Many soccer fans believe soccer transfer fees are getting way out of hand and should be capped along with player salaries. The most expensive player in the world up to now has been Welsh international forward Gareth Bale who was sold by Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid for just over $100 million a couple of years ago. However, Premier League teams have been doling out millions of dollars on players of all ages for the last decade or more.
The exact dollar amount of transfer fees is sometimes hard to keep track of since they’re typically listed in English pounds or euros and the currency rate fluctuates on a daily basis when converted to dollars. For this list we have used euros, which is the currency of most European Union nations. Premier League teams aren’t afraid to take a gamble on teenaged players and several of them have turned out to be well worth the investment, but the majority of them never live up to their transfer fees. Some of the players develop into world class stars, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney and others are forgotten after a few years or become journeymen.
Rooney held the record as the costliest teenage transfer in Premier League history from 2004 to 2014 when it was shattered by Luke Shaw, who was also bought by Manchester United. We’ll take a look at the highest-priced transfer fees for teenaged Premier League players in this list and see how well they’ve performed for their clubs. We’ll also take a look at their transfer market value at the time of their moves as well as their current value on the market courtesy of the transfermarkt website. This shows which players have plunged in value and which ones have risen. These are the 10 costliest teenagers in Premier League history based on their transfer fees.
10 10. Connor Wickham, €9 million
9 9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, €13.8 million
8 8. Cristiano Ronaldo, €17.5 million
7 7. Phil Jones, €19.3 million
6 6. John Obi Mikel, €20 million
5 5. Calum Chambers, €20.23 million
4 4. Romelu Lukaku, €22 million
3 3. Anderson, €31.5 million
2 2. Wayne Rooney, €37 million
1 1. Luke Shaw, €37.5 million
Manchester United bought English international old defender Luke Shaw from Southampton last summer for 37.5 million euros just days before he turned 19. His market value at the time was rated at 13 million and is currently listed at 21 million euros. The left-back has appeared in 18 games with united since the move and has one assist to his name. He’s represented England at the Under-16, 17 and 21 levels with two goals in 20 matches and has yet to score in four appearances with the country’s national squad.
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