Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has been rated as the tenth most valuable player in his position by football stats and player valuation website, transfermarkt.co.uk.
The Nigerian international has been in superb form for his club, Leicester City, since arriving in January, 2017, and has been made the highest number of tackles in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons.
His consistency and development under former Leicester manager, Claude Puel, and current boss, Brendan Rodgers, have been reflected by his increased market value.
With some top European clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United, rumoured to be eyeing him, the 22-year-old is now reportedly valued at €45 million – a €28m increase on the €17m fee paid to Belgian side, Genk, by Leicester for his services three years ago.
Ndidi's importance to Brendan Rodgers setup was underscored during his time out through injury. The foxes failed to win any of the three matches, drawing against Aston Villa in the League Cup and losing 2-1 to both Burnley and Southampton.
He returned last week Wednesday to help Leicester secure a comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham at the King Power stadium.
Despite his increased valuation, Ndidi is the most expensive defensive midfielder in Africa, with Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian international, Thomas Partey, one place ahead of Ndidi with a value of €50m.
Manchester City's only signing last summer, Rodri, is rated as the world’s midfield destroyer with a value of around €80 million – a €10m increase from the fee the Citizens paid Atletico Madrid for him last summer.
Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich is also valued at €80m but sits second on the chart with Liverpool’s Fabinho, Real Madrid’s Casemiro and Chelsea’s Italian international, Jorginho, completing the rest of the top five.
The Top 10 Most Valuable Defensive Midfielders
Rodri (Manchester City) €80 million
Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) €80 million
Fabinho (Liverpool) €70 million
Casemiro (Real Madrid)€70 million
Jorginho (Chelsea FC) €65 million
Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) €60 million
Declan Rice (West Ham United) €55 million
Rueben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) €50 million
Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) €50 million
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) €45 million.