French politician, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, predicted that Kylian Mbappe’s transfer value would astonishingly plummet to £35million, due to the effect the coronavirus pandemic will have on the market.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a long-standing member of the European Parliament, says that football has been transformed by the coronavirus pandemic and that stars such as Kylian Mbappe will now be worth a fraction of their previous asking prices.
Kylian Mbappe had been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and was linked to Real Madrid and Liverpool for a figure more than £180m. In some of the reports, his transfer fees were estimated up to €300 million (£260m/$326m).
However, he told Ouest France, that the COVID-19 pandemic would transform the face of the game and reiterated that when sport restarts, it will do so amid a very different landscape.
This crisis will clean up the irrationality of professional sport. It’s like there was a nuclear attack and it had to be rebuilt, but on other grounds.
Tomorrow, Mbappe will cost at most €35-40m and no longer €200m. And who can buy him?
There will be de facto regulation. Going even further on a salary cap could be necessary. It is a reorganisation that goes not only through the players’ salaries, but also through the right to images and publicity. We have to break the system of managers, of those who do business.Daniel Cohn-Bendit, French politician on huge transfer fee in current Transfer Market and possible to impose cap on transfer value
Cohn-Bendit believes this could be a positive thing in the long term and even talked about the concept of caps in the Transfer fee.
A little more sobriety is enough for me. A little more sobriety and a little more equality would be a good start. Footballers will not play worse if they are paid less.Daniel Cohn-Bendit, French politician professed on little equality on pay-cheques that footballers receive
He believes that it could see sport as a whole return to its core values, starting with the Olympic Games, which are due to take place in Paris in 2024 after Tokyo 2020 was pushed back a year owing to the world health crisis.
The Football league in France, like Europe’s other major leagues, is currently suspended with no clear indication on when or if the current Ligue 1 season will be completed.
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