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17 July 2017 National Sport


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Alvaro Morata: Set to star in the Premier League?

Alvaro Morata: Set to star in the Premier League?

tell us how they would price up some of the Premier League’s main targets this summer.

The Premier League has welcomed some of Europe’s top talent this summer in a busy start to the transfer window – and many continue to be linked with joining them.

Alexandre Lacazette, Antonio Rudiger and Mohamed Salah have already arrived, to name a few, and with the season still a month away, more big names can be expected.

After the launch of the Fantasy Football for 2017/18, here are how some of those rumoured to be on their way to the Premier League would price up in the game if they arrive…

Alvaro Morata (linked with Chelsea)

After starting only 14 league games last season, Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid all summer – particularly to Manchester United or Chelsea. Despite Zinedine Zidane not giving him many minutes, Morata still scored 15 goals and registered four assists last year – involved in a goal every 70 minutes. With stats like that, and him still just 24 years old, Premier League interest is sure to be high.

Alex Sandro (linked with Chelsea)

Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer

Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer

Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer

Defensive stability were the foundations of Juventus’ domestic double and run to the Champions League final last season, but it was built on by a dangerous attack too. Alex Sandro’s involvement characterised their style – averaging five defensive actions per game, while also contributing three goals and four assists. From left back, Alex Sandro managed to be Juventus’ third most creative player in Serie A, a feat that makes it no surprise that teams like Chelsea have been linked with his services.

Javier Hernandez (linked with West Ham)

Since leaving Manchester United, Javier Hernandez has been scoring goals for fun – first as a regular substitute for Real Madrid and now as Bayer Leverkusen’s star man. The Mexico international has 28 in 54 Bundesliga games since moving to Germany, and was named player of the month twice last season. As a result, Hernandez has been linked with a return to England with West Ham United, though his scoring record is likely to bring about competition for his signature.

Thomas Lemar (linked with Arsenal)

Monaco shocked the football world by beating Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title last season, so it’s no surprise that their star men are dominating the transfer gossip this summer. Thomas Lemar’s nine goals and 10 assists have made his signature one of the most in demand, with his 70 chances provided making him the team’s most creative player. Should he complete a switch to England, his modest price of £9.3m would be difficult to resist – making him cheaper than Sadio Mane (£11m), Raheem Sterling (£9.8m) and Christian Eriksen (£10.8).

Naby Keita (linked with Liverpool)

Could Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita be on his way to Liverpool next season?

Could Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita be on his way to Liverpool next season?

Could Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita be on his way to Liverpool next season?

RB Leipzig’s second-place finish in the Bundesliga following promotion was an incredible achievement, and Naby Keita played a huge part in it. The midfielder scored eight goals and provided seven assists as they stormed their way up the table, and has, as a result, been linked with a big-money move to Liverpool. Creating 41 chances and completing 77 dribbles over the season, £9.2m would be a steal for Fantasy Football managers if he was to arrive in the Premier League.


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