Meet the next 10 Brazilian and Argentine stars who could be Premier League-bound
1. Cristian Pavon
Club: Boca Juniors
Having already bagged five goals in 13 appearances this season, it’s little wonder PSG and Liverpool have been linked with a January move
Cristian Pavon burst onto the scene with a string of impressive displays for Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores last summer. He then became a regular member of the first team on the back of those performances, and is now considered one of the most important players at the club.
The fleet-footed forward possesses a fearless mentality and plenty of technical skills. Although he’s usually deployed on the right wing, he tends to drift into central positions behind Boca's two strikers; from there, Pavon's a real menace to opponents with his direct running and powerful shots from distance, while he's also demonstrated intelligent movement and a useful knack for arriving in the penalty box at just the right moment.
Having already bagged five goals in 13 appearances this season, it’s little wonder Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool have been linked with a January move. By the time the winter window opens, his list of potential suitors could grow even bigger.
The man widely considered as the heir to Marcelo is already a star at Flamengo, where he's made almost 100 appearances before the age of 21
Despite the fact Jorge was left out of Brazil's 2016 Olympics squad, it seems like only a matter of time before he makes his debut for the senior Selecao side.
The man widely considered as the heir to Marcelo is already a star at Flamengo, where he's made almost 100 appearances before the age of 21. He's confident and mature, but Jorge isn't your typical buccaneering Brazilian full-back: his best qualities come in the defensive phase of play, namely his positioning and reading of the game.
Manchester City have reportedly been monitoring his progress for months, but it wouldn't be a surprise if other top clubs rivalled the Premier League outfit for his signature.
3. Lucas Alario
Club: River Plate
While he’s mostly lauded as a clinical poacher who can score in many different ways from inside the box, Alario's not obsessed with his scoring record
In the eyes of River Plate supporters, Lucas Alario is already a club legend. The Argentinian striker secured Los Millonarios' place in the Copa Libertadores final just weeks after his arrival in 2015 by scoring against Club Guarani in the second leg of the semi-final, before again finding the net in the showpiece event against Tigres to help River win the trophy.
Goals have become a habit since then, helped by the 24-year-old's intelligence and tactical understanding. While he’s mostly lauded as a clinical poacher who can score in many different ways from inside the box, Alario's not obsessed with his scoring record and certainly isn't a selfish player. Indeed, he's adept at holding up the ball and bringing his team-mates into play, which will appeal to many managers in Europe.
There’s certainly been plenty of interest in Alario, with Inter and Liverpool the names mentioned most. It's difficult to envisage him ending 2017 in Argentina.
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