giaccone woolrich donna Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele shortlisted for top award
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Rashford finished as runner up to Renato Sanches in 2016, with the now Swansea City loanee taking the prize on the back of his efforts in a successful European Championship campaign.
The United frontman is considered to be a serious challenger to the crown once again, but Mbappe is the strong favourite after bursting onto the scene at Monaco and earning a switch to PSG which will eventually cost them 180 million.
One man who has already completed a big money switch is Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, although the Frenchman has picked up an untimely knock after moving to Camp Nou for 105m.
Other notable contenders include Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, who has impressed since arriving in English football in January.
Gianluigi Donnarumma remains a key figure at AC Milan despite being just 18 years of age, while Christian Pulisic andKasper Dolberg are catching the eye at the highest level with Borussia Dortmund and Ajaxrespectively.
The nominees in full:
Article continues belowThe winner of the 2017 award will be announced in October.
Whoevertakes the title will add their name to a roll of honour which already includes the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.