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The best South American exports to Europe this transfer window

From Watford’s diamond in the rough to Real Madrid’s next great Brazilian, we look at the most exciting talent to cross the Atlantic

Exequiel Palacios (Argentina). River Plate to Bayer Leverkusen

“I liked playing against Boca because we always beat them,” Palacios said in his first interview after arriving at Bayer Leverkusen. He doesn’t mince words and he doesn’t hold back on tackles either. At 21, Palacios is already a complete box-to-box midfielder with a good work-rate and a spicy shot. A lack of stamina and strength can sometimes let South American players down in Europe, but that won’t be a problem with Palacios. At River Plate he was the workhorse in midfield, expected to tackle and turn defence into attack.

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