Three Serie A players that Premier League managers should look at

Stefan de Vrij has been a tower of strength in the Lazio defence this season
Stefan de Vrij has been a tower of strength in the Lazio defence this season

With the transfer window in full swing and the Premier League’s giants in the market to bolster their squads, Italy’s top flight may just be the place to start looking.

While most January transfers represent difficulty as sides are reluctant to part ways with their stars mid-season, a few Serie A players would be worth the extra hassle to secure before interest in them blossoms come summertime.

Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij has arguably been the best centre-back in Italy this season alongside Inter’s Milan Skriniar and is deserving of a big move. With his contract expiring in the summer, the Holland international could be available cheaply leaving Lazio president Claudio Lotito little to no room for negotiation.

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Alongside Bastos, the Lazio man has formed one of the league’s most fearsome centre-back partnerships and has backstopped the biancocelesti into contention for Champions League football next season.

His injury problems are now well behind him, propelling de Vrij at the top of every team’s wishlist. With both Manchester clubs as well as Liverpool and Arsenal in the market for another world class defender before the window shuts, de Vrij may just be their best bet.

Lucas Torriera is one of the of the most versatile midfielders in Italy
Lucas Torriera is one of the of the most versatile midfielders in Italy

At 25 years of age, the defender’s best years are still ahead of him and he has proven capable of assuming a leadership role.

Another player that should be on every team’s radar is Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira. Since slotting in at the heart of midfield for Giampaolo’s side, the Uruguayan has gone from strength to strength.

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After 20 match-days in Serie A, the midfielder leads the way in ball recoveries with 113, justifying the hype surrounding him. Equally capable of pulling the strings from deep or breaking up the opposition’s attack, Torreira’s versatility would be useful in just about any of the Premier League’s top four clubs.

Plugging

Liverpool, who are currently crying out for a ball-playing destroyer, would be an ideal fit for the 21-year-old. Under Jurgen Klopp, Torreira would be able to take his game to the next level while plugging a big need in the Reds midfield.

While Sampdoria are in no need to sell currently, an offer in and around £35m would force their hand significantly. However, any team that wants to sign him will have to act fast as interest in the player increases by the day.

Much like de Vrij and Torreira, Federico Chiesa would be a welcome addition at most Premier League clubs.

Federico Chiesa has carried the Fiorentina attack this season but the club are desperate to keep him
Federico Chiesa has carried the Fiorentina attack this season but the club are desperate to keep him

Despite Federico Bernardeschi’s move to Juventus this past summer, Fiorentina have not missed a beat with Chiesa assuming much of the offensive workload. Comfortable playing on either wing, the young Italian has established himself as one of the peninsula’s top talents.

Whether it’s his keen eye for goal or impressive vision, the 20-year-old is a constant menace in the final third. In the past, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were said to be admirers of the young winger, however, Tottenham and Liverpool have since entered the race.

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Fiorentina would like to keep the player at the club for the foreseeable future, but have been quoted as saying 40 million euros is his price-tag; a reasonable price considering his immense potential.

All in all, de Vrij, Torreira and Chiesa would represent quality additions to any of the Premier League’s top sides and are available at relatively decent prices all things considered.

Whether Premier League clubs act on their availability, however, is entirely a different question. Needless to say, Serie A is full of recruitment possibilities ahead of a crucial end to the season.

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