Romelu Lukaku’s value has soared to to €158.5million (£140m) since joining Manchester United, according to CIES Football Observatory.The Swiss football research group specialises in  scientific estimation of professional players’ transfer value.In their newest data release, highlighting the footballers from Europe’s big five leagues whose transfer value augmented the most in absolute terms since July 2017, Lukaku comes out on top.

The Belgian’s value has risen by €55.8m (£49.2m)  54 per cent in  last three months, shooting up from from €102.7m (£90.5) before his transfer to United to €158.5m now.Since joining United Lukaku has scored 11 times in 10 games, at an average of a goal every 82 minutes. In his final season with Everton he scored at a rate of a goal every 133 minutes, perhaps going some way to explain the change.The other big risers in  Football Observatory list are Kylian Mbappe (+€50m), Paulo Dybala (+€47m) and Ousmane Dembele (+€45m).The rise in Dybala’s value is perhaps the most intriguing as he is the only one of the top four not to move clubs. He has continued to increase his value with the largely the same cast of support characters around him, whilst Lukaku, Mbappe and Dembele have enjoyed an upgrade in team-mates.


Transfer value trend since July 1, 2017, in €million

1. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) 102.7 to 158.5 (+55.8)

2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) 95.4 to 145.8 (+50.4)

3. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) 113.7 to 161 (+47.3)

4. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) 92.5 to 137.5 (+45)

5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) 27 to 58.7 (+31.7)

6. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) 211.2 to 239.6 (+28.4)

7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) 105.7 to 131.3 (+25.8)

8. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) 71.8 to 98 (+25.6)

9. Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) 72.8 to 98 (+25.2)

= Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) 39.9 to 65.1 (+25.2)

Mbappe, second on the list, has impressed since moving from Ligue 1 champions Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain. The 18 years old has scored three goals and set-up two more and seen his value go up to €145.8million (£128.8m).The list is based on the change in value of respective players, rather than simply the value itself.Hence Neymar, the most valuable player on the list at an estimated €239.6million (£211m), is sixth behind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Liverpool midfielder’s value has climbed €31.7m (£28m) to €58.7m (£51.8), whilst Neymar’s value has risen €28.4m (£25.05m).Great English young hope Marcus Rashford is also in  top 10. As a regular in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI his value has gone up to €98.6m (£87m), a €26.8m (£23.6m) rise since July.The top 10 in  Football Observatory list is completed by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Liverpool winger Mohammad Salah and AC Milan starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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