Anthony Martial is worth £39.7m, making him the most valuable under-21 player in the world, according to a Soccerex report by Prime Time Sport.
Manchester United signed the 20-year-old for an initial £36m last summer but the Soccerex study, which uses Prime Time Sport’s Football Value Index to rank footballers born on or after July 1, 1995, says he is worth even more now.
Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane – who has been heavily linked with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – is second on the list, with the 20-year-old valued at £31.2m, while new Bayern signing Renato Sanches comes in third at £29.1m.
In fourth spot is the top valued Englishman under the age of 21, Tottenham’s Dele Alli (£28.8m), with Martial’s Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford seventh on the list with a valuation of £18.9m.
Tottenham’s Dele Alli is the most valuable English player aged under 21
The top 10 young players all play in either the Premier League or Bundesliga, highlighting the strength of those leagues, while no La Liga player features in the top 20.
Overall, Germany have the highest number of players in the list, with five featured in the top 20, while there are also three Frenchmen, two Englishmen, two Portuguese, two Brazilians, and one player from each of Italy, Argentina, Netherlands, Belgium, Nigeria and Switzerland.
Soccerex 20 U21 – 2016/17 season
|Rank||Player||Team||Value (in Euros) according to study|
|1||Anthony Martial||Manchester United||47.15|
|3||Renato Sanches||Bayern Munich||34.55|
|5||Kingsley Coman||Bayern Munich||30.69|
|7||Marcus Rashford||Manchester United||22.51|
|9||Kelechi Iheanacho||Manchester City||20.07|
|10||Julian Weigl||Borussia Dortmund||19.82|
|12||Youri Tielemans||RSC Anderlecht||19.33|
|15||Mahmoud Dahoud||Bourssia M’gladbach||15.03|
|16||Giovani Lo Celso||Rosario Central||14.32|
|18||Ousmane Dembele||Borussia Dortmund||14.05|
|20||Gianluigi Donnarumma||AC Milan||13.75|
The Prime Time Sport Football Value Index takes into account a player’s age, position, current club, contract length, market value perception, international caps, minutes played, goals, injuries and technical quality from a variety of sources.