Premier League's most expensive teenage XI including Man Utd new boy Diallo, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Jones

MANCHESTER UNITED kept up their tradition of spending big on teenage stars in the summer transfer by bringing in Atalanta ace Amad Diallo.

The Red Devils captured the 18-year-old Ivorian winger on deadline day.

And Diallo is by no means the first big-money youngster to head to Old Trafford in recent years.

In fact, United absolutely dominate the list of most-expensive teenagers in Premier League history.

We've put together the costliest XI ever, below…

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GOALKEEPER – Thibaut Courtois

Transfer: Genk to Chelsea (2011)

Cost: £8m

ONLY 19-years-old when he first joined Chelsea in 2011, Courtois didn't make his Blues debut until 2014.

Courtois had spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, before spending four years in the Chelesa first-team prior to his move to Real Madrid.

RIGHT-BACK – Diogo Dalot

Transfer: Porto to Man Utd (2018)

Cost: £19m

DALOT struggled to live up to the hype following his 2018 move from Porto – worth £20m.

He has since been loaned to AC Milan.

CENTRE-BACK – Phil Jones

Transfer: Blackburn to Man Utd (2011)

Cost: £16.5m

SIR ALEX FERGUSON believed Jones would becomes one of the best centre-backs in the world on signing him from Blackburn in 2011.

At £16.5m he wasn't too pricey – but even then he's failed to live-up to the price-tag.

Still at United nearly a decade later, Jones is expected to leave soon having been axed from the club's Europa League squad.

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CENTRE-BACK – William Saliba

Transfer: Saint-Etienne to Arsenal (2019)

Cost: £27m

YET to make his Premier League debut, Saliba joined the club for £27m last summer and was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne.

Arsenal had hoped to loan him out again, but the main transfer window has closed, with only the domestic window still open.

LEFT-BACK – Luke Shaw

Transfer: Southampton to Man Utd (2014)

Cost: £33m

SHAW has failed to live up to the hype since joining United from Saints as a teenager.

But the England star has been hampered by a series of injuries during his career and still has his best years ahead of him.

Shaw keeps Ryan Sessegnon – a £25m buy of Tottenham from Fulham last year – out of the team.

CENTRE-MID – Anderson

Transfer: Porto to Man Utd (2007)

Cost: £20m

A REAL flop at Man Utd, Anderson joined as an explosive winger and departed an underwhelming defensive midfielder.

Anderson retired in 2019 after a spell at Turkish second tier side Adana Demirspor.

He keeps John Obi Mikel – a £16.5m buy – out of the team following his move to Chelsea via Man Utd.

RIGHT-WING – Amad Diallo

Transfer: Atalanta to Man Utd (2020)

Cost: £37m

THE youngster won't link up with Man Utd until January due to work permit issues.

And already there is controversy surrounding the move, with Diallo at the centre of an illegal immigrant probe over claims his 'bogus' father gained him false entry to Italy.

LEFT-WING – Anthony Martial

Transfer: Monaco to Man Utd (2015)

Cost: £44.5m

ALREADY the most expensive teenager in Premier League history, Martial could prove even more expensive with add-ons potentially taking the total fee to £57.6m.

Martial has shown signs of real class at Old Trafford but has lacked consistency and is yet to justify the sky-high price-tag.


Transfer: Everton to Man Utd (2004)

Cost: £30m

ARGUABLY one of United's top bargains, at just £30m in total – including all add-ons – Rooney was part of one of the club's best-ever periods.

Rooney won five Premier League titles and one Champions League crown following his move from Everton as a teenager.

STRIKER – Gabriel Jesus

Transfer: Palmeiras to Man City (2017)

Cost: £28.6m

JESUS joined Man City from Brazilian side Palmeiras in 2017 – and helped the club to back-to-back league titles.

But he has often played second fiddle to Sergio Aguero. Despite that he's scored 42 goals in just 103 Premier League games.

STRIKER – Fabio Silva

Transfer: Porto to Wolves (2020)

Cost: £35m

SILVA became just the latest Portuguese star to move to Molineux this summer.

In three games – two in the league – Silva is still yet to score.

But he will hope to live up to his price-tag, currently the third-most expensive teenager in Premier League history.

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