Top Asian Talent

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The top ten most expensive players in Asia according to transfermarket.com was brought to our attention this week by one of our readers. Looking at the list you can see it is full of East Asian talent with many on the table yet to reach their peak. 

Son and Nakajima at the top of the list 

To the list itself, the most expensive player from Asia is, of course, Son Heung-min with the Tottenham star valued at €64 million. The truth is if Spurs were to sell one of their top assets he would likely go for a lot more.

Although the value of the best talent in world football is under peril right now with the continued threat of COVID 19, am not sure many would argue against the Korean attacker being the top player from Asia right now. 

Then into second place valued at just the €16 million is Shoya Nakajima of FC Porto, the 25-year-old looks to have all the talent needed to reach the top but have had an odd path to get to where he is today. 

The reason for this is that the winger who began his career with Tokyo Verdy as already played in Japan, Portugal and Qatar while additionally picking up 19 caps for Japan. 

His move to Qatar came about after a successful season with Portimonense S.C. in Portugal, after which many sides were linked with the player including English teams such as Wolves. It then came as a bit of a shock when he made the €35 million move to Al-Duhail SC in Qatar. 

He was not to last long out in the Middle East though as in July 2019 he moved to FC Porto announced in a €12 million transfer fee (50% of the player economic rights). He signed a five-year contract, keeping him contractually linked until 30 June 2024, with an €80 million release clause.

Much of this deal seems odd and am sure a lot of football agents have already made much of money from the player's career already. After all the money talk through the next few years will be key to see how far Nakajima can go in football and to be honest like with Son if a side wanted his signature they would have to pay much more than the €16 million quoted.

Talent throughout East Asia 

According to the list, the third players on the list is the Iranian Sardar Azmoun who currently plays with Zenit St. Petersburg. He is valued at €14.5 million while in fourth place Takefusa Kubo of Real Madrid is €13.5 million. 

The Real Madrid youngster who is currently on loan at Real Mallorca as looked impressive this season in La Liga and despite his side struggling he has stood out at times. 

Further down in fifth on the list is Lee Kang-in valued at the same price as Kubo as the 19-year-old Valencia star value looks to only increase. He is of course still very young but his talent is starting to show as was seen with 11 appearances this season in the league. 

Along with this, he has played in the Champions League against sides such as Ajax, Chelse and Lille. The player is most certainly another one to keep an eye on. 

Further down the list, the five players from sixth to tenth in order are Takehiro Tomiyasu, Hwang Hee-chan, Takumi Minamino, Daichi Kamada and Wu Lei. 

All of these players are great talents but for example, with Wu Lei at 28-years-old and looking set to be relegated with Espanyol, it will be interesting to see where he will be in a few years time. 

There are then players on the list such as Takumi Minamino who could become only the second Japanese player to win a league title in England. 

Another one to look out for is Hwang Hee-chan of FC Red Bull Salzburg who in the coming seasons could be a top striker in the European leagues while also helping the Korean national side at the Qatar World Cup. 

There are a few players in Asia to look out for too not on this list such as Lee Seung‑woo and Kim Min-jae to name two. 
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