Top 5: Most wanted young defenders in Europe

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Yaroslav Rakitskiy | Shakhtar Donetsk

The 23-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk defender is another linked with Barcelona. He's already a 20-cap Ukrainian international and a three-time Ukrainian Premier League winner.

The centre-back has also filled in at left-back and holding midfielder, and is threat from range - both in open play and at set pieces.

Despite Dmytro Chygrynskiy's €25m Barcelona flop, Rakitskiy has still sparked interest at the Nou Camp. But, if truth be told, most of Europe's top clubs would be interested in this top young defender if he became available.

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