A list of the most expensive young footballer’s on the planet has been released with English internationals dominating – which is great news for England fans and the FA.
Heading the list is winger, Jadon Sancho, who has attracted many fans across Europe with his performances for Borussia Dortmund and England this season. Only Chelsea’s star player, Eden Hazard, has contributed with more assists than the teenager’s tally of 14 across Europe’s top five leagues in 2018/19.
This impressive figure has meant that his services for next season are in high demand with a number of top clubs already declaring an interest in securing his signature, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Sancho’s impressive form this season has also seen him score 12 goals, which led to England manager, Gareth Southgate, calling him up to the full England squad and handing him his debut.
Earlier in his career, the 19-year-old took the brave decision to leave Manchester City as a youth player to sign a first professional contract with Borussia Dortmund in 2017, rather than sit in the reserves.
However, if anyone wants to sign Sancho now for his unique skills, intricate footwork, speed, poise and balance, it will come at a great cost. Recently, his stock has soared making him the most valuable Under-20 player in Europe.
According to the CIES Football Observatory, Sancho’s transfer market value stands at an incredible £150 million ($168 million), which is more than double the value of the next most expensive youngster.
In second place is Arsenal’s Mattéo Guendouzi valued at £70 million ($78.4M), followed by Nicolò Zaniolo of Roma at £67 million ($75M).
The other English talent making the list includes Declan Rice at number 5 who has been valued at £64 million. He is already starring at West Ham despite his young age and recently switched international allegiance’s from Ireland to England.
Ryan Sessegnon has emerged as one of England’s brightest prospects and is the tenth most expensive young player with a price tag of £43 million. The pacey defender will surely leave Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League.
Dwight McNeil of Burnley makes the top 15 and is valued at £28 million. The former Manchester United youth player finished his footballing education at Burnley and is now an established first team player. He has also recently been called up to the England U-20 squad.
Phil Foden of Manchester City is valued at £21 million. The 18-year-old is now pushing for a regular place in Pep Guardiola’s first team after some impressive displays in their youth system. He already has seven goals to his name for City but is yet to make his England debut. That is surely just a matter of time.
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi also makes the list, valued at £20 million. He has recently made an impressive England debut and it is no surprise that Bayern Munich are interested in signing him. Chelsea are determined to hold on to him, but they took that long to hand him his club debut he actually made his international debut first. The 18-year-old looks destined to reach the top for club and country judging by performances so far.
It’s all very exciting for England fans and these guys could one day bring a World Cup home.