The inflation rate in the transfer market continued in the 2023 summer transfer window, with many teams signing footballers who were overpriced.
This list is filled with clubs in the Premier League, and this is an indication of the kind of deals being done by clubs in England’s top-flight division.
This might continue to be a regular occurrence in the transfer market, as financially buoyant teams continue to overspend in making signings.
Anyway, let’s fill you in on the top 10 overpriced footballers in the recently concluded 2023 summer transfer window.
Top 10 overpriced footballers in the 2023 summer transfer window
10) Josko Gvardiol – £13 million
Manchester City overpaid to sign Croatian International Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig, as his initial value was £64 million.
The 21-year-old has made 4 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, scoring no goal and providing no assist so far.
9) Andre Onana – £15 million
Onana joined Manchester United from Inter Milan for £47.2 million, and the Red Devils also overpaid to sign the Cameroonian.
The 27-year-old initial market value was 32.2 million, and he has had a wishy-washy start to life at Old Trafford.
Andre Onana has made 4 appearances for Manchester United, keeping a clean sheet clean sheet so far.
7) Dominik Szoboszlai – £17 million
Liverpool overpaid to sign the Hungarian from RB Leipzig, as his initial value was £53 million.
The 22-year-old has made 4 appearances for the Reds, scoring 1 goal and providing no assist across all competitions.
7) Kai Havertz – £17 million
Despite his below-par performances in recent seasons, Arsenal still spent a huge amount to sign the German international.
Havertz’s initial market value was £50.5 million, and he is still settling into life in North London.
Kai Havertz has made 4 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side, scoring no goal and providing no assist.
6) Matheus Cunha – £21 million
Cunha is also on the list after Wolverhampton Wanderers spent £44 million to sign him permanently from Atletico Madrid.
The Brazilian’s initial market value was £23 million, and he joined Wolves on loan in January 2023, before sealing a permanent move in the summer.
The 24-year-old has made 24 appearances for the Wanderers, scoring 3 goals and providing no assist.
5) Declan Rice – £23 million
If you guessed the name of Rice would suffice on this list, you guessed right.
The 24-year-old joined the Gunners for a fee of £100 million, meaning his actual market value was £77 million.
He has made 5 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 1 goal and providing no assist across all competitions.
2) Neymar – £26 million
Neymar’s value has dropped in recent seasons, but Paris Saint Germain still managed to cash in £69 million on his sale.
That means that his actual market value is £43 million, and he is also earning big in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, plying his trade for Al Hilal.
The 31-year-old is yet to make his debut for the Saudi Pro League club.
2) Malcom – £26 million
Al Hilal have really overpaid this summer, as they also signed the Brazilian for an amount above his actual value.
The 26-year-old has made 5 appearances for the Saudi Pro League club, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist.
His actual market value is £26 million.
2) Rasmus Hojlund – £26 million
Manchester United continued in their pattern of overspending in the transfer market, and Hojlund is another example.
The Red Devils signed Hojlund for an initial £64 million, with £8 million to be paid as add-ons.
His initial market value is £38 million, and the 20-year-old has made 1 appearance for Manchester United, scoring no goal and providing no assist.
Rasmus Hojlund was impressive on his debut, coming on from the bench in Erik Ten Hag’s side 3-1 loss to Arsenal.
1) Moises Caicedo – £50 million
Chelsea forked out a staggering £115 million to sign the Ecuador international.
Caicedo’s actual market value was £65 million, but the Blues astronomically overpaid to sign him.
It can be said that they overpaid due to desperation, as they were rivaled by Liverpool for Moises Caicedo’s signature.
The 21-year-old has made 4 appearances for Chelsea, scoring no goal and providing no assist across all competitions.