Players ready to make the jump to Europe 

July, 2, 2012
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Thus far, the summer transfer season has brought some less-than-encouraging news for Mexico, with a large segment of El Tri's Europe-based contingent returning home before the European transfer window even opened.

But now, with the official transfer season underway, things are likely to change. Gio dos Santos looks to have finally maneuvered his way out of his Tottenham lockdown, and with the Olympics set to kick off within weeks, interest in Mexico's young stars is certain to heat up on the continent.

To complement our list of European-based Mexicans set to move (one down, four to go on that one), here are some Mexico-based players who will generate large amounts of interest from European clubs this summer:

Marco Fabian (Chivas)

The live-wire Chivas attacker will top many wish lists this summer, and with good reason. With European eyes watching, Fabian absolutely tore apart the Toulon tournament last month, providing more than enough scoring punch to lead Mexico to the title. Besides lighting up the scoring sheet, he also attracted the interest of some pretty big clubs across the continent, such as French giants Marseille and Lyon. The attack-minded French game would likely be a great place for Fabian to end up, but the Chivas man has even bigger clubs interested, including some of the giants of the English Premier League. The question is: Will Chivas let him go? On the heels of a terrible campaign, the Guadalajara side is intent on keeping Fabian around. It will probably take a blockbuster offer to pry him away, but that situation could well materialize if Fabian continues his form on the even bigger stage at the Olympics.

Hector Herrera (Pachuca)


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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