6 Serie A players who'd make fine Premier League signings – and who they'd suit
Stefano Sturaro (Juventus)
Solid, reliable and hard-working, Sturaro is unlikely to top a list of players you’d dream about your club signing, but he could add some steel to any number of Premier League midfields. The Italian has been strongly linked with Newcastle, Wolves and West Ham, but other clubs – including Leicester and Southampton – have been mentioned as potential suitors, and the 25-year-old would be ideal at that level.
Strong in the tackle, mobile and good at following orders, Sturaro would be best suited to a role alongside more technically gifted players who he can give the ball to once he's won it back. Talk of a rebuffed £12m bid from Newcastle seems in keeping with comments from Sturaro’s agent, Carlo Volpi, who told website ilBiancoNero.com that Juventus value the player at around €20m.
Ricardo Rodriguez (Milan)
While Juve might not be in a rush to sell players, the increasingly desperate financial situation at Milan might see a number of their first-team regulars become available. Swiss full-back Rodriguez could well be among them, his stock having risen after a strong showing at the World Cup, while the Rossoneri have already signed Ivan Strinic from Sampdoria to fill the void.
Far more attack-minded than the Croatian defender, Rodriguez is a vastly accomplished player who weighed in with three goals and two assists last term. His left foot is the source of a steady stream of crosses, he is deadly from set-pieces and equally adept at cutting off the opposition when possession is lost.
Still only 25, the ex-Wolfsburg man has a contract that runs until 2021 but there is little doubt that Tottenham could afford to prise him away from San Siro if they wished to upgrade one of Ben Davies or Danny Rose.
Diego Laxalt (Genoa)
The versatile Uruguayan caught the eye at the World Cup, and not solely because of the terrible cornrow mullet he was sporting atop his head. His introduction to the starting XI after two games coincided with Uruguay’s performances improving dramatically; Laxalt offered pace, dynamism and a constant outlet from left-wing-back.
Even in Uruguay’s quarter-final defeat to France, Laxalt managed to keep Kylian Mbappe quiet. All the more impressive, as the 25-year-old is regularly employed as a left-sided midfielder for club side Genoa, yet clearly has the qualities to play various positions down that flank.
No wonder that Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham are all said to be interested in the former Inter player, whose performances in Serie A have notably improved over the last two seasons.