Inside the Index: February 12th

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We’re halfway through a four-day Media Day run, with Bruno Fernandes still as popular as ever.

The Portuguese international has won both Media Days this week, as much of the talk revolves around his quality and how much he will improve Manchester United both individually and as part of a long-term overhaul.

Time will tell how well Fernandes will do at Old Trafford, although Monday’s game with Chelsea could be a game we see the very best of him.

Tuesday 11 February Media Day Winners:

  • First Place: Bruno Fernandes (5p)
  • Second Place: James Milner (3p)
  • Third Place: Jadon Sancho (1p)

Now here’s the latest activity on the Index:

Jadon Sancho Takes Neymar’s Crown

It was going to take a special player to knock Neymar (£8.57) off his perch atop the Index standings as the most expensive player, to which that has now happened.

Jadon Sancho (£8.60) officially overtook the Brazilian Tuesday evening – albeit briefly – but has since regained his place at the top.

It should come as no surprise considering both the season he’s currently having, with him already registering 14 goals and 15 assists in league and Champions League this season, as well as him being just 19.

Add to that him being linked with a move away from a title-chasing Borussia Dortmund in the summer – with Liverpool and Chelsea atop a lengthy list of suitors – then Sancho could enjoy a sustained period as the Index’s most expensive player.


Billy Gilmour Sees Price Soar After Announcement

Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea manager has been underpinned by the backing of young players nurtured in their academy; many of whom have thrived.

The likes of Tammy Abraham (£2.92), Mason Mount (£2.57), Reece James (£3.69) and Fikayo Tomori (£1.68), to name but a few, have become mainstays in the Blues’ squad this season, with Billy Gilmour (£1.82) set to be the latest addition to this list.

It has been recently confirmed that the 18-year-old Scot – who has made two Premier League appearances this season – will be a member of the first-team squad for the remainder of the season, resulting in a 28p price increase in the last 24 hours.

As long as Lampard remains in charge at Stamford Bridge then young players will always get a chance, meaning Gilmour could be a great addition for any Traders’ portfolio for both the long and short term.


Eden Hazard Set to Make Long-Awaited Return

He hasn’t featured for Real Madrid since the backend of November, but Eden Hazard (£4.05) looks set to return to action this weekend against Celta Vigo.

The 29-year-old limped off during Los Blancos’ Champions League group game against Paris Saint-Germain in what has been a frustrating first season in the Spanish capital following his move from Chelsea.

Hazard – who has scored only once since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu – has seen his price rise by 11p in the last 24 hours ahead of his expected return, although it’s unclear whether he’ll start or appear from the bench.

With a Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City just around the corner however, the latter is more likelier option.


Summer Move for Nathan Ake Looks Likely

Despite Bournemouth being embroiled in a fight to avoid relegation this season, one player that has excelled for the Cherries is Nathan Ake (£1.37).

The 24-year-old – who has risen by 14p in the last 24 hours – still catches the eye despite his club’s current plight, which has seen the Dutch international linked with a move away in the summer, regardless of which division Bournemouth are playing in.

If the latest reports are to be believed, then a move to a club in London is almost guaranteed. North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are both said to want the left-sided centre-back, while former club Chelsea are still monitoring him amid talk that a buy-back clause is still active.

With the Euros not far away, as well as the aforementioned transfer rumours, Ake could be a name that features heavily this summer.

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