Thiago Alcantara’s hat-trick sealed a second successive European U-21 crown for both himself and his country Tuesday, as Spain beat five-time winners Italy 4-1 in Jerusalem.
The treble took the 22-year-old Barcelona midfielder to within a goal of teammate Alvaro Morata’s tournament-leading tally and capped a performance that will surely see his value rise beyond the £18 million the Catalans have him pegged at. (Metro)
A handful of other young superstars will have increased their stock over the past few weeks in Israel as well, and in the following slideshow we’ll learn a thing or two about four of them, concluding with some more transfer news regarding the highly-rated Thiago.
Let’s get to it.