Top 10 South American-Based Players Likely To Jump to Europe
With South American teams having an amazing run in the current edition of the World Cup—the world, and most importantly Europe, looks up to the South for developing stars. Check out the 10 players most likely to get a contract in a big European team.
Patricio Rodriguez: Independiente, Argentina
Even though Patricio plays a little behind the usual striker, most people in Argentina say he is the natural replacement for Kun Aguero in Independiente, where he has been since he was 10 years old.
He's got what it takes to replace the Argentinean man: Short guy, lots of pace, and amazingly skilled with the ball. At 20 years of age, European teams are already negotiating a possible transfer to Europe.
Neymar da Silva: Santos, Brazil
This 18-year-old striker has amazed an entire country at such a young age, to the point where over 14,000 people signed a petition for Carlos Dunga to take him to the World Cup.
The young player eventually got cut from the final 23 men list, but he still has a bright future. This guy has Robinho, Ronaldo and Bebeto's traits all in one—but it will be crucial for him to land in a team that will not burn him out so young.
West Ham is already bidding hard for him, but Spanish League teams also want him.
Alvaro Gonzalez: Nacional, Uruguay
Even though this right back is more known for his amazing pace, he is good with the ball as well, and has earned 11 caps with his Uruguayan national team.
Gonzalez just moved from Boca Juniors to Uruguay's champions team, Nacional, last year. However, at age 24, several European teams find him suited enough for bigger stages.
Nicolas Otamendi: Velez, Argentina
Very strong, aggressive and determined central defender. Nicolas is a virtuoso when it comes to defending his goal, and at age 22 he has already stunned everyone in his country, to the point where Maradona brought him to the World Cup, and half of Europe is already bidding for him.
He has been starting for the Argentinean side in the World Cup and is an imminent transfer.
Juan Carlos Arce: Sport Recife, Brazil
Even though he has already been on loan on Russian side Terek Grozny, he is still property of Brazilian Recife, and Italian teams might be looking after him.
He is a fast and skilled striker, but without much of the dribbling paraphernalia that comes from being from South America. He dribbles if he needs to, but his main objective is getting a shot on goal.
Miller Bolaños: LDU de Quito, Ecuador
This 19-year-old Ecuadorian attacking midfielder still has lots to learn, but his speed, shots from outside the box and his presence in the midfield make him a good prospect for any European team.
From Mexico to Europe and Argentina, everybody is following Miller very closely.
Jonathan Cristaldo: Velez, Argentina
Cristaldo has shown that at age 20, he has the serenity to hide the ball against defenders inside their box and finish with amazing easiness. All in all, he is a very mature striker who surprises anyone who knows he is barely in his 20s.
After his third season in Velez, Cristaldo is looking to better and bigger things, and we all know how keen Europe is to buy young and talented Argentinean strikers.
Mario Fernandes: Grémio, Brazil
When at age 20 you have Bayenr Munich, Real Madrid, Porto, Juventus or Barcelona looking after you, you have to be good.
This very young defender has only played one season at the highest level with Brazilian side Grémio, but is already showing signs of being the next best thing in Brazil's defense. His anticipation and movement off the ball are amazing for a footballer his age. We will probably see him in Spain, Germany or Italy very soon.
Santiago Garcia: Nacional, Uruguay
Uruguay's Nacional is already enjoying Santiago Garcia (left), even though the kid just turn 18. He is already averaging a goal every two games, and has proven vital for the Uruguayan side in the past two seasons.
Garcia is not necessarily great at anything, but he does have the movement of a striker who knows where to be, and finds the net easily and constantly. He is already a member of Uruguay's Under 20 team, and is meant to arrive in Europe very soon.
Sergio Araujo: Boca Juniors, Argentina
Even though this kid's still hasn't exploded as a talent, teams like Real Madrid are already behind him.
Araujo is a very fast and practical striker, and even though he has the quality to dribble, most of the times he takes the "Klose approach" and goes for goal as soon as possible. Something that could prove very useful if he finds himself in Europe.