Premier League Club Budget Transfer Targets on the Football Index
With the 2016/17 Premier League season almost over, we now know which three teams have been relegated. Hull were unable to scramble away from safety and will join North East duo Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the Championship next season.
Despite their overall performances as teams, a few individual players have managed to stand above their teammates and will have caught the eye of rival Premier League teams. As we often see when teams get relegated, the vultures soon circle to try and prize away those players who have performed above their team's position.
Thus we are likely to see transfer speculation surrounding some of these players, which as we know creates fantastic opportunities on the Football Index to turn a profit.
With that in mind, let's take a look at 4 of those players along with the teams who are reported to be interested in signing them. And most importantly, your prospects of making money on investing in them at their current prices.
We'll begin with the team who finished bottom of the Premier League and their promising keeper Jordan Pickford. As a goalkeeper playing for a team who has been relegated, it shows just how highly rated Pickford is that he is being linked with a number of high profile teams.
He's often kept Sunderland in matches - or at least for as long as possible, which has brought about the attention of Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal. Not to mention Everton and even from abroad with German side Red Bull Leipzig.
With the first three of those clubs all potentially in the market for a new keeper for next season, Pickford may be a man in high demand. Add in his home grown status and he becomes even more attractive for those teams.
If a transfer battle does emerge over Pickford's services, there would be some merit to investing, even at what is already nose-bleed territory for a goalkeeper on the Index at £1.35. We wouldn't expect his settled price to be anywhere close to that though, so if you are getting involved, make sure you follow this transfer closely.
Next up we have Middlesboro defender Ben Gibson. The 24 year old has performed much higher than his team mates and has been one of their few bright lights.
The English defender is rumoured to on the shopping list of several big Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. However, Gibson currently has 4 years remaining on his Riverside contract and thus will command a fee reported to be around £30m.
Arsenal are most strongly linked to Gibson who would surely improve their soft looking defence. As with Pickford, with a number of big clubs interested, any transfer saga can only be good news for Football Index investors.
Currently priced around a pound we have to think that Gibson represents good summer transfer investment with plenty of scope for his price to rise as the rumours rumble on.
Third on our list is yet another defender, this time Hull's Harry Maguire. With all these in-demand defensive players, you have to wonder how their teams have been relegated!
Maguire has most strongly been linked with Tottenham, who will be looking to replace and upgrade their squad options in this department. Maguire once again has the added bonus of fulfilling a home grown quota spot, which certainly adds to his appeal.
Maguire is also reported to be interesting newly promoted Newcastle, who are sure to be looking at spending big in order to cement their Premier League status.
We don't see this being a big transfer story however and this is perhaps indicated by Maguire's present status of still being on the Squad list. He's currently in 8th place however, so it perhaps shows investors are keen to get him promoted.
In this case, he could certainly reach the £1 mark and even above, as has been highlighted by recent defensive promotions like Ryan Sessegnon and Kyle Walker.
Finally we come to the star of the show and amazingly, not a defensive player! Sunderland's Jermain Defoe will be in high demand this summer as clubs battle to secure a player who guarantees goals.
Even at the grand age of 34, Defoe has played like he's ten years younger to the point of even regaining an England place. Were it not for Defoe's goals this season, then Sunderland would probably have been relegated weeks ago.
Still, age doesn't lie and it's obvious that Defoe will want to spend as many of his remaining playing years as possible in the Premier League. There will be no shortage of suitors eager to bring in his experience and ability.
Whilst it's unlikely that any of the top teams will be in for Defoe, as a player liked by the media and fans alike, there is sure to be plenty of interest in where he ends up.
There have been strong rumours that a return to West Ham could be on the cards and that would probably be the best outcome for his Index standing.
Currently priced at around £1.20, there is some room for improvement. And whilst he probably won't hold that kind of value once signed for his new club, he's well worth considering as an addition to your portfolio.
So there we go, 4 players from teams relegated from the Premier League who are worth considering on the Football Index. They will not set the world alight with their returns, but as cheapish options with almost guaranteed transfer speculation, there are certainly worse purchases to make!
What do you think to these players and would you like to add them to your portfolios? Let us know your thoughts with a comment below!
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