Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is worth €20 million, as much as €25m less than his Chelsea counterpart Thibaut Courtois, according to a new study.
Spain international De Gea was signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 for a reported transfer fee of £18.9m (€25m)
According to a study commissioned by the CIES Football Observatory, the 24-year-old’s value has decreased by as much as €5m since then.
This will come as a surprise to many United fans given the form of De Gea since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Following a difficult debut season in 2011-12, the Spaniard has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League.
Perhaps the fact that De Gea’s current contract with United runs out in June 2016 has something to with him being valued at just €20m.
This season there has been a debate about who the best goalkeeper in the Premier League is, with many claiming Courtois to be worthy of that title.
According to the CIES study, the Belgium international is worth €45m and is the most valuable goalkeeper in the list.
Tottenham Hotspur custodian Hugo Lloris, who has been in exceptional form so far this campaign, does not feature in the list, which means that his value is lower than €20m.