Endrick transfer news: The €72m Real Madrid transfer target considered as talented as Neymar

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Since January 2022 there has been speculations that Real Madrid and Barcelona were trying to sign 16-year-old forward Endrick from Palmeiras. Now almost one year later, the transfer appears to be wrapped up. UOL Esporte and Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano have reported that  Madrid have won the race for the Brazilian talent. Only the final paperwork is missing to conclude the deal. 

It is a mega deal that highlights Endrick’s potential. Real Madrid will pay €60 million plus taxes—which will see the transfer grow to €72m—to Palmeiras. The player and Real have already agreed personal terms. Once concluded, the transfer will become the most expensive U18 transfer in history. Endrick is expected to join the team in the summer of 2024 after his 18th birthday. 

Mbappé, Rooney & Co. – The most expensive teenagers in history

William Saliba | Saint-Étienne to Arsenal | 2019/20 | Fee: €30m

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Reinier | Flamengo to Real Madrid | 2019/20 | Fee: €30m

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Antonio Cassano | Bari to Roma | 2001/02 | Fee: €31m

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Eduardo Camavinga | Stade Rennais to Real Madrid | 2021/22 | Fee: €31m

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Alessandro Bastoni | Atalanta to Inter | 2017/18 | Fee: €31.1m

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Marquinhos | Roma to PSG | 2013/14 | Fee: €31.4m

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Age: 19

Anderson | Porto to Man United | 2007/08 | Fee: €31.5m

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Age: 19

Gabriel Jesus | Palmeiras to Man City | 2016/17 | Fee: €32m

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Wesley Fofana | St.-Étienne to Leicester | 2020/21 | Fee: €35m

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Dejan Kulusevski | Atalanta to Juventus | 2019/20 | Fee: €35m

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Ousmane Dembélé | Stade Rennais to BVB | 2016/17 | Fee: €35m

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Renato Sanches | Benfica to Bayern Munich | 2016/17 | Fee: €35m

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Javier Saviola | River Plate to Barcelona | 2001/02 | Fee: €35.9m

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Age: 19

Wayne Rooney | Everton to Man United | 2004/05 | Fee: €37m

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Age: 18

Luke Shaw | Southampton to Man United | 2014/15 | Fee: €37.5m

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Fábio Silva | Porto to Wolves | 2020/21 | Fee: €40m

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Rodrygo | Santos to Real Madrid | 2019/20 | Fee: €45m

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Vinicius Junior | Flamengo to Real Madrid | 2018/19 | Fee: €45m

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Age: 18

Anthony Martial | Monaco to Man United | 2015/16 | Fee: €60m

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Age: 19

Matthijs de Ligt | Ajax to Juventus | 2019/20 | Fee: €85.5m

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João Félix | Benfica to Atlético | 2019/20 | Fee: €127.2m

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Kylian Mbappé | Monaco to PSG | 2018/19 | Fee: €180m

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With the deal almost concluded, Real Madrid have seen off some significant competition. Barcelona aside, Chelsea were also interested but could never put together a package to convince Palmeiras. Paris Saint-Germain were closer, but they, too, now appear to be out of the race. “PSG were the only other team to make an official offer,” Endrick’s father said (cited by Romano). “There were many clubs from different countries that want to sign him, and PSG is one of them.” 

Endrick to Real Madrid: Los Blancos beat out PSG & Co.

According to ESPN, PSG were willing to pay €80m for Endrick and the one year younger Estêvão, who still plays for Palmeiras’ U17. But the São Paulo-based club wanted at least €60m for Endrick alone, which lines up with his exit clause. Then at the end of November, Endrick’s family had a decisive meeting with Real Madrid that led to a breakthrough in negotiations. Endrick’s father, Douglas, confirmed that the family would sit down with the decision-makers in Madrid. “After that conversation, Real Madrid will wait for our answer to see whether they will make an offer to Palmeiras,” Douglas said (cited by Romano).

It appears that all sides have come to terms and that Real Madrid have landed one of the brightest talents in world football. But what makes Endrick special? “He is the biggest prospect in Brazil since Neymar,” Brazilian football expert Filippo Silva told Transfermarkt. “However, Endrick is a very different player than Neymar. He is clinical in front of the goal and extremely strong, already capable of pushing a grown man at age 16.” 

A quick look in the TM database underlines Silva’s description. The teenager has scored three goals and one assist in seven Série A appearances for Palmeiras this season. Endrick was also the star at this year’s Copinha, a youth tournament held in the São Paulo region. Playing against players that, on average, were about four to five years older, Endrick scored six goals in seven games, the same amount as 20-year-olds Lucas Barbosa and Rwan Seco (both Santos)—both had an assist to finish ahead in the Golden Boot race. 

Endrick in top 3 – The most valuable palyers in the Brazilian Série A

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Market value: €10m

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Market value: €10m

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Vitor Roque (Athletico-PR)

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Market value: €11m

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Market value: €12m

Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)

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Market value: €12m

Raphael Veiga (Palmeiras)

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Market value: €12m

Everton Cebolinha (Flamengo)

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Market value: €12m

Pedrinho (Atlético Mineiro)

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Market value: €12m

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Market value: €13m

Guilherme Arana (Atlético Mineiro)

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Market value: €14m

Mathias Zaracho (Atlético Mineiro)

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Market value: €14m

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Market value: €14m

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Market value: €15m

Yuri Alberto (Corinthians)

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Market value: €16m

Giorgian Arrascaeta (Flamengo)

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Market value: €19m

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Market value: €20m

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Market value: €20m

Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo)

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Market value: €22m

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Market value: €25m

The performances at the Copinha and for Palmeiras in the Série A also impacted Endrick’s market value. The left-footed attacker saw his market value increase by €5m to €20m in the latest Série A update, making him one of the three most valuable players in Brazil’s first division and the most valuable U18 player in the world

Endrick Brazil’s biggest talent since Neymar – The next Romario?

Although Silva underlines that Endrick is his own player, he does see some comparisons to Brazilian greats Romario and Adriano. “Like them, he is left-footed,” Silva said. “Then there is his natural strength, which we also saw with Romario and Adriano.” Real Madrid have obviously also seen the parallels, and with Karim Benzema nearing his mid-30s, Los Blancos have identified the perfect no.9 to succeed the French striker. 


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Madrid, in fact, have had good experiences when it comes to signing Brazilian talent. Both Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo were signed for €45m and have since become superstars. “The gamble with both those players paid off,” Silva said. “Ever since missing out on Neymar, Real president Fiorentino Perez has gone all in on Brazilian talent,” Silva added.

A gamble that has certainly paid off. Vinicius Junior has since seen his market value increase to €120m, making him the third most valuable player in the world, just behind Erling Haaland (Man City) and Kylian Mbappé (PSG). With a market value of €80m, Rodrygo too is in the top 25 of most valuable players in the world. It would not be crazy to assume that Endrick could soon join both of his Brazilian compatriots as one of the most valuable players on the planet.

Messi, Haaland & Co. – The 100 most valuable footballers in the world

101 Lionel Messi – PSG – Market value: €50m

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100 Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool – Market value: €50m

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99 Casemiro – Man United – Market value: €50m

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98 Alisson – Liverpool – Market value: €50m

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97 Marco Verratti – PSG – Market value: €50m

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96 Lucas Hernández – FC Bayern – Market value: €50m

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95 Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad – Market value: €50m

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94 Raphinha – Barcelona – Market value: €50m

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93 Pau Torres – Villarreal – Market value: €50m

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92 Richarlison – Tottenham – Market value: €50m

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91 Frenkie de Jong – Barcelona – Market value: €50m

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90 Fikayo Tomori – AC Milan – Market value: €50m

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89 Lisandro Martínez – Man United – Market value: €50m

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88 Dayot Upamecano – FC Bayern – Market value: €50m

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87 Gianluigi Donnarumma – PSG – Market value: €50m

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86 Moussa Diaby – Leverkusen – Market value: €50m

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85 Alexander Isak – Newcastle – Market value: €50m

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84 João Félix – Atlético – Market value: €50m

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83 Dejan Kulusevski – Tottenham – Market value: €50m

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82 Sandro Tonali – AC Milan – Market value: €50m

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81 William Saliba – Arsenal – Market value: €50m

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80 Ansu Fati – Barcelona – Market value: €50m

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79 Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid – Market value: €50m

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78 David Alaba – Real Madrid – Market value: €55m

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77 Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan – Market value: €55m

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76 Fabinho – Liverpool – Market value: €55m

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75 Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – Market value: €55m

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74 James Maddison – Leicester – Market value: €55m

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73 Diogo Jota – Liverpool – Market value: €55m

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72 Theo Hernández – AC Milan – Market value: €55m

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71 Marcus Rashford – Man United – Market value: €55m

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70 Cristian Romero – Tottenham – Market value: €55m

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69 Marc Cucurella – Chelsea – Market value: €55m

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68 Alessandro Bastoni – Inter Milan – Market value: €55m

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67 Sadio Mané – FC Bayern – Market value: €60m

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66 Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid – Market value: €60m

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65 Milan Skriniar – Inter Milan – Market value: €60m

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64 Sergej Milinković-Savić – Lazio – Market value: €60m

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63 Kingsley Coman – FC Bayern – Market value: €60m

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62 Mikel Oyarzabal – Real Sociedad – Market value: €60m

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61 Ousmane Dembélé – Barcelona – Market value: €60m

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60 Federico Chiesa – Juventus – Market value: €60m

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59 Bruno Guimarães – Newcastle – Market value: €60m

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58 Éder Militão – Real Madrid – Market value: €60m

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57 Jules Koundé – Barcelona – Market value: €60m

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56 Martin Ødegaard – Arsenal – Market value: €60m

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55 Ronald Araújo – Barcelona – Market value: €60m

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54 Jadon Sancho – Man United – Market value: €60m

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53 Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – Napoli – Market value: €60m

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523 Gabriel Martinelli – Arsenal – Market value: €60m

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51 Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig – Market value: €60m

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50 Nuno Mendes – PSG – Market value: €60m

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49 Leon Goretzka – FC Bayern – Market value: €65m

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48 Serge Gnabry – FC Bayern – Market value: €65m

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47 Achraf Hakimi – PSG – Market value: €65m

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46 Wesley Fofana – Chelsea – Market value: €65m

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45 Heung-Min Son – Tottenham – Market value: €70m

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44 Marquinhos – PSG – Market value: €70m

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43 João Cancelo – Man City – Market value: €70m

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42 Raheem Sterling – Chelsea – Market value: €70m

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41 Jack Grealish – Man City – Market value: €70m

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40 Leroy Sané – FC Bayern – Market value: €70m

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39 Nicolò Barella – Inter Milan – Market value: €70m

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38 Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – Market value: €70m

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37 Victor Osimhen – Napoli – Market value: €70m

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36 Kai Havertz – Chelsea – Market value: €70m

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35 Darwin Núñez – Liverpool – Market value: €70m

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34 Matthijs de Ligt – FC Bayern – Market value: €70m

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33 Reece James – Chelsea – Market value: €70m

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32 Alphonso Davies – FC Bayern – Market value: €70m

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31 Florian Wirtz – Leverkusen – Market value: €70m

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30 Neymar – PSG – Market value: €75m

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29 Bruno Fernandes – Man United – Market value: €75m

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28 Luis Díaz – Liverpool – Market value: €75m

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27 Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal – Market value: €75m

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26 Rúben Dias – Man City – Market value: €75m

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25 Lautaro Martínez – Inter Milan – Market value: €75m

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24 Mason Mount – Chelsea – Market value: €75m

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23 Antony – Man United – Market value: €75m

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22 Kevin De Bruyne – Man City – Market value: €80m

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21 Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – Market value: €80m

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20 Bernardo Silva – Man City – Market value: €80m

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19 Joshua Kimmich – FC Bayern – Market value: €80m

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18 Rodri – Man City – Market value: €80m

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17 Christopher Nkunku – RB Leipzig – Market value: €80m

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16 Declan Rice – West Ham – Market value: €80m

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15 Aurélien Tchouameni – Real Madrid – Market value: €80m

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14 Dušan Vlahović – Juventus – Market value: €80m

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13 Rodrygo – Real Madrid – Market value: €80m

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12 Rafael Leão – AC Milan – Market value: €85m

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11 Harry Kane – Tottenham – Market value: €90m

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10 Bukayo Saka – Arsenal – Market value: €90m

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9 Gavi – Barcelona – Market value: €90m

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8 Federico Valverde – Real Madrid – Market value: €100m

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7 Pedri – Barcelona – Market value: €100m

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6 Jamal Musiala – FC Bayern – Market value: €100m

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5 Jude Bellingham – BVB – Market value: €100m

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4 Phil Foden – Man City – Market value: €110m

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3 Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid – Market value: €120m

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2 Kylian Mbappé – PSG – Market value: €160m

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1 Erling Haaland – Man City – Market value: €170m

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