Three Copa America stars who could join Liverpool, Man United and more
Jake Evans takes a look at three players who could move to the Premier League after impressive Copa America
Charles Aranguiz (Chile)
Charles Aranguiz is a powerful midfield player. Like so many Chilean footballers, he works tirelessly and his physical attributes mean he would be well-suited to the Premier League. He was impressive in the World Cup last year but has really shone in the Copa America, sharing the limelight with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez after two goals in the group stage match against Bolivia. He is also an excellent penalty taker as demonstrated in Chile’s famous final win over Argentina. Manchester City are thought to be interested in the Internacional midfielder after Manuel Pellegrini witnessed his outstanding tournament performances and he has been cited as a possible replacement for hardworking utility man James Milner.
Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina)
Nicolas Otamendi has long been linked to Manchester United and his current club Valencia will struggle to keep hold of the player after an excellent showing in the Copa America. He has added solidity and calm to an otherwise erratic Argentine defence and has caught the eye of Real Madrid as a result. He is similar to Marcos Rojo in build and playing style but offers far more protection at the back. He is valued at £35m, a huge amount for a centre-half but he is entering his prime at 27-years-old and is only likely to get better. Otamendi also has the knack for scoring significant goals, much like Uruguay’s Diego Godin, as his winning goal against Real Madrid last season ended their 22-match unbeaten run.
Jefferson Farfan (Peru)
Jefferson Farfan has been with Bundesliga side Schalke for seven years and now wants a new challenge according to his agent. The pacey winger is arguably Peru’s most talented player with 63 International caps and has long been linked to the Premier League. He struggled in Peru’s narrow 2-1 defeat to Brazil as he was playing with an allergy according to his manager Ricardo Gareca but was otherwise exciting to watch throughout the Copa America. Liverpool are monitoring the player and should Raheem Sterling secure a move elsewhere, Farfan would be a like-for-like replacement. Comfortable out wide or behind the striker, Farfan’s tricks, pace and dribbling ability would cause problems for the majority of Premier League defenders.