The CIES Football Observatory has just published its list of the most valuable players in Europe’s top 5 leagues according to their calculations, and there’s a Chelsea player in the top 20, but perhaps not who you would expect.
Mason Mount is listed as having a value of €102.5m, putting the England midfielder just behind Matthijs de Ligt and just ahead of his old Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong.
It even puts him ahead of Leo Messi, but given the Argentine is 32 years old, what’s perhaps more impressive is that he’s up there at all.
The fact that Mount is just 21, has scored goals consistently through his career so far, is English and has until 2024 left on his contract will all contribute to his inflated value.
Given the criticism he gets within our own fanbase, it’s easy to forget how highly rated he actually is around Europe.
Incredibly, the next name on the list is Kepa Arrizabalaga. Someone really needs to tell these guys about Reece James.