The top 5 Premier League targets from Ecuador vs France

Antoine Griezmann

With the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal circling some of the biggest names at the World Cup, we look at five set to feature here.

Ecuador head into their final group game against France knowing that defeat will most likely end their World Cup dream, barring a Honduras-shaped miracle against Switzerland.

But even if the South American side are sent packing, many within their squad and the France team, have already impressed enough to earn moves to the Premier League – here are five of the finest.

Mathieu Valbuena – Olympique Marseille

The 29-year-old looks set to end his eight-year association with L’OM this summer and after impressing against Switzerland, the attacking midfielder is likely to be hot property once the World Cup ends.

Valbuena has already attracted interest from Manchester United and Arsenal with the latter able to offer the Marseille man the chance to continue playing in the Champions League this term.

Renato Ibarra – Vitesse Arnhem

Though he has yet to make an appearance for Ecuador at these finals, Ibarra remains a prime Premier League target after impressing in Holland with unfashionable side Vitesse. A pacy winger with bags of potential, the 23-year-old was rumoured to be on the radar of Swansea City last term.

Usually used as an impact sub, Premier League fans could get their first glimpse of Ibarra against Les Bleus, with the attack-minded player likely to be introduced if Ecuador find themselves chasing the game against France.

Eliaquim Mangala – Porto

A prime Premier League target, Mangala may have been relegated to a bit-part role at this World Cup, but don’t be surprised to see him arrive on English shores come the conclusion of the football festivities in Brazil.

The 23-year-old has been strongly linked with a summer move to Manchester City, though reports claim he would favour a switch to cross-town rivals Manchester United, who are set to overhaul their squad ahead of the new season.

Enner Valencia – Pachuca

Ecuador’s star performer at these finals with three goals in two games for the South Americans, Valencia came into this World Cup off the back of a fantastic season in the Mexican league, where he racked up 18 goals in just 23 games for Pachuca.

Still only 25, the striker, who is an adept finisher with both his head and feet, has already been linked with a £7 million move to Newcastle United, as Alan Pardew aims to bolster the Magpies current attacking options.

Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad

The Frenchman may have only had a limited impact at these finals – with a header against the crossbar against Honduras the closest he has come to a goal – but after starring for Sociedad in La Liga this term, he is thought to be keen on a move to England.

Arsenal currently head the list of potential destinations, with rumours suggesting that the Gunners’ decision to opt out of the buy-back clause on Carlos Vela motivated by plans to eventually move for Griezmann.

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