The FIFA Confederations Cup is a pre-World Cup test for the teams involved.

Scouts from various clubs will be in attendance to pay attention to the performances of their club's summer transfer targets, including Brazilian starlets linked with a European move.

Some of the biggest football sides, including world and European champions Spain are among those taking place in the upcoming tournament.

Here are the top four players to be watched during this year’s event in Brazil:

Stephan El Shaarawy | Italy & AC Milan

The little Pharaoh had a sensational Serie A season, with 16 goals to his name. After being named AC Milan’s Player of the Season, the 20-year-old now has his sights set on scoring goals for the Azzurri.

The Confederations Cup is a chance for El Shaarawy to prove his all-round talent. The fast and skilful youngster has got a bright future to follow, being named the new Gigi Lentini. The player recently signed a new deal, keeping him at the San Siro until 2018.

Giovani dos Santos | Mexico & Mallorca

The ex-Barcelona starlet’s career was not so successful as predicted, but still only 24, the attacking midfielder can still make a twist in his unfortunate career.

Dos Santos prefers national games than La Liga ones and it is now his priority to sign for a bigger side than the relegated Mallorca. Dos Santos should establish himself at one club after a series of loans since 2009.

In order to attract clubs, Giovani must pull off his best dribbling along with passing skills, that he had learnt at La Masia.

Neymar | Brazil & Santos

One of this year’s most talked about players and Barcelona’s main transfer target may be under pressure - as he must prove he is not an overrated Brazilian, but one of the most talented youngsters in the world.

Neymar is already a great goalscorer, with 101 goals in his 176 professional appearances, and is also compared to the best footballers in the world, including Lionel Messi.

Brazil’s golden boy must learn how to resist the pressure, as the estimated price of his transfer equals no less than £50m. If the 21-year-old could show some of his impressive Brasileiro Serie A performance, he would surely become top scorer at the Confederations Cup.

Beñat | Spain & Real Betis

Last but not least is the Spanish dark horse, Beñat, aged 26. The player of La Liga’s Betis had developed well in recent years.

“Benat Etxebarria is a Spain player of the future,” said national team coach Vicente del Bosque just under a year ago.

The midfielder was linked with a Blaugrana move lately, with the possibility of becoming Xavi's substitute at the Nou Camp next season.

“Benat could play for Barcelona no problem,” stated his current coach, Pepe Mel.

This year’s FIFA Confederations Cup could provide the platform for the talented midfielder to showcase his credentials.

 

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