Football Manager 2018 wonderkids: Under £20m
Available for: £7m
Need to know: Sao Paulo’s rising star Militao is comfortable as a defensive midfielder or centre-back, but has actually established himself for his club as a right-back and held down a regular first-team berth since early September. The 19-year-old looks like a much cheaper alternative to John Stones in FM 2018.
Available for: £7.5m
Need to know: A player so obscure that he’s got fewer than 2,000 Twitter followers and no Wikipedia page (the shame). Attacking midfielder Sousa is looking to jump up from Porto’s B team in the near future, but could be your future star No.10 if you have £7.5m burning a hole in your pocket.
Available for: £8m
Need to know: Matheusinho featured high in FourFourTwo’s own 100 Best Teenagers in the World 2017 list, having broken through promisingly in Brazil with America Mineiro. He particularly impressed after being involved in preparations for the 2016 Olympics, where he made friends with Neymar. Friends in high places won’t hurt his cause.
Available for: £9m
Need to know: It may be easy to christen the Bayern Munich stopper as Neuer Mk.II, but the Bavarian giants are holding fire on giving Fruchtl a senior debut for now. At only 17, the keeper is keen to learn behind one of the best in the world, with a solitary appearance against Milan in pre-season to his name at this point.
Available for: £9.5m
Need to know: Where do Santos get all of this talent from? Also aiming to follow in Neymar’s footsteps is the Liverpool-linked Rodrygo, who made his senior Serie A debut in November aged 16. He’ll need a bit of nurturing in-game to get the best out of him, but it looks like he’ll be worth it in the long run.
Available for: £9.75m
Need to know: It’s been a whirlwind 2017 for the Ajax star, who has the biggest boots to fill in Amsterdam. Son of club hero Patrick, the winger made his debut in January and has already featured in a Europa League final – at the end of which he had a very suspicious-looking chat with Jose Mourinho. Does Old Trafford beckon?