Premier League players, led by Salah, dominate AFCON xTV charts
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Expected Transfer Value (xTV)
Premier League players, led by Salah, dominate AFCON xTV charts
by Jonathan Rest

The most valuable players at the African Cup of Nations, which got under way in Cameroon at the weekend, play in England's Premier League, TransferRoom can reveal.

Twelve of the 20 most valuable players in the African Cup of Nations represent teams in England's top-flight, with Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah leading the way.
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Twelve of the 20 most valuable players in the tournament represent teams in England's top-flight, with Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah leading the way.

 

The league's top goalscorer this season is valued at €90m, according to TransferRoom’s Expected Transfer Value calculations.

 

Salah's Liverpool teammate, the Senegalese striker Sadio Mane, is third on the list (see top 10 below), valued at €63.5m, behind PSG and Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi (€82.6m), who is the only representative from Ligue 1 in the top 20.

 

Two more Premier League players, Thomas Partey (Arsenal and Ghana) and Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City and Nigeria) round out the top five, valued at €53.42m and €50m, respectively.

 

There are three representatives in total from the Bundesliga in the top 20, with Edmond Tapsoba of Burkina Faso (€49.29m) ranked sixth overall and joined by his Bayer Leverkusen teammate Odilon Kossounou of Ivory Coast (€27.61m) and RB Leipzig's Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara (€27.53m).

 

The most valuable African player in Italy is actually Victor Osimhen, but the Napoli striker, who has an xTV of €75.715m, will not be playing at AFCON. Instead, AC Milan's Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer (€41.30m) is the highest-ranked Serie A participant, with club teammate Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast in 17th place (€27.66m) and Senegal and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in 12th (€37.15m).

 

Spain's LaLiga has just one representative in the top 20, Sevilla's Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesryi, who has an xTV of €41.98m.

 

The other Premier League-based players in the top 20 are: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea and Senegal); Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City and Algeria); Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast); Naby Keita (Guinea and Liverpool); Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal and Ivory Coast); Ismaila Sarr (Watford and Senegal); and Said Benrahma (West Ham and Algeria).

 

The tournament, postponed from 2021 because of Covid-19, runs to February 6.

 

TransferRoom’s team of executives and analysts created xTV to provide a real-time reliable assessment of the value of more than 90,000 players worldwide.

 

To watch a TransferRoom webinar explaining how xTV works, visit: https://www.transferroom.com/xtv-webinar

 

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