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2010-08-01 10:17

It is every player’s dream to feature in the World Cup and it was expected that the 2010 event would offer them a chance to boost their profiles and enhance their market value.

German rising star Thomas Mueller’s excellent performances at the event saw his value rise from €1.5 million to about €23 million (about R239 million), according to a German-based transfer market website, transfermarkt.de .

But others such as Brazil’s Felipe Melo and Spain’s Fernando Torres depreciated in value following lacklustre showings.

Bafana Bafana players’ profiles were also enhanced – albeit slightly – after their performance.

Although it was expected that after the global spectacle most of them would attract lucrative offers from overseas clubs, this has not been the case.

So far no concrete offers have come through for Bafana stars Siphiwe Tshabalala, Itumeleng Khune (both Kaizer Chiefs), Katlego Mphela, Siboniso Gaxa (both Mamelodi Sundowns) Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United) and Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates).

There was only a R4-million offer for Gaxa from newly promoted Belgian side Lierse SK, which his club rejected.

The website transfermarkt.co.uk rates the defender at R5.2 million.

Even local experts in the player-management business concur with these estimated figures.

Tshabalala is valued at about €1.2million (about R11.5 million) while it was reported that Chiefs would not accept anything less than R15 million for their prized 25-year-old winger.

Last season’s top scorer, Mphela, is valued at about R13.4 million while SuperSport captain Khumalo, who has been invited by Tottenham Hotspur for trials, is said to be worth R6.2 million.

Although Modise dished out average performances in the World Cup, he is still valued at R6 million.

How are the market values calculated?

SuperSport’s commercial manager, Jose Ferreira, said a number of factors were considered in assessing a player.

“Age and the player’s quality are critical.

“You also look at the duration of the player’s contract with his club – if the contract expires shortly, you are likely to get a very little amount compared to when a player still has two or more years left in his current agreement,” he said.

Ferreira brokered multimillion-rand deals such as the combined R5-million transfer of Mphela and Gaxa to Sundowns four seasons ago.

However, the biggest local transfer was that of Franklin Cale, who made a R5-million move from Ajax Cape Town to Sundowns in the second half of last season.

“If the SA market is that much, I wouldn’t sell Khumalo for that kind of money domestically”, said Ferreira, without ­divulging how much Khumalo was worth.

Free State Stars owner Mike Mokoena has made decent transactions with his unfashionable outfit in recent seasons.

He sold Tshabalala to Chiefs for R1.3 million about five years ago.

“When the timing is right, sell your best player,” said Mokoena.

“The World Cup helped a great deal, as we discovered following the interest there was in Jonathan Mensah during the
Under-20 World Cup in Egypt last year.

“The Italians (Udinese) paid a decent fee for his signature.”

Mokoena added: “Locally, we can only thank Patrice Motsepe for splashing out millions on players; he really improved our market after setting a new benchmark for it.”

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