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Beyond the Premier League: A Look at Europe’s Top Emerging Talents

September 08, 2015

- Grant Whittington

With Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling expected to complete a staggering £50 million move to Manchester City this summer, there is reason to believe that all perspective has been lost within the British transfer market. Despite his immense promise and natural ability, Sterling has flattered to deceive during his fledgling career and struggled to impose himself in a disappointing campaign last season. There is undoubtedly far greater value to be enjoyed abroad, with some of Europe’s best and most exciting prospects available for a snip of Sterling’s valuation.

But who exactly are the young players that were impressing last season and we should look for in the European game? Here are three of the most exciting prospects: –

Max Meyer (Schalke)

Meyer is part of a young and extremely exciting Schalke team, alongside the immensely talented Julian Draxler. He also starred during Schalke’s impressive 4-3 win against Real Madrid in the Champions League last season, showcasing tremendous touch, pace, and an ability to perform on the grandest of stages. The 19 year old is valued at just £11 million, and arguably offers far greater value and pedigree than a still-raw Sterling. He is certainly a player to watch in the years to come.

Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan)

While Inter Milan have struggled immensely during that last two seasons, they have undoubtedly unearthed a gem in the form of attacking midfielder Mateo Kovacic. Signed when he was just 18 from Dinamo Zagreb, he has lit up the San Siro with his skills and has been heralded by Inter legend Javier Zanetti as the best prospect since the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo. Still just 20 and valued at £16million, Kovacic has already been linked with a move to the top clubs in La Liga and the EPL, including Liverpool who have been told they must make an offer of £21million.

Memphis Depay (Manchester United)

Recently signed by Manchester United, Memphis Depay has been discussed as one of Europe’s brightest talents for years. Now 21, he has added physicality and a more effective end product to his game after breaking the 20 goal barrier with Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven last term. Immensely quick and skilful, he will be afforded the opportunity to float across the forward line at Old Trafford and is expected to shine. He will need to cope with a huge transfer fee; however, as Louis van Gaal spent in excess of £30 million on the talented forward.

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