This week saw Sevilla’s in demand full-back Alberto Moreno once again linked with a mega-move to the Premier League, with Liverpool – 11/2 to win the 2014/15 the title next term – and Chelsea the named interested parties.
Arsenal, Manchester City and their United counterparts have also been mentioned in association with moves for the young Spaniard, while teammate, virtuoso playmaker Ivan Rakitic has also been a mooted target for top teams in England, leaving Los Rojiblancos balled up in the foetal position braced for bids.
The Europa League champions will be demanding serious dollar for their two top talents, but there are several players in their overachieving squad that could cut Colman’s finest amongst the elite, all of whom would be acquirable at reduced rates.
Here are three Sevilla stars who can’t have failed to impressed English scouts during their conquest of the continent’s consolation competition:
On loan from Championship club Reading, plenty will be eager to give the Portuguese utility man a second crack at the Premier League.
Capable of playing equally well at centre-half, anchor man or in a centre-mid twosome, the ex-Sporting Lisbon battering ram proved what a diligent defender he is through the 3.6 tackles and 2.2 interceptions he made in La Liga this term.
Carrico also proved to be just as comfortable abroad as he was at home, upping his dispossessions in Europe to 4.9 per outing.
As Everton face losing chief defensive screen Gareth Barry, they should be considering giving the Royals a bell before someone else beats them to it.
The Argentine stopper caught the eye of several big clubs big clubs before marshalling Sevilla to a third Europa League success of the century.
At 27, this summer could be prime time to move for the totemic centre-back, who made a staggering 7.8 clearances per outing in the Spanish top flight in 2013/14, a figure that only Valladolid’s Jesus Rueda can best.
His consistency and thriftiness could go a long way to shoring up the Liverpool backline.
With all eyes on the sizeable green blobs made by Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez, Bacca, along with Adrian Ramos, is a Colombian striker to have flown under the radar somewhat.
The 14 goals he fired during his maiden La Liga season was just ten shy of Falcao’s total in his first term in the Primera Liga, while he also chipped in with a commendable five assists to sweeten the deal.
His lightning pace and ability to lead a line solo offers obvious appeal, with FA Cup winners Arsenal in particular in need of such a striker to compliment Olivier Giroud’s contrasting style.