South Korea and Japan draw levelAll 24 countries have now announced their squads for this years Asian Cup meaning me can now look at the most valuable sides. On this list, the most expensive player is Korean Son Heung-min who is valued at €50 million which makes his value worth more than many of the countries competing.
Meanwhile, Japan and Korean national sides values were tied showing just how little there is to choose between them. Meanwhile, South Korean's young forward Hwang Hee-chan is valued at €7.5 million.
To Japan and their most valuable asset are Wolves target Shoya Nakajima at €15 million and the Newcastle United forward Yoshinori Muto at €10 million. Looking at this you can see South Korea have a very prized asset in Son Heung-min but overall the Japan side is more balanced with quality all over the pitch.
Away from the East Asian sides Asia's top-ranked side Iran has a squad worth a total of just €55 million meaning that their whole squad is valued at a few million Euros more than Son Heung-min. The countries star man is Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh at €18 million. Although Jahanbakhsh is injured currently the Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said this week he is confident he will be fit in time for the Asian Cup.
The values of your side is not overly important however as seen with the defending champions Australia having a squad worth less than €35 million. Meanwhile, the value of another East Asian side North Korea is hard to calculate. This is due to most of the players playing in North Korea and subsidy meaning that stats on them are at a minimum. Although we can tell you their most expensive player is Han Kwang-Song at €5 million.
While the last East Asian side to look at is the unfancied Chinese, the country with the big spending clubs have a team valued at only €15.8 million. As their most expensive player last seasons CSL top scorer Wu Lei at €3.5 million.
The value of a side does not mean you will be the best nation at the Asian Cup. Although having looked at all the sides my tip for glory this year would be Japan.