Simons 5th, Odegaard 7th – Which players gained most market value while on loan?

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Simons 5th, Odegaard 7th - Which players gained most market value while on loan?


The transfer window opened earlier this month but it’s been relatively quiet as clubs target new arrivals ahead of the 2024/25 season. It’s difficult for major clubs to complete big signings with so many players participating in Euro 2024 and Copa América

The two major international tournaments this summer run until the middle of July and business will ramp up next month with the window closing across Europe on August 30th. Most clubs will be aiming to appease their fans with exciting permanent transfers but the loan market is increasingly appealing with spending restricted due to financial regulations. Loans can be mutually beneficial as it allows clubs to bring in players without a transfer fee and it helps develop players for parent clubs. But which loan players have increased most in market value in history? Let’s find out! 

Which players increased most in value whilst on loan?

Kylian Mbappé tops the list after his market value on Transfermarkt rose by €85 million during his loan spell at PSG in the 2017/18 season. The French superstar originally joined PSG on a season-long loan from Monaco before he moved permanently the following summer for €120m. Mbappe scored 21 goals in 44 appearances from PSG that season and his market value increased from €35m to €120m. 

As the graphic above illustrates, Luka Jović ranks second but his loan from Benfica to Frankfurt was a two-year deal. The Serbian international was valued at just €2m when he moved to the Bundesliga in July 2017 but it increased by €58m during his two year spell at Frankfurt that yielded 36 goals. Achraf Hakimi is another player that benefitted from a two-year loan in the Bundesliga. The right-back joined Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid in July 2018 valued at just €5m but when he returned in 2020 his market value had risen by €49m to €54m. The next three players on the list all saw their market values skyrocket during their loan spells last season. Sávio enjoyed an excellent season at Girona to earn a move to Manchester City, Xavi Simons fulfilled his undoubted potential at Leipzig while Samu Omordion gained transfer interest from Chelsea for his exploits at Alaves. Martin Ødegaard, Folarin BalogunDuván Zapata and Tanguy Ndombélé complete the top ten.

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