According to a brand new study, Phil Foden is the second most expensive player in the top 5 leagues in Europe.
With their complex algorithm, analysts at the CIES Football Observatory have estimated the transfer values of 100 players in the top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The 21-year-old Foden is in second place with a transfer value of £ 127million, £ 12million behind Real Madrid leaders Vinicius Jnr.
Phil Foden was rated as the second most valuable player in the five best leagues in Europe
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jnr (left) took the top spot, while Dortmund star Erling Haaland finished third
The semi-annual list does not take into account other variables that are included in a player’s contract such as age, contract length, competitive strength, number of games and then goals, assists and goals conceded for defenders and goalkeepers.
Foden was one of three England internationals in the top 10. Manchester United Mason Greenwood, 20, came fourth on the list with £ 112million.
Jude Bellingham, who impressed with Borussia Dortmund in Germany at the age of just 18, is valued at £ 109m, making it sixth overall.
England internationals Mason Greenwood (left) and Jude Bellingham (right) made it into the top 10
The 10 most valuable players in the CIES IN EUROPE’S FIVE LEAGUES
Vinicius Jnr – £ 139m
Phil Foden – £ 127 million
Erling Haaland – £ 119m
Bricklayer green wood – £ 112 million
Florian Wirtz – £ 111m
Jude Bellingham – £ 109m
Alphonso Davies – £ 102 million
Ruben Dias – £ 101 million
Pedri – £ 99m
Frenkie de Jong – £ 96 million
CIES analysts have Foden’s teammate at City, Ruben Dias, in eighth overall with a £ 101million value for the 24-year-old center-back.
For Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe there is no place in the top 10 because he is out of the contract within a few months.
Mbappe has received a face value of £ 60million for this month. The Frenchman is widely expected to overtake Vinicius Jr. in a long-term deal in Paris.
One of Mbappe’s biggest noticeable rivals Erling Haaland has earned a spot on the CIES podium as the Dortmund star is valued at £ 119m, putting him in third place overall.
Haaland, 21, is one of the most wanted players in Europe and with 19 goals and five assists so far this season has hardly done anything to his reputation.
Bayer Leverkusen Wonderkid Florian Wirtz is one of four stars from Germany who made it onto the list
The Norwegian forward’s contract in Dortmund runs until June 2024, but it is widely expected that by then he will leave with a release clause that is rumored to be active as early as the end of this season.
The Bundesliga is most strongly represented in the top 10, with 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz and Bayern Munich full-back Alphonso Davies finishing fifth and seventh.
Manchester United are reportedly leading the hunt for Wirtz, who is causing a stir in Germany with his dazzling performances.
Wirtz, who is tied to a deal running through 2026, is valued at £ 111m while Canadian international Davies is valued at £ 102m.
Despite their problems this season both domestically in Spain and Europe, Barcelona have two of the top 10.
Kylian Mbappe is a surprising omission from the top 10 – but his PSG deal expires this summer
Barcelona midfielder Pedri, who won the Golden Boy in 2021, finished ninth overall
Golden Boy winner Pedri and midfield teammate Frenkie de Jong complete the CIES top 10.
Pedri is said to be worth £ 99m while Dutchman De Jong is £ 3m lower at £ 96m.
Outside of the top 10, it’s a list that is dominated by the Premier League, with seven of the next 10 players currently trading in England.
Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho (£ 96m) and Bruno Fernandes (£ 95m), Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (£ 94m) and Chelsea’s Mason Mount (£ 91m) are the four players who make the top 10 of the highest rated players across Europe to crack the closest.