Lisandro Martínez, Ajax
With Jurrien Timber more and more more likely 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 every other 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 shortly as attainable. He additionally excels off the ball, profitable possession for his aspect aggressively, with 4.5 tackles and interceptions mixed per 90 minutes. A left-footed center-back appears to be a precedence for a lot of golf equipment within the Premier League this summer time, 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 time, 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 aspect. 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) had 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 could be exhausting to show down. Chelsea, in the meantime, might lose Marcos Alonso and Emerson this summer time, 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 efficient choice. The 22-year-old solely has a 12 months left to run on his contract with Eintracht Frankfurt so could also be out there for decrease than market worth.
Solely Nico Schlotterbeck earned a better score 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 risk within the ultimate third for Eintracht, immediately contributing to eight league targets, scoring 4. He is probably not a family title, however the teenager has the potential to shine underneath Antonio Conte.
Jonathan Clauss, Lens
After a gradual begin in his first marketing campaign in Ligue 1, Jonathan Clauss took the division by storm in 2021-22. He was immediately concerned in 16 targets for Lens, greater than every other full-back or wing-back in Europe’s prime 5 leagues. His nice kind for Franck Haise’s aspect earned him his first name up for France earlier this 12 months.
Lens completed seventh in Ligue 1, that means he won’t play European soccer this coming season until he strikes on. Quite a few 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 offer strong competitors for Reece James for the suitable wing-back spot and he would give Tuchel a top quality choice within the function when James is absent. If Clauss is on the market this summer time, 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 to be like their transfer for Alessandro Bastoni has fallen by the wayside for now, however they might return to Inter and capitalize upon the membership’s must promote gamers.
Final summer time Spurs reportedly agreed a payment for the ahead Lautaro Martínez just for the transfer to fall by when Inter offered Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea. With Inter engaged on offers to carry again Lukaku and signal Paulo Dybala, Spurs might have a possibility to reignite a deal for Martínez. The Inter CEO, Beppe Marotta, has mentioned that Martínez is “a key participant for our plans” however he additionally admitted that they could be “compelled to promote” this summer time.
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 could be an excellent match for Conte’s system.