This summer’s latest Chelsea transfer was completed on Friday when Papy Djilobodji left Stamford Bridge to join Sunderland.
Most Chelsea fans probably didn’t bat an eyelid as Djilobodji was hardly a first-team regular. In fact, he played for the Blues just once – a five-minute cameo against Walsall.
Senegal international Djilobodji was sent out on loan to Werder Bremen in January and his adopted club went on to finish 13th in the Bundesliga.
In summary, Djilobodji’s career has gone right down the pan since he joined Chelsea.
Nevertheless, his transfer value has rocketed by £5.3m in under 12 months.
According to The Guardian, Sunderland have paid £8m for a player who cost a reported £2.7m when Chelsea bought him from Nantes.
Djilobodji’s price tag has increased by 196%, but why? Because football has gone well and truly mad, that’s why.
The increase in TV money has sent the transfer market into meltdown, inflating asking prices for even the most undesirable players.
?? Papy Djilobodji
?? Joins CFC for £2.7m
?? Gets just 5mins of football
?? Loaned to Werder Bremen
?? Werder finish 13th
?? Now worth £8m
— Robert Summerscales (@robsummerscales) August 6, 2016
Djilobodji could well prove to be an excellent signing for Sunderland. After all, one would hope that David Moyes knows his gravy when it comes to picking a good centre-back.
However, it is still hard to accept that the 27-year-old is now worth £8m.
It’s almost as crazy as Liverpool making a profit on Mario Balotelli. If that happens, I’m done with football forever!