World Football: 10 Hottest Young Talents Who've Changed Sides in January
While there weren't too many big transfers, there were a number of top talents that moved clubs during January.
These players were among the most highly rated and most sought after players in the game.
Some may have an immediate impact on their club and others may not. Still, they are among the names that one may hear about in the next few years, if you don't already know about them.
Here are some of the hottest talents to change sides in January.
Ravel Morrison: Manchester United to West Ham
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Ravel Morrison made a move from Manchester to London this winter.
Morrison's attitude and troubles while at Manchester United got him this deal. It is a step down for a player that has an abundance of talent but he could re-emerge in the Premier League next year with his new side.
If Morrison settles down, he will be a star in the future.
Eduardo Vargas: Universidad De Chile to Napoli
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Napoli actually wrapped this deal up before the winter window opened.
Eduardo Vargas is another exciting talent to come out of Chile, and Napoli did really well to sign him after competing with bigger clubs like Chelsea.
Vargas will work alongside Napoli's already formidable attacking trident of Marek Hamsik, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Juan: Internacional to Inter Milan
Inter signed 20 year-old Brazilian defender Juan during the winter window. Juan has drawn comparisons to Lucio, another Brazilian defender at the club but the young defender is a bit more versatile.
He is capable of playing both at left-back and in the center. Juan will have a good mentor at the club and the player may have a very bright future in Italy.
Kevin De Bruyne: Genk to Chelsea
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Chelsea signed highly rated Belgian winger Kevin De Bruyne during the window. De Bruyne has already been loaned back to his former club but he certainly has an exciting future.
De Bruyne will become the third Belgian to join the club recently, after Chelsea signed his compatriots Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois last summer.
Thomas Eisfeld: Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal
When Arsenal picks up a young player, you know they have a bag of potential. Arsene Wenger has already said as much about his new signing, Thomas Eisfield.
Borussia Dortmund had a lot of young talent in its team and Eisfeld felt he may not have been able to break into the first team. That allowed Arsenal to swoop in an grab another talented youngster.
Franco Vazquez: Belgrano to Palermo
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Ouasim Bouy: Ajax to Juventus
Ajax is known for creating some top talent—talent which inevitably leaves the club. That is the case with Ouasim Bouy. Bouy was signed by Juventus near the very end of the transfer window.
Ajax did not want the player to depart, but they were unable to agree on a contract extension and decided to cash in on the player before letting him leave for free.
Philipp Prosenik: Chelsea to AC Milan
AC Milan confirmed the signing of former Chelsea youngster Philipp Prosenik before the window closed.
Prosenik was highly sought after before his move to Chelsea and AC Milan have not forgotten about the forward. He suffered some injury struggles in England and decided to move on from the club.
The fact that Milan's interest in the youngster remained shows how highly rated he is.
Ahmed Musa: VVV Venlo to CSKA Moscow
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The transfer fee wasn't much, but CSKA Moscow signed a player with tons of potential in Ahmed Musa.
Musa was attracting attention from a lot of clubs across Europe, but CSKA got their man.
Marco Reus: Borussia Mochengladbach to Borussia Dortmund
Okay, maybe I cheated a little bit with this one. Borussia Dortmund has technically signed Marco Reus, but he has not yet joined the club. You could say he is on loan just like Kevin De Bruyne.
The young German attracted interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal were also rumoured suitors at one point.