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10 Most Wanted International Players In The Premier League
BeefCurtains (Limerick) 4 years ago
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Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
Someone should inform Uefa that no one is really paying attention to them, well except one or two clubs who are putting an awful lot of faith into Financial Fair Play. But with all that international football business comfortably out of the way (sort of) many clubs can finally tuck into the necessity of splashing out of transfer targets.

Not surprisingly, Brazil are leading the way with a number of the Premier League’s top transfer targets. The nation are steadily but comfortably preparing themselves for their World Cup in 2014 and have a host of impressive young talents already making a name for themselves.

While not included here, Brazil will surely line up with a number of players who would command a significant transfer fee: Leandro Damiao, Lucas Moura and Paulinho. There’s no doubt that the Brazilian market is on the rise again as the country moves into a new generation of talents.

Elsewhere, Euro 2012 was a good platform for a number of stars to showcase their skills. Although still considered hot property around Europe, many players are now feeding off the exposure that this summer’s tournament gave them.

Internacional’s young midfielder Oscar has really done his part to burst onto the scene in recent months. A number of hugely impressive outings for Brazil have caught the eye of Premier League clubs, and he really does fit the bill of an exciting and attacking presence in the midfield.

Oscar’s recent rise onto the light stage was somewhat fortuitous. Ganso, another Brazilian with previous links to big names across Europe, has greatly suffered with form and injuries over the past year. Where he was once considered to be one of the two leading lights, alongside Neymar, to catapult Brazil to success at the 2014 World Cup, his struggles have paved the way for Oscar to take his chance.

Oscar may be inexperienced and currently lacking in any real upper body strength to be successful in England, but he does represent a hugely exciting prospect that is sure to take on a leading role at any club in the future.

Joao Moutinho
It’s surprisingly taken bigger clubs across England much longer to firmly establish any interest in Joao Moutinho. Once a star for Sporting Club, he made the move to league rivals Porto amid very little interest from foreign clubs.

But his performances for Portugal at this summer’s Euros would have alerted many to the ability of a now in-demand midfielder. Moutinho is far more inclined to hold his position in the midfield, acting as a playmaker from deeper. His technique and composure really came to light as the competition grew older, perhaps signalling that he’s one of the better options available who could replace Paul Scholes at Manchester United.

Robert Lewandowski
There’s really no surprise that Robert Lewandowski is so high up the wish list of many clubs. His 33 goals last season helped Borussia Dortmund to retain their league title and add the German Cup to their trophy collection.

A powerful striker with excellent technique, his youth is one of the key reasons for the high interest in the Poland international. Able to work well in the widely adopted system of a lone striker, his stock is sure to continue to rise in the approaching seasons.

Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic may cost upward of £25 million, but the interest in the Montenegro international is higher than it’s ever been. His mazy runs and huge potential to succeed on the biggest stage has meant that he has now outgrown Fiorentina. Quite simply, the club do not have the players around him to match Jovetic’s ability.

Arsenal have naturally been linked to the 22-year old due to the uncertainty surrounding Robin van Persie, and even at £25 million, the player would represent an excellent deal for any club moving forward.

Javi Martinez
Javi Martinez is always bound to have a number of the biggest clubs following him; that is until he eventually moves to one of the big clubs. There is in no way any malice to the admirably run Athletic Bilbao, but at what stage does Martinez outgrow the Basque club and move one?

He’s been an ever-present in the Spanish national side, yet hardly made a contribution at the Euros. Instead, he is likely to captain the Spanish team at the Olympics this summer and once again prove why he is so highly coveted.

A wonderfully gifted midfielder whose strength and reading of the game has allowed Marcelo Bielsa to move him into central defence. His versatility will be a great addition to any club.

Hulk has long been on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs. However, his visits to England with Porto in the Champions League haven’t exactly justified his £80 million price tag (Porto obviously think a lot of him, though). But for Brazil, the striker, who operates much better from the wide positions, has been one of his country’s most consistent players. Even for Porto he has shown the kind of threat he poses from the flanks. His undoubted strength and natural ability in front of goal means he has a good chance of succeeding in English football.

Yann M’Vila
This one doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. It was as early as before the Euros had started that reports began unwrapping themselves and just generally making a nuisance. The story was that Yann M’Vila would sign for Arsenal at some stage this summer but that his club Rennes were holding out for more money.

Now that it’s out the way; it’s clear that Arsenal have long held an interest in M’Vila. He fits the description of a powerful presence in the midfield, and his defensive responsibilities would be a positive step in preventing the club from gifting goals away.

Alan Dzagoev
Alan Dzagoev had an impressive tournament this summer at the Euros, at least in terms of goals. Although he drifted in and out of games, he displayed excellent instincts around the penalty area, grabbing three goals in the group stage.

His natural position is much more central, even though he was deployed on the flanks for Russia. His youth but experience at the top level of football makes him an attractive option for clubs looking for a creative outlet from midfield.

Lucas Moura
Both Chelsea and Manchester United have looked to add to their recent summer acquisitions with Sao Paolo’s midfield sensation Lucas Moura. Moura has long been on the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs, but has recently stated he is unlikely to see out his contract with the Brazilian club.

United have reportedly bid £30 million for him, while Chelsea had a bid rejected earlier in the summer. His age does represent a big gamble for such a fee, but his outstanding ability from the flanks means he is more than likely to grow into a prize asset for any club.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Kyriakos Papadopoulos was perhaps fortunate to receive so much playing time at the Euros this summer, as his opportunity really fell to him through injury to another player. But the young Schalke centre-back performed well throughout the tournament, highlighting why he is one of the best young talents in the German league.

His strength is extremely telling, as is his desire to put in a good shift. His career really launched from an early age, but he has not be fazed since arriving in Germany from the Greek league.

There is indeed plenty of room for him to grow into one of the leading centre-backs in European football, but his early experience also means he’d bring a lot to any top side sooner rather than later.
Another greatly exciting prospect.

Written by Thomas Hallett

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