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So how much are signings actually worth on market?

Byline: Chris Waugh NUFC Writer Twitter: @CHRISDHWAUGH

NEWCASTLE United signed PS19.1million worth of talent on loan during the January transfer window, according to new stats from the CIES Observatory - a football think tank based in Switzerland.

CIES rate Islam Slimani, who joined Newcastle from Leicester City on a loan deal until the end of the season, as being worth PS9.2m in the current market - despite the Foxes having forked out PS30m for him just 18 months ago.

Kenedy, meanwhile, is valued at PS4.9m - something Magpies supporters would almost certainly encourage the United hierarchy to pay to secure his services on a permanent basis given his promising first two displays for Newcastle. Martin Dubravka, meanwhile - who joined United from Sparta Prague on an initial loan deal, with the option for a PS4m permanent transfer this summer - is valued at just PS1.4m.

Given that Newcastle paid a total of roughly PS5m-PS6m in loan fees for their three signings, it seems a fair deal given that they would cost the best part of PS20m in permanent fees according to CIES. Individual valuations of players are regularly updated by the CIES Football Observatory research team, and the algorithm attempts to offer a scientific determination of their current worth.

Rafa Benitez's current squad is valued at PS167.3m, according to the think tank, with only six current Magpies valued in excess of PS10m.

Interestingly, five of those players are British, with four England-qualified.

Jamaal Lascelles is Newcastle's most expensive asset - the United captain has a market value of PS14.6m - while Matt Ritchie (PS12.5m), Jonjo Shelvey (PS12m), Florian Lejeune (PS11.9m), Jacob Murphy (PS11.3m) and Isaac Hayden (PS10.1m) would also fetch eight-figure fees. Two players - Massadio Haidara (PS0.8m) and Jesus Gamez (PS0.2m) - would fetch less than PS1m each if they were sold, however.

What's more, all of the players signed during the Benitez era have increased in value bar three: Dwight Gayle (valued at PS8.2m, while Newcastle paid PS10m), Mo Diame (PS2m, down from PS2.5m) and Jesus Gamez (PS0.2m, down from PS1.5m).

All other Magpies acquired by Benitez would fetch United a profit if they were sold on at their current market valuation, according to CIES.

MAGPIES BY NUMBERS Transfer value of every single member of the Newcastle squad, according to CIES: Jamaal Lascelles PS14.6m ([euro]16.5m) Matt Ritchie PS12.5m ([euro]14.1m) Jonjo Shelvey PS12m ([euro]13.6m) Florian Lejeune PS11.9m ([euro]13.4m) Jacob Murphy PS11.3m ([euro]12.7m) Isaac Hayden PS10.1m ([euro]11.4m) Mikel Merino PS9.5m ([euro]10.7m) Islam Slimani PS9.2m ([euro]10.4m) Ciaran Clark PS9m ([euro]10.2m) DeAndre Yedlin PS8.9m ([euro]10m) Dwight Gayle PS8.2m ([euro]9.3m) Ayoze Perez PS7.5m ([euro]8.5m) Christian Atsu PS7.4m ([euro]8.4m) Javier Manquillo PS6.3m ([euro]7.1m) Chancel Mbemba PS6m ([euro]6.7m) Joselu PS5.3m ([euro]6m) Kenedy PS4.9m ([euro]5.5m) Karl Darlow PS4.1m ([euro]4.6m) Paul Dummett PS2.6m ([euro]2.9m) Mo Diame PS2m ([euro]2.3m) Rob Elliot PS1.6m ([euro]1.8m) Martin Dubravka PS1.4m ([euro]1.6m) Massadio Haidara PS0.8m ([euro]0.9m) Jesus Gamez PS0.2m ([euro]0.2m) Total squad value: PS167.3m ([euro]188.8m)

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2018
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