Amine Harit ~ FC Nantes to FC Schalke 04 ~ £7.2m
If there ever was a club that was waiting in the wings to spring into action and achieve a great deal of success, it’s Schalke. Lauded to have one of the best youth systems in Europe, alongside a brilliant ground and passionate fan-base, it’s only a matter of time before they’re genuinely competing with the best in the country, and perhaps the continent.
Despite an identity crisis in recent years, new manager Domenico Tedesco, with the support of sporting director Christian Heidl, will undoubtedly have the club committed to their reliance on younger players, regardless of the brand of football being played. And even though the futures of Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka are now potentially in question, incoming French youngster Amine Harit may well be a future standard bearer.
Highly touted in Ligue 1 last season while at Nantes, the technically-gifted attacking midfielder shares quite a few similarities with Meyer, who has again been linked with interest from both Liverpool and Tottenham. His lack of goals and assists in France last season shouldn’t be a cause for concern; this is very much a move with the future in mind. But for the price paid, and the promise surrounding the player, Harit has the potential to kick on in Schalke colors where Meyer has seemed to have gone stale.