Romelu Lukaku's value increases to €158.5m since joining Manchester United

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Explosive start to United career: Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku’s stock has risen immensely over the last few months.

Ever since his move to Old Trafford, Lukaku’s potential value has increased from €102.7m to €158.5m, according to the CIES Football Observatory’s newest data release.

The Belgian international has scored a goal every 82 minutes for Manchester United, in comparison to a goal every 133 minutes when he was at Everton last season. He is also the top goalscorer in the Premier League currently.

The other big names who’ve made a jump in the list include Kylian Mbappe (+€50m), Paulo Dybala (+€47m) and Ousmane Dembele (+€45m).

French international Mbappe has been a delight to watch in Ligue 1 under boss Unai Emery at PSG, having scored three goals and provided two assists this term – with his value estimated at €145.8m.

Depicting the change in value of players, the list also includes his team-mate Neymar, who made a record move from Barcelona, at €239.6m.

Meanwhile, other names featured t include, Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (€58.7m), Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (€131.3m), United’s Marcus Rashford (€98.6m), Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (€98m) and Gianluigi Donnarumma (€65.1m).

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Neymar and Cavani put 'exaggerated' penalty bust-up behind them

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The struggle between Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take Paris Saint-Germain’s penalties was blown out of all proportion, the Brazilian player’s father said in an interview aired on French television Sunday.

Neymar converted a spot-kick impressively in Saturday’s 6-2 win over Bordeaux and was immediately hugged by his Uruguayan teammate.

The spat started two weeks ago in the 2-0 league win over Lyon when centre-forward Cavani insisted on taking a penalty but then went on to miss it.

“The whole thing was exaggerated,” Neymar senior said of the tide of media interest in the dressing room conflict that came to be known in France as ‘Penaltygate’.

“We saw in the game against Bayern Munich that there is no problem at all,” said the player’s father.

Neymar Senior said that the incident was all part and parcel of his son ‘leaving his comfort zone’ at Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros transfer fee for the challenge of leading PSG.

Many observers feel the issue could have been avoided had coach Unai Emery decided upon the matter ahead of time.

“They are two very competitive players with their own individual objectives,” Emery said at the time.

“Just after the match it was very emotional, so you can have conversations. People might call them disputes but they are normal and happen after practically every match.”

After the Bordeaux win Emery hinted the issue was to be decided between the two players.

“For me the important thing with penalties is to score them,” said the PSG coach. “The main thing is the two of them see the opportunity and they both can take penalties. The decision is down to those two.

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Kylian Mbappe is still a work in progress says PSG boss Unai Emery

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Mbappe made his loan switch last month from Monaco.

Paris St Germain boss Unai Emery admits he is still trying to discover Kylian Mbappe’s best position.

The 18-year-old France striker was in irresistible form again on Tuesday night, setting up two goals in PSG’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich.

PSG return to domestic action with a top-of-the-table clash against Bordeaux on Saturday evening and Emery insisting that Mbappe is still a work in progress.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: “Upon his arrival, we questioned the positioning of Kylian because he is a young player and we have to progress with him.

“He’s an attacking player, but he needs to learn the positioning that the team needs on defensive situations.

“He can play all the positions of the attack – left, centre and right – and he has proved it.

“His progression will come through work and versatility and we will look for his best position so he can give 100 per cent.”

PSG’s celebrated strike trio of Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani already have 18 goals between them in all competitions.

But Emery says he is willing to change his favoured 4-3-3 formation when the situation demands.

“We are prepared to work with different systems,” the Spaniard said.

“The 4-3-3 is the main system we use, it is great for keeping possession and applying pressure.

“But after that we need to have another system for different matches.

Unai Emery

Unai Emery

“Most importantly, it’s getting the balance and positioning on the pitch with and without the ball.”

PSG could have a problem in that respect against Bordeaux as Thiago Motta, so important in anchoring the midfield this season, may be absent with a knee injury.

“We will assess him later to see if he will be in the group or not,” Emery said.

“But we are very pleased with (Giovani) Lo Celso and if he continues with these performances he will have the option to play more minutes.

“He always thinks of the team, he can come in and he’s ready to play.”

PSG held a one-point lead over Monaco heading into the eighth round of Ligue 1 fixtures.

Bordeaux are four points behind in third spot, but are the only side other than PSG unbeaten in the league this season.

Like PSG, Bordeaux have won three of their last four games and head coach Jocelyn Gourvennec believes his side can draw encouragement from the Parisians’ recent struggles against Lyon and Montpellier.

PSG had to rely on two late goals to beat Lyon at home before Montpellier held them to a goalless draw last weekend.

“Going to the Parc des Princes undefeated? Above all I am happy to have 15 points,” Gourvennec said after last week’s 3-1 victory against Guingamp.

“We just need to take inspiration from Lyon and Montpellier to go there, play well and take something from the game.”

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