The Champions League season is ready to start again and as always there will be many stars to make the matches in Europe special at the highest level.

But there are also new talents and players to monitor, keep an eye on these five because they can be surprises for this year in the Champions League.

Johan Bakayoko

PSV Eindhoven managed to keep Johan at the club despite a record offer from Brentford right before Deadline Day.

Their offer was over €40m with a sell-on clause, but Bakayoko surprisingly turned it down as he wanted to play in the Champions League at PSV.

He's a winger of the highest level: quality, speed and super skills that can make him one of the great talents of the next Champions League.

Bradley Barcola

It took €45m plus add-ons at Paris Saint-Germain to sign Bradley from Olympique Lyon.

A negotiation started in June with Leipzig and an English club to compete, but PSG immediately found an agreement with Barcola and this is a very underrated signing in the media but which can be excellent.

Barcola is a modern winger: he attacks space, knows how to cross and score goals. His potential is still at 20%.

Orkun Kocku

An excellent move by Benfica in the summer transfer window.

The club needed a new top midfielder after the departure of Enzo Fernandez and Kocku can help in many things: he knows how to fit in attack, bring energy to the team, and he's high quality.

Kocku can become a surprise in this Champions League after doing excellent things at Feyenoord where he was an idol.

Tijani Rejinders

AC Milan have done a super job on the transfer market this year and Rejinders can be one of the surprises in Europe.

More than just a midfielder, the €20m package to sign him from AZ could be a bargain.

Tijani is extraordinary in handling the ball, his through balls are fantastic and seem perfect for launching the speed of Leao, Pulisic, Chukwueze. Keep an eye on him.

Xavi Simons

Loaned out from PSG to RB Leipzig, Xavi finally has the chance to play in the Champions League as regular starter and star of his team.

One of the best talents in the world for years became a top player at PSV Eindhoven, so PSG wanted to find a way to buy him back in every way. Remember his name di lui, could be finally his year.

Fabrizio Romano is an Italian sports journalist. He was born in 1993, he lives in Milan and has over 30 million followers in total on the major social networks.


He collaborates with 888sport, CBS Sports, Sky Sport, The Guardian and has been a transfer market expert since 2011. He will take care of a column dedicated to some "Behind the Scenes" of transfers.