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Rising stars who can be hot properties after Euro 2012
Posted on: 01:23 PM IST May 24, 2012 IST
With Euro 2012 around the corner and international squads being announced, managers around the world and scouts from top clubs will be on the lookout for the next big thing in football. Ahead of the competition, here's a look at some of the talent that could be hot property in this summer's transfer market.
Christian Eriksen: The Ajax and Denmark playmaker has already been tipped as the next big thing in Europe and a number of clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are already vying for his signature. The 20-year-old has everything required in an advanced playmaker and if he proves it on this stage then surely he will be hot property. Eriksen won't come cheap, though; Ajax will at least want 25 million pounds for their sensation.
Mario Gotze: This Borussia Dortmund star has taken everyone by storm. Just 20, he has already helped his team to back-to-back Bundesliga titles. Though Gotze recently signed a new contract with the German champions, the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United have already been in touch with his agent. Gotze won't be a regular starter for Germany in Euro 2012 but if he dazzles with some cameos then you can expect the bidding war to start for this playmaker. Keeping in mind the number of years he still has in his contract, his amount could go as high as 40 million pounds.
Gregory van der Wiel: Netherlands defender Gregory van der Wiel will be hoping to showcase his best skills in Euro 2012 after some eye-catching performances for Ajax in the Dutch League. Ajax are still lucky to have him in their squad as top-level clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan have already been linked to him over the past year. It's hugely unlikely that Ajax can hold to their star defender this summer as 10 million pounds will be more than enough for top clubs to lure him to their leagues.
Robert Lewandowski: This Polish hitman will be one of the key members if the co-hosts are to progress to the later stages of Euro 2012. He was in an excellent goal-scoring form this season for Borussia Dortmund and was the key man to help them lift the title. Though Dortmund have publicly stated that they will not be selling him, Lewandowski has openly admitted that he is pondering his future and once again Manchester United are seen as the favourites for his signature. However,they will have to battle Bayern Munich for his signature. A Fee of around 18-20 million pounds can seal his signature.
Alan Dzagoev: At 21, Dzagoev is already considered a superstar in his native Russia and now he can prove them right on the big stage. He is the youngest outfield player to play for the Russian national team at 18 years and 116 days. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with moves for the superstar and Chelsea are seen as favourites for his signature keeping in mind that owner Roman Abramovich also comes from Russia. If Dzagoev shines in Euro 2012 then his signature will surely not come cheap.