MATCH counts down the 21 players we most want to see move to the Prem this month!
RB * ATLETICO MADRID
Kieran Trippier doesn’t grab the headlines at Atletico like Joao Felix and Luis Suarez, but he’s just as important! He’s massively improved under Diego Simeone, and because of that he’s been linked with a move back to the Prem! Man. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on bringing the full-back to Old Trafford!
CB * REAL MADRID
Real Madrid hero Raphael Varane has been one of the best centre-backs in Europe for the last couple of seasons, and he’s been linked with a move to the Prem again this month! Man. United have been sniffing around him for ages, and he’d go a long way to helping solve The Red Devils’ defensive problems!
DM * FAMALICAO
Famalicao’s Gustavo Assuncao is only in his second full season in the Primeira Liga, but he’s already being linked with a massive move! The Brazil Under-23 star is a defensive midfielder, but his passing and composure on the ball mean he’s capable of slotting in at centre-back as well! MATCH would love to see the 20-year-old come to the Prem!
COMPOSURE IN POSSESSION
GK * AC MILAN
Is it finally time for Gianluigi Donnarumma to join the Prem? He’s only got a few months left on his contract at the San Siro, and we reckon he’d be an instant hit in England! If Milan can’t tie him down to a new deal soon, then they might be tempted to cash-in whilst they still can over the next few weeks!
CM * AC MILAN
MATCH has been watching AC Milan ace Franck Kessie a lot this season, and he’s impressed us big-time! He’s formed an epic midfield partnership with Ismael Bennacer and has all the attributes to be a beast in the Prem! He creates loads of chances and knows where the net is, so he’d be perfect for Arsenal or Spurs!
CB * SEVILLA
Sevilla CB Jules Kounde came close to a move to Man. City a few months ago, and we want the rumours to finally come true so we can see if he’d boss it in the Premier League! The 22-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for France, but a big-money move to the Etihad would help catch the attention of Didier Deschamps!
AWESOME IN THE AIR
CM * LYON
Lyon are a wicked team, but surely they can’t keep hold of Houssem Aouar for much longer can they? The 22-year-old remains one of the most in-demand midfielders in the world with his quality dribbling and pinpoint passing! It’s about time Arsenal signed the No.10 because he’s unreal!
ST * INTER MILAN
Inter Milan hitman Lautaro Martinez has been hogging the Serie A headlines again this season with his epic net-busting skills – he bagged five goals in his first eight league games this season! MATCH reckons the lethal striker has all the skills to be a goal machine in the Prem, and now we want him to prove us right by moving!
CAM * INTER MILAN
Ex-Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has struggled to get a regular starting spot under Antonio Conte at Inter since joining a year ago! But MATCH knows the Denmark star is still a quality player with magic in his boots, so we’d love to see him make a return to the Premier League this month!
EPIC FOOTY BRAIN
CB * INTER MILAN
Our spies reckon Slovakia defensive rock Milan Skriniar is ready to move to the Prem – and we’ve heard Spurs are the favourites to sign him! The 25-year-old has been one of the best defenders in Italy for years – he’s strong in the tackle, quick to make clearances, and also has a wicked positional sense!
FW * BARCELONA
23-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele has been linked with a move to the Prem ever since he arrived at the Nou Camp, and it’s about time one of the rumours came true! The trick machine has featured more under Ronald Koeman this season at Barcelona so won’t be as desperate to leave, but Man. United haven’t given up on signing him on loan!
ST * NAPOLI
Arkadiusz Milik hasn’t featured this season at Napoli, but that’s only because he refused to sign a new contract! If he moved to the Premier League, he’d get the chance to finally get his season started – and with his epic dribbling and lethal goalscoring skills, we think he’d totally own it!
*Milik has signed for Marseille since this feature was published.
CM * RENNES
He’s only 18, but Eduardo Camavinga has established himself as one of the world’s most promising youngsters with his electric performances in France! Camavinga is mainly played as a defensive midfielder, but his epic first touch, class vision and ace passing mean he’s good going forward! MATCH would love to see the 18-year-old rip up the Prem!
DM * JUVENTUS
Khedira’s always been class, but it’s fair to say that he’s considerably past his best at this point. That being said, we’d love to see him reunited with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham! Khedira says that it’s always been his dream to play in the Premier League, so watch this space!
CLASS BALL CONTROL
CAM * REAL MADRID
Mega-skilful playmaker Isco has been linked with a move to the Premier League for ages, and we have everything crossed that it might finally happen in January! He hasn’t played much for Real Madrid, but when he does get on the pitch he usually creates havoc! We reckon he’d rock if he joined one of the Prem’s top clubs!
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
FW * JUVENTUS
Top clubs are always desperate to sign players with ice-cool finishing, mind-blowing pace and deadly dribbling – and Paulo Dybala ticks all those boxes! The 27-year-old goal machine can still get even better – which Premier League club will make the first bid for him this month?
LM * RB SALZBURG
How awesome would it be to see one of footy’s most highly-rated youngsters ripping up the Prem? Dominik Szoboszlai has lightning-quick feet – but his high work-rate and determination have seen him become a class player! The electric midfielder has been bagging tons of goals and assists in Austria, so it’s obvious why he’s been linked with a move to the Prem!
*Szoboszlai has signed for RB Leipzig since this feature was published.
CB * RB LEIPZIG
Dayot Upamecano has played a huge part in RB Leipzig’s success over the last few years – his aggressive style of play makes him an absolute beast at the back! Footy gossips reckon Liverpool have been tracking him for a while now, and we think the France hero would be a wicked signing!
UNBEATABLE IN THE AIR
FW * DORTMUND
We were gutted that Man. United weren’t able to get a deal for Jadon Sancho over the line a few months ago, but we haven’t given up hope that the 20-year-old might return to the Prem! Sancho supported Chelsea when growing up, so could they take advantage of United’s failure to get a deal done? We’ll have to wait and see!
FW * JUVENTUS
MATCH was well pumped when we heard that CR7 wants to leave Juventus! He’s unlikely to move until the summer, but we’d love to see him back in the Prem because his crazy skills and epic finishing are awesome to watch! We’ll even buy your plane ticket over here, Cristiano!
FW * BARCELONA
It’s one of the biggest unanswered footy questions – how would Lionel Messi do in the Premier League? We thought it was finally gonna happen when he asked to leave Barcelona a few months ago, but it wasn’t to be! He’s out of contract at the Nou Camp in the summer though, so there’s still a chance that he could move to England! Come on, Leo – you know you want to!
Article by Sam Straw
This article first appeared in the January 12 Issue of MATCH! Magazine. You can purchase old issues of the magazine by clicking here.