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3 Bundesliga stars who could be on their way to the Premier League this summer

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While Premier League sides might be focused on finishing off the 2019/2020 campaign, there is no doubt that clubs up and down the country will already be drawing up their summer transfer list.

With what is expected to be a frantic transfer market with a short turn around until the action soon restarts in September, sides such as Chelsea are already getting their business done early after bringing in Timo Werner from RB Leipzig on a five-year-deal last month.

While young English starlets might have built a name for themselves after swapping the Premier League for Germany in recent times, three of the Bundesliga’s biggest stars could be coming in the other direction over the coming months.

Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund

Enjoying what has been another stunning campaign in rural Germany, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is a starlet topping many a wishlist this summer.

Since deciding to make the then-unusual route and swapping Manchester City for Germany back in 2017, the now-fully fledged England international has only seen his profile skyrocket.

Regarded as one of Europe’s hottest commodities, Sancho recorded an outstanding 17 Bundesliga goals and 16 assists this season, only the duo of Timo Werner and Golden Boot winner Robert Lewandowski can boast a better return this year.

With Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watze announcing back in January that they would be willing to part ways with their talisman if the right deal can be reached, Sancho himself is reportedly keen on a move back to England this summer.

While Manchester United might have made it clear that they are not willing to spend more than £50million on the 20-year-old, Sancho is not short of admirers from across the Premier League.

With Dortmund laying down an ultimatum to United that they must reach a deal by August 10th if they’re to secure the winger’s signature, both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are said to be keeping a watchful eye on the situation.

However, although United and BVB might be playing hardball, Sancho is already priced as low as 3/5 with 888sport to be lining up at Old Trafford come the end of the summer.

Kai Havertz – Bayer Leverkusen

While Sancho may have seen his reputation in Germany only progress over his three-year stay in the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz has burst onto the scene in what has been a remarkable campaign for the 21-year-old.

Playing what was a pivotal role in Die Werkself’s European finish this season, Hazertz has recorded 17 assists and nine goals in 43 games this season and has now earnt seven caps for Joachim Löw’s former-world champions.

While Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are both reportedly interested in securing his signature this summer, it appears that the Germany playmaker has his heart set on a Premier League switch over the coming months.

Already bringing in fellow German international Timo Werner on a five-year-deal last month and also securing Hakim Ziyech’s from Ajax, Chelsea are seen to be in pole position to bring another starlet to West London this summer.

Although The Guardian might be reporting that the Blues and Leverkusen sit £20million apart in the German outfits €100 million (£89.5million) valuation of Havertz, it is believed that Frank Lampard’s side are willing to sell the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso and Tiemoue Bakayoko in order to raise funds for the playmaker.

Making it clear that he is in the market to strengthen his options this summer, Havertz’s versatility across the midfield and his ability to play as a false number nine is certainly appealing to Lampard.

Thiago Alcantara – Bayern Munich

While both Sancho and Havertz might be seen as two budding superstars looking to progress their careers in the Premier League, it appears that one of Europe’s top midfielders is also eyeing a move to England this summer.

Entering his final year with German giants Bayern Munich and still refusing to sign a new deal at the Allianz, all signs are pointing to a change of scenery for Thiago Alcantara over the coming months.

Enjoying what has been a glittering career in both Germany and Spain, the 29-year-old remains heavily linked with a move to Jurgen Klopp’s newly-crowned champions.

Still regarded as one of the best passers of a ball across Europe, Thiago has won the German league title for the last seven seasons in a row after joining from Barcelona in July 2013 and has made 230 appearances for the Bavarians.

Although the World Cup-winner will turn 30 next April and might go against the Reds’ transfer policy, a £31million deal for the silky Spaniard would undoubtedly excite many around Anfield as Klopp’s side plan for a title reclaim next season.

While Liverpool might have a stacked midfield that includes the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Naby Keïta, the Reds have failed to bring in an out and out playmaker since Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona back in 2018.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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