Lorenzo Insigne (24, Napoli)
Insigne made his way through the youth ranks at Napoli and had very successful loans at Foggia and Pescara. The winger scored 37 goals in only two seasons and returned to the Partenopei in 2012. In three Serie A campaigns Insigne sits at 10 goals and an impressive 21 assists. He hasn’t made the expected big bang as he’s only played six times for the Azzurri, but he’s developed into a very good player for a strong Serie A side, being valued at €15m.
Stephan El Shaarawy (22, Monaco)
El Shaarawy made his Serie A debut back in 2008 with Genoa at the age of 16, but was sent on loan to Padova two years later. He scored nine goals for the Serie B side and was sold to Milan for €15.5 million in the summer of 2011. In his second season for the Rossoneri, the Little Pharaoh scored 16 goals and was at one stage valued at €27m, but then struggled with foot injuries. He joined Monaco on loan with option to buy this summer, as he didn’t fit into Sinisa Mihajlovic’s plans. El Shaarawy has played 14 Azzurri games so far, but hopes to rediscover his fitness and form in France.
Manolo Gabbiadini (23, Napoli)
Gabbiadini made his Serie A debut in 2010 with Atalanta before joining Serie B side Cittadella in 2011. He scored five goals and recorded four assists. Gabbiadini moved from Juventus via Bologna to Sampdoria. With the Blucerchiati Gabbiadini scored 15 goals in one and a half seasons, and was sold to Napoli for €12.5m in January 2015. The striker is now valued at €18m, but has only played six times for the Azzurri since his debut in 2012.
Domenico Berardi (21, Sassuolo)
Berardi joined Sassuolo at the age of 16 and made his professional debut in 2012. He helped lead the Neroverdi to Serie A for the first time by scoring 11 goals and was sold to Juventus for €6m. Berardi didn’t miss a beat, as he scored 31 Serie A goals in 61 games before his 21st birthday. Berardi is now valued at €17.5m, has a future assured at Juve, but is yet to be selected for Italy’s senior squad.
Mario Balotelli (25, Milan)
Balotelli made his professional debut with Serie C side Lumezzane in 2006 at the age of 15. He went to Inter and scored 20 goals over three seasons, before being sold for €29.5m to Manchester City. Balotelli was hampered by knee injuries and recorded 20 goals in two and a half seasons. Milan bought the striker for €20m and he scored 26 times in 43 games. Balotelli returned to the Premier League when Liverpool shelved out €20m, but failed to impress and was sent back on loan to Milan this summer. He’s now valued at only €11m, just over a third of what Manchester City paid in 2010. His Italy career has been contentious, marked by highs in Euro 2012 and lows in the 2014 World Cup. His tally isn’t bad at 13 goals in 33 Azzurri appearances.
Mattia Destro (24, Bologna)
Destro came through the youth ranks at Inter, but joined Genoa in 2010. He made his Serie A debut at the age of 19, then exploded during a loan spell at Siena, where he scored 12 goals. Destro joined Roma for €16m, netting 24 goals in two and a half seasons, but struggled for regular playing time. He failed to impress during a six-month loan at Milan and Roma sold him to Bologna this summer for €8.5m. Destro has registered eight international appearances since his debut in 2012, finding the net only once.
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