The 15 most expensive uncapped players in the world
15. Guido Carrillo, £19.1m (Monaco to Southampton)
Four days after a 1-1 draw with Tottenham led to Saints slipping into the Premier League relegation zone in January 2018, they broke their transfer record to acquire Monaco striker Carrillo for £19.1m. The uncapped Argentine hadn’t exactly pulled up trees in the principality, and it didn’t take long for Saints supporters to realise the signing wasn’t going to be a success.
Currently on loan at Leganes – managed by former Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino – Carrillo is unlikely to ever usurp the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi in his country’s centre-forward pecking order.
14. Alassane Plea, £20.7m (Nice to Borussia Monchengladbach)
New Nice boss Patrick Vieira hasn’t had the easiest of starts to life in European management, with key players Jean Michael Seri, Maxime Le Marchand and Plea all having departed the club this summer. Mario Balotelli was hoping to push through a move to Marseille, but appears to be staying put for now.
Plea scored 21 goals in all competitions for les Aiglons last term, but even such a healthy haul wasn’t sufficient for the 25-year-old forward to force his way into France reckoning in a World Cup year. In fairness, Didier Deschamps’ charges did all right without him.
13. James Maddison, £22m (Norwich to Leicester)
Maddison is a different type of player to Riyad Mahrez, but the former Norwich man will be expected to fill the creative void at Leicester following the Algerian’s switch to Manchester City. The 21-year-old has shown his quality in Premier League games against Manchester United and Wolves, and Foxes fans will hope he can again hit double figures after scoring 14 goals (and providing eight assists) in the Championship last season.
Should Maddison continue to be productive in the final third, an England call-up might not be too far away. For now, though, he remains one of the most expensive uncapped players in the world.
12. Issa Diop, £22m (Toulouse to West Ham)
West Ham splashed the cash this summer, spending £99m on new recruits to usher in a new era under Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium. Diop was their second-priciest purchase at £22m, but unlike the £36m Felipe Anderson, the French defender has never represented his country at senior level.
The 21-year-old still has time on his side, although displacing Raphael Varane or Samuel Umtiti from Les Bleus’ first-choice XI will be a tall order. Diop has played for France at every youth level since the U16s, and will hope to make the final step in the next couple of years.
11. Theo Hernandez, £22.8m (Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid)
Hernandez crossed the Spanish capital in 2017, swapping Atletico Madrid for Real Madrid before he’d made a single first-team appearance for the Colchoneros. The left-back featured in 23 games for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season, before agreeing a loan move to Real Sociedad for the 2018/19 campaign.
A three-time France U20 international, the youngster will have to compete with Benjamin Mendy and namesake Lucas Hernandez for a place in the senior squad. Regular football with la Real will no doubt aid his cause.