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10 Players Your Club Must Sign Before The Window Shuts

 • by Andrew Gibney
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There is just over a week left in the current transfer window for clubs to make their final moves and get their squad together for the first half of the season.

For the club’s fighting at the top end of the table, this is when you need to have all the pieces in place for the UEFA Champions League, or just to keep pace in the title race.

Liverpool have secured a group stage place with a win over Hoffenheim, Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino are adjusting to life after White Hart Lane and Chelsea must contend with that difficult second-season syndrome.

Up in Manchester, it looks like the Premier League’s dynamic duo of coaches are set to do battle at the top this season, so any move before Thursday’s deadline could make a huge difference.


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Rather than stick to the same old names linked in the press, we’ve picked out 10 of the best players available, and where they would fit and how they would improve the respective clubs.

Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier

Would suit: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea

The Paris Saint-Germain defender is the perfect right-back for what both Manchester United and Spurs need from someone in that position.

He brings an attacking instinct that some players just never develop. Aurier runs in behind, breaks the lines and has a superb right-foot.

If he can get passed the legal issues stopping him from entering the UK, there will be a fight for the Ivorian. He’s worth every penny.

Playing without César Azpilicueta through the middle in Chelsea’s opening game showed that Antonio Conte still needs an upgrade for Victor Moses.

Aurier offers the same pace as the Nigerian, but is a better defender and even more deadly in the final third.

Julian Draxler

Would suit: Arsenal, Liverpool

The Gunners want someone to play on the left of the attack, especially if Alexis Sánchez leaves. Thomas Lemar was a long-term target, but according to L’Equipe, Draxler is available for just £32million.

If PSG need money in the Neymar era, the German is a very sellable asset.

Although right-footed, he plays all across the attack and loves cutting inside onto his strong foot. Physically impressive, he would start at the Emirates and provide Jürgen Klopp with another impressive option at Anfield.

If available, Premier League clubs shouldn’t hesitate to pounce.

Ricardo Pereira

Would suit: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur

If Aurier is not an option, FC Porto full-back Ricardo Pereira is not only a great alternative, he brings versatility too.

After injury last season on loan at Nice, he came back and played on the right-wing. Great attacking instincts, he knows how to burst into the penalty area and was a main part of the Ligue 1 side finishing third last term.

Comfortable on both feet, he’s played at right and left-back, and looked more than capable in either role. An Arsenal transfer target in the past, he looked destined for a Premier League move this summer after his excellent form in France.

Lars Stindl

Would suit: Tottenham Hotpsur

West Ham United celebrated the coup as they lured Javier Hernández back to the Premier League this summer, but in the Bundesliga last term, with 11 goals Lars Stindl scored just as many as the Mexican.

Able to play as the centre-forward, the support man and even in the midfield, the 28-year-old could be exactly what Spurs need.

He could play as back-up to Kane, just behind the England striker or an option to penetrate the defence from deeper. His six assists for Borussia Mönchengladbach demonstrates his creative streak, something Pochettino’s side can lack when defences are stubborn.

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir of France looks on during the International Friendly match between France and Brazil

Would suit: Liverpool, Chelsea

Just three games into the new season and Fekir looks back to his sensational best. Driving at defenders, linking with forwards, Lyon’s attack looks devastating with this bulldozer of a No.10 on the pitch.

If Liverpool were to lose Philippe Coutinho before the end of the window, they could test OL’s resolve and make a move from the France international.

Built for life in Klopp’s system, he is versatile, willing and able to play in the front three of even deeper in the same position the Brazilian was occupying at the end of last season.

Without Eden Hazard and Pedro, Chelsea showed they are a little light in the wide playmaker position, Fekir has a huge future ahead of him and a move to Stamford Bridge, ready to be the heir to the Belgian wizard’s throne could be a great deal for everyone.

Luciano Vietto

Luciano Vietto linked with Everton.

Would suit: Newcastle United, Everton

He’s been linked with moves to Southampton, Sampdoria and Monaco, but Luciano Vietto would be a great acquisition for both Everton and Newcastle United.

The 23-year-old forward is surplus to requirements at Atlético Madrid. He played on loan at Sevilla last season, scoring six goals in 21 games – but just 14 of them were starts.

He’s unpredictable, able to come deep and get the ball to feet, but also makes well-timed runs in behind. Good low centre of gravity, so he is very adept at beating defenders off the dribble, plus, he can shoot with both feet.

Vietto may not be the target-man that both clubs would prefer, but for around £15million in the current market, he is an excellent prospect who could find a home in the Premier League.

Felipe Anderson

Would suit: Manchester United

Everything looks great at Old Trafford this month with two 4-0 wins to kick off the season, but José Mourinho could still improve his squad further.

With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on the left, there is space for someone creative and quick on the right. The Brazilian scored five times and contributed 14 assists for Lazio last term.

Felipe Anderson would be an upgrade to what United currently have could make this mouth-watering attack look even better on the counter attack. Although contracted until 2020, Lazio look to be on the outside looking in with the Milan clubs challenging at the top again. Might be time to cash in.

Malcom

Bordeaux's Brazilian forward Malcom gestures during the French Ligue 1 football match between Bordeaux (FCGB) and Metz

Would suit: Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Arsenal

Bordeaux look re-born in Ligue 1 under Jocelyn Gourvennec and their 20-year-old winger Malcom is one of the main reasons.

Impressive last season, he already has two goals and two assists in three games this season. Left-footed, but he plays off the right-flank and can stay wide, but also drift inside on to his stronger side.

Able to pop up at the back post or shoot from distance, he’s a constant threat and one in which Les Girondins will be lucky to hold on to for the next 12 months.

Perfect to play as cover to Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané at Liverpool, he offers a similar threat as Felipe Anderson would at United. It’s scary that he’s still just 20.

Sergej Milinković-Savić

Would suit: Manchester City, Spurs, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal

Central midfielders are all the rage these days. Barcelona were linked with spending €40million on Jean Michaël Seri and Liverpool still hold out hopes of landing Naby Keïta, but if those players were on your wanted list, you could do much worse than move on to Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić.

The Rome club are willing to sell the 22-year-old at the right price, which is believed to be €50million – a bargain in the current climate. Physically impressive, he can out-muscle opponents and then beat them with a smooth touch and impressive vision.

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are still in need for fresh blood in the middle of the park, and the Serbian would be an ideal fit and able to complement Yaya Touré and İlkay Gündoğan, but also grow into a leader in that role.

He’s a real all-round talent with an incredibly high ceiling. Get on the Milinković-Savić train now, before it’s too late.

Gelson Martins

Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins is an alternative to Ivan Perišić

Would suit: Manchester United, Spurs, Liverpool

Another great option down the right-flank, and Sporting Lisbon know it. Slapping a £90million price tag on the 22-year-old.

Gelson Martins has the pace to break the lines, push past defenders and stretch the tightest defence, 14 assists in Liga NOS last term shows he has improved his final ball.

After starting his career as a full-back, he understands the defensive side of the game, something that is of clear importance to all three managers. The mentioned price is a scare tactic, if pushed, you would have to believe there is a deal to be done.

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