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Southampton have Europe's most successful youth academy

Southampton's academy is Europe's most profitable youth setup over the past three years.

Numbers released by the International Centre for Sports Studies' Football Observatory suggests that the Saints have produced the most expensive group of players who have been sold on to other clubs.

?The south coast outfit have pocketed in excess of €90million since 2012 which has them far and away at the top of the Premier League list which sees Swansea City in second and Manchester United in third.

?As for the entire European list, French club Lille have made €76m in profit with Spanish duo Real Sociedad and Sevilla and German side Borussia Dortmund making up the top five.

?Top 15 European clubs?Academy player sales in last three years

?€90.2m: Southampton - Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw

€76m: Lille - Gianni Bruno, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Eden Hazard, Divock Origi

?€72.2m: Real Sociedad - Antoine Griezmann, Asier Illarramendi €51.5m: Seville - Luis Alberto, José Campaña, Antonio Luna, Alberto Moreno, Jesús Navas €43.5m: Borussia Dortmund - Daniel Ginczek, Mario Götze, Julian Koch, Lasse Sobiech, Koray Günter €43m: Real Madrid - José María Callejón, Daniel Carvajal, Esteban Granero, Álvaro Morata €38.8m: Barcelona - Thiago Alcântara, Jonathan dos Santos, Andreu Fontàs, Bojan Krkic, Antonio Sanabria €33.6m: Rennes - M'Vila, T. Bakayoko, Y. Brahimi, K. Théophile, J. Kembo, D. Foulquier, Y. Jebbour €33.5m: Montpellier - Rémy Cabella, Benjamin Stambouli, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Younès Belhanda?€32.8m: St-Etienne - Faouzi Ghoulam, Josuha Guilavogui, Loris Néry, Kurt Zouma €31.8m: Swansea City - Joe Allen, Ben Davies €31.1m: Bayern Münich - Emre Can, Diego Contento, Raif Husic, Toni Kroos €28.7m: Manchester United -Michael Keane, Danny Welbeck, Robert Brady, Matt James, Joshua King €25.2m: Paris St-Germain - Clément Chantôme, Antoine Conte, Mamadou Sakho, Ilan Boccara €24.5m: Genoa - Richmond Boakye, Isaac Cofie, Stephan El Shaarawy, Dejan Lazareviæ, Stefano Sturaro?

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