As the season reaches boiling point the prospect of trawling the globe for summer reinforcements is just over the horizon for Premier League clubs.
Manchester United and Liverpool are both understood to be on the hunt for new blood this summer and they’ve been heavily linked with interest in the first two players on our list of the world’s most desirable purchases respectively.
Both sides are sure to face opposition in the market from minted arrivistes Manchester City, who are 2/1 to end the Anfield outfit’s nine-match winning streak this weekend.
William Carvalho, Sporting Lisbon, Defensive-Midfield
A combative, powerful, deep-lying midfielder, the 20 year-old’s ascent to the Sporting first team this season has pulled them out of their nosedive and he’s won four of the Primeira Liga’s last six player of the month awards in the process.
Roberto Firmino, Hoffenheim, Attacking-Midfield
His club may occupy ninth place in the Bundesliga strata but the fact that only FC Bayern Munchen have outscored them is largely down to the Brazilian youngster, who has scored 14 goals and assisted ten more from attacking midfield in 28 appearances this term.
Keylor Navas, Levante, Goalkeeper
The Costa Rican has been sensational in 2013/14, making an average 3.68 saves an outing in La Liga and his 14 clean sheets are a major reason why the Valencia side have the division’s sixth best defence.
Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla, Attacking-Midfield
Los Palanganas may continue to sell his more adept teammates but the one man they refuse to contemplate trading is the Croatian, who has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in La Liga over the past two campaigns.
Fabian Schar, FC Basel, Centre-Half
Surely the next big-money sale for his none-more-shrewd employers, the 22-year-old averaged a stunning 3.5 tackles and 3.8 interceptions in the Champions League this term and also boasts a striking scoring record which includes three goals in five games for Switzerland.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Wolfsburg, Left-Back
Only seven players have provided more than the seven Bundesliga assists delivered by Schar’s international teammate, who serves up an average of 2.1 key passes per game this term from left-back while remaining a thoroughly reliable defender.
Mehdi Benatia, Roma, Centre-Half
The Giallorossi are beating even the notoriously miserly Juventus rearguard in the Serie A stinginess stakes this term and the Morocco international can take plenty of the credit, bossing the back four with an iron fist, yet possessing the quality on the ball to play at the very top.
Vincent Enyeama, Lille, Goalkeeper
The Les Dogues stopper has led a nomadic career despite amassing 88 caps for Nigeria since 2002, but he has been brilliant this season with an average of 3.79 saves per goal and 18 clean sheets among the finest such ratios in Europe.
Giuseppe Rossi, Fiorentina, Striker
The one time Man United striker seems destined for a career under the radar, a state of affairs which hasn’t been helped by a third serious knee injury in 2013/14, yet before that he’d hit 15 goals in 20 games for the Viola and the prolific Italian-American would be well worth a gamble.
Alex Sandro, Porto, Left-Back
The Dragons were not their usual competitive selves in this season’s Champions League, but their Brazilian full-back was a rock nonetheless, both attacking and defending with assurance and taking plenty of responsibility for possession with an average of 52.3 passes per game.