Transfers are such a huge part of the modern game, teams are continually looking to strengthen their squads each time the transfer window opens.

Every team has a scout deployed somewhere in the world, in fact most teams have multiple scouts that go and watch teams all over the world to try and find the next Cristiano Ronaldo or the next Lionel Messi.

But it's never that easy. Word travels fast and when one big team catches wind that one of their big rivals is interested in a particular player, that team thinks "oh well he must be good if they're interested", and it starts a butterfly effect with multiple teams ending up knowing all about their transfer target.

And with the summer transfer window open, some of the following players are sure to be getting some attention from Europe's elite. 

So here are my top five young prospects under the age of 22 in world football right now:

5. Paul Pogba

We'll get the ball rolling (excuse the pun) at number five with Paul Pogba. This 20-year-old French central midfielder has already been at the centre of multiple transfer wrangles, which not many players can say at such a young age. 

It all started when Manchester United were interested in Pogba, but his first club Le Havre accused United of tapping up their young starlet. 

Sir Alex Ferguson eventually got his man, only to let him go a few years later when Pogba got frustrated and left Old Trafford due to not being given enough playing time in the first team. 

He later said in an interview that Sir Alex had broken many promises to him regarding first-team action. Juventus were the team that snapped out-of-contract Pogba up in the summer of 2012. 

And he showed Manchester United exactly what they missed out on, with his scintillating displays for the Old Lady in Serie A this season, scoring a number of world class goals from distance. 

The tall midfielder has already been compared to Patrick Vieira, and his previous clubs will really be kicking themselves after seeing him light up the Italian first division this season, helping Juventus win the title yet again. 

There is no doubting this young man’s talent, as one of the best young prospects in world football right now.

4. Isco

Coming in at number four is the young man known as Isco. Currently plying his trade for Malaga, this attacking midfielder has been drawn in comparison to the likes of David Silva. 

With his exceptional ball control, eye for goal, and his playmaking abilities, it's easy to see why. 

The Spanish under-21 has blossomed under Manuel Pellegrini this season, particularly in the Champions League, so it's no surprise that he could follow his previous coach to Manchester City this Summer, with Isco admitting recently that he would love to continue playing under Pellegrini.

And I doubt he'll be waiting too long before he's in Spain squad either. With talent in abundance, he's bound to get a call-up sooner rather than later, especially with the World Cup set to kick off in a year's time and with him just recently winning the U21 European Championship with the Spain Under 21s. 

Wherever he ends up this summer, whether it be Manchester City or Real Madrid, there's no doubt in my mind he'll blossom into a truly exceptional midfield player.

3. Eden Hazard

The man who had the choice between the three top clubs in the Premier League; Eden Hazard. 

It's no surprise Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs were offering Eden Hazard a place in their team. 

With pace and skill in abundance, the young Belgian won the hearts of pundits and fans alike this season in the Premier League for Chelsea, and was subsequently shortlisted for both the PFA Young Player and Player of the Year awards, along with being awarded with a spot in the PFA Barclays Premier League Team of the Year. 

And with all of this at only 22, the confident Belgian winger has a bright future, that’s for sure.

2. Mario Götze

Coming in at number two on the list and just narrowly missing out on top spot is Mario Götze. 

This German attacking midfielder, dubbed 'the German Messi' because of his close control and dribbling skills, is one of the main reasons Borussia Dortmund have hit such heights in these past three years.

He helped them win back-to-back league titles as well as winning the German Cup and only recently helped Dortmund to reach the Champions League final, the first European Cup final they’ve reached since 1997. 

And just recently Bayern Munich activated Götze’s release clause for €37 million, making him the most expensive German player ever. He will join the German and European Champions on July 1 with Pep Guardiola as the manager.

1. Neymar

The hottest property in football; Neymar Junior. Every big club wanted to attain his services from Santos, but only one club got the Brazilian wonderkid to sign on the dotted line. 

Just recently, Barcelona announced the signing of Neymar from Santos for an undisclosed fee, reported to be €57 million

Currently at the ongoing Confederations Cup, Neymar has helped Brazil top their group with three goals in three games, and Brazil’s hopes of winning the tournament, as well as winning the World Cup next year in their home nation, lie heavily on the 21-year-old’s shoulders. 

Previously he would crumble under expectation, trying to beat the entire team on his own and trying to beat his man multiple times, now the world is finally starting to see flashes of brilliance from the Youtube sensation.

Next season will prove to be pivotal in Neymar’s career, and whether or not he can reach the same level of success of his fellow compatriots who also went down the same path as he did to the Catalan giants, such as Ronaldinho and Ronaldo. 

The prospect of Messi and Neymar combining is so mouthwatering, I for one cannot wait.

 

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