With the transfer window set to open in just over a week’s time, TEAMtalk outlines 10 top talents we’d like to see plying their trade in the Premier League.
One for the football romantics. A Brazilian prodigy who lost his way, only to return, revitalised, to try and conquer Europe once more. Currently on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians, former AC Milan forward Pato has made clear his intentions to play in England.
Struggling to break into Real Madrid’s starting XI is nothing to be ashamed of, but the Spain international seems to becoming increasingly frustrated with life under Rafael Benitez. Arsenal are understood to be interested, although they are likely to face plenty of competition for the talented attacking midfielder.
One of Chelsea’s biggest problems this season has been the lacklustre form of their midfield, with Cesc Fabregas in particular looking a shadow of his former self. PSG’s Italy international Verratti has been mentioned as a potential signing and would add an injection of tenacity to the middle of the park at Stamford Bridge.
The latest Belgian striker to catch the eye, 22-year-old Batshuayi has bagged 15 goals in all competitions this season, attracting admiration from London trio Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Tottenham. Spurs especially are in need of forward reinforcements – the Marseille frontman would fit the bill perfectly.
One of the players of the season in La Liga, Celta Vigo winger Nolito broke into the Spain squad last year and has starred with eight goals and five assists this term, firing Celta into Champions League contention. The 29-year-old says he wants a new deal at the club, but could they afford to turn down a big money offer?
33 goals in 66 matches for one of the smallest teams in Serie A, Sassuolo, has made Berardi one of the most exciting prospects in European football. In fact, in the last three seasons, no player under the age of 23 in the top five leagues in Europe has scored or assisted more goals than the Italian. Fans of Football Manager will already know all about the 21-year-old.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering Arsenal were the only team in Europe’s top five divisions not to have signed an outfield player in the summer, the Gunners have been linked with plenty of players ahead of January. Sevilla midfielder Krychowiak has been a long-term target, and with Arsene Wenger admitting he needs to bring in reinforcements in the wake of a midfield injury crisis, the Poland international would make an ideal defensive midfield recruit.
Having moved from Verona to Roma for £17.4million, Iturbe has failed to recapture the form that made him one of the most promising youngsters around. However, at only 22-year-old, the forward has time on his side, and would be an intriguing addition to Watford or Bournemout – who are both reportedly interested.
Another Serie A star to have struggled this season, Italy international Zaza was reportedly close to joining Arsenal on deadline day, only to remain at Juventus. The 24-year-old has found regular first-team football hard to come by in Turin this term, despite scoring five goals in only four starts. Norwich want the striker on loan and the former Sassuolo man could be the solution to the Canaries’ lack of goals.
Sources told TEAMtalk that Birmingham winger Gray is one of the most in-demand players in the Championship, with Liverpool, Spurs, Southampton and Leicester all keen on the player. We’re not sure where he’ll end up – but with a release clause of just £3.75million, we’re certain he’ll be on the move.
Who would you like to see in the Premier League come the end of January? Have your say below.