With financial fair play regulations due to come into play sooner rather than later, some clubs may look to cash in on their young talent and buy proven and experienced players, whilst others may put short term success behind a long term gain by sticking with their youngsters.
This list of players can certainly hold their own already: here are the 5 most valuable teenagers in the world according to www.transfermarkt.co.uk
5. Mateo Kovacic | Inter Milan, £10.5m
At 18, the Croat is the youngest player to appear in the top five. His market value has rocketed since his move to Italian giants Inter Milan where he has impressed making 6 league appearances since his move in January.
4. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain | Arsenal, £13m
The young England international, who has electric pace and a direct playing style is the only English player in the top five. “The Ox”, has been a fan favourite with the England fans ever since he made his debut for the “Three Lions”, in May last year.
3. Julian Draxler | FC Schalke, £15m
Another one of the German youth academy system’s bandwagon, Draxler is the youngest player ever to make it to 50 Bundesliga games, and is a regular in a strong Schalke side which made the Knockout Phase of the Uefa Champions League.
2. Romelu Lukaku | West Bromich Albion (on loan from Chelsea), £16.5m
The big Belgian has bullied Premier League defences this term, in what has been his “breakthrough season” in English football after a disappointing first season with Chelsea. Standing at 6ft 3, he bears a striking physical resemblance to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and many fans have backed him to fill the bots of the missed Ivorian for Chelsea next season.
1. Raphael Varane | Real Madrid, £17.5m
In the few months of 2013, Varane’s market value has almost doubled as he has been a rock at the heart of Real Madrid’s defence and has been arguably their most consistent defender, keeping both Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney quiet over two legs in March. Also, to round of a great March he made his first start for France, against Georgia.
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