I’ve got it! A way to describe the way these transfer prices have changed over time and it’s simple. IT’S DOUBLED! It’s strange that this happens mainly in England as when European teams buy and sell to each other many of us here think wtf why didn’t my team bid for him. Bayern have loaned James Rodriguez with an option to buy for 35 million Euros, there is no way in hell Real Madrid do that deal with an English club.
I’m starting to think other leagues have seen the money coming into the Premier League and have conspired with each other to drain English teams as much as possible and sell to each other moderately but that topic is for another time.
Even though it isn’t always correct, more times than not a players price is relative to their talent/skill level and you can even use the fee as a way to describe a player. “He’s a £20m kind of player” or “Buy him whatever the cost” John Stones is not a £50m pound player, Michael Kean is not a £30m player. Chelsea bought Diego Costa for £30m and if the new Chinese tax law didn’t come into effect this transfer window, teams were willing to pay up to £75m.