Manchester City announced their sixth summer recruit after confirming the £27m transfer of Brazilian youngster, Gabriel Jesus, from Palmeiras. The 19-year-old joins the likes of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito in joining Pep Guardiola at the Etihad although Jesus won’t join the side until December.
We assess where the £27m transfer ranks in the top ten most expensive teenagers of all-time…
#10 – MARQUINHOS – ROMA TO PSG – £22m
French champions, Paris St Germain, secured the services of Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos from Roma back in 2013. The Parisians paid £22m to sign the 22-year-old from Italy only a year after he left Corinthians. Since then, the defender has been linked with both Barcelona and Chelsea and the youngster will represent Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games.
#9 – BREEL DONALD EMBOLO – BASEL TO SCHALKE – £23m
A move that has gone under the radar this transfer window is the £23m capture of striker Breel Donald Embolo by Schalke. The Swiss international is highly regarded as one of the most promising teenagers in world football which prompted the German giants to swoop for his signature. Recent reports have suggested Jose Mourinho ‘desperately’ wanted the 19-year-old to join Manchester United but he opted for Schalke in search of first-team football.
#8 – ANDERSON – PORTO TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £25m
Anderson was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2007 for £25m from Porto. His arrival was met with optimism but the midfielder failed to justify his colossal transfer fee. Anderson was best remembered for scoring a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final but the Brazilian made just 10 appearances in his last two season in Manchester. His eventually ended his association when he left for Internacional on a free transfer.
#7 – JAVIER SAVIOLA – RIVER PLATE TO BARCELONA – £25m
River Plate striker, Javier Saviola, was widely regarded as the heir to Diego Maradona’s throne after becoming the youngster forward to win the Argentinean golden boot. Barcelona won the race for his signature and spent around £25m to bring the 19-year-old to the Nou Camp. After scoring 17 goals in his first season, Saviola failed to kick on from his debut season in Spain and later joined Monaco on loan.
#6 – WAYNE ROONEY – EVERTON TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £26m
Although the money spent on Anderson could be deemed a waste, Manchester United’s £26m purchase of Everton’s Wayne Rooney has proved a shrewd investment. The English international currently captains the Red Devils and is one of the club’s highest scorers of all-time. His form in recent seasons has failed to reach the heights of his peak but Rooney will be hoping to return to his best under Mourinho.
#5 – GABRIEL JESUS – PALMEIRAS TO MANCHESTER CITY – £27m
Manchester City’s acquisition of Jesus ranks as the fifth highest amount of money spend on a teenager. The Brazilian is one of the most promising youngsters in the world and Jesus has scored 10 goals in just 14 games meaning he is Palmeiras’ highest scorer. Guardiola has a reputation of nurturing young prospects into first-team regulars and will be hoping for a similar impact when Jesus arrives in Manchester.
#4 – LUCAS MOURA – SAO PAULO TO PSG – £28m
Despite making a £28m move from Sao Paulo to PSG, Lucas Moura has failed to impress in France and has failed to hold down a starting spot at the Parc des Princes. The Brazil international has been linked heavily with a move to Liverpool but a move failed to materialise as the Reds captured Sadio Mane from Southampton. However, now Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left the club, Lucas has the chance to show new manager Unai Emery what he is capable of.
#3 – RENATO SANCHES – BENFICA TO BAYERN MUNICH – £29m
Another huge big money transfer was completed this summer as Bayern Munich captured Renato Sanches under the noses of Manchester United for almost £30m. Benfica could not refuse an offer for their prized asset who indicated his willingness to move after starring in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph. The midfielder is one of the biggest talents in world football and has the potential to be one of the best in the world.
#2 – LUKE SHAW – SOUTHAMPTON TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £30m
Luke Shaw endured a difficult start to his Manchester United career under David Moyes following a £30m move from Southampton. Shaw struggled for fitness but enjoyed a solid start to the season under Louis van Gaal. A horrific leg break against PSV halted the defender’s progress but the England international will be hoping to return to form in Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford.
#1 – ANTHONY MARTIAL – MONACO TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £36m
Despite the pressures of becoming the world’s most expensive teenager following his move to Manchester United from Monaco, Anthony Martial excelled during his first season at Old Trafford. The French international’s fee could rise up to £50m if performance-based add-ons are met and Martial will be hoping to build on the success of his debut season and repay the faith in him as Manchester United’s number nine.