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Why we haven't yet seen the £100m player


Paul Tomkins has taken a fascinating look at how football transfer fees in the past look like when they are expressed in 2017 prices.   Inflation has just about doubled since the formation of the Premier League in 1992 but the cost of a top rank footballer has gone up about twenty times.

Shevchenko's transfer to Chelsea in 2006-7 tops the list at £137m, followed closely by Wayne Rooney's move to Manchester United in 2004-5 at £136m.   The top six inward moves involve Chelsea and Manchester United.

We haven't seen the £100m player yet because the global super stars are tied up at elite clubs and Chinese clubs are now having to pay a tax on foreign players which effectively doubles their cost.