Serie A is once again a showcase for a plethora of talent, and it is somewhat inevitable that many end up being linked with a move to the cash-rich environment of the Premier League.
Here at Football Index, we have taken a look at five of those players that would suit a move to the English top-flight.
“If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game,” reported Chelsea target Nicolo Barella told La Gazzetta dello Sport earlier this season. “Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!”
It’s true that the 21-year-old star is tough in the tackle and needs to work on his discipline but – a regular in the Cagliari side for the last two seasons – he possesses the kind of natural talent that lends itself to the EPL even more than the aforementioned tenacity.
Barella’s ability to win the ball back and turn defence into attack with crisp passing, excellent agility and keen ball control has earned him four caps in the senior Italy national team, with boss Roberto Mancini describing him as a “phenomenon”.
Milan Skriniar (Inter, £2.88)
Already on the radar of Manchester United as they search for quality reinforcements at centre-back, Milan Skriniar is certainly a player that would suit the demands of Premier League football. The calm and collected Slovakian has an excellent tactical awareness, thanks to his typically thorough Italian education on the subject at Sampdoria and now at San Siro.
Reports in the Italian press state that the defender has been offered a one-year extension to his current deal, but it remains to be seen whether he will accept or seek to pursue the very clear interest shown from some of Europe’s top sides.
Gonzalo Higuain (AC Milan, £2.70)
A return to working with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would make perfect sense for Gonzalo Higuain. The current Milan striker broke the Serie A single season goalscoring record at Napoli under the tutelage of the Blues boss as he notched up 36 league strikes in 2015/16. A move would be complicated by the fact he is on loan at San Siro from Juventus, but the Stamford Bridge outfit sorely need an alternative to the misfiring Alvaro Morata.
“There’s no point following rumours and gossip,” declared a distinctly cheesed-off Rossoneri director Leonardo. “He is here right now. Seeing as he is here, he needs to get down and actually do something for this team.”
Another player who has readily admitted a desire to play in the Premier League is Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. The Brazilian has just signed a contract extension with the Bianconeri, however his skills as a wing-back mean he is often linked with a move to England, and a big-money offer is never too far away.
Paris Saint-Germain are the latest club said to be preparing a £90 million offer for Napoli midfielder Allan, the kind of fee which his current club would not likely be able to turn down. This 28-year-old does much of the hard graft in the centre of the park that allows others to take centre stage but also finished last season with four goals and five assists.
It is no surprise then, that Allan has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, a place where he would feel right at home after working as a key part of Maurizio Sarri’s similarly precise system at Napoli.
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