Manchester United had to fight to keep hold of Wayne Rooney in the summer, with the player said to favour a transfer to Chelsea.
Questions remain over his future, with his contract set to expire in 2015 and as yet unsigned, especially with United's league prospects unclear heading into the second half of the season.
Next summer the club may have a choice of cashing in or gambling on his contract running down even further, leaving the bean counters at Old Trafford to wonder how much they can raise if they did sell off the striker.
With that in mind a report in German magazine SportBILD in regards to Rooney's market value makes interesting reading.
Based on calculations and assessments from website transfermarkt.de they list Rooney as the player whose market value has depreciated more than any other over the past 12 months.
At the beginning of 2013 they had Wayne Rooney listed at €65m, now at €45m, and he is not the only Manchester United player to find himself in a similar situation.
Here are the 15 players who have seen their market value dip the most...
1) Wayne Rooney -€20m
=) Iker Casillas -€20m
=) Xavi -€20m
4) Mario Gomez -€18m
=) David Villa -€18m
6) Nani -€16.5
7) Samuel Eto'o -€16m
8) Daniel de Rossi -€14m
=) Michael Essien -€14m
10) Darren Bent -€13m
11) Xabi Alonso -€12m
=) Holger Badstuber -€12m
=) Alexis Sanchez -€12m
=) Fernando Torres -€12m
15) Wesley Sneijder -€11m
It's no surprise to see Chelsea trio Eto'o, Essien and Torres on this list, all players who boast reputations better than the performances they are currently able to offer.
Meanwhile this is probably the first and last time Darren Bent finds himself in the same list as Xavi.
If Rooney really wants a move away from Old Trafford, he needs to end the season in the form of his life. This may just see his market value shoot up to heights above United's expectations and attract a bid which will entice them not to be so stubborn and consider letting him go.
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