appearances. He has eight goal involvements, with five goals and three assists. The German still needs to make some tweaks to his game, but only an abnormally high sum can take him away from Chelsea.


#9 Bukayo Saka - €103M

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka is one of the brightest talents in the Premier League.
Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka is one of the brightest talents in the Premier League.

Bukayo Saka has been a shining light in recent years for Arsenal, who have largely underperformed. The British wonderkid is an extremely versatile player who can play in several positions on the football field.

Saka's versatility and talent made him a regular for Arsenal at a very young age and even led to an England call-up for Euro 2020. Unfortunately, it ended in heartbreak as Gianluigi Donnarumma saved his spot-kick during the penalty shootout in the final.

To his credit, though, Saka has bounced back quite positively since then.

Bukayo Saka; The Present and Future of Arsenal Football Club πŸ”₯ https://t.co/olhRtvjmX2

In 24 appearances so far, Saka has managed 11 goal involvements. He has played mostly as an attacker but has also taken up defensive duties on occasion. Arsenal consider him vital to their future and may not want to sell their generational talent even for an absurd amount of money.


#8 Reece James - €108M

Reece James is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League right now.
Reece James is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League right now.

Reece James has been one of the brightest recent talents coming out of the Cobham Training Center. He made his debut for Chelsea as a teenager and quickly showed the world what he is made of.

James outclassed many of his senior pros to become a regular at Stamford Bridge at just 21 years of age. Astute on the ball, he uses his pace to join the attack but is equally robust at the back.

Gareth Southgate on Reece James. https://t.co/nWNY7ZqiI9

James started the current season brilliantly and even scored five goals and bagged six assists. He has already played 23 games across all competitions until a major injury seemingly cut his season short.

Irrespective of the present unfortunate situation, Chelsea consider him vital for their future, and it's quite unlikely that they will sell him at any price.

#7 Mason Mount - €108.9M

Mason Mount has been incredible for Chelsea in the Premier League.
Mason Mount has been incredible for Chelsea in the Premier League.

Another Premier League prospect from Chelsea, Mason Mount's rise through the ranks over the years has been incredible. His talent was first observable at Derby County under Frank Lampard. When Lampard took over the reins at Chelsea, he brought Mount with him and gave him his first-team debut.

It didn't take the creative midfielder too long to establish himself as a regular in the side. His additional ability to play in wider positions when required made him even more valuable in light of the injuries and off-form of his teammates.

Mount has been an integral player for the London-based club this season and has made 28 appearances across all competitions. He has contributed seven goals and six assists and has played in different positions when required. Like Reece James, Mount is a key element of Chelsea's present and future.

It will have to be an incredibly high amount to take him away from London but as things stand, the Englishman is set for a long future at Stamford Bridge.


#6 Trent Alexander-Arnold - €112.8M

Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and the world.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and the world.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right-backs in the world right now, if not the best. Since his debut for Liverpool, Alexander-Arnold has gone from strength to strength to become the footballer he is today.

There is no shortage of good offensive wing-backs in the modern game. However, few can come close to the vision and crossing ability that the English right-back shows on the pitch. Alexander-Arnold has often been criticized for his at times weak defending, but he more than makes up for it with his offensive displays.

⚽ Most PL goals this season:πŸ₯‡ Mo Salah - 16πŸ₯ˆ Diogo Jota - 10πŸ…°οΈ Most PL assists this season:πŸ₯‡ Mo Salah - 9πŸ₯ˆ Trent Alexander-Arnold - 8🌑️ Top PL rated players this season:πŸ₯‡ Mo Salah - 7.82πŸ₯ˆ Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7.63 https://t.co/JjqUcWlYp2

Alexander-Arnold has had some niggling fitness issues but has already made 22 appearances in the current campaign. He already has an incredible 12 assists and has also chipped in with two goals, including a beautiful free-kick against West Ham United in the Premier League.

It suffices to say that even the highest transfer amounts may not be enough to prise him away from Anfield.


#5 Bruno Fernandes - €113.9M

Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has been an incredible addition to the Premier League.
Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has been an incredible addition to the Premier League.

Bruno Fernandes joined Manchester United in the last days of the winter window in 2020. He has arguably been the most influential signing since the transfer of Robin Van Persie from Arsenal back in 2012.

Fernandes quickly became Manchester United's talisman and carried the entire team at times. Unfortunately, the club has underperformed on several occasions, especially in the defensive areas of the game.

However, the Portuguese has managed to keep the flag flying high, often rescuing his side through his individual brilliance. He even became the highest-scoring midfielder in a single Premier League season during the 2020-21 campaign.

Bruno Fernandes captains Manchester United tonight Β© https://t.co/xFnNyMnEFv

The current campaign hasn't been the best for Fernandes and has seen a massive drop from his usual standards. However, the Portuguese has still managed to play 25 times across all major competitions.

His goal tally has gone down compared to last year at this time. However, Bruno has 14 goal involvements, breaking down into five goals and nine assists. A new contract is on the horizon, and it's quite unlikely that Fernandes will be leaving Old Trafford anytime soon.


#4 Jadon Sancho - €115M

Jadon Sancho is yet to set the Premier League alight.
Jadon Sancho is yet to set the Premier League alight.

Jadon Sancho has had a tough start to life in the Premier League since his switch from the Bundesliga. Manchester United have long chased him since he first grabbed headlines with his wonderful performances for Borussia Dortmund. The club ultimately managed to acquire him before the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Since then, Sancho's form has been indifferent, and he has looked a shadow of the player who destroyed defenses in the German top flight. But the Englishman has age and talent on his side and is slowly coming into his groove under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

😯 Jadon Sancho has registered as many key passes from open play as Mason Mount in the Premier League this season from 318 fewer minutes played (19) https://t.co/20Xj67HzCC

It hasn't been a case of game time for the pacy winger as Sancho has already made 22 appearances and played for over 1200 minutes. He has contributed just two goals, with one of them being a crucial breakaway goal in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

It's fairly certain, however, that United will not be too bothered by this at least immediately and will not be selling him any time soon either. But to appease himself and the club's fans, Sancho will surely want to improve his contributions and match the numbers he recorded in Germany.

#3 Ruben Dias - €120.5M

Ruben Dias has already laid a marker down in the Premier League.
Ruben Dias has already laid a marker down in the Premier League.

If any defender can come close to competing against Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk, it has to be Premier League and Manchester City centre-back Ruben Dias.

Ever since the Portuguese came to England from Benfica in the summer of 2020, he has looked every bit the player he was built up to be. Dias has expertly filled the void left by former Manchester City defender and captain Vincent Kompany.

He has looked assured on the ball and clean in his tackles, and his command on the Cityzens' defensive line is commendable. His performances helped Pep Guardiola's side secure another league title last season. Dias also played a vital role as City fell just one step short of claiming the coveted Champions League title.

Ruben Dias has kept more clean sheets than any other centre-back since he made his Premier League debut:β—‰ 23 - RΓΊben Diasβ—Ž 19 - Antonio Rudigerβ—Ž 19 - Ben WhiteAnd now he's popping up with goals and assists. πŸ‘€ https://t.co/NKe5dCw9ob

Dias had a poor Euro 2020 with Portugal but has once again been the star of the show for Manchester City in the current season. He has led from the front with 27 appearances across all competitions, and his displays have been characterized by his defensive acumen and robustness. The Portuguese has contributed a bonus of four goal involvements as well.

Manchester City understandably consider Ruben Dias to be 'untouchable.' It's almost unthinkable that a club can acquire him from the Etihad in the near future.


#2 Mason Greenwood - €133.9M

Mason Greenwood is one of the Premier League's most talented youngsters.
Mason Greenwood is one of the Premier League's most talented youngsters.

Manchester United have a rich heritage of academy graduates who become first-team regulars and superstars. Among the current batch, Mason Greenwood tops the pecking order for the claim.

He has easily been the best graduate coming from the academy in the last few years. Greenwood has been fast-tracked into the first-team and has never looked back. Of course, there is still room for improvement within his game, but he has age on his side, and his ability has never come into question.

Mason Greenwood is the fourth-most expensive player in Europe's top-five leagues according to @CIES_Football https://t.co/jTaTJdsF3k

Greenwood started the current campaign brightly by netting in the first three Premier League fixtures. Since then, he has gone on the backburner and has recorded 21 appearances overall and seven goal involvements. Manchester United fans will be hopeful of witnessing more consistency from him in 2022.


#1 Phil Foden - €152.6M

Phil Foden is already a Premier League star.
Phil Foden is already a Premier League star.

When the England U-17 squad won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, Phil Foden played the most important role in that triumph. The tournament was the first sign of his incredible talent, which has been developed patiently by Manchester City.

Becoming a first-team regular in a star-studded senior side is no mean task, yet Foden has managed to do so without much fuss. His ability on the ball and technical astuteness makes him a perfect player in Pep Guardiola's system. Foden can easily play in both central and wider positions, and is a nuisance for opposition defenders.

It’s just a Phil Foden thing really https://t.co/6n6JqVFYjY

Foden's 13 goal involvements from 20 appearances this season shows the red hot form he has been in. He missed the start of the campaign with a foot injury but has been on top of his game since then.

Foden's valuation comes not only from the quality he has but also from the fact that he is immensely versatile. Manchester City have never been in a financial mess since the takeover happened. So unless there are contract disagreements in the future, Foden is set for a long stay at the Etihad and in the Premier League.

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