Kylian Mbappe tops list of the 50 most valuable strikers aged 23 and under

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Football is awash with exciting young strikers.

From Kylian Mbappe in France to Erling Haaland in Germany, there is no shortage of rising stars currently destroying defences around Europe.

Perhaps there won’t be a duopoly at the top of the pyramid in the future like we’ve just seen with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but a group of stars constantly doing battle for the biggest trophies and individual accolades.

As transfer fees continue to rise, these players are going to be bought for eye-watering fees.

Mbappe has been linked with a £250 million move to Real Madrid. The sky is the limit.

But would Los Blancos be paying too much for the France international?

Apparently so.

In Transfermarkt's rankings of the most valuable players in the world aged 23 or under, Mbappe is first with a market value of £180m.

Still, it’s an incredible sum of money - and he’s not the only young player with a hefty market value.

Here are the top 50…

1. Kylian Mbappe | Paris Saint-Germain | 21

Market value: £180 million

A World Cup winner at the age of 19, Mbappe - now 21 - is already a world-class talent with the world at his feet.

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2. Lautaro Martinez | Inter Milan | 22

Market value: £72 million

Martinez’s return of 19 goals in 33 matches this season has resulted in links to a £100m move to Barcelona.

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3. Marcus Rashford | Manchester United | 22

Market value: £72 million

Rashford has come of age this season, netting 19 times in 31 appearances. He’s the future of Man United and England.

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4. Timo Werner | Red Bull Leipzig | 23

Market value: £67.5 million

The German striker fancies a move to Premier League side Liverpool and he would only strengthen the Reds, having scored 25 goals this campaign.

5. Gabriel Jesus | Manchester City | 22

Market value: £63m million

There are still some weaknesses in Jesus’ game but he’s in his fourth season with Man City now and is continuing to develop at an impressive rate.

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6. Tammy Abraham | Chelsea | 22

Market value: £45m million

Abraham has rewarded Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for showing faith in him by netting 15 goals in all competitions.

7. Erling Haaland | Borussia Dortmund | 19

Market value: £40.5 million

A market value of just over £40m is ridiculously low for a striker who has scored 35 goals this season, including seven goals in 135 minutes of action for Dortmund.

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8. Maxi Gomez | Valencia | 23

Market value: £36 million

Spanish reports claim Man United sent scouts to watch the Uruguayan forward last month. He has nine goals for Valencia in 2019/20.

9. Luka Jovic | Real Madrid | 22

Market value: £36 million

Real Madrid paid £52.4m to sign Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer but he hasn’t delivered, netting just one goal in 21 appearances.

As a result, his market value has dropped by £16.4m.

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10. Moussa Dembele | Lyon | 23

Market value: £36 million

It’s surely only a matter of time before Dembele is playing for a top European side.

He has 18 goals for Lyon this season.

11. Moise Kean | Everton | 19

Market value: £28.8 million

Kean has endured a difficult season at Goodison Park, including being substituted off 18 minutes after being brought on against Manchester United in December, but he would still fetch nearly £30m.

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12. Victor Osimhen | Lille | 21

Market value: £27 million

Nineteen goals in 35 games is an impressive return for the young Nigerian forward.

13. Wesley | Aston Villa | 23

Market value: £27 million

Wesley’s debut season at Aston Villa was dealt a cruel blow when he suffered a severe cruciate knee ligament injury against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

He had flashed moments of his talent before the season-ending injury.

14. Joelinton | Newcastle United | 23

Market value: £27 million

Newcastle paid £40m to sign Joelinton last summer but his value has dropped after netting just two goals all season.

15. Donyell Malen | PSV Eindhoven | 21

Market value: £25.2 million

A return of 17 strikes in 25 games has seen Malen’s value rise.

16. Marcus Thuram | Borussia Monchengladbach | 22

Market value: £25.2 million

Lillian Thuram’s son is impressing in Germany, with 10 goals for Monchengladbach in all competitions.

17. Gabriel Barbosa | Flamengo | 23

Market value: £20.7 million

Barbosa’s loan spell at Flamengo from Inter Milan was recently made permanent after a successful campaign in which he netted 43 goals in 58 games for the Brazilian side.

18. Jean-Philippe Mateta | Mainz | 22

Market value: £19.8 million

A torn meniscus has limited Mateta’s involvement this season.

He’s only appeared in six games for Mainz but will look to push on in the remaining months of the campaign.

19. Rafael Leao | AC Milan | 20

Market value: £19.8 million

Three goals in 23 games probably isn’t how Leao envisioned his first season with AC Milan going.

20. Christian Kouame | Fiorentina | 22

Market value: £19.8 million

The Ivorian has five goals for Fiorentina this season.

21. Dominic Calvert-Lewin | Everton | 22

Market value: £19.8 million

Calvert-Lewin is enjoying the best season of his career so far with 12 goals in all competitions.

He’s Everton’s main man up top.

22. Neal Maupay | Brighton | 23

Market value: £19.8 million

Maupay has made the step up to the Premier League with Brighton, who paid £16m to sign him last August, and has seven goals in the top flight.

23. Joao Pedro | Watford | 18

Market value: £18 million

Young Brazilian striker Pedro joined the Watford setup last month after arriving from Fluminense.

24. Mason Greenwood | Manchester United | 18

Market value: £18 million

Greenwood is enjoying a breakout campaign at Old Trafford, with 13 goals in 38 appearances.

The 18-year-old has even been tipped to represent England at Euro 2020.

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25. Myron Boadu | AZ Alkmaar | 19

Market value: £18 million

Boadu is the top scorer in the Eredivisie with 13 goals. He’s average a goal every 129 minutes in the Dutch top flight.

26. Kasper Dolberg | Nice | 22

Market value: £18 million

The Danish forward has eight goals in Ligue 1 as he continues to adapt in his first season in France.

27. Patrick Cutrone | Fiorentina | 22

Market value: £18 million

Wolves paid £16m to sign Cutrone from AC Milan last summer but he made just nine starts before being loaned to Fiorentina last month.

He’ll look to get back on track at the Artemio Franchi stadium.

28. Luca Waldschmidt | Freiburg | 23

Market value: £18 million

The young German forward has four league goals in six starts for Freiburg.

29. Gabriel Martinelli | Arsenal | 18

Market value: £16.2 million

Arsenal will be mightily impressed with their young Brazilan forward, who arrived from Ituano last summer.

He has 10 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, including that well-taken equaliser against Chelsea last month.

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30. Fedor Chalov | CSKA Moscow | 21

Market value: £14.4 million

A return of five goals in 19 Russian Premier League games may put some suitors off the young forward.

31. Breel Embolo | Borussia Monchengladbach | 22

Market value: £14.4 million

Monchengladbach signed Embolo for £9m in June 2019 and he’s already increased his value after netting six times in 11 Bundesliga starts.

32. Pedro | Flamengo | 22

Market value: £13.5 million

Fiorentina signed Pedro from Fluminense last September but he was loaned out to Flamengo last month to continue his development.

33. Andrea Pinamonti | Genoa | 20

Market value: £13.5 million

The Italy Under-20 forward has found the net just twice in 17 Serie A appearances this season.

34. Dominic Solanke | Bournemouth | 22

Market value: £13.5 million

Bournemouth were compelled to pay £19m to sign Solanke in January 2019 but his value has fallen after a disappointing year at the club.

He’s yet to get off the mark in the Premier League this season.

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35. Jean-Kevin Augustin | Leeds United | 22

Market value: £12.6 million

Leeds’ new arrival arrived last month on a loan deal from RB Leipzig.

Marcelo Bielsa will hope that the French forward, who was subject of a late approach from Man United, will help fire his team to the Premier League.

36. Matheus Cunha | Hertha BSC | 20

Market value: £11.7 million

The young Brazilian joined Hertha on January 31, 2020 after struggling for minutes with RB Leipzig.

37. Adolfo Gaich | San Lorenzo | 20

Market value: £10.8 million

Gaich made his senior international debut for Argentina last September.

We’ll see if the San Lorenzo man makes the move to Europe in the near future.

38. Emmanuel Dennis | Club Brugge | 22

Market value: £10.8 million

A brace against Champions League opponents Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in October was a highlight in the youngster’s career.

39. Youssef En-Nesyri | Sevilla | 22

Market value: £10.8 million

Sevilla signed the 22-year-old Moroccan from Morocco last month after impressing at Leganes.

40. Che Adams | Southampton | 23

Market value: £10.8 million

The step up to the Premier League has proven to be a difficult one for Adams, who hasn’t netted a single goal for the Saints following a £15m move from Birmingham last summer.

41. Kelechi Iheanacho | Leicester City | 23

Market value: £10.8 million

The Nigerian forward, formerly of Manchester City, has seven goals in 13 appearances for the Foxes in 2019/20,

42. Lys Mousset | Sheffield United | 23

Market value: £10.8 million

Sheffield United paid a club-record fee of £10m to sign Mousset from Bournemouth last summer.

He has five goals in 24 games for the Blades, although a hat-trick of assists against Burnley last November was a superb outing.

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43. Marcos Paulo | Fluminense | 19

Market value: £9.9 million

Barcelona had an offer rejected for the 19-year-old last month, according to AS.

44. Julian Alvarez | River Plate | 20

Market value: £9 million

Alvarez was recently called up to Argentina’s Under-23 squad.

45. Jose Juan Macias | Guadalajara | 20

Market value: £9 million

Ajax and Real Sociedad are reportedly eyeing a move for Macias.

46. Sebastiano Esposito | Inter Milan | 17

Market value: £9 million

Inter Milan’s highly-rated youngster has made six Serie A appearances this season, scoring once, and is in an ideal position to learn from Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

47. Fabio Silva | Porto | 17

Market value: £9 million

Big things are expected of Silva, who is the latest Portuguese prospect to be labelled the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’.

48. David Okerere | Club Brugge | 22

Market value: £9 million

The Nigerian forward has 11 goals in 26 games this season.

49. Alexander Isak | Real Sociedad | 20

Market value: £9 million

Remember when this lad was considered to be the ‘next Zlatan’?

Swedish forward Isak, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, is currently playing in Spain for Real Sociedad, scoring 11 goals in all competitions this season.

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50. Oliver McBurnie | Sheffield United | 23

Market value: £9 million

McBurnie’s first season at Sheffield United has been troublesome.

He was charged with drink-driving in October and was warned by the FA for making a rude gesture towards Cardiff City fans while watching his former team Swansea City play.

The Scotland international has four goals for the Blades.

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