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Lisandro Martínez, Ajax

With Jurrien Timber more and more prone to keep at Ajax, events appear to have turned their consideration to the Dutchman’s center-back companion. Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been linked with Lisandro Martínez.

The Argentinian was our highest rated defender within the Eredivisie final season. His passing is outstanding. Martínez made 92.4 passes per 90 minutes final season – greater than another participant within the division – and his move success charge of 88.9% ranked sixth within the league. As well as, his tally of 6.1 correct lengthy balls per 90 minutes was the fifth better of all outfielders within the Eredivisie.

Martínez helps Ajax retain possession and transfer the ball upfield as rapidly as attainable. He additionally excels off the ball, profitable possession for his facet aggressively, with 4.5 tackles and interceptions mixed per 90 minutes. A left-footed center-back appears to be a precedence for quite a lot of golf equipment within the Premier League this summer season, so it is no marvel they’re contemplating Martínez.

David Raum, Hoffenheim

It has been a whirlwind 12 months for David Raum. Having left Greuther Fürth for Hoffenheim on a free switch final summer season, the left wing-back’s inventory has soared significantly. Raum made his Germany debut solely final September, but is now established as the primary alternative for Hansi Flick’s facet. Hoffenheim should both bat away substantial curiosity of their prized asset or make a hefty revenue on the 24-year-old.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (90) and Filip Kostic (87) have been the one full-backs to make extra key passes than Raum (83) in Europe’s prime 5 leagues final season, with Alexander-Arnold (12) the one full-back to register extra assists than the German (11).

Manchester United have Luke Shaw and Alex Telles on the books however a participant of Raum’s caliber can be onerous to show down. Chelsea, in the meantime, might lose Marcos Alonso and Emerson this summer season, in order that they want one other left-back.

Evan Ndicka, Eintracht Frankfurt

Tottenham’s curiosity in a left-sided center-back is well-known. After a failed try – for now – to signal Alessandro Bastoni from Inter, Pau Torres emerged as their prime goal. In the event that they miss out on the Villarreal and Spain defender, Evan Ndicka is an effective choice. The 22-year-old solely has a yr left to run on his contract with Eintracht Frankfurt so could also be out there for decrease than market worth.

Solely Nico Schlotterbeck earned the next ranking than Ndicka within the Bundesliga final season, with the Frenchman excelling in each a four-man and a three-man backline for the Europa League winners. He made 108 tackles and interceptions mixed, the twelfth most within the Bundesliga.

Ndicka additionally proved a menace within the remaining third for Eintracht, straight contributing to eight league targets, scoring 4. He is probably not a family identify, however the teenager has the potential to shine underneath Antonio Conte.

Evan Ndicka and his Eintracht Frankfurt teammates have a good time after beating West Ham within the Europa League semi-finals. {Photograph}: Alexander Scheuber / Uefa / Getty Photographs

Jonathan Clauss, Lens

After a sluggish begin in his first marketing campaign in Ligue 1, Jonathan Clauss took the division by storm in 2021-22. He was straight concerned in 16 targets for Lens, greater than another full-back or wing-back in Europe’s prime 5 leagues. His effective kind for Franck Haise’s facet earned him his first name up for France earlier this yr.

Lens completed seventh in Ligue 1, which means he won’t play European soccer this coming season except he strikes on. Quite a lot of Europe’s prime sides have been credited with an curiosity within the 29-year-old. Chelsea are reportedly monitoring his progress, which is not an enormous shock given the system Thomas Tuchel performs.

Clauss would supply stable competitors for Reece James for the correct wing-back spot and he would give Tuchel a top quality choice within the function when James is absent. If Clauss is obtainable this summer season, Chelsea shouldn’t move up the prospect to signal him.

Lautaro Martínez, Inter

Tottenham have already signed Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma however they’re eager to maintain spending. It seems like their transfer for Alessandro Bastoni has fallen by the wayside for now, however they may return to Inter and capitalize upon the membership’s must promote gamers.

Final summer season Spurs reportedly agreed a payment for the ahead Lautaro Martínez just for the transfer to fall via when Inter offered Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea. With Inter engaged on offers to deliver again Lukaku and signal Paulo Dybala, Spurs might have a chance to reignite a deal for Martínez. The Inter CEO, Beppe Marotta, has stated that Martínez is “a key participant for our plans” however he additionally admitted that they could be “pressured to promote” this summer season.

Martínez completed fourth for targets and assists mixed (24) and first for possession received within the attacking third (34) in Serie A final season. He has additionally labored underneath Antonio Conte prior to now. It will take an enormous bid to persuade Inter to promote the Argentina worldwide, however he can be an excellent match for Conte’s system.

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