Five players preparing themselves for La Liga exits in favour of the Premier League’s pastures new.
1) Radamel Falcao has been linked with a move to Chelsea for what feels like an age. We thought and Blues fans hoped that it might happen in January but now it will likely happen in the summer.
The Blues will likely have to pay £40 million to get their target man who is currently third top scorer in La Liga only behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has scored an incredible 21 goals in 25 league appearances for Athletico Madrid.
Fernando Torres may be forced to play the role of bargaining chip in this deal and I’m sure the Spaniard would be in favour of a return to his former club, especially in light of his pitiful spell at Stamford Bridge since his move from Liverpool in 2011.
2) Alvaro Negredo revealed his dreams of moving to England this week. The £13 million rated Sevilla striker is most closely linked with Everton. He said of the Premier league:
“It is a league that I like and sooner or later I will play in it.”
David Moyes will do his utmost to ensure it is sooner, rather than later.
3) Isco is another La Liga starlet whose case is rather ‘sooner or later’. He has been regarded for quite a some time now as the ‘next Cesc Fabregas’ and due to financial difficulties at his current club Malaga he will likely be sold in their quantative easing attempts.
He’s linked with Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. However, due to his recent contract extension which has built into it a €21 million release clause I would expect him to end up at City.
Chelsea don’t really require a player in his position (attacking midfield) and United only recently invested in Shinji Kagawa.
Arsenal may be the outsiders in this one but due to their ex-Malaga contingent (Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal) Isco may fancy a move to North London over Manchester. Then he really would be fulfilling the next Cesc Fabregas prophecy.
4) Manuel Iturra, according to admittedly dubious reports, has already agreed to sign for Liverpool. The 28-year-old Chilean midfielder is another Malaga maestro who could be sold alleviate their financial problems.
The defensive midfielder is likely being lined up as a long-awaited Xabi Alonso replacement. At 28, he’s got the experience to cover for the Reds’ backline and simultaneously give the likes of Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen the freedom to roam forward without looking over their shoulder.
He’s valued around £2.5 million but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go for less.
5) Jonathan dos Santos, like his Barcelona teammate Alexis Sanchez, doesn’t see much first-team football. The Catalans have started the 22-year-old Mexican just once this season and, for any young footballer, that is not enough football to develop.
"If I leave Barcelona, my preferred destination is the Premier League," Dos Santos told RAC1 recently. Well, that’s that then. He’s unlikely to stay and wait for the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets to retire.
Interestingly his brother Giovanni dos Santos recently moved from Tottenham to Mallorca. Perhaps the younger of the two siblings would consider following in his brother’s footsteps to White Hart Lane.
He is more closely linked with Everton although for around £3 million cost, I’m sure he won’t be short of suitors.
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