Free-scoring Darwin Nunez for £60m, a Man United target valued at £48m – and THREE £41m+ stars from Sporting’s talent factory: Meet the 20 most valuable players outside Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues
- Darwin Nunez and Antony dos Santos are valued highest in a new CIES study
- The top 20 most valued list included a host of Sporting Lisbon and Ajax stars
- Manchester United targets Jurrien Timber and Ryan Gravenberch are included
Darwin Nunez and Antony dos Santos are the highest valued players outside of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues, according to a new study published by the CIES Football Observatory.
Highly-rated Benfica striker Nunez is valued at £60million, Manchester United target Antony has a £48m valuation, and there is whole host Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Ajax stars among the top 20 on the list.
Both Nunez and Antony are attracting interest from a number of big name clubs inside the top five leagues in Europe following impressive seasons at their respective clubs.
Below the leading pair is Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio at 44m and PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gakpo at £42m.
Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is the most valued player outside of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues
Ajax winger Antony dos Santos (left) and Sporting Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio (right) are the second and third most valued
PSV Eindhoven striker Cody Gapko (pictured) is among the top five most valued footballers
Further down the list is Lisbon duo Matheus Nunes and Pedro Goncalves both valued around £41m.
Nunes and Goncalves are just yet more proof of Lisbon’s talent with three players inside the top six.
Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos priced at around £35m, not highly regarded as his team-mate Nunez, but he remains hot property.
Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa (£35m) was next on list with Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere (£33m).
Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere is on the list, valued at around £33million
Sebastien Haller (£33m), most West Ham fans would believe to be a surprise inclusion, but his Ajax form is proof just why he rounds up the top 10.
Yet another Manchester United target sits in 11th place with Ajax defender Jurrien Timber being valued at £32m.
Orkun Kokcu is in the 12th after impressing this season for Feyenoord, having scored 9 times this campaign.
Flamengo forward Gabriel Barbosa is the only player on the list from outside of Europe with a valuation of around £32m.
Flamengo forward Gabriel Barbosa is the only player on the list from outside of Europe
Hot prospect and Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is just behind with a valuation of £31m.
The 19-year-old has become a first-team regular in the Eredivisie this campaign under Erik ten Hag – making 42 appearances in all competitions.
AZ Alkmaar forward Jesper Karlsson, Porto midfielder Vitinha Ferreira, and Club Brugge’s Noa Lang were sat just behind Gravenberch all valued between £27m-£31m.
Porto’s attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira has been key to his club’s success as they currently lead the league.
Porto’s attacking midfielder has found the net seven times and picked up 15 assists this season
He has found the net seven times and picked up a further 15 assists in all competitions at the age of just 21.
Red Bull Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi bucks the trend with most of the players coming from Portugal and Holland with two coming from Club Brugge in Belgium.
Adeyemi has notched 21 goals and leads the Austrian Bundesliga in the goalscoring charts.
Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez rounds off the top 20 with valuation of £25m.
Top 20 most valuable players outside of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues
1. Darwin Nunez (Benfica) – £60m
2. Anthony dos Santos (Ajax) – £48m
3. Goncalo Inacio (Sporting Lisbon) – £44m
4. Cody Gakpo (PSV) – £42m
5. Matheus Nunes (Sporting Lisbon) – £41m
6. Pedro Goncalves (Sporting Lisbon) – £41m
7. Goncalo Ramos (Benfica) – £35m
8. Diogo Costa (Porto) – £35m
9. Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge) – £33m
10. Sebastien Haller (Ajax) – £33m
11. Jurrien Timber (Ajax) – £32m
12. Orkun Kokcu (Feyernoord) – £32m
13. Gabriel Barbosa (Flamengo) – £32m
14. Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax) – £31m
15. Jesper Karlsson (AZ Alkmaar) – £31m
16. Vitinha Ferreira (Porto) – £30m
17. Noa Lang (Club Brugge) – £27m
18. Fabio Vieira (Porto) – £27m
19. Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg) – £26m
20. Lisandro Martinez (Ajax) – £25m