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Manchester United's Anthony Martial named most valuable U21, according to Soccerex study

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 13:  Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the Emirates FA Cup si
Image: Anthony Martial is worth almost £40m, according to the Soccerex study

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 celebrates after scoring against Stoke
Image: 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.

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Soccerex 20 U21 - 2016/17 season

Rank Player Team Value (in Euros) according to study
1 Anthony Martial Manchester United 47.15
2 Leroy Sane Schalke 37.13
3 Renato Sanches Bayern Munich 34.55
4 Dele Alli Tottenham 34.14
5 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich 30.69
6 Breel Embolo Schalke 25.44
7 Marcus Rashford Manchester United 22.51
8 Max Meyer Schalke 21.64
9 Kelechi Iheanacho Manchester City 20.07
10 Julian Weigl Borussia Dortmund 19.82
11 Gabriel Jesus Palmeiras 19.82
12 Youri Tielemans RSC Anderlecht 19.33
13 Riechedly Bazoer Ajax 19.15
14 Niklas Sule Hoffenheim 16.65
15 Mahmoud Dahoud Bourssia M'gladbach 15.03
16 Giovani Lo Celso Rosario Central 14.32
17 Ruben Neves Porto 14.09
18 Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund 14.05
19 Gabriel Barbosa Santos 13.89
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.

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