EURO 2012: Identifying Potential Transfer Targets (Group 4)
Let’s have a look at Group 4 of Euro 2012. With so many good players on display, who could be interesting Premier League clubs this summer?
Theodor Gebre Selassie Slovan Liberec
Gebre Selassie only broke into the Czech setup in 2011, but has been a great asset at right back for the team since Zdenek Grygera has been overlooked. The 25 year old became the first ever player of African descent to represent Czech Republic, as his father is from Ethiopia.
Interest from Italian and German sides such as Roma and Wolfsburg is reported at the moment, but there is growing momentum in England. Chelsea and Reading are also believed to be monitoring the full back and how he performs against Ronaldo could be important for his next move.
Michal Kadlec, Bayer Leverkusen
A left back by trade, Kadlec currently features at centre half for the Czechs and shows seamless transition between positions. He struggled at left back in the first game against a fluid Russian side, but since moving into the middle the team has only conceded 1 goal in two games – and that was from a Petr Cech error.
Kadlec’s versatility could interest a few Premier League sides in need of a left back, such as Aston Villa, Stoke and Sunderland – but whether Leverkusen would want to sell is another matter. At 27, this could be Kadlec’s chance for a move to England.
Rui Patricio Sporting Lisbon
A key part of Sporting Lisbon’s run to the Europa League semi finals, Rui Patricio has now established himself as the No. 1 goalkeeper for Portugal. Patricio is now 24 and has already shown at this tournament why he is so highly rated, but Sporting’s valuation of the shot stopper is likely to be quite high, ruling many Premier League teams out of the race for his signature.
Right now, I can think of only one team that in England that could buy the goalkeeper – Tottenham. With Brad Friedel now 41, Spurs have been linked with a number of new goalkeepers. If Andre Villas-Boas replaced Harry Redknapp, he could well return to Portugal to swoop for a new custodian.
Joao Moutinho FC Porto
Talented midfielder Joao Moutinho has been tipped for a move to England for some time, even while he was starring for Sporting Lisbon. A shock move to Porto took place in 2010 with Andre Villas-Boas at the helm, so a move to Chelsea last summer was often speculated but never materialised.
Having won the Portuguese title again, Moutinho is now trying to spearhead Portugal to success and is the most natural ball playing midfielder in the team. Moutinho has already drawn plaudits this summer and plenty of English teams should be interested – Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham to name a few.
Keep an eye out for these 4 players. I have high hopes for them and believe positive displays at the tournament can only help their prospective moves.