Across Europe, training has taken an increasingly important place within clubs and some have even built part of their reputation above such as Ajax Amsterdam or FC Barcelona. These young trained players are also an opportunity to develop a source of income since the training costs quickly seem derisory after a transfer costing several million euros. The International Center for Sports Studies (CIES), which is based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, has just delivered its latest report and it concerns the sums collected for the transfers of players trained since the summer of 2015. France is particularly well placed.
Highest transfer earnings of club youth academy graduates since 2015 🤑
🥇 @AS_Monaco 2⃣4⃣6⃣ M€
🥈 @Real Madrid 2⃣3⃣6⃣ M€
🥉 @OL €2⃣2⃣8⃣m
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Indeed, the palm of the academy having obtained the most money thanks to the sale of its players trained at the club is AS Monaco. The principality club has gleaned 246 million euros over the past 7 years. The flagship transfer is of course that of Kylian Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain against 180 million euros, but we can also think of the transfers of Layvin Kurzawa (PSG, 25 M€) and Yannick Carrasco (Atlético, 15 M€). Renowned as a club that knows how to sell well and knows how to train well, AS Monaco is just ahead of Real Madrid. La Fabrica des Merengues is an immense source of talent and Alvaro Morata (Juventus €20m and Chelsea €66m) is the one who brought in the most money for the Merengues.
Lyon on the podium, Rennes at the gates of the top 10
The Casa Blanca has also gleaned 236 million euros over the past seven years with the sale of its players trained at the club. The podium is completed by another French club: Olympique Lyonnais. Les Gones, who notably saw the departure of a golden generation made up of Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona, €25m), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, €53m) or even Corentin Tolisso (€41.5m) with a reputation solid in the field of training. The Rhone club has obtained 228 million euros over the last seven years thanks to the sale of its players trained at the club. Behind, the top 10 is made up of other prestigious academies with Ajax Amsterdam, Benfica, Atalanta and Schalke 04.
Stade Rennais is the third French team in the ranking and comes in thirteenth place. The Bretons who notably sold Eduardo Camavinga to Real Madrid last summer for 31 million euros also have great expertise in this area. Economically, the Reds and Blacks have made big profits since they have sold young talents from their academy for a total sum of 101 million euros over its last 7 years. AS Saint-Étienne with in particular Wesley Fofana (Leicester) and William Saliba (Arsenal) sold for 83 million euros and ranks 17th while the Girondins de Bordeaux are 19th with 78 million euros in sales.
The ranking of the clubs that have obtained the most money from players trained since the summer of 2015
- AS Monaco (France, €246m)
- Real Madrid (Spain, €236m)
- Olympique Lyonnais (France, €228m)
- Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands, €211m)
- Benfica (Portugal, €202m)
- Atalanta (Italy, €182m)
- Bayer Leverkusen (Germany, €177m)
- PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands, €142m)
- Liverpool (England, €131m)
- Schalke 04 (Germany, €126m)
- Stade Rennais (France, €101m)
- AS Saint-Etienne (France, €83m)
- Girondins of Bordeaux (France, €78m)