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Serie A: The 5 Fastest Rising Stars of Italy's Top Flight
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Juventus phenomenon Paul Pogba celebrates a goal against Napoli

Italy is suffering through tough financial times, and the Serie A has not been immune to the economic downturn.  Once the destination for the top players of the world, Italian teams have faltered in the transfer market.  Even if a club could afford the exorbitant transfer fees required for the likes of Gareth Bale, they often can't afford the wages to go along with it.

Because of the financial crunch, youth development is an ever-more important aspect of Italian football. For Italian teams to compete with clubs in other countries backed by Russian oligarchs and Qatari oil magnates, they must manage their youth systems carefully and invest in young talent whenever it can be found.

Here are five examples of young players rising fast in the Serie A. Some have already made an impact at the top levels of the league, others are primed to become major players in the highest levels of Italy and Europe.

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