Transfer Market: The most expensive signings of Europe’s top leagues have an average age of just 21
Transfer Market Clubs are focusing on youth
With speculation surrounding Neymar, Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba it’s clear we’re approaching the crescendo moment of the 2019 summer market, yet the most expensive signings so far across the five major leagues have an average age of just 21.
The average age is 21 and a half years old, whilst the total price of those five players is 385 million euros.
Here, we take a look at these expensive youngsters who have been signed.
One of the players who has taken the headlines this summer has 19-year-old Joao Felix.
Atletico Madrid knew they needed a high-profile signing to replace the outgoing Antoine Griezmann and paid 127m euros to sign the player from Benfica.
Felix is the perfect example of the trend in the current market.
His performances for Benfica haven’t justified the price tag, yet it’s his potential that has encouraged Atletico Madrid to part with their record transfer fee.
Clubs live in an era at the moment where they don’t want to miss on the next Lionel Messi or the next Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico are hopeful Felix will reach such a level.
Manchester City have strengthened their midfield with the addition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
He is still only 23 and is contracted to the Premier League champions for six seasons.
Juventus‘ marquee signing in 2018 was an ageing Cristiano Ronaldo, but 2019 has seen the Bianconeri move in the completely opposite direction by completing the purchase of star defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Juventus have seen Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci near the end of their respective careers and have made a move to safeguard their future in defence.
Unsurprisingly, it is Paris Saint-Germain who have signed the most expensive player in the French transfer window to this point, although it isn’t the eye-catching kind of name the club have come to expect.
Abdou Diallo has arrived at just 23 years of age and is seen as the heir to Thiago Silva‘s position, even if his defensive performances with Dortmund seemed a little erratic at times.
PSG have bet on potential here and will hope he improves.
Bayern Munich are in full rebuild mode after their Champions League defeat to Liverpool and the dual departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Whilst the Bavarian giants are finding it difficult to secure replacements for the two forwards, they have already made a serious move to improve their defence.
Lucas Hernandez, again just 23 years old, has arrived from Atletico Madrid, with the German champions looking to move on from the ageing partnership of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, with the former having already returned to Borussia Dortmund.