Which player from your biggest rival would you pick to sign? FourFourTwo decides
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Now, to real life: which one of your biggest rival’s players would you nab?
Arsenal (Toby Alderweireld)
Per Mertesacker is 32 and on the decline; Gabriel is yet to prove a reliable candidate; Rob Holding’s largely untested and far from the finished article; Calum Chambers was chucked out on loan after disappearing from conscious thought.
Arsenal have often got it badly wrong at centre-back, but in Alderweireld they’d have a fine defensive partner for Laurent Koscielny or Shkodran Mustafi who’d suit the Gunners’ stylish play to a tee. The Belgian is now arguably the Premier League’s best centre-back – he also packs a punch from attacking set-pieces – and at 27 still has plenty of fine years ahead of him.
Chelsea (Ryan Sessegnon)
Let’s be blunt: Chelsea don’t really care for their west London rivals all that much, but there’s a Fulham star who perfectly fits the bill for their buy-young-sell-high strategy. God forbid he might even have the potential to step up for first-team duties at Stamford Bridge eventually
Attack-minded left-back Sessegnon doesn’t turn 17 until May next year, yet is already a first-team fixture at Craven Cottage having started six of Fulham’s matches this season. He became the Championship’s first Year 2000 goalscorer in another appearance, opening the scoring against Cardiff in August. Unsurprisingly, Arsenal and Manchester City have been linked with a move.
Everton (Sadio Mane)
The Toffees would happily take a handful of Jurgen Klopp’s first-teamers at Goodison Park, but they’re perhaps most in need of Mané’s jet-heeled contributions out wide.
Ronald Koeman brought the Senegalese star to Southampton from RB Salzburg in 2014, and the now-24-year-old did so well on the south coast that Liverpool coughed up £34m for him this summer.
Everton are lacking spark in attacking areas – Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon, Gerard Deulofeu and Enner Valencia are hardly what you'd call consistent – and Mané would surely prove the perfect foil for Romelu Lukaku.
Liverpool (Idrissa Gueye)
Nope, not Lukaku: we all saw how Christian Benteke fared at Anfield under Klopp. And while the former is more mobile and an all-round better player, he’s not the fluid frontman that Liverpool are deploying with so much success right now.
Instead, midfield enforcer Gueye made a mightily impressive start to the season in his new surroundings after a torrid debut campaign at Aston Villa, and would surely represent an upgrade on the 29-year-old Lucas. At 27, he’s the right age too.
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