1. Dejan Kulusevski
Raved about in Italy and wider football circles, Dejan Kulusevski is a player that injects elevated anticipation and excitement. Teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is an admirer of what Kulusevski brings. Here’s what the Portuguese recently said about Kulusevski:
"“He is a great talent,” Ronaldo said. “He will help us to win and achieve incredible things. I really like to see him, he has a great potential, and he’s an excellent player. “I hope to play with him and score a lot of goals together.”"
The 21-year-old Swede’s preferred role is as an advanced right midfielder. He made 35 Serie A appearances last season and cracked the starting lineup 11 times. By no means is Kulusevski the finished product. He still has a lot of developing to do, but shows strong signs of thriving long term at an elite level.
Paratici is also a huge advocate of Kulusevski, saying previously in an interview with Sky Italia:
"“I think Kulusevski is having a great season. He’s scored a few goals, played at a high level, but don’t forget he is only 20 years old. “He is also evolving in his role and is capable of taking on different positions in different tactical systems.”"
Kulusevski finished the season with seven goals and seven assists in 47 appearances across all competitions. It would cost Tottenham about £30 million — perhaps more — to pry him away from the Old Lady. And Juventus would do everything in their power to scupper the move, such is the player’s importance to the club’s future.