FOUR Top Transfer Targets Europe’s Super Clubs Seem To Have Forgotten About

FOUR Top Transfer Targets Europe’s Super Clubs Seem To Have Forgotten About
Jun 28, 2017

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With business in the transfer market well underway, some players have barely been given a mention by the media, despite being some of the most sought-after players in world football. Perhaps it’s clubs shutting out leaks on their dealings, or just that they’re not interested, but some big names are going under the radar at the minute and if they don’t make a move during the transfer window, a lot of clubs will be missing out.

So we decided to bring you the four biggest names that could be available for a move to Europe’s super clubs, given they make a move for them, but have been overlooked so far.

Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan has been a common transfer target for multiple clubs over the past few years, yet nothing has ever developed. Most of the rumours surrounding the midfielder have pointed to him arriving in the Premier League, with strong interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in particular.

With an abundance of attacking midfielders and defensive midfielders, managers started their search for midfielders that possessed both skill-sets. Powerful, dynamic, along with a range of passing and an eye for goal. A lot of the current breed of midfielders have the potential to become the ‘complete midfielder’, but the only two midfielders in Europe who fit that bill are Arturo Vidal and Radja Nainggolan.

Nainggolan has become a well-rounded midfielder after years of earning a no-nonsense, tough-tackling hard man reputation. This season, the midfielder contributed 11 goals and 5 assists in a free-flowing attacking Roma side. Although he turns 30 in May, he is in still in the age bracket where midfielders are expected to deliver their best football. Whether he stays in Rome or comes to the Premier League, Nainggolan is a valuable asset in midfield.

Kostas Manolas

Various Premier League clubs have taken a look at Greek international, Kostas Manolas, but so far no one has made an approach to sign him other than Russian side, Zenit. In recent times, Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with a move for the defender but he has remained in Rome. It was rumoured that Manolas was Arsenal’s first choice before they eventually signed Shkrodan Mustafi from Valencia.

Manolas is a hybrid of the old rugged physical centre-halves and the more modern ball playing defender. He is unbelievably fast for a centre-back, dominant in the air and is comfortable with the ball at his feet. The defender is also comfortable playing alongside a single defensive partner or in a three-at-the-back defence.

Manolas has just turned 26 and is still being pursued by Europe’s top clubs. It is assumed that he would come relatively cheaper than the defenders in today’s market, and he’s miles ahead of most of them defensively.

Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa had the most memorable debut season for a winger that the footballing world had seen in a long time. Costa’s signing had many people scratching their heads, but after a brilliant maiden campaign, all doubts were put to bed. However, the Brazilian had a largely underwhelming 2016/17 campaign: being the second choice behind Franck Ribéry under Carlo Ancelotti and failing to deliver when put in the starting lineup. With the arrival of Serge Gnabry and possibly Julian Brandt, Costa might find his place even more under threat.

He is in a sort of limbo at Bayern at the moment, and a move away from the Allianz Arena seems very likely at this point. Italian Champions Juventus have been in talks with Bayern over a potential transfer but nothing else has been heard over the past few weeks.

The 26-year-old certainly fits the pacey style of the Premier League. He is also very adept at beating a man one-on-one and strikes fear into every full-backs heart, most notably Héctor Bellerín. Costa is a great supply line from out wide, he can chip in with goals and provide assists. Tottenham have been linked with Costa, who seems like the kind of recruit Mauricio Pochettino needs to break their European staleness. If Costa eventually leaves Bayern, the team that acquires his signature would be wielding a powerful weapon of destruction.

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi has been at Inter Milan since 2013; his displays at the club leading to him earning the armband in 2015, at 22-years-old. Icardi has been a phenomenon ever since he stepped foot in Milan; following the footsteps of other great strikers like Ronaldo and Adriano.

Icardi is one of the most lethal finishers in Europe; consistently scoring more than 15 goals per season over the past four seasons. His ability has been praised by top coaches and Italian football legends alike, and it’s only a matter of time before he reaches elite status.

The Argentine is a striker most teams would have as their front man, but he has consistently shrugged off potential suitors to stay in Milan, including Arsenal. It is likely that as he gets older, he may consider leaving Internazionale.

He is quick, strong, has good technique, is an accurate finisher and has an uncanny ability to score from just a few touches on the ball. Icardi is tactically intelligent and has developed his game over the years; providing and creating for teammates alongside his goal scoring. The Premier League will provide an attractive atmosphere for Mauro Icardi to fight it out alongside some of the world’s best goalscorers, and only time will tell when El Niño del Partido decides to make his move to England.

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