6 bargains from Serie A who’d make perfect Premier League transfers
1. Jorginho (Napoli)
With Barcelona on the hunt for a new metronome in midfield, Marco Verratti has been touted as the best available option. While that maybe true, Napoli’s under-utilised Jorginho is arguably even more well-suited to such a role and would be a major acquisition for any club who pried him away from the Stadio San Paolo.
The 25-year-old is no longer guaranteed a berth in coach Maurizio Sarri’s first-choice XI, but his incredible passing ability has to be seen to be believed.
Jorginho made more passes per game last season (98) than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, the second consecutive season that he had finished top of that particular category. Incisive, creative and a hard-working defensive player whenever Napoli lose possession, the Italy international has learned to affect the game with and without the ball. Arsenal have been linked in previous windows, and are reportedly interesting again this summer.
2. Samir (Udinese)
Serie A has long been identified as a fine breeding ground for central defenders, and Udinese's Samir appears to be yet another set for a fine future. The Brazilian was excellent throughout 2016/17, holding the club's makeshift backline together as the campaign progressed, and emerging as a reliable and impressive man-marker.
The 22-year-old learned to time his challenges superbly, winning 59% of the tackles he contested plus 67% of his aerial duels, making full use of his robust, 6ft 3in frame. Already wanted by Inter and Roma, a number of Premier League clubs could improve by adding the Samir to their squad this summer.
3. Luis Muriel (Sampdoria)
There’s been lots of talk of Serie A strikers making the leap to England over the summer, with the likes of Torino’s Manchester United-linked Andrea Belotti rightly attracting major attention after continuing to deliver goals in Italy. However, behind the headline-grabbing stars and prospective big-money transfers, there are still a number of bargains to be had in attack. Sampdoria’s Luis Muriel is arguably at the top of that list – and Everton appear to have taken notice.
The Colombia international is no longer struggling as he did a few years ago when he was compared to the Brazilian Ronaldo – and not for his goalscoring prowess. “It’s a cross I bear,” Muriel said earlier this year. “When things are going well, nobody talks about my weight, but the moment there are bad results everyone seeks blame.”
Now in much better shape, his 11 goals and five assists last term proved that he can make a difference at this level – and with a €25m buyout clause, he would be a much cheaper option than many other strikers in Europe’s top leagues.