Esposito, Maldini and the teenage Serie A stars to watch in 2019-20

Goal takes a look at a group of young players who could be about to make a name for themselves over the course of the next few months

The new Serie A season is just hours away and fans are excited to see their club's latest big-money signings in action.

Perhaps even more satisfying for a supporter, though, is seeing a young player flourish when given the opportunity on the grandest stage.

But who should you be looking out for when the teams are named on opening weekend?  Goal breaks down some of the top talents the Italian top flight has to offer in 2019-20...

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    Ebrima Colley | Atalanta

    While Atalanta prepare for their first Champions League campaign, the star of their pre-season campaign has been 19-year-old Gambian midfielder Ebrima Colley.

    Able to play as either a central playmaker or as a winger, he has contributed five goals ahead of the new campaign for Gian Piero Gasperini's side.

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    Sebastiano Esposito | Inter

    Despite the likes of Roma showing an interest, 17-year-old striker Sebastiano Esposito will remain at Inter for the new campaign as he looks to make a breakthrough at San Siro.

    Having already caught the eye of Italy coach Roberto Mancini, the forward made his senior debut last season and could be involved against Lecce on Monday as the Antonio Conte era gets under way.

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    Gianluca Gaetano | Napoli

    Having scored 19 goals for Napoli's Primavera last season, attacking midfielder Gianluca Gaetano remained steadfast in his desire to stay at the San Paolo rather than be loaned out elsewhere.

    Hirving Lozano's imminent arrival from PSV could push the 19-year-old further down the pecking order but he believes that he will catch Carlo Ancelotti's eye before the end of the campaign.

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    Dejan Kulusevski | Parma

    Parma moved quickly to sign 19-year-old Swede Dejan Kulusevski on loan after he helped Atalanta win the Primavera Championship in 2018-19.

    Originally a defender, he has matured into a promising central midfielder whose dribbling ability means that he is as comfortable in the final third as he is on the edge of his own penalty area.

  5. Marash Kumbulla | Verona

    While Verona crashed out of the Coppa Italia following a shock defeat to Cremonese on Sunday, the match did allow them to unleash the talents of centre-back Marash Kumbulla.

    The 19-year-old, who aims to represent Italy despite his Albanian roots, may now be thrown straight into action when Serie A begins this weekend, as Verona look to re-establish themselves in the top flight following promotion.

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    Daniel Maldini | AC Milan

    The son of legendary defender Paolo Maldini, 17-year-old Daniel has emerged as an option for new AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo following a number of promising appearances during pre-season

    Unlike his famous father, this Maldini plays further up the field, with the teenager comfortable in any role across the frontline and he could play a key role this season as the San Siro outfit look to rebuild around youth.

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    Vincenzo Millico | Torino

    Already the youngest scorer in Torino history having netted against Debrecen in Europa League qualifying shortly before his 19th birthday, Vincenzo Millico looks set to earn plenty of opportunities in 2019-20.

    Likely to provide back-up for Andrea Belotti in Turin despite interest from a number of Serie B sides, he is regarded as one of the brightest young Italian talents in the top flight.

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    Cristobal Montiel | Fiorentina

    Known as 'the pearl of Mallorca' during his time with the Spanish side, the 19-year-old creative midfielder Cristobal Montiel joined Fiorentina during the summer of 2018 as a host of teenage talents arrived in Florence.

    Having come off the bench to play a key role in the Viola's Coppa Italia win over Monza, there is now a strong belief that he is ready to step up into the first team this term.

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    Dusan Vlahovic | Fiorentina

    Another youngster who may find himself in Fiorentina's plans once the season gets itself under way is striker Dusan Vlahovic, whose two goals in the final 10 minutes against Monza ensured Vincenzo Montella's men avoided a shock Coppa Italia exit on Sunday.

    A striker with all-round ability, the 19-year-old Serb could be added to the forward line, particularly if Federico Chiesa is sold or suffers an injury.

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    Sebastian Walukiewicz | Cagliari

    Having impressed for Poland during this summer's Under-21 European Championship in Italy after joining Cagliari in January, Italian football fans are eager to see more of the 19-year-old.

    Likely to partner Ragnar Klavan at the heart of the defence, he is regarded as perhaps the brightest young defender in Serie A this season.