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Five players ready for a move to a top six club this summer

Beneath the talent-stacked squads of the Premier League’s top six, there are several players who certainly possess the quality to play for one of the division’s best sides.

With the summer transfer window now in full swing, we’ve decided to take a look at the players we feel are ready to make the step up to one of English football’s elite.

Here are five players ready for a move to a top-six club…

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace face a serious battle to keep hold of their talismanic forward this summer, with the Ivory Coast international attracting the interest of several of Europe’s leading sides.

The 26-year-old is lightening quick, powerful and possesses an abundant array of tricks, making him the ideal player to play across a versatile forward line.

A move to Manchester United as a youngster failed to work out for the Palace forward, though Zaha has matured in recent seasons and seems ready to step up to the next level.

Zaha has told Crystal Palace that he wants to leave the club this summer to realise his ambitions of playing Champions League football, with former side United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund having all been linked.

Having scored 10 goals and provided a further 5 assists in the Premier League last season, Zaha would be an exciting addition to any of the top flights top six sides.

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Harry Maguire

The Leicester defender is believed to be attracting the interest of both Manchester sides as they bid to strengthen their defensive options, having established himself as England’s first-choice centre-back under Gareth Southgate.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed two impressive seasons at Leicester since joining from Hull City in 2017, with the Foxes believed to be demanding a world-record fee for a defender to part with their prized asset this summer.

Commanding in the air and comfortable on the ball, Maguire possesses all the attributes of an elite modern defender. Leicester’s position is strengthened by the four-years remaining on Maguire’s contract, however Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to stand in his way of playing European football if an acceptable bid is received.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure

A dynamic box-to-box midfield presence who has thrived since joining Watford in 2016, the Frenchman has long been speculated as a reported transfer target for the Premier League’s biggest sides.

Deceptively technical despite his powerful frame, the 26-year-old is a complete midfield player capable of scoring from midfield.

Tottenham and Manchester United are both believed to be interested in adding to their midfield options in the summer window and could do worse than making an inquiry for the Watford man.

Effective at both ends of the pitch, Doucoure could make an ideal replacement at Spurs for Mousa Dembele who left North London for China in January.

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Ruben Neves

There was surprise around Europe when Portuguese international Neves decided to leave Champions League regulars Porto to join Wolves in English football’s second tier, however, the elegant midfielder has been a key component of the Midlands club’s impressive return to the Premier League.

Industrious and superb technically, Neves possesses one of the finest passing ranges in the division and at just 22 has the potential to develop further.

Wolves are unlikely to want to lose a vital figure in their exciting project, however, the advances of one of the Premier League’s top six may be too difficult to ignore for former Porto captain.

After captaining the two-time European champions aged just 18, Neves was seemingly always destined for the top and looks ready-made for a move to an elite side.

James Maddison

Maddison made a seamless transition to top flight football, having joined Leicester in a £20m deal from Norwich City last summer.

The 22-year-old created more chances than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, scoring seven goals and providing a further seven assists in a fine season.

He earned his first senior England call-up in October, part of a new breed of technical, domestic midfield talents. Deadly from set-pieces, Maddison has the ability to become the creative fulcrum of a top six side and is believed to have attracted the interest of a number of Champions League clubs.

Whether Leicester can hold onto the playmaker remains to be seen, but after just one season of top-level football he seems ready for a move to one of the league’s biggest clubs.

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