8 La Liga bargains who’d make smart Premier League signings – and the clubs that should sign them
Jefferson Lerma (Levante)
When Levante found themselves relegated to the second division three seasons ago, the fact that Lerma stayed put was a surprise. The Colombian midfielder has been an impressive talent for many years, sitting at the base of midfield offering a blend of physical and technical abilities, knitting passages of play together to help his team to play out from the back.
The 23-year-old’s performances for Colombia over the last year will have done his stock no harm at all, and Lerma isa easily talented enough to slot into a possession-orientated side in the Premier League.
Would suit: Bournemouth
Martin Montoya (Valencia)
Once a Barcelona player, Montoya initially struggled to find a home after leaving the Camp Nou in 2015. Loan spells at Inter and Real Betis didn’t go to plan, and eventually led to the right-back moving permanently to Valencia in 2016.
Montoya packs pace and a good right foot, and his style of play lends itself to getting forward and influencing things in the final third. Mistakes have crept in defensively, but a Premier League club could still nab a bargain for themselves – especially as the 27-year-old will be motivated to prove any doubters wrong.
Would suit: Southampton
Yerry Mina (Barcelona)
Mina’s stock has never been higher. His three goals for Colombia during the World Cup caught attentions, especially given Barcelona's conundrum in balancing their non-EU contingent. Quick and strong in the air, Mina is tough for strikers to beat for pace, but his distribution stands out too.
The 23-year-old centre-back is content to look after the ball and then look to switch play or break lines with adventurous passes forward. Given that Barça brought him in for such a cheap price (€11.8m) last summer, a juicy profit might be too much to ignore. He only played five La Liga matches last season, and admitted this summer: "When I saw that I wasn't even on the bench, that I wasn't even being considered, I started to train alone at home. It is tough to watch your team-mates and see the matches on TV."
Would suit: Everton
Gabriel Pires (Leganes)
It's hard to put Gabriel into any kind of box. The Brazilian played a range of central midfield roles under manager Asier Garitano last season, offering robustness alongside creativity. He's physical enough to hold his own and protect possession, but also has some nice flicks and tricks to unlock a defence.
The 24-year-old displays good tactical awareness and is a versatile player capable of performing a number of roles in central midfield. Gabriel is a dream for a coach who likes to tinker, and his release clause of €20m is certainly a tempting one to trigger.
Would suit: Newcastle