With the Premier League fixtures postponed this weekend out of respect for the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II many fans have been left wondering how to take their minds off current events. With European football continuing as normal, today could be the perfect opportunity to become more informed about the qualities of some of the top targets for the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Here Express Sport details four of the players you can see in action today, all from the comfort of your own sofa.
Denzel Dumfries (INTER MILAN vs Torino, BT Sport 1 5pm)
Chelsea were linked with a move for the Dutch wing-back this summer, with the player an option to come in and provide strong backup for Reece James. His arrival would also allow the Englishman to fill in on the right-hand side of the back three if he was needed.
The chances of catching a glimpse of Dumfries are high with the 26-year-old starring in every game for the club so far this season. The Italian side are also out to arrest a relatively poor start to the season and suffered huge disappointment when they lost 3-2 against fierce city rivals AC Milan last weekend.
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Nico Barella (INTER MILAN vs Torino, BT Sport 1 5pm)
Another player to watch out for in Inter’s match at the San Siro, Barella is a player that may be of more interest to Liverpool. The Italy international is a key part of the side’s midfield three and offers a dynamic dribbling presence in the centre of the park.
At just 25 years old he could be an option to fix Liverpool’s issues in the engine room in both the short and long term. Jurgen Klopp is known to be an admirer with the club holding an interest in the player in the summer but he is likely to become an option again with a rebuild looking ever more inevitable at Anfield.
Frenkie de Jong (Cadiz vs BARCELONA, Premier Sports/La Liga TV 5.30pm)
The transfer saga involving the Dutchman was one of the longest-running during the summer before De Jong ended up remaining at the Nou Camp. Manchester United were the most heavily linked and even had a bid accepted for his services while Chelsea were waiting in the wings for a potential hijack.
He should have an opportunity to impress in the Spanish port with the hosts languishing at the very bottom of the La Liga table. United fans may get a glimpse of what they have been missing – and potentially could one day see after they were given fresh hope by league president Javier Tebas.
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Rafael Leao (Sampdoria vs AC MILAN, BT Sport 1, 7.45PM)
It’s a switch back over to Serie A following Barcelona’s match, particularly if you are a Chelsea fan and hope to get a sighting of target Leao. The Portugal forward has been on top form so far this season scoring three times in six matches, including two crucial goals in last weekend’s 3-2 win over their city rivals.
The Blues were linked with a move for the star in the later days of the transfer window and are likely to once again enter the market for a forward, given the lack of firepower still noticeable within the squad. With Leao on top form, he could once again enter the club’s transfer radar as they look to address the issue going forward.
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