The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is still being felt across the footballing world.
Many expected the most recent window to be a quiet one, with clubs reluctant to splash the cash in the midst of an uncertain financial future.
It is now more than eight months since spectators were allowed into stadiums as well as the knock-on effects on TV and commerical deals.
Surprisingly, the 20 top-flight clubs spent big in the summer, but they were the outlier in compared to the other top-five leagues.
As well as those clubs hoping to improve their squad with acquisitions, question marks have been raised about how the pandemic will affect player valuations.
Back in April, Transfermarkt.co.uk suggested that there would be a loss to player value of over €9billion wordlwide.
In reaction to the crisis, the website cut the value of every player up to 20%, a cut which saw Raheem Sterling drop from £144m to £115m.
However, while some players are dropping, 2020 has still seen players that have bucked the general trend.
A number of the most talented youngsters in the game have seen their values sky-rocket.
Research conducted by Casumo, using Transfermarkt’s values have found the players that have seen the biggest increase to their value throughout the tumultuous year.
The list is filled with some of the brightest stars in the European game, all of whom have enjoyed a stunning last 12 months.
Alphonso Davies tops the list, as the Bayern Munich defender saw his value go from £22.5m on January 1, to £72m now – a staggering increase of almost £50m.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland round off the top-three with increases of £36m and £31.5m respectively.
Manchester United wonderkid Mason Greenwood is the top Premier League representative, but there is a place for Man City's Phil Foden and Arsenal and England star Bukayo Saka.
Jude Bellingham is the third Englishman on the list and while his increase from £2.25m to £24.3m isn’t the biggest value, the 980% jump shows his stratospheric rise since breaking through at Birmingham City before moving to Dortmund in the summer.
Top 10 value increases (via Transfermarkt)
1. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) – £22.5m to £72m (£49.5m increase)
2. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) – £36m to £72m (£36m increase)
3. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund – £40.5m to £72m (£31.5m increase)
4. Mason Greenwood (Man Utd) – (£18m – £45m) – (£27m increase)
5. Phil Foden (Man City) – £27m to £54m (£27m increase)
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6. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – £11.7m to £36m (£24.3m)
7. Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid) – £22.5m – £45m (£22.5m increase)
7. Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla) – £22.5m – £45m (£22.5m increase)
7. Diego Carlos (Sevilla) – £22.5m – £45m (£22.5m increase
10. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) – £2.25m – £24.3m (£22.05m increase)
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