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My first attempt..Hope everyone would find them useful

1) Sebastian Giovinco (Empoli)

The 20-year-old attacking-midfielder is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe. Skilful, fast, with great vision and technical ability, many have labelled Giovinco as the ‘Italian Messi’. Giovinco is on loan at Empoli from Juventus but many believe he is the Bianconeri’s natural heir to Alessandro Del Piero.

Capello: Giovinco Is A Great Talent

Ex Roma and Milan Coach Fabio Capello has heaped praise on young Empoli playmaker Sebastian Giovinco but says it is wrong to compare the player to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan in Tuscany from Juventus, is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Blessed with some quite incredible dribbling skills and acceleration, many have already labelled the diminutive youngster as the ‘Italian Messi’.

“Giovinco is a player with a great amount of ability. He has incredible technique and great dribbling,” Capello told La Domenica Sportiva.

“However I think it is wrong to compare him to Messi. Messi is more physical and has a lot of upper-body strength.”

Giovinco scored his first ever Serie A goal yesterday as Empoli came from behind to beat Palermo 3-1 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. The win was the Azzurri’s first Serie A win of the new campaign and lifted them to 16th in the table.

Giovinco is also a regular for the Italy Under-21 team and is widely regarded as the squad’s best player. The youngster has represented Italy at every age since under-16 level and it seems he will certainly have a starring role for the senior team at some point in the future.

2) Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal)

Rossi has made an outstanding start to his La Liga career with four goals in his first five games. Signed from Manchester United in the summer, having come through the famed youth system at Parma, Rossi has a beautiful left-foot and is a deadly finisher. Short and nimble, with excellent awareness, many have likened Rossi’s style to ex-Lazio legend Giuseppe Signori.

3) Alberto Aquilani (Roma)

It seems only injuries can stop this brilliant midfielder from becoming an Azzurri regular in the future. Aquilani is a complete midfielder, he can pass, tackle, run and as Palermo and Siena found out in the first two weeks of the season, he has a brilliant long-shot with both feet. Has just been ruled out for two months but don’t bet against the 23-year-old returning better than ever.

4) Alessandro Rosina (Torino)

Rosinaldo is a defender’s nightmare – Fast, skilful, both-footed – the player is surely the long-term replacement for Mauro Camoranesi on the right-hand side of Italy’s midfield. Last season he virtually single-handedly kept Torino in Serie A with his nine goals but his start to the new campaign has been complicated by a contract dispute. If Rosina wants to fulfil his undoubted talent, then he has to move to a big club. Milan have been mooted as a possible destination and it could be the perfect solution for both club and player.

5) Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)

Not since the 1980s have the Napoli fans been so excited about a player. That player was Diego Maradona – the greatest footballer of all time. After Lavezzi’s stunning start to his Partenopei career, the comparisons between the two Argentineans have inevitably started. Both share incredible technical ability, skill and pace but Lavezzi probably has a more realistic likeness to Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez. Nevertheless Lavezzi is certainly one for the future.

Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (born May 3, 1985, in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine footballer currently playing for Serie A club SSC Napoli. He is forward who has a good shooting ability, very good dribbling and good playmaking abilities.

Like many promising young Argentine players who appear in Italy, the media have been quick to dub Lavezzi the "New Maradona". Lavezzi himself however plays this down, instead comparing himself to another young Argentine player in Carlos Tévez.

As a youngster, Lavezzi had a very keen interest in football and supported his local side Rosario Central; he would later get their badge tattooed on his chest.

From a very young age, the footballing talent of Lavezzi was recognised, as he played in the youth squads of Boca Juniors from the age of 10 until he was 17.Lavezzi moved to the youth side of Estudiantes in 2003, where over one season he played 39 games and scored 17 goals.

He was bought by Italian side Genoa in 2004 for 1 million euros,but was loaned out straight away to Argentina side San Lorenzo. Here at the age of 19, he competed in the Apertura 2004 tournament scoring six goals in total over the course of the season; which saw him finish as 4th top scorer.

Lavezzi's most notable contributions included a spectacular effort against River Plate at the El Monumental. He scored in the 69th minute to give San Lorenzo a famous victory and seriously damage River's title challenge. This gained him the nickname la Bestia ("the Beast") from the Argentine media.

Although it was planned for Lavezzi to return back to Genoa after a season on loan, there were problems. While Lavezzi was playing in Argentina, Genoa were involved in an alleged match fixing scandal which saw them relegated down to Serie C1; the third level of Italian football. Due to financial constraints, the promising forward was sold to San Lorenzo for 1.2 million euros.

On his return to San Lorenzo for the Apertura 2005 season, he managed to help the club up into the top half of the table, with 8 goals, he finished as the overall 4th top scorer. His last act as a San Lorenzo player was to help them to the Clausura 2007 title, beating out Boca Juniors by six points.

Napoli had recently achieved promotion back to Serie A, after finishing as runners-up the previous season in Serie B. Looking to strengthen their squad for a return to the top level, Napoli signed Lavezzi on a five-year contract on 5 July 2007. The transfer deal was worth around 6 million euros, he was presented before the fans and given the number 7 shirt for his first season.

Very early on he made an impact for the club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 victory over Pisa in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio San Paolo; this was the first hat-trick by a Napoli player in fourteen years. The first league goal Lavezzi scored for Napoli, came during a 5–0 victory against Udinese on 2 September 2007. After the match he was described in reports as "inspirational", with the media proclaiming "Napoli's star is born". The Neapolitan club hadn't won a league match by such a large margin since 1988, when Diego Maradona was at the club.

He made his international debut for the Argentinian national team team against Chile, on the 18th of April, 2007.

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Giampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina)

Giampaolo Pazzini (born August 2, 1984 in Pescia) is an Italian football (soccer) player, who currently plays for Fiorentina, having been transferred there from Atalanta in January 2005, with Valeri Bojinov from U.S. Lecce. He is a direct, powerful centre-forward who poses a significant threat in the air and also boasts a powerful shot. The striker is considered a natural replacement for FC Bayern Munich-bound Luca Toni by coach Cesare Prandelli.

Club career

Giampaolo Pazzini's high point of the 2005/2006 season was his spectacular equalising header against Juventus. Pazzini also struck a wonderfully powerful shot beating Juventus keeper, Gianluigi Buffon, to cap a traditional Italian counter attack, in the 2004/2005 season.

International career

Pazzini is currently a member of the Italy Under-21 team.

Pazzini was the star of the first ever professional match at the new Wembley Stadium in a game against England Under-21 on 24 March 2007. The Fiorentina forward set three records in the 3-3 draw; he scored the first goal at the new Wembley Stadium after just 28 seconds (and thus the fastest ever goal to be scored at Wembley, in both its old and new incarnations), and then went on to score the first ever hat-trick at the new Wembley, after 68 minutes.[1] Pazzini recently signed a new contract with Fiorentina and is thought to be highly rated by staff and players alike.

Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals

2003/04 Atalanta Italy Serie B 39 9

2004/05 Atalanta Italy Serie A 12 3

2004/05 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 14 3

2005/06 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 26 5

2006/07 Fiorentina Italy Serie A 23 7

2004- Italy Under-21 17 (5)

Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)

Riccardo Montolivo (born 18 January 1985 in Caravaggio, Bergamo) is an Italian footballer. He currently plays in the role of attacking midfielder for ACF Fiorentina of Serie A league. He is also nationally known as a good deep-lying forward. He is currently the Azzurrini's (Italy U21) creative fulcrum, Riccardo is blessed with great skill and vision, terrific touch with both feet and an unerring eye for goal.

He started his career with Atalanta, for which he debuted in the 2003/2004 season, helping his team to gain a promotion to Series A, and scoring 4 goals in 41 matches. The next season, again for Atalanta, he played 32 times and scored 3 goals, being unable to avoid the immediate relegation for the team. He moved to Fiorentina in the summer of 2005, in a joint ownership bid. In 2006 Fiorentina got full ownership,

He is one of the main players of the Under-21 national team of Italy coached by Pierluigi Casiraghi, and widely considered as one of the most promising youngsters in the country. He has been tipped to be the next Totti. However, in his first season with Fiorentina he was rarely first choice for coach Claudio Cesare Prandelli and spent most of the games on the bench.

In recent publications in the press he has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC as they continue their search for a winger.

In October 10th 2006 Montolivo scored the winning goal when Italy beat Spain 2-1 and qualified for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship

Years Club App (Gls)*

2003-2005 Atalanta 73 (7)

2005- Fiorentina 56 (3)

2004-2007 Italy U-21 20 (3)

Yoann Gourcuff (Milan)

Yoann Gourcuff (born July 11, 1986) is a French footballer who is presently playing with AC Milan.

Career

Gourcuff was born in Ploemeur, Morbihan, Brittany. Having started out with FC Lorient (whose manager is his father Christian Gourcuff) at a young age, Gourcuff signed a youth contract with Stade Rennais in 2001, followed by a professional contract two years later.

Making only 9 appearances in the 2003-04 season, the following seasons were more successful, with him scoring 6 goals in the 2005-06 season, helping Rennes to finish 7th in Ligue 1 and winning them a place in the 2006 Intertoto Cup.

Having been linked with a host of big name European clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Valencia CF and Arsenal F.C., at the end of the 2006 season, he moved to A.C. Milan where his contract runs until the 2010-11 season.

He has been capped for France at schoolboy level and was part of the winning French team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship.

He started his Milan career by scoring a goal and being one of the best players on view in Milan's first UEFA Champions League match against AEK Athens.

Gourcuff is being talked of by many as Zinédine Zidane's heir apparent due to his similar height, build, movement, and skill. Others have named him rather as the next Youri Djorkaeff.

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Giorgio Chiellini (born August 14, 1984 in Pisa) is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Juventus of the Italian Serie A. He is an attacking left back who has also played centre back.

Chiellini started his career with Livorno where he played for two years each in Serie C1 and Serie B. He was signed by Juventus in summer 2004, for €6.5 million, but immediately sold on co-ownership deal to Fiorentina for €3.5 million, where he played for 2004/05 season. After an excellent first season in Serie A, he was recalled by Juventus for the 2005-06 season, where Juventus paid €4.3 million for full-ownership.

Chiellini made his debut for the Italian national team in November 2004 against Finland, and has since become a regular squad member. He won the European Under-19 Championship with Italy in 2003, and was also a member of the Italy team that won the bronze medals at the football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics. As of September 2006, he has won 6 caps for Italian national team, despite still being eligible to play for Italian U-21 national team. He was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament' of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands where they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He extended his original contract from until 2009 to 2011 on 12 October 2006

Edison Cavani (Palermo)

Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad.

In January 2007 Cavani was selected to join the Uruguay national football team Under-20 squad to play in the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay. Cavani finished the tournament as topscorer with 7goals in 9 games, this feat helped Uruguay to finish in 3rd place, earning them a place in the World Youth Championship. After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several teams were suggested to have interest in signing Cavani, including Juventus and AC Milan. However, on January 29, 2007, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan footballer. The bid was officially confirmed on January 31. He made his debut on March 11, 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal hailed as reminiscent of Marco van Basten's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final.

Domenico Criscito (Juventus)

Criscito started his professional career at Genoa C.F.C., for which made his debut in Serie B in June 2003 at the age of 16. In the summer of 2004 Genoa sold 50% of the rights to Juventus for €150.000. He played for the youth team of Juventus in the following two seasons, winning the Italian youth championship in 2006 and scoring the opening goal in the final match against Fiorentina. In 2006-2007 he went to play for Genoa, this time in the first team, proving himself as one of the best Serie B defenders and earning a place in Italy's Under-21 national team.

In January 2007, Juventus bought the remaining 50% of Criscito for a combined price of €7.5 million. This was paid by the co-ownership of Andrea Masiello and Abdoulay Konko to Genoa C.F.C., and €5.25 million. He also signed a new contract with Juventus which will last until June 30, 2011.

Criscito made his Serie A debut with Juventus on August 25, in Juve's comeback game in Serie A versus Livorno, a crushing 5-1 victory.

Raffaele Palladino (Juventus)

The first team career of Palladino started in his native region of Campania where he played for Benevento in Serie C1. Including games played in Coppa Italia Serie C, his record at Benevento was 12 games played and 5 goals scored.

It was not long before he gained the attentions of Juventus and was signed by the club in 2002, during his earlier years with Juventus he played in reserve and youth levels in competitions such as Torneo di Viareggio (which the club won in 2003 and 2004). However, during the 2003-04 season, he did make one appearance in the Coppa Italia. He scored 41 goals in 61 games in the Campionato Nazionale Primavera.

Loan spells

To gain some first team experience, Palladino was loaned out to Salernitana back in Campania. At the time the club were competing in Serie B, Palladino scored 15 goals during his season with the club, becoming their topscorer that season; he finished as 7th topscorer in the entire league.

The first taste of Serie A football came in 2005-06 for the player, he was loaned out once more, this time to Livorno. Although he gained some valuable experience he did not score as many goals as he did during his spell with Salernitana the previous season.

Return to Juventus

Juventus had been relegated down to Serie B due to the result of the 2006 Serie A scandal. Despite the lower division, first team places were still hotly contested and the young Palladino was given a chance to prove himself in the first team by Didier Deschamps. On his league debut Palladino scored two goals, in the same season he also scored a hat-trick against Triestina. Juventus won promotion back into Serie A that season giving Palladino his first senior team honour.

Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

Cristian Zapata (Udinese)

Bosko Jankovic (Palermo)

Antonio Nocerino (Juventus)

Daniele Dessena (Parma)

Marco Andreolli (Roma)

Gyan Asamoah (Udinese)

Claudio Marchisio (Empoli/Juventus)

Graziano Pelle (AZ)

Anthony Vanden Boore (Fiorentina)

Valon Behrami (Lazio)

Arturo Lupoli (Fiorentina)

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Excellent post my friend. This is the stuff we like to see, instead of the old:

'fabregas should be a 96' rubbish we see on here daily.

I particularily like your article on Lavezzi, a player whom I've been watching closely since his first international call up. I believe he will take a good year or so to settle in europe, so lets not judge him yet. But wait till his 2nd season and I think we could see a really special player.

Great first post, keep up the good work.

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Thanks for the great compliment ^^

I'm also looking forward to Lavezzi's growth. No doubt he will get snapped up by a big club soon if he continues playing the way he is now. But that's where the problem comes in. If he does get to a big club, he may have to be contented with just sitting on the bench with minimal first team football. It will be a waste of his talent. I do wish for him to get to a big club but also to have all the first team appearances that a guy of his talent deserves.

Came across another article on the Net today. Seems like AC Milan was interested in him until Pato came into the picture.

For guys who are interested in this guy, here's his rating on SM.

Player name: Ezequiel LAVEZZI (San Lorenzo)

Age: 22yrs

Born: 3 May 1985

Nationality: Argentinian

Position: Striker

Rating: 89

Lavezzi Was Milan Target

AC Milan scout Cesare Maldini has let it be known that the club were close to making a move for Napoli's new Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi over the summer but dropped their interest in the player as soon as Alexandre Pato became available.

Lavezzi is already a big hit amongst Napoli fans following his prodigious display during the 5-0 victory at Udinese last matchday, and Maldini acknowledges that the Azzurri got a real gem.

"Milan wanted Lavezzi,” admitted the former Italy coach. "We followed him for a very long time and had many positive notes on him”.

"However, then Pato became available and we took him instead," Maldini Snr added.

Lavezzi, 22, arrived from San Lorenzo this summer as a relatively unknown in Italy, but with a big reputation in his native Argentina where he is often referred to as the 'New Tevez'.

It is a far bigger Argentine legend that the Napoli faithful think of during the three competitive games in which they have seen Lavezzi play – he even bagged a hattrick during the 4-0 Coppa Italia victory over Cesena - but the compactly built forward is quick to downplay the comparisons to El Diego.

"Me the new Maradona? Now that's exaggeration," he said.

"The idolisation is already too much to take for me. And then to be likened to the great Diego, that is exaggerated."

"Anyway, I will try to keep calm amid all this," he continued. "All I am going to try to do is to bring more happiness to my friends, and to the Napoli faithful.

"I am simply trying to do my job well."

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Good Post but..

Nearly all them players have been mentioned already in the section & this section is for players that have not been mentioned before. (Read Froum Rules)

When doin player Scout reports its tended prefared in here when you use your own words rather then copy & paste jobs.

You obviosly a fan of Eatalian footie so yuse your skill to spot players that havent been mentioned here b4 ;)

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It is not against forum rules to make a post containing lots of detailed info about lots of players... or to research and cut and paste.... the rules are meant to be there more to stop people starting a 100th Ronaldinho thread etc - i will have a look at the rules and see if they need re-wording.

Keep the info coming Latios.

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Well I see where you are coming from but I am not going to try and moderate etiquette as everyone has their own version of that, just the forum rules. :D I think that as his thread is about promising players in Italy it is OK to put players who have been mentioned in that thread, most players have been mentioned somewhere on the forum at some point after all. :)

Criscito sounds decent from what I have heard of him, Fraser posted a good Serie A review that mentioned him I think, and it is nice to see more info on him.

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Can I just say that I enjoyed the original post and read. I was also happy to see that there were a few players I'd earmarked already. One of the first boys I bought was Lavezzi as well after reading many an interesting story on him on the internet.

You may be interested to know that the Internazionale President Moratti is having Lavezzi scouted for the rest of the season as he looks for a replacement to the ageing Luis Figo.

The boy's going to be huge with a bit of luck :)

One of the other early signings I made was to loan in Aquliani. I've seen him this season and his ability for someone at such a young age is only matched by a couple of guys around at that age range, e.g. Nasri & Fabregas for instance.

And another young player that seems to be making a splash in Italy is 20 year old Matteo Rubin of Torino, who bagged him from Cittadella in Serie C. A host of bigger European clubs are watching the Left sided defender. I bagged him in my game for £1.8m rated 78. He was increased by 5 points last upgrade.

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And another young player that seems to be making a splash in Italy is 20 year old Matteo Rubin of Torino' date=' who bagged him from Cittadella in Serie C. A host of bigger European clubs are watching the Left sided defender. I bagged him in my game for £1.8m rated 78. He was increased by 5 points last upgrade.[/quote']

Rubin seems to be a goos prospect . AC Milan want to sign him to bring some youth in their team . They and Real Madrid are targeting him .

Also another player in Torino is called Dominique Malonga .He is a French and is likened to Thierry Henry . The Torino President once said he is delighted his team these two youngsters , as they are gems for he future.

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Also another player in Torino is called Dominique Malonga .He is a French and is likened to Thierry Henry . The Torino President once said he is delighted his team these two youngsters ' date=' as they are gems for he future.[/quote']

He scored his first ever goal for Torino yesterday and i hope much more will flow

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Thank you all very much for your useful tips and suggestions, I have made bids for several of them, but is it your intention to sign these players and sell them on for a profit or do you hope they increase their rating enough to break into your first team? Just a querey of mine, all the best.

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Thank you all very much for your useful tips and suggestions' date=' I have made bids for several of them, but is it your intention to sign these players and sell them on for a profit or do you hope they increase their rating enough to break into your first team? Just a querey of mine, all the best.[/quote']

Well Luke it depends on the individual manager how he is going to run the club. If u are going to manage the club for a long time you will need some young and promising young players as some first team players will eventually be too old or retiring. Who knows u might uncover some gems and greatly help your teams.:)

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Great stuff Latios' date=' but just wondering, of Hamsik and Dessena, which one of the buys do you recommend more.

Great post Latios, although they have all been mentioned a lot, but this is very helpful.

Rep for you.[/quote']

Although Hamšík grew up in Banská Bystrica, he never played for the major team Dukla Banská Bystrica. He started playing for a small youth team called Jupie Podlavice in Banská Bystrica.In 2002 he signed with a major Slovak team Slovan Bratislava. He played for the Slovan A-team in one match, in which he scored a goal.

He moved to Brescia in 2004 as a 17 year old young talent from Slovan. The transfer cost Brescia €500,000. His first match in Brescia was against Chievo Verona in March 2005. Later that season Brescia finished 19th and was relegated to the Serie B. In 2005-06 he played 24 league matches for Brescia in Serie B, Brescia finished 10th. He had an impressive 2006-07 season, he scored 10 goals in 40 matches.

During the 2006-07 summer transfer season clubs such as Inter Milan were rumoured to be interested in buying him. He later also attracted the interest of FA Premier League clubs Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

On June 28, 2007 newly-promoted Serie A club Napoli announced Hamšík signed a five-year contract with them. The transfer cost Napoli €5.5million, the president of the club De Laurentiis said Hamsik is a player to look for in the future.

He played his first major match for Napoli against Cesena in the first round of the Italian Cup. Napoli won 4-0, Hamsik passed to the opening goal and scored the second goal himself. Scored his first goal in the Serie A on September 16, 2007, in the match against U.C. Sampdoria. The match was in the third round of the Italian league, just after the qualification break in which he took part for Slovakia.

Hamšík has represented Slovakia in the junior caregories. He played for Slovakia at qualification fot the UEFA Under-17 European Championships and for the UEFA Under-19 European Championships. He is a member of the Slovak U-21 national team.

He appeared 4 times for the Slovak national team. He made his debut on February 7, 2007 in the friendly match against Poland which ended 2-2. Played his second match against Germany in the Euro 2008 qualification, Slovakia lost 2-1, Hamsik played the whole match.

Manchester United are keen to sign Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, according to reports in Italy.

Tutto Sport claims United have tabled a bid of 18million euros for the Slovakia international.

Hamsik has been in fine form for Napoli in recent weeks and his agent is thrilled with news of interest from Old Trafford.

"At this moment, I can say just one thing - we are delighted," Juraj Venglos said in Slovakian daily Sport.

"Hamsik has made another step forward which has made the public take notice and without any doubt he will make another step in the future.

"I believe that he will make it at the right moment and will take the right direction."

Hamsik himself is remaining cool on the speculation, according to his father Richard.

He explained: "Marek got to know about the interest on Wednesday when everybody in Napoli began to take it as official news.

"So far he has not taken it too seriously. He is not bothered about it as he is mainly focusing on his performances for Napoli. He is happy there.

"Of course though it is pleasant if such a club shows interest."

Both are pretty much sought after talents i should say.

I would reccommend Hamsik though.

Napoli are are doing reasonably well in the Serie A after winning promotion. They are currently 8th in the league on the same number of points as AC Milan (15 points) but behind due to a lower goal difference. Mapoli also played Juventus to an exciting 4-4 draw last month. It may be due to the referee's biasness but i reckon that they played pretty well too.

Hamsik is part of the core of the Napoli squad that is currently impressing many this season. Hamsik is also a full international for Slovakia and have played some matches for them. His impressive performance this season has also attract interest from Manchester United and other clubs as well.

Hamsik has currently played 12 games for Napoli, 11 starts, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist. Not bad for a 20 year old i must say.

On the other hand, Dessena has played 10 games for Parma, 8 starts, 0 goals and 0 assists.

Dessena is currently playing for the Under 21 Italy side but his passage to becoming a full-fledged interantional would be hard in the midfield packed with talents. I wouldn't say he wouldn't have a chance though but it would be hard.

Besides all these, i feel that a player would have more space and opportunities to express himself and grow rapidly if his team his playing well. Napoli seems to be playing better than Parma at the moment and i feel that Hamsik has a much better future ahead of him.

Player name: Marek HAMSIK

Age: 20yrs

Born: 22 July 1987

Nationality: Slovak

Position: Central Midfield/Right Midfield

Rating: 86

Player name: Daniele DESSENA (Parma)

Age: 20yrs

Born: 10 May 1987

Nationality: Italian

Position: Central Midfield

Rating: 87

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I bought this fella because i think he could be a great. Reminds me a lot of Pirlo - who of course started to live up to his undoubted talent at brescia, like hamsik. Any ideas about what rating he could go up to? I would say 88 to 89, but i have a soft spot for napoli so i may just be biased!

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Juventus are set to offer Napoli full ownership of Marcelo Zalayeta in exchange for midfield starlet Marek Hamsik.

The Bianconeri have been linked with a move for the Slovakian for a number of weeks now and see him as the ideal man to supply a bit of extra spark to their midfield.

According to Tuttosport Juve will offer Napoli full rights to Marcelo Zalayeta, who is currently on loan with the Partenopei, in exchange for Hamsik.

Napoli currently have a £7m option to make Zalayeta’s deal permanent at the end of the season. The 29-year-old has been in outstanding form and has scored seven times already in Serie A.

Hamsik, who only signed from Brescia in the summer, has also underlined why he is seen as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe with a string of mesmerising displays.

He's got big clubs like Manchester united, Real Madrid and Juventus on his tail, what's more to say about his performances this year. However, he has not been performing to usual high standards, which is not helped by Napoli's poor away form. Probably he's a little unsettled currently with all these big clubs circling around him. But he has to learn to focus.

He has currently played 15 games for Napoli, starting 13 of them, scoring 2 goals and having 1 assist which is not bad really for a midfielder at a age of 20. For Slovakia, he has started 5 games, scoring 2 goals and having 1 assist. Though Solvakia did not qualify, it is hard to deny the fact that Hamsik performed reasonably well as it was a rather tough group after all. Hamsik's rating will definitely rise in the next changes but i got the feeling that he may only rise to 88 this time round. He's still have a long road ahead of him. But he has the undoubted talent. This lad has a birght future ahead of him^^.

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Pardon me if anyone has discovered him before me. I searched the forum but only found a thread mentioning about him under "Player Ratings".

Albin Ekdal is the name.

Juventus Beat Inter And Arsenal To New Ibrahimovic

The Bianconeri are on the verge of signing Sweden's new phenomenon, who has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his physical qualities.

According to reports coming from Italy, young Swedish attacking midfielder Albin Ekdal is in Turin for his medical.

If the negotiations - in their final stages - go through, and he is cleared by the doctors, he will join the Italian giants next summer.

The move will not take place this winter in order to allow Ekdal to finish his studies by May, but the paperwork is set to be completed this week itself to ward off other big teams.

The 18-year-old, who is 186cm tall, will join the Old Lady from IF Brommapokarna, where he debut in April this year. He has played 15 games since.

Other clubs - including Inter, Arsenal, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven - are also after his signature, but Turin seems to be his most likely destination now.

The Bianconeri will pay the Swedish club just over 1 million euros.

Albin Ekdal is a Swedish attacking midfielder. He currently plays for IF Brommapojkarna and is currently an Under-18 international with Sweden.

Football career

Albin Ekdal started his professional playing career with his boyhood heroes IF Brommapojkarna at the beginning of the 2007 Allsvenskan season. Due to his footballing ability and good looks he has became a popular player at IF Brommapojkarna, although some lengthy injuries have limited his first team oppurtunities this season. The Swedish media have stated that Ekdal is the biggest Scandinavian footballing prospect since Kim Källström.

Chelsea Interest

In 2005 Albin Ekdal had trials with English Premiership club Chelsea FCat the age of 15. He impressed during his trial and was offered a contract but he surprisingly turned down the offer as he felt he still had a lot of maturing as a footballer to do at IF Brommapojkarna.

Inter Milan Interest

It has been widely reported in the Swedish media that Italian giants Internazionale have been keeping a close eye on Ekdal and have sent scouts to watch him play in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Brommapojkarna teenager Albin Ekdal is set to join Juventus, club director Ola Danhard confirms. "A few details remain but I am not worried. Ekdal will stay with us until next spring to graduate. We are proud of him and happy that he has an opportunity to play in one of Europe's biggest clubs."

Player Name:Albin EKDAL

Club Name:Brommapojkarna

Age:18 years old

Born:28 July 1989

Nationality: Swedish

Position:Central Midfield

Rating:77

Seems like a hot prospect, did not manage to find out more about him. Will post again if i do get an update regarding him. But not much have to be spoken about his talent if he manage to get all these big clubs interested in him. May be worth a buy at just 1. 2 million if he does fulfill his potential at Juventus.

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Re: Promising Players in Italy

One word... PATO

AC have been talking him up big time. Coach says if he plays the way he has been training he'll score 30 goals in this half season :/ I guess looking at AC's line-up there are some quality players at training.

I for 1 will be refreshing 'new players' now until he gets added to the database.

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One word... PATO

AC have been talking him up big time. Coach says if he plays the way he has been training he'll score 30 goals in this half season :/ I guess looking at AC's line-up there are some quality players at training.

I for 1 will be refreshing 'new players' now until he gets added to the database.

Try searching 'ALEXANDRE PATO' as he has been on the database for months.

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