Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Bukayo Saka are among the top 10 players whose transfer values have increased the most over the course of 2020.
The Premier League trio join an esteemed group of wonderkids and late bloomers, with four players from La Liga and three from the Bundesliga also featuring.
Some names on the list will come as no surprise and the majority are household names thanks to their incredible break-out season heroics over the last year.
But there are some who are evidence of shrewd transfer business, with clubs buying on the cheap and nurturing their signings to fulfil their potential.
As unearthed by Casumo using Transfermarkt data, here are the top 10 players whose transfer values have increased most this year:
10. Jude Bellingham (£22.05m increase)
Aged 17, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham is the youngest player on our list – and no doubt one of the most exciting prospects.
After a break-out season with boyhood club Birmingham City, Bellingham secured a move to Dortmund last summer worth a reported £25million – a record fee for a 17-year-old.
The teenager has already made 10 appearances for the Bundesliga giants and grabbed his first goal for the club in September.
One month later, Bellingham became the youngest player to start a Champions League match and he made his first England appearance last week, becoming the third-youngest player to feature for the Three Lions.
Incredibly, his transfer value has soared 980 per cent from £2.25million in January to £24.3million at present.
7. Renan Lodi (£22.5m increase)
Atletico Madrid left-back Renan Lodi is one of three players joint-seventh in the list after his stunning debut season at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Lodi, 22, joined Atletico from Brazilian side Club Athletico Paranaense for a fee in the region of £19million in June 2019.
He quickly set about making himself indispensable to boss Diego Simeone, playing 43 times across all competitions in his debut season.
This campaign, Lodi has suffered with fitness but has started each of Atletico’s Champions League games and conceded just one goal in four La Liga appearances.
The young full-back’s transfer value has doubled from £22.5million to £45million.
7. Lucas Ocampos (£22.5m increase)
The first of two Sevilla players on the list, Lucas Ocampos’ transfer value has also doubled from £22.5million to £45million.
Ocampos joined Sevilla from Marseille in July 2019 and his stock has risen at a rapid rate thanks to his 17-goal debut campaign.
The 26-year-old never found his feet at a string of clubs across France and Italy – including Monaco, Marseille, Genoa and Milan – but hit the ground running in Spain.
He scored 14 goals in La Liga and helped Sevilla clinch yet another Europa League title in August, starting the 3-2 win over Inter Milan in the final.
7. Diego Carlos (£22.5m increase)
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Further evidence of Sevilla’s shrewd transfer business, Diego Carlos joins teammate Ocampos on the list with a value increase from £22.5million to £45million.
Aged 27, Carlos is the oldest player on the list and appears to be somewhat of a late bloomer, earning a first call-up to the Brazil squad earlier this month.
He joined the Andalusian club from Nantes in the summer of 2019 and was a mainstay in Julen Lopetegui’s starting XI, making 35 appearances in La Liga.
But it’s his performances in the Europa League which stick in the memory, as Carlos conceded penalties in the quarter-final, semi-final and final with Wolves, Manchester United and Inter Milan respectively.
Crucially, the Brazilian made amends and it was his acrobatic effort that was turned into the net by Romelu Lukaku as Sevilla clinched the trophy with a 3-2 win.
6. Bukayo Saka (£24.3m increase)
Arsenal’s technically-gifted and versatile youngster Bukayo Saka is the second Englishman on our list.
Saka’s value has risen from £11.7million to £36million over 2020 – a huge increase of 207.7 per cent – thanks in part to his remarkable tally of 11 assists last season.
The 19-year-old cemented his place in the starting XI after Mikel Arteta’s appointment in December and has been used on the wing, in midfield and at left-back or wing-back.
Saka’s performances were rewarded with a new long-term deal over the summer and he has since helped the Gunners lift the FA Cup and earned his first four England caps.
4. Mason Greenwood (£27m increase)
The third Englishman in the top 10, Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood’s transfer value has increased by £27million this year.
The Manchester United teen forced his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans thanks to his performances in the cup competitions and became a mainstay in the XI post-Project Restart.
Handed the No.11 jersey ahead of this campaign, Greenwood is yet to match his prolific goals-per-minute ratio from last term and is without a goal in the Premier League.
But the 19-year-old grabbed his first Champions League goal in the 5-0 win over RB Leipzig last month and he remains hot property at Old Trafford, with his transfer value increasing from £18million to £45million over 2020.
4. Phil Foden (£27m increase)
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Also rising £27million this year is Greenwood’s international teammate but Manchester rival Phil Foden, whose value has doubled from £27million to £54million.
Once hailed as “the most talented player” City boss Pep Guardiola had ever worked with, Foden is continuing to develop into a first-class midfielder.
The 20-year-old has grabbed three goals and two assists at club level this season and announced his return to England duty with a late double in the 4-0 win over Iceland.
Foden has been used in a number of midfield and wide roles and, while his versatility is one of his key attributes, he will hope to continue his development with a regular spot in Guardiola’s starting XI going forward.
3. Erling Haaland (£31.5m increase)
Erling Haaland’s inclusion in our top 10 will come as no surprise to football fans across Europe.
After plundering goals at an alarming rate for RB Salzburg, Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund for £17.1million in January.
The 20-year-old quickly put to bed any doubts over whether he could cut it in the Bundesliga, scoring a hat-trick on his debut appearance off the bench.
In total, Haaland went on to score 16 times in 18 appearances for Dortmund last season and the Norway striker has started this campaign with 11 goals in 11 games.
He remains heavily linked with a move away from the German club but any suitor will be well aware the potential transfer fee is only going in one direction; his value has risen from £40.5million in January to £72million at present.
2. Ansu Fati (£36m increase)
With managerial, presidential and Lionel Messi turmoil this year, there has been little to smile about at Barcelona.
But one ray of sunshine has been 18-year-old Ansu Fati, whose dazzling performances on the wing have propelled him to stardom.
Fati burst onto the scene in 2019 and he has continued his record-breaking heroics this year; he became the youngest player to score a double in La Liga in February and was named Player of the Month for September.
The La Masia graduate earned his maiden senior caps for Spain and looked poised to have another prolific season with five goals and three assists in 10 games.
But sadly, Fati is out for four months after tearing his meniscus earlier this month, though his value has doubled from £36million to £72million and he can be assured of his status as a future superstar.
1. Alphonso Davies (£49.50m increase)
What a year it’s been for Bayern Munich prodigy Davies.
At the tender age of 20, he has nailed down a starting role in Bayern’s starting XI and started the Champions League final against PSG, clinching a historic treble with a 1-0 win.
Davies is already considered one of the best left-backs in Europe and the Bavarian giants tied him down to a new five-year deal in April.
The Canadian is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but that has not stopped his transfer value skyrocketing from £22.5million to £72million since the start of the year.
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