Bruno Fernandes has been named the most valuable midfielder in world football.
According to the latest CIES Football Observatory transfer value list, the Manchester United star is now worth a staggering £93.5million – £26.5m more than the Red Devils paid for him pre-coronavirus pandemic.
Mason Mount comes in second behind the Portuguese with a value of £91.4m, while Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is valued at £91million and is third.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba fails to make the top 20 list, and according to the CIES Football Observatory, is valued at £44.9m, suggesting he has depreciated as a player since his £89m move to United in 2016.
A number of factors are considered by the CIES Football Observatory, who attempt to accurately predict the market.
Ability, age, form, contract length and recent transfers are just some of the things it takes into account when estimating a player’s value.
Manchester United splashed out £67million on Fernandes in January after missing out on him in the summer window.
He has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, which has gone someway to boosting his price, and was propelling the Red Devils back to the Champions League places before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Fernandes and his United team-mates are back in action on June 19 – two days after the Premier League officially returns.
The Red Devils will take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in north London.