Europe’s 20 Most Valuable Youngsters

20. Hector Bellerin (£10.5m)
Arsenal’s Catalan right-back has enjoyed a tremendous breakthrough season, as he stormed into the Gunners first-team and provided cover to the defence during Mathieu Debuchy’s long injury absence.
The former Barcelona youngster was revealed as Arsenal’s fastest ever player earlier this year, whilst a great story came to fruition with the FA Cup.In 2014, Bellerin was in the crowd supporting his team-mates. A year later, he lifted the title himself.
A fantastic journey that is only just beginning, the 20-year-old will be a major part of Arsenal’s squad for the foreseeable future.


19. Calum Chambers (£10.7m)
Arsenal are renowned for their young talent and another of their stars comes in here, in the form of Calum Chambers. Signed last summer by the Gunners, Chambers has experienced international and Champions League football since.
Just 20-years-old, Chambers will continue his development before becoming a regular starter for Arsenal and his value to the squad cannot be understated, with versatility that sees him capable of playing on the right side and the centre of the defence.

18. Divock Origi (£10.7m)
The young striker came to the limelight during last summer’s World Cup after impressing for Belgium and earned himself a move to Liverpool. Whilst he spent last season on-loan at Lille, he will return for his first Premier League campaign this summer.
At 20-years-old, Origi can become a hero at Anfield in the coming years and will learn from the attacking talent Liverpool boast with Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino amongst their contingent.

17. Anthony Martial (£11.3m)
French forward Anthony Martial has already made waves in Monaco’s first-team, as he has starred during the club’s Ligue 1 and Champions League campaign. Just 19-years-old, he’s one of many top names amongst a breathtaking list of young talent France has under their belt.
Targeted by Tottenham Hotspur, Martial will remain at Monaco as the club want to make him their first-team star following Radamel Falcao’s second loan exit and Dimitar Berbatov leaving the French principality side at the end of the season.
Good performances could see Martial star at next summer’s European Championship.

16. John Stones (£12m)
Everton’s England U21 defender is set for a bright future, despite a horror campaign with his international colleagues during this summer’s U21 European Championship.
Attracting the attention of the likes of Chelsea, Stones will be crucial to Everton this season and will develop playing alongside Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka. Arguably England’s best centre-back prospect since John Terry, Stones’ next few years will be crucial.

15. Emre Can (£12.1m)
The second Liverpool player on this list is arguably the club’s most crucial player in the 2014/15 season, as the 21-year-old filled in at centre-back for the Reds and impressed vastly.
German youngster Can is yet to get consistent game time in his favoured central-midfielder role but his versatility has proved to be vital for Brendan Rodgers, as he can play in defensive-midfielder, central-defence or as a full-back.
Already impressing, it’ll be exciting to see Emre Can in his natural position in the future.

14. Anderson Talisca (£12.9m)
The 21-year-old Brazilian is a name to watch for the future, as he has been starring for Benfica in recent years and is likely to make the jump to a big European side in the coming seasons.
Having played, and scored, in the Champions League last term, Talisca also starred for Benfica in their league campaign- making 32 appearances and scoring nine goals.

13. Aleksander Mitrovic (£12.9m)
20-year-old Serbian forward is one of the most exciting stars in European football and has excelled with Anderlecht, which has seen him touted with a move across Europe this season.
Eyed by the likes of Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, Mitrovic could find himself in the Premier League before the new season kicks-off and whoever secures him will hand themselves an immediate boost as well as a great prospect for the future.

12. Youri Tielemans (£13.8m)
Belgium has proved to be a factory of young talent over the past few years and one player to keep your eyes on is Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is just 18-years-old.
The starlet recently extended his contract with the Belgian club and is tipped for a big move in the future, with Manchester United and Arsenal amongst the numerous clubs keeping their eye on the teenager.

11. Kurt Zouma (£16.2m)
Since joining Chelsea in 2014, French defender Kurt Zouma has proved to be an excellent addition to the squad and will provide competition to the first-team for the forthcoming season, having made his breakthrough last term.
Zouma now has 15 Premier League appearances to his name as well as a League Cup and Premier League winners medal, providing him with good standing as he continues to develop.

10. Aymeric Laporte (£17m)
France’s young talent is frightening, particular in defence, where Athletic Bilbao sensation Aymeric Laporte is set for an excellent future.
A regular star in the past few years for the Basque club, the 21-year-old had his first taste of Champions League football this season and impressed, despite the club exiting the competition at the group stage.

9. Luke Shaw (£18m)
The world’s most expensive teenager had a difficult first season at Manchester United that was plagued by injuries but is still deemed as a future hero at club and international level, as he’s just 19-years-old.
Turning 20 this month, Shaw can boast going to the World Cup as a teenager and should enjoy a more successful season at Old Trafford next term- where he will make his first appearance in the Champions League.

8. Jose Luis Gaya (£18.4m)
The 20-year-old Valencia defender is one of Spanish football’s brightest young talents and should excel with the club this season, with the Alicante-born left-back set for his first taste of Champions League football.
Gaya featured in 35 of Valencia’s La Liga games last season, scoring one goal and grabbing six assists- whilst not being red carded once.

7. Mateo Kovacic (£18.6m)
21-year-old Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic excelled for Inter Milan last season as he earned 35 appearances, scoring five goals and grabbing three assists.
With experience at the international level, Kovacic will be key for Inter in the coming campaign as they look to return to the pinnacle of Italian football- whilst Liverpool have tried, and failed, to lure him to the Premier League.

6. Hakan Calhanoglu (£19.5m)
21-year-old Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is already an experienced first-team star for Bayer Leverkusen and has been crucial for the German side, who sealed Champions League football for next season.
With links to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Calhanoglu could be on the move in the future but will remain with the Bundesliga side for the forthcoming season- with the clubs securement of top European football being vital.

5. Jose Gimenez (£21.5m)
The Atletico Madrid defender is experienced in the first-team with the Spanish side and Uruguay’s international team, having already made 21 appearances for his nation despite being just 20-years-old.
Signed in 2013 for just €1m, Gimenez has proved to be a piece of bargain business by Diego Simeone and his value has risen significantly since then, with Atletico determined to keep hold of the South American.

4. Domenico Berardi (£21.7m)
Berardi became a household name this summer after impressing in the U21 European Championships, despite Italy’s exit at the group stage. England fans will remember him for scoring in the final group match.
Starring for Sassuolo in the past two-years, Berardi scored 15 goals and grabbed 10 assists in the most recent Serie A campaign- whilst UEFA state he reached the 30 goal mark in 59 games- quicker than Lionel Messi, who took 70.

3. Memphis Depay (£23.9m)
Manchester United paid PSV Eindhoven £25m for the services of Memphis Depay this summer and these rankings suggest it was money well spent, stating the player’s valuation is slightly lower but ranking him as the third-most valuable youngster in European football.
After excelling in Holland, Depay will have to adjust to the Premier League but he is already being tipped to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo’s success at Old Trafford.

2. Marquinhos (£28.3m)
Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos has been ranked as the second-most valuable youngster in European football and is set for a huge year with the French champions.
Competing with compatriots David Luiz and Thiago Silva for a first-team spot, Marquinhos has still enjoyed plenty of action in the first-team and has been linked with Barcelona, which seems a likely next step for the Brazilian.

1. Raheem Sterling (£35m)
Soccerex do not believe that Raheem Sterling is worth Liverpool’s £50m valuation- but they do rate him as the most valuable young player in European football, which is unlikely to surprise many.
Sterling has shone with Liverpool and the England international side, whilst he’s been linked with Manchester City, a likely move, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.