Across the football world, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is still being felt.
The most recent window was expected by many to be a quiet one with clubs reluctant to splash cash in the midst of an uncertain economic future.
It has been more than eight months since spectators were allowed to enter stadiums, as well as the knock-on effects on television and trade deals.
Surprisingly, in the summer, the 20 top-flight clubs spent big, but compared to the other top-five leagues, they were the outliers.
Question marks have been raised about how the pandemic will affect player valuations, as well as those clubs hoping to enhance their squad with acquisitions.
Transfermarkt.co.uk suggested back in April that there would be a loss of player value in excess of 9 billion EUR worldwide.
The website reduced the value of every player by up to 20 percent in response to the crisis, a cut that saw Raheem Sterling drop from £ 144m to £ 115m.
However, while some players are falling, players who have bucked the general trend have still seen in 2020.
A number of the game’s most talented young people saw their values sky-rocket.
Research carried out by Casumo using the values of Transfermarkt has identified the players who have seen the greatest increase in their value throughout the tumultuous year.
The list is filled with some of the European game’s brightest stars, all of whom have enjoyed a stunning 12 months in the past.
As the Bayern Munich defender saw his value go from £ 22.5m on January 1, to £ 72m now a staggering increase of nearly £ 50m, Alphonso Davies tops the list.
With increases of £ 36m and £ 31.5m respectively, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland round out the top three.
The top Premier League representative is Manchester United wonderkid Mason Greenwood, but there is a place for Phil Foden and Arsenal and England star Bukayo Saka of Man City.
Jude Bellingham is the third Englishman on the list and while his rise from £ 2.25m to £ 24.3m is not the greatest value, his stratospheric rise since breaking through Birmingham City before moving in the summer to Dortmund is shown by the 980 percent jump.
Top 10 value increases (via Transfermarkt)
1. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) – £22.5m to £72m (£49.5m increase)
2. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) – £36m to £72m (£36m increase)
3. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund – £40.5m to £72m (£31.5m increase)
4. Mason Greenwood (Man Utd) – (£18m – £45m) – (£27m increase)
5. Phil Foden (Man City) – £27m to £54m (£27m increase)
6. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – £11.7m to £36m (£24.3m increase)
7. Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid) – £22.5m – £45m (£22.5m increase)
7. Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla) – £22.5m – £45m (£22.5m increase)
7. Diego Carlos (Sevilla) – £22.5m – £45m (£22.5m increase)
10. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) – £2.25m – £24.3m (£22.05m increase)