The current strength of German football has led to the meeting of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the final of Europe’s biggest cup competition.
That strength has now made each side a target for Premier League teams looking for established stars who could all help their own clubs.
There will be plenty of players on show tomorrow evening, who have been linked with Premier League switches and could find themselves playing English football next year.
The Dutch winger has been touted as a possible target for Manchester City. He’s shrugged that off but a poor performance in the final could encourage City to make a bid, especially as Pep Guardiola could make some big personnel changes at the club this summer.
The experienced German centre forward has been on Chelsea’s radar according to the press, but he’s unlikely to start in the final. If he doesn’t feature at all, that will hurt him and could cause him to take up any offer to play for Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Brazilian central defender Dante has been suggested as a possible transfer target for Arsenal. The Gunners could axe Thomas Varmaelen this summer, which creates a big hole in the middle of their side and Arsene Wenger could aggressively pursue a player of Dante’s quality.
It seems certain that the Pole will leave, it’s just a case of where. He’s one of the most highly coveted strikers around Europe at the moment with Manchester United and Chelsea suggested as possible Premier League destinations. A match winning role here would make those moves a little more difficult.
Arguably the best midfielder in Germany at the moment when it comes to scoring goals and also creating them. Reus has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City suggesting he could be a very expensive target for any one of those sides.
Don’t expect him to start in the final, which similarly to Gomez, could affect him mentally. Liverpool were linked with him earlier in the season and Brendan Rodgers could be paying extra close attention to how he performs down the flanks or through the middle as Liverpool look to improve their squad.
Both of the Bender brothers have been linked with moves to Manchester United, but Sven Bender seems to be the first choice for the Old Trafford club out of the two. David Moyes needs an aggressive player, who is good on the ball and effective in high pressure matches against big opponents.
Will any of these seven be in England next season? What do you think?
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