Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy opted to discuss the potential market value of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold on Wednesday.
The talkSPORT duo debated how much the Reds full-back was worth with Cundy starting the bidding by saying you wouldn’t get much change from £120million.
“You wouldn’t get much change from £120million,” said Cundy (18:22, talkSPORT, Wednesday, October 9th).
Goldstein replied: “There ya go, £137million, I agree with you ”
Cundy then explained that people would probably laugh at the pair’s valuation of Alexander-Arnold as he’s only played a “couple of years” but insisted you have to consider how hard it would be for Liverpool to replace him.
This seemed to jog Goldstein’s memory about how much Manchester United paid Crystal Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer, and he proceeded to backtrack on his suggestion.
“Hang on a minute, I might retract that, Wan-Bissaka was £50m, I’m not comparing them but top-top class full-back with potential went for £50m,” said the talkSPORT host.
Goldstein suggested the oddly specific amount of £137million for Alexander-Arnold, but didn’t take too long to backtrack. However, it’s easy to understand why. Given that a talented, Premier League-proven and young full-back like Wan-Bissaka went for £50million, as per the BBC, it may be Alexander-Arnold isn’t worth north of £100million simply because people don’t pay that much for a right-back. Normally you see teams going wild by splashing the cash on improving their firepower, as the old cliche is that goals win games. However while Goldstein makes it clear he isn’t comparing Alexander-Arnold to Wan-Bissaka, it’s easy to argue that the Liverpool star is worth more. After all, Alexander-Arnold has senior international caps unlike his Man United rival and has Champions League experience, he’s won the tournament, unlike his compatriot. These two factors clearly boost his price tag before you take his performances into account. However, it’s worth noting that Alexander-Arnold has been in red-hot form this season, so a valuation of above £100million isn’t exactly unplausible. The 21-year-old has scored one goal, while assisting two, to average a very high rating of 7.38 across his eight league outings on WhoScored.