Great teams are always on the lookout for the greatest young talent and have the financial clout to win them over. Here are the youngsters (players below the age of 21) whose transfers would cost the most amount of money should these occur in 2021.
For these rankings, we’ve used the CIES Football Observatory list and Transfermarkt as our guides.
5. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – €115.3m
Greenwood has had an incredibly smooth transition into Manchester United’s starting team. Where players like Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial fought their way as mainstays of the Red Devils squad, Greenwood has had an almost instant impact. The 19-year-old has already signed a new contract that’s rewarding him for having scored 10 goals in 31 appearances last season.
4. Erling Haalang (Borussia Dortmund) – €120.3m
The Norwegian forward is already a global superstar having shattered numerous records. Surely, a potential transfer for Haaland, if global football manages to avoid the financial crisis, could represent a record as well. Thus far, his performances for RB Salzburg and Dortmund announce him as one of the most efficient forwards on the planet.
3. Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona) – €122.7m
Barcelona may be struggling in many respects, but their academy, La Masia, is still responsible for producing potential world-class players. Seen by some as the heir to Lionel Messi, Fati has proven, at just 18-years-old, he can be a starting player alongside bonafide stars. A recent injury may have slowed down his ascent, but few would doubt that Guinea-Bissau will be able to reach his incredible potential.
2. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – €125.6m
This season, Borussia Dortmund will struggle to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. Should that happen, they may need to consider selling some of their top players. The only consolation for that happening would be the great payday that would follow. Sancho is carefully monitored by some of the richest clubs in the world and the English teenager could make history if his transfer does get through.
1. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munchen) – €180.4m
Canadian attacking-wing-back, Alphonso Davies is the very definition of a player who has seized his chance. Seen initially as a backup player, Davies’ speed, skill, and flair for attacking play have made him a mainstay of Hans Dieter-Flick’s tactics at Bayern. He’s already won the most important club competitions and his contract has been extended to 2025. All things considered, Davies is the most valuable teenager in modern football.
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