Lozano, De Ligt and 15 summer transfer targets in Eredivisie

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The Eredivisie remains a fruitful hunting ground for Europe's top leagues and has many possible targets for clubs looking to strengthen this summer

Netherlands' inability to compete with the top guns of European football at club and international level may prevent their best players from showing off their talents on the big stage, but the Eredivisie still has a solid reputation for producing bright young stars.

The likes of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord are always supplying the continent's richer leagues with players looking to test themselves at a higher level after a successful time in the Dutch top flight and this year there is another group of stars from across the league ready for a step to another division.

Here,  Goal  takes a look at some of those options.

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    Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)

    PSV went through a lot of hassle to snap up the Mexico star ahead of Manchester City, landing him on a six-year contract.

    It took just a few appearances for the lively 22-year-old to be linked with a move away from Eindhoven, as he quickly took over as the Eredivisie's top scorer.

    With 13 goals and seven assists, the quick, skilful and ever-happy attacker is having a fantastic first season with the Dutch league leaders.

    If he keeps up his current form - and stops collecting red cards - heading into the World Cup, a big offer could be incoming before next season begins.

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    David Neres (Ajax)

    The €15 million Ajax forked over to sign David Neres from Sao Paulo represented a huge outlay for an Eredivisie side, but the 20-year-old looks well worth the money.

    Neres has made himself a key player for the Amsterdam side since this season, getting nine goals and assists each in 23 games for a side pushing for the league title.

    A big move has already been mooted for the tricky winger, but Ajax will be determined to hold onto him.

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    Brandley Kuwas (Heracles)

    Heracles were able to hold on to their undisputed star Brandley Kuwas despite reported interest in him heading into the January window.

    The 25-year-old skilful and creative winger leads the league in assists with 11, has four goals to his name and has helped secure vital points for the Almelo side.

    Kuwas fancies himself in one of the Eredivisie's traditional big three sides, but a few foreign sides are said to hold an interest. He still has a bit to go on his contract, but it won't take a hueg bid to convince Heracles to let him go.

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    Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven)

    Back in good form after a rough year and a bit, Luuk de Jong may feel the time to move on from PSV is fast approaching.

    The striker was a goal machine in his first two seasons back in Netherlands after a dismal time at Borussia Monchengladbach, helping Phillip Cocu's side to back-to-back Eredivisie titles, but the magic has since worn off.

    A move failed to materialise earlier this season, but a switch to the Bundesliga or Ligue 1 could be on the cards in the summer.

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    Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ)

    The Iran international is having another great season on the wing for John van den Brom's AZ.

    The Alkmaar side are sitting third in the league, just five points behind second-placed Ajax, and Jahanbakhsh is pivotal in that with his 11 goals and eight assists.

    Jahanbakhsh, 24, has been in Netherlands for almost five years now, having previously starred for NEC before a switch to the AFAS Stadion in 2015, and may look for a move soon.

    Italian media claim he is in the eye of Napoli and with his pace, direct nature and nose for goal, he could prove a good fit for a quick, attack-minded team.

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    Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord)

    The midfielder has been at Feyenoord since the age of eight and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the first-team.

    His six years in the senior squad have not all been smooth, though, as he dropped out of the team and was pushed towards a move to Napoli in 2015, only for Vilhena to knock it back.

    Since then, he has been a constant in the first-team and is one of the most productive players in Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side.

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    Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle)

    The New Zealand international arrived at PEC Zwolle as a 17-year-old expecting a long road to the first team. Just a few months later, however, he was making a name for himself in the Eredivisie and his national team and went on to score twice as his side demolished Ajax 5-1 in the KNVB Beker final.

    Now 23 and with 115 Eredivisie appearances to his name, he is still one of the star players for John van 't Schip's side, who are still sixth in the table after a superb first half of the season.

    Thomas could look for a move abroad for his next step as he sees only Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord as a reasonable step up in the Eredivisie, but he has already ruled out a move to the Premier League due to it's physical nature.

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    Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord)

    Although he has been unable to recapture the magic that saw him net 21 times in Feyenoord's title-winning season, the Denmark international still has a few admirers across Europe.

    Newcastle United showed an interest in January but negotiations broke down towards the end of the window and he remains in De Kuip.

    Jorgensen, 27, has not scored for Feyenoord since then, though, and as his frustrations pile up, he could take the opportunity to leave in the summer.

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    Mimoun Mahi (Groningen)

    After Dusan Tadic and Filip Kostic using Groningen as a springboard to better things in recent years, Mimoun Mahi seemed to be another using that route to join one of the bigger leagues in Europe.

    The Den Haag-born Morocco international followed an encouraging 2016 with 17 goals over the calendar year in 2017, making him the joint-top goalscoring Eredivisie player in that period. While Mahi has shown himself a prolific scorer, it's his versatility to play in all roles across the forward line that make him a particularly enticing star. 

    Groningen seemed resigned to selling their talisman in the winter, but managed to keep the 23-year-old on board as Mahi is looking to try and make the World Cup squad.

    With only a year left on his contract from this summer, Groningen will have to sell him to make a profit and he will make a good squad player for many.

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    Sven van Beek (Feyenoord)

    The 23-year-old is once again a regular at the heart of Feyenoord's defence after missing their title-winning season through injury.

    Van Beek rose through the club's youth academy and was initially used on the right side of the defence, but soon showed himself as a solid centre-back alongside Terence Kongolo.

    He previously came close to joining Monaco but felt it was not the right move and likely has no regrets after seeing Kongolo struggle there. With Feyenoord struggling this season and his contract expiring in 2019, he may feel this year is the right time to go.

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    Frenkie de Jong (Ajax)

    The midfielder has looked sensational at times for Ajax, prompting many reports of Europe's top clubs sending scouts to check him out already.

    It never takes long for Ajax's top prospects to attract offers and De Jong is expected to be the subject of many before long.

    An exciting midfielder with excellent control, creative passing and a desire to drive straight through the middle and into dangerous spaces, he has earned plenty of fans across Europe already with his immense potential.

    As these are early days for the 20-year-old midfielder and he did just renew his contract with the Amsterdam side, a move is unlikely at this point, but memories of Davinson Sanchez's quick departure are still fresh in the minds of many Ajax fans.

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    Joshua Brenet (PSV Eindhoven)

    As a youth player, Joshua Brenet spent most of his time at Zeeburgia, right under the nose of Ajax, in Amsterdam. However, PSV managed to lure the full-back to Eindhoven and, so far, he has not disappointed.

    Even though Brenet is right-footed, he has been used on both flanks and managed to play over 50 games without defeat for PSV, taking the club record, before finally tasting defeat at Ajax.

    Last winter, Sevilla showed interest and were willing to pay a reasonable fee for the Netherlands international, but Brenet was seen as too instrumental to let go as PSV chase yet another league title.

    With his attacking impulse and solid defensive displays, he is ready for a step outside the Eredivisie.

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    Joel Veltman (Ajax)

    He may have just signed a new contract in the summer to tie him to Ajax until 2020, but the club captain may start looking for a change after five years as a regular in the Eredivisie.

    Arsenal and Tottenham had been linked in recent years for a central defender who has been used mainly at right-back in recent seasons.

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    Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)

    He may be just 18 years old, but Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has already made 53 first-team appearances for Ajax, played in a Europa League final and featured three times for his national team.

    The classy, strong defender who makes strong tackles and enjoys charging forward with the ball is already said to be high on Barcelona's transfer list as they look to bolden their back line.

    Contracted to Ajax until 2021, however, it will take a huge offer to lure him away from the Dutch capital.

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    Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven)

    The Colombia international has come close to leaving PSV in recent transfer windows, with Swansea showing a big interest in August.

    The first choice right-back for the majority of the last five years since he joined the Eindhoven side from Sporting CP, the 26-year-old is not expected to hang around much longer.

    A bright showing at the World Cup this year with the national team could enhance his reputation further and see him attract a good offer in the summer.