With news surfacing that Liverpool are set to reject Manchester City’s £40m bid for Raheem Sterling because they are holding out for them to reach the magic £50m mark, we thought it would be an idea to look at five of the Premier League’s top talents more worthy of that fee that he.
It’s not to say that Sterling is a bad player, far from it, but being young and English has driven his fee up far beyond where it should be.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Undoubtedly the finest striker in the Premier League right now, and finished the season with 26 goals despite a number of injury problems throughout the campaign.
Goal scorers like Aguero are gold dust to Premier League sides, and he is more than worth £50m. At 27 years of age, he is just entering his peak, and averaging 4.5 shots per game, he almost guarantees goals. It’s no wonder that Real Madrid were interested in snapping him up earlier this month.
Thibaut Courtois – Chelsea
The Belgian stopper was so good during his three-year spell with Atletico Madrid, that he was able to dispose of Petr Cech, who’d had the position on lockdown for the past ten years, and his efforts played a huge part in helping the Blues to their first title in five years.
Real Madrid were interested in snapping him up, and showed their desire to bring him on board by lodging a €73m (£100m) offer.
Already one of the best goalkeepers in the world, with room to get better he will prove to be a sound investment should someone wish to stump up the cash.