France v Germany: Six stars who could be Premier League bound this summerPublished July 7, 2016
Whilst the immediate focus for France and Germany stars will be geared towards ensuring their team reaches the final of Euro 2016 in Paris on Sunday, this summer could be crucial for a number of players from both sides for a very different reason.
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Once the dust has settled and the France showpiece is complete, players from both nations will be looking to the start of the new season, with some, potentially completing big-money moves to the Premier League before the start of the new campaign in August.
With that in mind, we at Free Bets, have decided to take a look at three players from both France and Germany who could end up making the move to England’s top flight this summer.
Paul Pogba – France
The Juventus star is wanted by the top clubs in world football, with reports recently linking the French midfielder with a world record £100million move to Manchester United.
It is believed that newly appointed Reds boss Jose Mourinho has instructed the United hierarchy to make signing the 23-year-old a priority, and we expect this story to run and run throughout the summer.
If United could pull off such a coup, then it would surely be the biggest signing in world football this summer, and potentially in history.
Blaise Matuidi – France
Like Pogba, the PSG midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, yet it is believed that the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all interested in the 29-year-old’s signature.
The Frenchman’s time in Paris looks to have come to an end, and the player reportedly wants England to be his next destination.
After an impressive Euro 2016 there are likely to be many suitors, though the Ligue 1 Champions are said to be holding out for a fee of around £22million.
Antoine Griezmann – France
The Atletico Madrid forward is one of the most coveted strikers in world football at the moment.
The 25-year-old’s performances this season in Spain, coupled with his scintillating Euro 2016 campaign, has alerted the likes of virtually every major club in world football.
Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with big money moves for the Frenchman, but with a €100million release clause inserted into his Atletico Madrid contract, it would take an astronomical offer for the forward to leave the Vicente Calderon.
Julian Draxler – Germany
Premier League rivals, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool are all reportedly keen on the signing of German midfielder this summer.
The 22-year-old only moved to the Wolfsburg last summer from Schalke for £25.5million, but a string of impressive performances, has seen the midfielder linked with a quick departure from the Volkswagen Arena.
One stumbling block which could put clubs off making a bid for the German starlet is Wolfsburg’s £50million valuation of the player, though that may not stop the Premier League big boys from attempting to land the highly rated youngster.
Mario Gomez – Germany
The German striker impressed many with his goals and overall ability to lead the line for Joachim Low’s side in France, until a hamstring injury cruelly ruled the 30-year-old out for the rest of the tournament.
It is believed that West Ham are keen on signing the Fiorentina striker, who scored 26 goals last season whilst on loan at Turkish side Besiktas.
Fiorentina are reportedly looking for a fee of around £4million for Gomez’s signature, and that cut-price deal could alert other Premier League clubs, who may be tempted to take a relatively small gamble. Mario Gomez could turn out to be a real bargain buy.
Toni Kroos – Germany
Manchester rivals, City, and United, are both reportedly keen on signing the midfielder from Real Madrid.
Recent reports from the press indicate that Man City boss Pep Guardiola has made Kroos his top midfield target, as the former Barca boss plots to achieve instant success at the Etihad.
The German midfielder, who has been in impressive form in France, has always been keen on a Premier League move at some point during his career, and the player may get his wish sooner than expected, if either City or United make an offer to Real which is too good to refuse.
The European champions value Kroos at £38million, and could use some of that money to steal a march on United in the pursuit of Paul Pogba.