Transfer Rumours: One Hot Prospect Each Major Side Must Refuse to Sell
Clubs are always on the lookout for the hottest prospects in World Football to make them the next star. The best teams across Europe have top world-class talents and have some great young talent as well.
These young talents are always on the radar of other major clubs and some smaller ones as well. Sometimes, the players themselves may look to move from one club to another if they think the grass may be greener.
Hot prospects are youngsters that are not fully established in their first team and/or have not realized their full potential. Some may have had their chances with the big boys and impressed, and others may not have featured at all...yet.
In this instance, players like Jack Rodwell and Jack Wilshere and Thiago Alcantara are examples of more established young stars who were hot prospects themselves in the past. They are not necessarily full-fledged stars themselves, but their talent has been on show more consistently at the top level.
Let's take a look at which hot prospects each major side should refuse to sell.
Manchester United: Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba represents the future of Manchester United's midfield. During the few first-team chances the midfielder has seen this season, he has shown glimpses of his great talent.
There was a lot of speculation about Pogba's future leading up to, and throughout, the January transfer window, but Manchester United locked him down with a contract.
Since Manchester United let go Ravel Morrison, Pogba is probably the brightest prospect in the midfield at the Manchester United.
Manchester City: John Guidetti
John Guidetti has been in fantastic form in the Dutch league notching 16 goals in 18 games for Feyenoord. The Swedish youngster recently earned his first international call-up and looks set for a very bright future.
Manchester City has some world-class talent in his position already, but that doesn't mean that he is not a part of the club's future.
While Manchester City has the funds to buy a top-class forward at any point, they would be foolish to spend such funds when they have a player like Guidetti waiting in the wings.
Liverpool: Raheem Sterling
Jonjo Shelvey has talent and so does Sebastian Coates, but Raheem Sterling is a very exciting player for the future.
Sterling is the youngest of these three players meaning he has even more time to find his way into the first team. Performances like the one against Southend must certainly have Liverpool fans anticipating big things.
There may come a time when Sterling attracts attention from other big clubs. Liverpool should do all they can to make sure that he stays with the club.
Chelsea: Josh McEachran
Josh McEachran had to go off loan to Swansea in January 2012, as there were a number of players ahead of him in the Chelsea midfield.
The new boss (whoever it is) would be wise to take care with this young midfielder. Frank Lampard is on his last legs, and there are decisions to be made about other personnel in the Chelsea midfield.
McEachran is a talented young player who is certainly one for the future of both Chelsea and England. If his time at Swansea goes well, he may see more opportunities for the club next year.
Arsenal: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ahead of most of his Premier League counterparts on this list in terms of first-team experiences. Still, he is by no means and established player, but as he continues to grow, so will his performances and already stellar reputation.
Though he just joined Arsenal, it is clear that he is the top young prospect at the club, and at the rate he is developing, he may not be in the hot prospect category much longer.
Arsenal should be able to hold on to him, and they must.
Everton: Ross Barkley
Jack Rodwell has laid out the path for Ross Barkley in a sense. Rodwell's grown to the level that he is at right now without jumping ship, and Everton will be hoping they can do the same with another great English talent.
With the likes of Mikel Arteta gone and a player like Tim Cahill on the downside of his career, Everton needs more youthful help in the midfield.
Barkley has already made some appearances for his club so far this season and looks set to have a great future at the club. Everton certainly should not let him go anytime soon.
Tottenham: Steven Caulker
Kyle Walker is another young player with tons of talent, but he is by now virtually established as Tottenham's right-back, thus negating his availability for this list.
With an aging player like William Gallas and an injury-prone captain in the form of Ledley King, Tottenham needs to figure out its future in the center of the defense.
Steven Caulker could help solve that problem. He is currently on loan at Swansea in what is a very good move for all parties involved. The youngster is getting valuable Premier League experience and could possibly step into Tottenham's squad on a regular basis next season.
Real Madrid: Alvaro Morata
Jose Mourinho has looked for a striker for his squad in the past, and he should look no further than the player who has been doing very well with the "Castilla" side.
Alvaro Morata scored six goals for Spain in the U-19 European Championship last year and has seen first-team action for Real Madrid once this season.
Real Madrid's transfer policy sees them neglect their younger players in almost every position, and they might just see this player fall through the cracks as well. That should not be the case.
Barcelona: Marc Muniesa
There are so many talented players in the Barcelona ranks it's hard to consider them all. It is very likely that Barcelona will hold on to the majority of those players. One player that stands out for practical reasons is central defender Marc Muniesa.
All the talented attackers are already out there—Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello and Gerard Deloufou to name a few—but defense is where most help is needed.
That help may come in the form of a big-name defender, but Muniesa is only 19, so he has time to make his mark. Muniesa is highly rated for a reason and could be a future central defender of what would be an extremely talented Barcelona team.
Bayern Munich: David Alaba
Despite being only 19, David Alaba has had to feature prominently for Bayern Munich this season since the injury to Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Alaba's loan spell at Hoffenheim last season gave him a great amount of confidence and allowed him to to progress without having to wait behind Bayern's midfielders.
This season, the young Austrian midfielder has shown himself to be extremely capable. He is a versatile player and one that Bayern Munich should hold on to.
Juventus: Ouasim Bouy
Juventus already has players like Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio on the team, but their newest addition, Ouasim Bouy, is the future.
Bouy is a highly rated midfielder coming out of the Ajax academy. He could very well be the replacement for Andrea Pirlo in the Juventus midfield.
His agent certainly has high praise for him, and there's no wonder why. Juventus was eager to sign the youngster despite him not making a single appearance for Ajax's senior side.
AC Milan: Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy is Milan's most talented prospect. The young attacker certainly has a lot of competition, but his willingness to stay at the club and make his mark is big for the club.
El Shaarawy provides the club with a fantastic young Italian player for the club to mold into a star. The club has the ability to sign big names, but as players like Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic get older, there will be a need for a youngster like El Shaarawy to team up with Alexandre Pato.
If the club is willing to work on Alexandre Pato—who has shown glimpses but is still not quite the world-class player he could be—then El Shaarawy should be be given the same opportunity as well.
Inter Milan: Philippe Coutinho
The future of Wesley Sneijder is uncertain, and that impacts the future of Philippe Coutinho at the club.
If Sneijder does leave, Inter would be showing faith in the likes of Coutinho, Ricardo Alvarez and others to lead the club forward. That definitely wouldn't be a bad thing.
Coutinho is out on loan at Espanyol right now and is getting the playing time he needs to possibly take over Sneijder's role. The young Brazilian has a bright future at the club and would give Inter some great years.
Napoli: Eduardo Vargas
Having moved to Napoli in January, Eduardo Vargas joins fellow South Americans Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. These two players, along with midfielder Marek Hamsik, have attracted a lot of attention in recent months and could leave the club in the near future.
Vargas is a prospect the club should keep regardless of what happens to his current teammates. He looks set to have a bright future and could collaborate with his teammates to continue the team's renaissance or carry it off on his own.