Seven talented South American youngsters who could be coming to the Premier League

South America has always been a hotbed for talented youngsters. Planet Sport reveals the players that have already caught the eye of some top Premier League clubs.

Brexit is already having a big impact on the UK transfer market. Because of the departure from the European Union club scouts have found it easier to spread their wings further afield, especially in South America.

There's always been a good crop of young talent from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and beyond, the tricky bit is spotting them early enough to bring them over to Europe.

Planet Sport gets its binoculars out to scour the horizon for the best talent from Latin America that we could see arriving in the Premier League this summer, and also reveals which clubs already have these players on their radar.

Julian Alvarez - River Plate

River Plate's Julian Alvarez celebrates winning the Argentina Primera Division

Yes, this is a bit of a cheat as we already know that he has signed for Manchester City for a snip at £15million. But don't forget what an absolutely amazing talent the 22-year-old is.

The Argentinian international striker, who has scored 39 goals in 99 appearances and provided 25 assists for River Plate, will look to try and follow in the footsteps of countryman Sergio Aguero.

Leonardo Zabala - Santos

The 18-year-old centre-back has already made his senior debut for Bolivia before even kicking a ball in Santos' first team.

It was a bit of a baptism of fire as he came on for the final six minutes of a 5-0 drubbing by Brazil, luckily they'd scored all their goals by the time he got on the pitch.

A number of Premier League clubs are looking at him as a big prospect and possible signing for their Under-23 sides, with Tottenham and West Ham leading the interest.

Endrick - Palmeiras

One of Brazil's best prospects is just 15. But being so young he won't be allowed to move club until he turns 16 on July 21.

Every major club in world football is already aware of the young forward, whose skills are being likened to Romario and Ronaldinho - such is his talent.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are all keen to lure him away from his Brazilian home, and possibly their best chance will be this summer. Could be a tough one though.

Marcelino Nunez - Universidad Catolica

The 21-year-old central midfielder recently starred in Chile's World Cup win over Paraguay and his recent performances have caught the attention of a host of clubs from Europe.

The versatile Nunez, who has also played at right back and right wing, has made over 65 appearances for the Chilean champions and has been capped nine times by his country.

Southampton, Brighton, Everton, Leeds and Wolves are reported to be amongst the interest parties.

Mathias Villasanti - Gremio

The 25-year-old holding midfielder has emerged as a hugely important player for the Paraguay national side, and is also impressing domestically in Brazil with Gremio.

He has made over 20 appearances for Gremio since joining the club from Paraguayan champions Cerro Porteño for £2.25million in the summer of 2021.

Southampton, Leeds, Watford and Brentford are among those who have reportedly watched him this season.

Jhilmar Lora - Sporting Cristal

Described as the 'next' Nolberto Solano, the 21-year-old right-back is already a regular for the Peruvian national side and has a host of European clubs tracking his progress.

He has played over 40 matches for Sporting Cristal and provided four assists, so still has some way to go before he reaches the heights Solano hit in his career.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Brentford, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Everton are amongst the Premier League interested parties.

Cristian Casseres Jnr - New York Red Bulls

Sneaking a bit further north with Cristian Casseres Jnr, who plays for New York Red Bulls. At just 22, the dynamic Venezuelan midfielder is already emerging as a hugely important player for club and country.

He has made 14 appearances for his national side and over 70 for the Red Bulls. He has chipped in with some goals too, scoring 12 so far, six of those in the 2021 season.

A good start to the new MLS season could see the likes of Brighton and Watford pushing ahead with their initial interest in him.

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