Premier League Club Budget Transfer Targets on the Football Index
There has been an understandable trend over the past couple of months on the Football Index for stocking up on potential transfers into the Premier League from foreign teams.
After all, it's exciting to think of new players with big names making their way into the English game. Players like James Rodriguez, Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata how seen their prices fly with links to some of the top teams in England.
But what about some players who are closer to home? Those players already at Premier League clubs who for one reason or another are expected to be summer targets of other BPL teams.
Several of those, whilst already having seen something of a price rise, are still within reach of most investors pockets and thus perhaps represent a nice potential profit. Even though these players will most probably not sign for the huge teams, they should still attract their fair share of attention in the media.
Let's take a look at some of those names and discuss their likelihood of a move, to which teams they could go to and if there is money to be made in purchasing futures in them.
We'll begin with Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge. Despite being a consistent goal scorer when given playing time, injuries have often hampered his chances. Add to that a perceived lack of technical ability by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, he's often found himself on the bench at best even when fully fit.
At 27 years of age and his time at Liverpool looking distinctly over, it seems highly likely that Sturridge will be moved on this summer. Liverpool will see him as someone they can get a healthy transfer fee for to reinvest into someone more in keeping with Klopp's style of play.
And despite injury concerns, there will surely be no shortage of Premier League teams willing to take a punt on him. Being English it also adds to his appeal in the age of home grown quotas.
We'd expect to see a team like West Ham make a move for Sturridge, who have a historic trend of trying to spend big on an established striker. It's likely they could easily afford the asking price and would be willing to take the gamble on Sturridge staying fit in order to sign a player of his quality.
Currently priced at around £1.50 on the Index, we feel there's room for improvement once the transfer rumours kick in. Sturridge is a popular player within the media which is backed up by an impressive 12 Buzz wins to date. This is especially true when you consider his relative lack of playing time and exposure over the past 12-18 months.
Next on our list is Leicester City's pacey wide man Demarai Gray. Despite making positive impacts when used by the Foxes, he's often found himself back on the bench soon after.
With Leicester's revival under Craig Shakespeare giving the coach plenty of leeway to not argue with his team selections, it would appear that Gray isn't seen as an essential player to keep.
One man's trash is another man's treasure so the saying goes and in this case, it would appear both Merseyside clubs would be more than interested in making Gray a part of their squads for next season.
Liverpool have perhaps been most strongly linked with Gray in recent times and he would appear to fit in with Klopp's style of play. A fast, attacking direct winger would offer something they don't currently have on the left side of midfield.
It has also been reported that Gray has a relatively small buyout clause in his Leicester contract of just £12m. In the age of huge transfer fees, especially for home grown players, this could represent tremendous value.
Gray is priced at around £1.12 on the Index after a recent price hike. Even at this price, there is plenty of scope for a healthy profit to be made. If Liverpool and Everton decide to battle it out for the youngster, there should be plenty of media attention on him.
Next up on the list is Arsenal's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. The 23 year old is one of a number of Arsenal players who will be entering the final 12 months of their contract this summer. As a player who, until the last few weeks has often found himself on the sidelines, it's no surprise to see plenty of transfer speculation surrounding him.
Once again, it is Liverpool who are most strongly linked to the England international, and there were even very recent reports that a £25m deal had already been agreed. This has seen the Ox's price shoot up to around £1.55, which perhaps means there is less room for future potential profit.
Still, with a price increase like that from one a rumour alone, if there is to be more concrete links and a deal looks likely, there is sure to be plenty of interest in the deal. As a popular played amongst the media and a potential deal between two of the Premier Leagues biggest clubs, this would represent on the of most talked about summer transfers.
However, with him seemingly finding a more settled starting place in recent weeks, he may consider his options and decide to stay with the Gunners. If this happens, expect his price to resume to his previous value of around a pound.
Finally we have another Gray, this time Burnley's hot-shot striker Andre Gray. Notching a decent return so far of 9 goals in his Premier League debut season, he's brought himself the attention of Tottenham Hotspur.
Whilst links seem to have cooled down recently, a move to Spurs shouldn't be ruled out. Gray is approaching the final 12 months of his contract and for a team like Burnley to allow a prized asset to walk away on a free is almost unthinkable.
This means a transfer looks highly likely one way or another. Add in Spurs' need for attacking support behind Harry Kane and a cut price deal for Gray maybe right up Daniel Levy's alley. Indeed, there are reports that Spurs were interested in Gray last summer but baulked at the £30m asking fee.
With that fee likely be halved this summer, it could see the move reignited. Even if it's not Tottenham who move for Gray, with the contract issue there should be plenty of speculation surrounding him.
With clubs like Newcastle and Everton also linked, Gray, who is currently priced at around 83p on the Index could prove to be summer bargain for investors too.
So there we go, 4 potential summer transfer targets of Premier League clubs who are still at relatively affordable prices on the Index. As mentioned at the beginning of this video, you shouldn't expect these players to make a fortune for you, but we think they can all offer decent returns if you get on at the right price.
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