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Transfer window: 7 youngsters worth signing this summer

The summer transfer window has already seen plenty of big deals agreed and many more will be concluded over the next few weeks.

Younger players are in big demand – a point highlighted by the big money moves for Erling Braut Haaland (Manchester City) and Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid).

With that in mind, we look at ten players aged 22 or under who are well worth signing during the summer transfer window.

Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are amongst the clubs to be linked with a move for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol.

Chelsea are also interested in the 20-year-old, and he could be an ideal fit for a club that needs to boost its options at centre-back.

Gvardiol will not come cheap given that he is contracted until 2026, but he is undoubtedly one of the brightest defensive prospects in Europe at the moment.

Jurrien Timber – Ajax

Erik ten Hag has been tipped to raid Ajax for signings this summer, and defender Jurrien Timber is reportedly one of the names on his hit list.

Timber established himself as a first-team regular last season, making 30 appearances in all competitions as they won the league and cup double.

Given his familiarity with ten Hag’s methods, it would be no surprise to see the 20-year-old end up at Old Trafford this summer.

Darwin Nunez – Benfica

Man United recently made an opening proposal for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, but their hopes of signing him may be scuppered by Liverpool.

With doubts over the futures of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the Reds have reportedly made an offer to secure the 22-year-old’s services.

Nunez bagged 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica last season and would be one of the most exciting Premier League transfers of the summer if a deal is done.

Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund

Recently ranked the fifth most valuable player in the world, it would take a whopping offer to prise Jude Bellingham away from Borussia Dortmund.

However, the England international has the ability to walk straight into the first team of any of the Premier League big guns.

The 18-year-old is destined to play in the Premier League, but it would be a surprise if he moved this summer.

Dominik Szoboszlai – RB Leipzig

Dominik Szoboszlai recently enhanced his reputation by bagging the winning goal as Hungary defeated England in the Nations League.

The Leipzig midfielder had been linked with a surprise move to Real Sociedad, although his agent subsequently played down those reports.

Given that Leipzig are not averse to selling players if the right offer is made, Szoboszlai may well be on the move before the transfer window closes.

Nicolo Zaniolo – Roma

Nicolo Zaniolo is one of the hottest properties in Italy after helping Roma win the inaugural edition of the Europa Conference League.

AC Milan are reportedly trying to piece together a player-plus-cash deal for Zaniolo, while several European clubs are interested in signing him.

However, do not be surprised if Roma manager Jose Mourinho persuades Zaniolo to stay with the club.

Charles De Ketelaere – Club Brugge

If Milan cannot secure a deal for Zaniolo this summer, they may turn their attention to Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere.

He bagged 14 goals and seven assists in 33 appearances last season and has the talent to be a major hit in Europe’s biggest leagues.

Leicester City have also been linked with the 21-year-old, but the player may well have his sights set on joining a bigger club.

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