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PS130m for a kid is utter lunacy - or is it?

Byline: Sean McGuire' Because sport's a religion round here Sunday Sermon

IF Manchester United pay the asking price of PS130 million for Monaco's 18-year-old striker, Kylian Mbappe, there then will be no doubt that the lunatics are running the asylum.

Mbappe is a kid who has played well in a few games, and the notion that he could be valued at such a mind boggling price at this stage in his career is crazy, even by the deranged standards of modern football industry excesses.

God alone knows what price will be demanded by the time he is a proven winner with a sustained period of triumph to his name, but, like house prices in London, there seems to be no prospect of a cessation.

Like everyone else who thinks about this question, I do not have a formula by which one can scientifically value players in football, or any other sport come to that, but I do have a sense of proportion, and the idea of spending PS130 million to get a lad to play footy does not sit well with that judgement.

But who knows, the way the transfer market works, fuelled by the intimacy between agents and other football market makers, may well mean that we will look back at Mbappe's current asking price and say "wasn't that good value"?

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 7, 2017
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