Mercato Mercato – After Ravenha (Leeds) moved to Chelsea: These five players whose value has exploded, Marcelo Bielsa

1. Calvin Phillips (Leeds)

  • How much does the club cost? Training at the club
  • What to bring to the club : 48.75 million euros

Three years ago, he was an unknown relative. Calvin Phillips is now one of the ten most expensive English players in history. Formed at Leeds, the midfielder was already an important component of the eleven before Marcelo Bielsa arrived. During the 2017-2018 season, the midfielder benefited from a higher position on the field to score 7 goals in the tournament.


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But upon his arrival, El Loco decided to put him back in front of the defense and imposed a diet on him to enhance his physical impact. Offensively, the Argentine wants to capitalize on the quality of his passing. “I felt like I could play anywhere in midfieldWill entrust to English at a later time. But he knew which position was best for me. “

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The result: Phillips explodes in the Premier League, competing in the Euros as the holders with England. He ended up with Manchester City, and he will keep part of his thanks to Bielsa. Pep Guardiola’s citizens spend nearly 50 million euros to afford it.

2 – Ravenha (Leeds)

  • How much does the club cost? 18.60 million euros
  • What to bring to the club : 60 million euros (inclusive of bonus)

When he arrives in Leeds from Rennes, Raphinha is a raw talent. Technically talented but erratic on arrival, the winger changes dimensions on orders from Marcelo Bielsa, even if the Argentine coach’s demands make communication between the two men difficult at times.

Suddenly, El Loco named him “the best player in the team”. Another, who replaces him too early in the game, blames him for his lack of defensive withdrawal. However, the Peacock technician is pressuring his commanders to retain the Brazilian, who has become international under his orders.

Greed by Liverpool Last winter, former Rennes finished the season in Leeds and packed his bags for Barcelona. The amount was not reported, but it was liquidated in the Spanish media: about 60 million euros (including the bonus).

3 – Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)

  • How much does the club cost? : 6 million euros
  • What to bring to the club 40 million euros

When Marcelo Bielsa took over in 2011, Javi Martinez was already a must. Athletic column, world champion with Spain in 2010, native Ayegui is going through a new phase thanks to the Argentine, when he was in his prime.

Defensive midfielder, Javi Martinez is substituted in the central defence. He was crowned European champion with La Roja, after a year with La Rugeta, the player is considered the most important component of the team. In August 2012, Bielsa threatened to resign if the Spaniard was transferred.

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The defender flies to Munich for 40 million euros and then becomes the most expensive transfer in the club’s history. Bielsa is staying for another year but is finally retiring after a disappointing season.

4 – Michy Batshuayi (Marseille)

  • How much does the club cost? : 6 million euros
  • What to bring to the club 39 million euros

Almost simultaneously, Marcelo Bielsa and Michy Batshuayi arrived in Marseille. But in the summer of 2014, the striker was firmly rooted in OM: André-Pierre Gignac. Despite the success of the preparatory season and the undeniable talent, the young Belgian has to take his troubles patiently. And be satisfied with the status of the luxurious joker.

The player who passed through Liege is frustrated but Bielsa does not want to rush things. “He never spoke to me He never spoke to mehe will tell the striker later, at the Onze Mondial. It drove me crazy when I was training a patient, I was working crazy, but he didn’t talk to me. “

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In fact, the idea is to form a character. After several months of tension, Bielsa breaks the silence: “The time he came to talk to meAnd the He just said to me: ‘When you leave here, you will leave for 40 million‘Batman’ captivated. Nearly a million, that will already be the case a few months after the sudden departure of the Argentine. Chelsea trend.

5 – Giannelli Empola (Marseille)

  • How much does the club cost? 7.5 million euros
  • What to bring to the club : 20 million euros
With Bielsa, Giannelli Empola confirms. The player is placed in front of the defense, the player is passed by Guingamp and advances on several levels, in pressure, in recovery and even in recovery. “Bielsa gave me confidence‘,” confirms the midfielder with our colleagues from L’Equipe.

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