There was a colourful reaction yesterday to the story that Turks Trabzonspor are looking at Borna Barisic.
Most of the response settled around the fee they are looking to bid, which would be around £4M-£5M.
The fans’ comments in many places argued a Croat international is worth more than that, and on the face of it we would agree.
Croatia are a world class team filled with some of the literal best players around – Modric, the now-retired Rakitic, Perisic, you name it.
Joško Gvardiol is Barisic’s main rival for the shirt, but at 20, the Leipzig star has an established £35M value attached to him.
So why would Barisic be only £5M?
He WAS worth more, but sadly for Rangers fans the rise of Calvin Bassey and Barisic’s loss of form led to his stock reducing, but more tellingly of all, he’s no longer a spring chicken.
We know how good he was at Ibrox, those world class crosses among others, but as he hits 30, his value will go down.
Look at 30-year old Atletico star Šime Vrsaljko. He is the RB for the Croats and he’s worth? £5M.
But then we look at centre back Duje Ćaleta-Car (Marseille) who is 5 years younger, same number of caps as Barisic and his value? Hikes up to £15M.
Long story short, age and potential have a huge part to play in the value of a player, his CV is now a lot less useful than it once was.
This is why Bassey is worth so much and Barisic no longer is.
So the reaction? We understand it, and emphasise. But a player is only worth what a team will pay for him. And few will pay much more than £5M for Barisic now.