Kylian Mbappe is the favourite to become the first two-time winner of the Golden Boy award after being named among the 40-man shortlist by the Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Phil Foden are on the shortlist for the award established in 2003 given to the best young player in Europe under the age of 21, with people putting their new customer betting offers on the Reds defender.
Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot also make the 40-man shortlist.
Full-back Alexander-Arnold, 19, played in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid last season and was part of Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.
Foden, 18, is yet to make his senior England debut, but won the Golden Ball at the Under-17 World Cup last year and scored his first senior goal in City’s Carabao Cup win at Oxford on Wednesday.
Previous winners of the award include Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and former England captain Wayne Rooney.