The footballing world has not been too kind on Paul Pogba in the months since he was made the game’s most expensive ever player. He’s endured a tough start to life back at Manchester United, and even some of his own fans have dared to suggest he may not have been worth every penny of his pricetag.
The good news for Paul is that his position as football’s priciest purchase may not last too much longer – especially when you consider the amount of young talent floating around Europe’s top clubs. Here are 8 teenagers who could break Pogba’s record fee.
Dortmund's precocious American winger already has a few records to his name - including being the youngest ever foreigner to score in the Bundesliga, and the youngest player to score for the US national team. With that kind of pedigree, you can expect a mega money move in the not-too-distant future. Source: YouTube
Manchester United fans look away now. Local boy Rashford has taken the Premier League by storm since his debut earlier this year, but with United slipping down the football landscape, it's possible Marcus could one day have his eye on a move to a big-spending rival. Source: thepeoplesperson
Norway's great footballing hope hasn't been out of the headlines since he moved to Real Madrid at the beginning of 2015. Still only 17, Odegaard is well on his way to becoming one of Europe's most exciting attackers - and that means any team looking to prize him away from the Bernabeu will need deep pockets. Source: 101 Great Goals
Part of Portugal's history-making squad in the summer, Renato Sanches has already commanded a huge transfer fee when he made the move from Benfica to Bayern Munich. The tenacious midfielder has drawn comparisons to Clarence Seedorf, who would have cost you an arm and a leg in his prime. Source: jogadores
Usually monster transfer fees are reserved for 40-goal-a-season strikers and flamboyant attacking midfielders, but the awesome Donnarumma might just have a shot at becoming the first goalkeeper to hold the title of football's most expensive player. The 17-year-old Milan stopper isn't tipped as Buffon's successor for nothing. Source: gazzettaworld
Anthony Martial, Kingsley Coman - France have got into the habit of producing exciting attackers in recent years, and Ousmane Dembele might just be the pick of the bunch. The Dortmund teen has started his career in scintillating fashion, and it won't be long before the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling. Source: foottheball
The frighteningly confident Locatelli announced himself to the footballing world with a stunning winner against Serie A champions Juventus. If this is a sign of things to come then you can expect the Milan midfielder - who has tentatively been compared to Andrea Pirlo - to fetch a pretty penny if and when he moves onto greener pastures. Source: AC Milan Tube
Manchester City-bound Gabriel Jesus joins the likes of Ronaldo and Neymar on the small list of players who broke into the Brazil team before they were out of their teens. The diminutive forward has already commanded a fee of £27M, and although City fans will be predicting a long and fruitful career at the Etihad, the Spanish super clubs are always hard to turn down. Source: 101 Great Goals
World record fees mean nothing, nowadays, given that Paul Pogba looks like a fish out of water in the Premier League. However, it’s going to be fun seeing how much money clubs deem acceptable to waste on the next big thing.