A FRENCH politician astonishingly predicted Kylian Mbappe's transfer value will plummet to just £35million due to the affect the coronavirus pandemic will have on the market.
The deadly Covid-19 bug has caused football and other major sporting events worldwide to be cancelled or suspended.
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Teams have already been forced to place staff on furlough pay, as well as asking players to accept wage cuts.
The economic crisis could cause the transfer market to crash, with teams facing the possibility of signing but also selling stars for lower fees.
And Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a member of European Parliament, claimed Mbappe's value – estimated at £189m – will fall by almost £150m.
He told Ouest-France: "Tomorrow, Mbappe will cost 35-40 million euros tops, not 200 million.
"Who's going to be able to buy him?
"There's going to be a regulation and you will need to go further than salary caps.
"It's a reorganisation that's not only going to affect the wages of players, but also their image directs and advertising."
It comes after reports suggest transfer fees are set to drop with no more megabucks £90m-plus moves with clubs raking in zero income due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Bigger clubs will have deeper pockets to handle the tough times ahead but are still all set to reduce their budgets in the summer.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has put mechanisms in place to minimise the blow and to support clubs
And both Fifa and Uefa are trying to avoid a collapse that would prevent competitions from restarting.
A sporting director has said: "The figures were inflated and £100million euros was being spent on any player. The story will change though and there won't be any more signings like that.
"The problem will be for clubs who have signed for more than that, they'll never recover that money.
"Fees are going to go down."
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