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Thauvin was real bargain for Toon.

Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor @MsiDouglas

NEWCASTLE United got a bargain in PS12.3m Florian Thauvin - paying almost PS1m less to Marseille than the winger is worth.

But they undersold Mehdi Abeid, who was worth PS1.4m but they transferred to Panathinaikos for some PS400,000. That is according to a comprehensive study of summer transfers by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory, who work with FIFA, UEFA and top player agents to calculate values depending on potential, sell-on value, performances and age.

Their analysis saw Anthony Martial rated as the most overvalued player in the summer, with Manchester United having paid some PS20.1m more for the Monaco forward than he was worth.

Kevin de Bruyne (PS19.3m overvalued) and Christian Benteke (PS14.2m) were the next two - while Raheem Sterling, surprisingly, was the biggest bargain of the window.

Manchester City paid PS23.2m less than he was worth while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - who left Roma for Lyon - was another who was undervalued by PS8.6m.

CIES base their assessment on age, performances and potential to increase in worth, and analyse all of the big five leagues.

So while Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba fall outside that remit, Thauvin - whose value raised eyebrows in France - has been undervalued. CIES rates him at [euro]18.5m - Newcastle paid [euro]17m for him. Abeid, who was rated at [euro]2m, was sold for [euro]600,000.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2015
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