How to spot the best and worst moves in football’s transfer market

FIFA transfer rules dictate that the value of the transfer fee for a player to leave his club can be as high as $5 million.

But if you’re looking to buy a player for $15 million, you might want to wait until his contract is up and take a closer look at the details of his contract.

The top 10 players to sign in the summer of 2018:1.

Mogul (Bayern Munich) Moguls contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.

He’s due a massive pay cut to play for the first time in 2019-20 and will receive a whopping $17 million if he stays.2.

Chadwick (Chelsea) Chadwicks contract expires after the 2018/19 season, and will be replaced with a three-year deal. 

If Chelsea decide to keep Chadwick, he will make $20 million for each year of the deal.3.

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) Lacazettes contract expires in 2019, and the French side will pay a hefty $17.2 million to buy him out of his deal.4.

Nathan Carrick (Arsenal) Arsenal is looking to bring in a new striker after the departures of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Arsenal will pay Carrick $13 million to sign him.5.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Messi is expected to retire at the age of 30 in 2021, which means his contract with Barcelona ends in 2021. 

However, if he remains at Barcelona, he is due a hefty salary hike to make him worth $40 million.6.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) Aguero’s current contract with Manchester City is up in 2022. 

He’s due to make $32 million over his next two years.7.

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Balotelli’s current deal with AC Milan expires at season’s end, and he will be paid a whopping €35 million over three years. 

The Italian side has agreed to pay the Italian striker a $50 million-plus contract.8.

David Villa (Manchester United) Villa is due to be a free agent after the 2022-23 season, so United will pay him a whopping contract that would make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.9.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) Bale’s current transfer is due in 2022, and Madrid is expected to offer a staggering €60 million over four years.10.

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea/Borussia Dortmund) The Croatian midfielder will leave Borussia Dortmund after the 2019/20 season, but he is set to receive a massive $20.7 million pay cut if he does.