Among the big-money deals completed by Premier League clubs this summer, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ signing of Fabio Silva is among the most eye-catching.
Wolves have broken their transfer record to bring in the Portuguese 18-year-old, who only made his Primeira Liga debut for Porto last season.
That kind of outlay on a teenager can end up looking like a great investment or a bit of a waste, but in most cases it takes us a number of years to learn which is the case.
Silva goes straight in at number two among the most expensive teenagers in Premier League history, but how have the rest of the top 10 (per Transfermarkt) got on?
Wolves made Fabio Silva one of the most expensive Premier League teenagers ever last week
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Anthony Martial – £36m
A fast start can certainly help when it comes to big money investments, and Martial’s debut goal against Liverpool did just that.
It’s not all been plain sailing for the Frenchman, who joined Manchester United from Monaco for an initial £36million in 2015, but there’s every chance United would be able to turn a profit if they were to sell him now.
The 2020/21 season could be a big one for Martial, who impressed at the end of last season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer settled on his best United XI.
Anthony Martial’s debut goal against Liverpool immediately justified Man Utd spending £36million on him
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Fabio Silva – £35m
£35m for a forward with three senior goals seems like a bold move, but Silva arrives with a lofty reputation.
He became Porto’s youngest ever Primeira Liga player last season, having scored five times in 2018/19 in his team’s run to Uefa Youth League glory.
However, while his ceiling is high, more established players have moved for less money.
Silva arrives at Wolves with a lofty reputation, but more established players have moved for less than his hefty £35million fee
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