Samuel Umtiti

5 High-profile Players Premier League Sides Should Target in the Transfer Window

With a majority of leagues around Europe set to come to an end, the focus shifts to the summer transfer market, with clubs looking to strengthen their squads for next summer. 

Here, we take a look at five high profile players who could be good additions to the Premier League.

5. Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

Keylor Navas will be wondering what he did wrong, with the goalkeeper being dropped to the bench in favour of Thibaut Courtois despite helping Real Madrid win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles.

There was a glimmer of hope for the Costa Rican, when he was briefly restored to the starting XI by the returning Zinedine Zidane, but was once again dropped with it being reported that he will has been told that he is surplus to requirements for next season.

4. Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)

Widely considered to be one of the best holding midfielders in the world, Javi Martinez has found gametime hard to come by under Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac this season, with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Leon Goretzka and even Joshua Kimmich above him in the pecking order.

The Spaniard started on the bench for Bayern's first 7 games and in total has made only 16 starts in 2018/19. He would definitely make any team good in the Premier League, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to an extent in need of a player of his quality.

3. Daniele Rugani (Juventus)

Another player who has struggled for gametime at his respective club is defender Daniele Rugani, who despite being considered as one of the best in the world has had to warm the bench.

With Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini present at the centre of defence, it is understandable that he would struggle to break into the first-team, however when given a chance against Ajax he was at fault for both the goals which lead to their Champions League exit.

The 24-year-old has started just 14 games so far and if he is looking for an exit would be welcomed by former manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.

2. Douglas Costa (Juventus)

Douglas Costa might be injured at the moment, but even when fit he found gametime hard to come by due to arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin last summer. The winger only started seven times before succumbing to injury, averaging 39 minutes per game.

Reports have emerged that Juventus are considering selling Costa in the summer, and he would be a good addition to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, though he might be expensive and money would be an issue.

1. Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona)

Samuel Umtiti came into the season on back of World Cup glory with France, however it has been downhill since, with knee injuries scuppering his chances of getting regular gametime this campaign.

The 25-year-old has started only 13 games for Barcelona so far and not featured for even a single minute in the knockout stages of the Champions League. With Gerard Pique and Clement established in the centre of the defence and Matthijs de Ligt expected to arrive, it looks like his time at the Nou Camp has ended.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Manchester United, though a number of top European clubs too are interested in securing his services.