Transfer Window Hidden Gems: Players who would fit in perfectly at Man United, Barcelona and more

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The rumour mill is filled with transfer speculation linking household names and high-profile young talents with big-money moves to some of Europe’s top sides.

With the inflated prices being bandied about, clubs would do well to look past the names and identify potential superstars based on encouraging performances that may have been overlooked.

Promising talents often don’t get the attention they deserve because they’re featuring in lesser clubs away from the limelight of a title challenge or the recognition that comes with topping the charts for goals or assists.

A more extensive search though could unearth some hidden gems scattered across the European circuit and we’ve compiled a series to put some of those players in the spotlight.

Here, you can find all five editions neatly packaged for your convenience. Enjoy!

FLORIAN GRILLITSCH – Hoffenheim

Age: 23
Position: Centre Midfield
Strengths: Passing, tackling, interceptions
Similar to: Michael Carrick
Where he could thrive: Manchester United, Ajax

A deep-lying playmaker more by nature than trade, Grillitsch is tailor-made for the role.

Read our complete analysis here.

Florian Grillitsch

MILOT RASHICA – Werder Bremen

Age: 23
Position: Forward
Strengths: Dribbling, work-rate, X-factor
Similar to: Luis Suarez
Where he could thrive: Barcelona, Bayern Munich

He is never stationary. Always running, always thinking and always creating chances.

Read our complete analysis here.

Milot Rashica

JULES KOUNDE – Bordeaux

Age: 20
Position: Centre Back
Strengths: Passing, pace, composure
Similar to: Thomas Vermaelen
Where he could thrive: Arsenal, Sevilla

From how he receives possession to his first touch, Kounde is one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in France.

Read our complete analysis here.

Jules Kounde

JONATHAN IKONE – Lille

Age: 21
Position: Attacking Midfield/Winger
Strengths: Creativity, dribbling, versatility
Similar to: Nabil Fekir
Where he could thrive: Arsenal, Everton

His quick turns and his direct running helps transition play from midfield to attack almost instantly.

Read our complete analysis here.

Jonathan Ikone

BARTLOMIEJ DRAGOWSKI – Fiorentina

Age: 21
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Shot-stopping, punching, rushing out
Similar to: Wojciech Szczesny
Where he could thrive: PSG, Roma

Apart from his exceptional reflexes, Dragowski is proactive and commands the penalty area.

Read our complete analysis here.

Bartlomiej Dragowski

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