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Premier League clubs chasing the next proven goalscorer from Europe

Three Premier League clubs chasing the next proven goalscorer from Europe

PSV Eindhoven star Xavi Simons is the latest prodigy destined for the English top flight following his stellar performances for the Eredivisie giants.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are the Premier League big spenders readying their chequebooks ahead of a summer raid for the Netherlands international.

Simons joined Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and has lit up the Eredivisie with his electrifying performances at the Philips Stadion.

The 19-year-old revelation is the joint top scorer in the Dutch top flight with 14 goals while providing a further eight assists in 29 league appearances.

Simons, who came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona, has also notched 17 goals and ten assists across all competitions, prompting interest from several European heavyweights.

No doubt the Catalan giants, as well as his former club PSG, will be weighing up a move for the player who was undoubtedly talented while on their roster.

PSV have provided the right environment and platform for the young sensation to thrive and develop into the proven goalscorer he has now become. 

However, they will struggle to keep him beyond this summer – especially with the English heavy spenders already circling with keen interest.

The Premier League is notorious for snapping up talents and top goalscorers from Europe, and Simons is the latest linked with a big-money move to England.

PSV have already been raided once this season with Cody Gakpo, their top scorer at the time, joining Liverpool in a £37 million move.

Having endured an adaptation period in his early days in England, the 23-year-old has only recently begun rediscovering his confidence, scoring four times in 12 league games.

Chelsea’s recent spending spree is enough evidence that the Premier League giants are constantly scouring the market for talents they consider good enough to thrive in the English top flight.

That doesn’t bode well for clubs across Europe who harbour top scorers in their respective divisions as they will be gearing up for a summer raid with their players already linked with moves to the Premier League.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, who is set to be a free agent when his contract runs out in the summer, has been linked with a move to England.

While Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani has Manchester United readying their chequebook, with the Red Devils keen to sign a new striker this summer.

Both players sit joint second in the Bundesliga top scoring chart, having notched 13 goals each, three behind Werder Bremen’s Niclas Fullkrug.

Lille’s Jonathan David, who tops the Ligue 1 scoring chart with 20 goals, has already aroused interest from the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal keen.

The Canadian marksman has already gone public with his interest in plying his trade in England, and Chelsea and Man United, who are also in the market for a new striker, could look his way.

Arsenal have been left with a choice to make over Folarin Balogun’s long-term future, having scored 18 goals while on loan at Stade Reims.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is another who is heavily poised for a Premier League move as he leads the Series A goalscoring chart with 21 strikes, while Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos could also be on the move, having scored 17 goals in Primeira Liga this term.

The Premier League’s penchant for picking up top scorers across Europe has not always worked in their favour, especially over the last couple of seasons.

Chelsea spent £97m to secure a fairytale return for Romelu Lukaku in 2021, but now find themselves limited in options to offload the Belgian, who has proven a spectacular flop in his second stint at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool also spent an initial €70m to sign Darwin Nunez last summer, but the Uruguayan striker has endured a topsy-turvy campaign riddled with criticism, having notched eight goals in 23 league outings.

However, Manchester City snapped up Erling Braut Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, and the Norwegian has nearly run out of records to break in his debut campaign.

At least one of the aforementioned strikers is destined to land on the English shores at some point next season, with the Premier League’s bottomless barrel of wealth allowing them to splash the cash at will.

It remains to be seen who the next big name will be and whether or not they will live up to their billing upon arrival in Europe’s ‘biggest’ and ‘toughest’ division.

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