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Alli tops Mbappe and Dembele as world's most expensive young player

09:38 SAST 2017/07/19
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Monaco's teenage striker is attracting gigantic bids but it is the 21-year-old Tottenham and England midfielder who is valued the most

Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli has been named as the most expensive player under 21, having been valued at over €20 million more than Kylian Mbappe.

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After scoring 26 goals in all competitions last season as Monaco won the league and reached the Champions League semi-finals, 18-year-old sensation Mbappe is expected to overtake Paul Pogba as football’s most expensive player in history if he leaves this summer.

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are leading the chase to sign him, with the French side seeing an offer of over €135m rejected.

However, the latest Soccerex report on players born on or after January 1, 1996 by Prime Time Sport has given 21-year-old Spurs man Alli a valuation of £73.6m (€82.6m).

The report considers the player’s age, position, current club, contract length, market value perception, international caps, minutes played, goals, injuries and technical quality from various sources to determine each valuation.

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And, after being named the PFA Young Player of the Year for the second season in a row this year and scoring 18 Premier League goals in 2016-17, Alli has been listed as being worth more than any other young player in the world. Mbappe trails him with a price tag of £55m (€61.7m).

According to Soccerex’s previous report, Alli’s value has more than doubled, given he came fourth last year with a price of €34.1m touted.

Borussia Dortmund youngster Ousmane Dembele, 20, is third in the list with a worth of €60.9m – last year it was €14m – while Leroy Sane (€51.1m) and Marco Asensio (€42.7m) make up the top five.

Marcus Rashford is only the second English player to make the top 20, coming in seventh and tipped to cost €40.6m – up from €22.5m last season – but he comes in behind Manchester City counterpart Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian was 11th in the chart last year with a value of €19.8m, but it has risen to €42.6m.

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In a list dominated by forwards and midfielders, AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has done well to come in eighth. The 18-year-old Italy international was 20th last term with a figure of €13.7m attached to him, but this year Soccerex reckon he is worth €40.5m.

The highest ranked defender, though, was Theo Hernández, who Real Madrid signed from Atletico Madrid for €24m this summer, which is close to Soccerex's valuation of €24m.