Jude Bellingham leads top 10 most valuable teenagers, featuring Liverpool, Saints talents
Jude Bellingham, unsurprisingly, tops the list, though he’ll fetch a lot more this summer. Premier League representation comes from Liverpool and Southampton…
Here are the 10 most valuable teenagers in world football, according to Transfermarkt.
1) Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)
Transfermarkt have Bellingham’s value pitched at €110million but if you turned up at Borussia Dortmund with 98 million pound coins, they wouldn’t even answer the door. Birmingham were laughed at when they retired his jersey number; now people are asking what took them so long. Every club in the world wants a slice of Bellingham but will Liverpool get that slice?
2) Gavi (Barcelona)
Pablo Martín Paez Gavira is the reigning Golden Boy and Kopa Trophy holder. The buy-out clause in his Barca contract is said to be worth €1billion. But, by all accounts, the lad still can’t tie his shoelaces.
3) Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Wirtz missed the World Cup through injury but has since returned to action with a flurry of assists for the German club. It’s been enough to attract the attentions of Newcastle United, but that’s not a high bar.
4) Harvey Elliott (Liverpool)
Elliott has recovered from his serious injury and has looked as good as new in Liverpool’s midfield this season. “It has made me a better and stronger person,” said the former Fulham youngster on his broken ankle, suffered at Leeds in 2021. “It was probably the best time to go through it, being young and able to get through as quickly as I did.” This season, for the club he supported as a wee nipper, Elliott has featured in every Premier League and Champions League match Liverpool have played. And all at the age of 19.
5) Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund)
Another German and this one has recently committed himself to his club, ending reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United among others. Sidelined by an ankle injury in February, he has not scored since November.
6) Antonio Silva (Benfica)
A starting centre-back for Champions League quarter-finalists Benfica, Silva has predictably attracted interest from Liverpool, Spurs and others. Former Tottenham and Benfica defender Jan Vertonghen has said Silva “will be a legend” and “has everything to be one of the best defenders in the world in a year or two”.
7) Roméo Lavia (Southampton)
Thomas Tuchel was so blown away by Lavia’s performance in Southampton’s win over Chelsea at the start of the season that he immediately bid £50million for the midfielder. Lavia only joined Saints from Manchester City last summer, having made two senior appearances for the Premier League champions. City covered their backs by inserting both a buy-back option – believed to be worth around £40million – and a sell-on clause. Regardless, wherever his next stop after St Mary’s, Saints stand to make a big profit. And a swift one, if they so choose.
8) Endrick (Palmeiras)
So good is the 16-year-old Brazilian, Real Madrid have apparently promised not to sign Erling Haaland if he chooses the Bernabeu when his big move to Europe happens. PSG are also sniffing around the forward who made his senior debut for Palmeiras in October.
9) Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich)
The forward is worth around €20million, according to Transfermarkt, but Bayern won’t be worried about paying over the odds after spending €28.5million on the France youth international last July. Tel arrived from Rennes, where he broke Eduardo Camavinga’s record as the youngest player to represent the French side aged 16 years and 110 days. Tel has already got his feet under the table at the Allianz Arena, scoring four Bundesliga goals this season.
10) Benjamin Sesko (RB Salzburg)
There was plenty of clamour around Sesko last summer, when Manchester United were sweet on the Slovenia striker. But Sesko will of course join RB Leipzig this summer, “I’m very happy I can take the step to RB Leipzig in 2023 and that the transfer has already been agreed,” Sesko said. “RB Leipzig are among the top clubs in Germany and are gradually establishing themselves as one of the best teams in Europe. There will be a special success story written here in a few years, and I would like to help shape that in the future.”
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