As we enter the final third of seasons across Europe, much of the talk surrounding football begins to concern the summer transfer window as well as Euro 2020.
Players performing well at this stage of the season are talked up as potential late additions for respected squads – with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£2.81) being just one of many examples across the leagues.
This month’s international break could provide a clue to those players who could be considered this summer.
Monday 2 March Media Day Winners:
- 1st Place: Bruno Fernandes (5p)
- 2nd Place: David De Gea (3p)
- 3rd Place: Jadon Sancho (1p)
Phil Foden Among Biggest Index Risers
Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win for Manchester City – their third win on the bounce and fifth in the last seven seasons – could prove to be something of a watershed moment for Phil Foden (£4.76).
The 19-year-old was man of the match for his impressive display on the right-hand side for City, even providing the assist for the game’s opening goal scored by Sergio Aguero (£1.56).
It’s led to many believing that the time is now for Foden to become a regular for Manchester City and fill the boots of club legend David Silva (£0.58), who as we all know is set to leave at the end of the season.
Foden is currently one of the biggest risers on the Index, with his Share Price increasing by 61p in the last 24 hours such is the well-deserved hype surrounding the midfielder, who could even feature for England at this summers’s Euros if recent reports are to be believed.
Leicester City Identify Possible Ben Chilwell Replacement
Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell (£2.37) has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium for some time, with Chelsea and Manchester City among a whole host of clubs said to be interested in one of the Premier League’s most forward-thinking full-backs.
According to today’s reports from various media outlets however, it’s said that the Foxes are drawing up a list of possible replacements should the 23-year-old seek pastures new, with Burnley’s Charlie Taylor (£0.50) near the top of that list.
The 26-year-old is currently the Index’s biggest riser, with his Share Price increasing by almost 25% in the last 24 hours following the news, with Brendan Rodgers said to be a fan of Taylor since his days as Celtic manager.
Timo Werner’s Social Media Activity Sees Transfer Rumours Persist
Timo Werner (£5.31) is a name that has refused to go away in recent months, with the German forward linked with a move away from RB Leipzig for some time. His latest activity on social media however has only added fuel to that proverbial fire.
Following Liverpool’s first Premier League defeat in 422 days at the weekend to Watford, RB Leipzig’s Twitter account replied to the full-time result using Werner, which subsequently saw him unfollow the club’s account, and pretty much everyone else for that matter.
Whether it is a coincidence or not remains to be seen, but it’s meant that the striker’s name has remained in the column inches, with Liverpool among a host of clubs linked with Werner, including Manchester United.
The 23-year-old’s Share Price has increased by 30p in the last week in what is likely to be his best ever scoring season.
He’s already equalled his best ever tally for a Bundesliga season with 21 goals so far for RB Leipzig, with a further four goals coming in the Champions League, as the club remain in the hunt for a league and European Cup double.
Lazio Top Serie A for First Time in Decade
Juventus’ usual Serie A precession that we’ve come to expect certainly won’t be happening this season, with a three-horse title race expected to go right down to the wire.
Challenging Juve this season are Inter Milan and Lazio, although it’s the later that are now currently in pole position following their 2-0 win over Bologna in what was one of the few Serie A games to take place over the weekend due to coronavirus.
Luis Alberto (£2.38) starred for Lazio with a goal and assist – which is his first direct involvement in a goal in Serie A since mid-December, while Joaquin Correa (£0.96) grabbed the other goal of the game to stretch their unbeaten league run to 21 games (W17 D4).
The last time Lazio topped Serie A after 10 games was way back in the 2010/11 season, as I Biancocelesti look to win a first league title since 2000 and end Juventus’ eight-year monopoly on the domestic league.
*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing