Tottenham pip Liverpool and Barcelona to ‘the best talent factory in world football’ crown

Tottenham are the best club in the world at ‘producing and developing world class footballers’, according to a new player value survey. Spurs have helped to shape the careers of several of the world’s top stars and they take the crown above Barcelona and Liverpool.

A study conducted by PokerStars Sports has found that Jose Mourinho’s side add £32million onto a player’s value once they have been brought into the club, based on those stars who have made the top 100 players list.

The likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were brought to north London for minor amounts and would now command substantial fees.

One of the best academies in the world is Barcelona’s La Masia which has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol.

However, as they have made a number of costly transfer errors over the last few years, spending heavily on Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann, their average is the fourth best at £25m.

Bundesliga heavyweights RB Leipzig have got their recruitment spot in since their rise to the top and are experts at capturing rising talent.

The German side are ranked second in the table, just £1.5m behind Spurs.

Naby Keita has been their biggest success as he was sold to Liverpool in 2018 for £47m. More recently Timo Werner completed his move to Chelsea.

There are still many more on the Leipzig production line who are attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Dayot Upamecano is one of those, with Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool considering triggering his £37m release clause this summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side sit third in the rankings after building a squad of hungry players which has dominated the Premier League and Champions League.

Academy graduate Trent Alexander-Arnold rose through the ranks on Merseyside while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson were captured for relatively cheap, especially compared to what they could be sold for now.

The survey suggests that Liverpool are able to sell players for £27m more than they are bought for, on average.

Completing the top five is Borussia Dortmund, who increase a player’s transfer value by an average of £25m.

This will be inflated by Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland’s brilliant performances since they both arrived at the Westfalenstadion.

The pair could probably command over £100m fees, but Haaland has a release clause which will let him leave for £68m next summer.

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