Transfer targets! The top 20 most wanted players this summer

first_img 18. Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) – An immediate hit since his arrival from RB Salzburg, Keita is a brilliantly dynamic midfielder who can win the ball and kick of counter attacks in style. He retains the ball well, despite driving runs into dangerous positions and has scored eight goals too. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have targeted the player, along with other top European clubs. 2. Dries Mertens (Napoli) – His emergence as a central striker, when previously considered a winger, or inside forward, has been impressive and a number of sides have taken notice. At 29 years old he may have one big move left in him, and is being courted by Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Everton – and that’s just in the Premier League. He is, though, working on a new deal in Naples which could see him remain in Italy for the foreseeable future. 20 20 20 20 20 8. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – With the Gunners possibly missing out on Champions League football, the chances of him leaving in the summer could be about to increase. He’s very much a wanted man, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea all interested in adding his talent to their squads. 20 GETTY IMAGES 20 20 3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – As Atletico Madrid’s Champions League hopes ended earlier this month, his chances of remaining with the club diminished too. Keen on silverware, the Frenchman is a wanted by several sides, including Manchester United, and while a move to Real Madrid is unlikely, it remains an option. 13. Joe Hart (Manchester City) – It’s been a topsy-turvy time in Torino for the England shot-stopper, but his stock is still high in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham are targeting him, while Manchester United and Chelsea have been raised as possible destinations too. 20 14. Andrea Belotti (Torino) – A team-mate of Hart’s this season, the Rooster has been in outrageous goalscoring form and is the kind of striker who suits the Premier League. Possessing devious movement, which puts him in the right place at the right time, strong centre forward play, and a great ability in the air, Belotti is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid, but will cost big money. 5. Michael Keane (Burnley) – It’s been a season of great promise from the young centre-back, and rave reviews have seen Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham take a closer look at the player. Meanwhile, Manchester United, Keane’s former club, are also tempted to re-sign him for £20m, despite selling him for just £2m two years ago. 20 9. Nelson Semedo (Benfica) – With attacking full-backs currently en vogue, the Portuguese starlet is generating plenty of interest across Europe. Juventus, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Man City, and AC Milan are all monitoring his future given his superb campaign with title winners Benfica. 16. Franck Kessie (Atalanta) – Currently likely to remain in Serie A with either Roma or AC Milan, Kessie has been superb in Bergamo this season. Carries the ball well with his powerful running, and competent on the back foot, he’s also been tracked by Chelsea and Manchester United. 10. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) – The Frenchman’s partnership with Fabinho has provided a solid base for the Monaco attack to start from in midfield. His talents came into question in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Juventus, but over a whole season, despite some occasionally clumsy passing, he’s shown enough talent to earn him a move, with Chelsea and Manchester United interested. 20center_img 6. Ross Barkley (Everton) – Attacking midfielder Barkley hasn’t had it all his own way at Goodison Park this season and, despite five goals and eight assists, now faces a tough decision on his future. He has a new deal on the table on Merseyside, but also has interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. 20 20 15. Isco (Real Madrid) – He may have completed 90 minutes just four times this season, but he’s currently enjoying his most productive ever LaLiga campaign, scoring 10 goals, and registering six assists. Tottenham are long-term admirers, while Chelsea, Tottenham, and Barcelona have been linked. 4. Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Arguably the best right-back in the Premier League, Walker has thrived at White Hart Lane since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival. Reports of interest from Chelsea, Manchester United, and Man City may have unsettled him slightly in recent weeks. 20. Jean Michael Seri (Nice) – It’s no surprise the brilliant playmaker is currently courting attention from a number of English clubs, including Tottenham and Arsenal. He idolises Xavi and completes a similar amount of passes to Marco Verratti, while being able to play in a deep role, or just behind a striker. Football seasons around Europe are all set to end in the next couple of weeks, and clubs are already plotting their summer transfer bids.We’re seeing teams linked with a plethora of players as they set up top targets and a number of back ups, just in case deals can’t be done.Word of these links is getting out into the media, leading to plenty of speculation, but who are the most wanted men in Europe?Click the right arrow above to find out… 7. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – If you haven’t heard of the precocious teen talent, you’ve probably been living under a rock. In his first full season, aged just 18, he’s taken France and the Champions League by storm, netting 20 goals and assisting eight in the two competitions combined. Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United are the major contenders for his signature – but he’ll cost a hefty sum of money. 12. Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – If you thought Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas were the assist kings, you obviously haven’t met this Swedish star. He’s provided 18 this season in the Bundesliga, and also scored eight goals, putting several teams on alert. Liverpool and Arsenal have previously expressed an interest in his services, but he will cost more than £20m. 20 19. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) – Wide playmaker Silva has caught the attentions of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea over the last two years. His Ligue 1 and Champions League showings have been superb and are only going to increase the chances of him leaving this summer. 20 20 17. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – Excellent ball-playing centre-back Koulibaly has had long-term links to Chelsea, and still appears to be on their wishlist. Antonio Conte, though, faces competition from Liverpool who are also keen on his services. 20 20 20 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – Click the right arrow above to see this summer’s most wanted men… – Dutch centre-back Van Dijk has built a big reputation for himself in just two Premier League seasons. Physically imposing, great in the air, and a composed ball-player, he’s currently being trailed by a host of clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea. The Saints, though, are adamant it will take a bid over £60m to convince them to sell. 20 11. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) – Fast developing into one of Europe’s finest left-back’s Mendy could be on the move for the second summer running after his transfer from Marseille. As well as being a brilliant attacking force with five Ligue 1 assists this season, his defensive numbers stack up too. Both Manchester clubs want the player, while Barcelona may also be considering a move. last_img

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