Transfer news: How Inter Milan could look under Antonio Conte next season, including Manchester United and Chelsea stars

8 Jun

Inter Milan are hoping Antonio Conte is the man who can fire the Italian giants back into Europe’s elite after officially announcing his appointment last Friday.

Securing Champions League football was not enough for Luciano Spalletti to keep his job so San Siro chiefs moved quickly to sign the ex-Chelsea and Juventus boss.

Conte has returned to management with Inter Milan

The 49-year-old will be hoping to replicate his success at his former clubs with the Nerazzuri and he will no doubt already be going through the first stages of planning for next season.

But who could be heading Conte’s way in the transfer market? Below, has picked a potential Inter line-up next season with the Italian’s reported targets…

Diego Godin

Last month, Diego Godin announced he will be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, and the veteran defender has been heavily linked with Inter.

Albeit 33 years old, the Uruguayan centre-back is still a hugely commanding presence at the back.

He could be in a solid-looking back-three alongside Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij.

Godin is leaving Atletico and Inter is his likeliest destination

Victor Moses

Moses and Conte worked together for two years at Stamford Bridge and it’s safe to say the Nigeria international’s most successful spell of his career came under the Italian.

Moses was a revelation down the right-hand side of Conte’s set-up – he could burst forward with pace and power and know he would automatically have cover from the back three behind him.

The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Inter following Conte’s appointment but the Serie A club will have to negotiate his transfer with Chelsea, with the full-back currently on loan with Super Lig side Fenerbahce.

Moses is currently on loan at Fenerbahce from Chelsea

Sander Berge

Conte is also said to be on the hunt for another defensive midfielder to compete with Marcelo Brozovic and Genk’s Norwegian star Berge is said to be the player being considered.

Berge has excelled this season in the Belgian league, delivering some assured performances in front of the back four.

He is just 21 years old and has bags of potential – he could become a mainstay for in Conte’s line-up for years to come.

Norwegian sensation Berge is also reportedly on Conte’s wish-list

Nicolo Barella

Radja Nainggolan looks set to be Conte’s first choice in central midfield and joining him might be Cagliari midfielder Barella.

The Italian international, previously compared to Steven Gerrard, has been heavily linked with a switch to the San Siro, and talks between the Nerazzurri and the player’s agent are believed to have taken place in recent weeks.

Reports last week suggested a deal is close to being agreed between the two parties, with a fee of €45million mooted for the midfielder.

Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella is a target of Inter

Edin Dzeko

Inter Milan are planning a double swoop on two big name strikers should Mauro Icardi leave the club in the summer – and the first one is Roma marksman Edin Dzeko.

The ex-Man City man did not have his finest season this term but he was still a handful for defences, netting nine goals in 33 appearances for his side.

Conte is said to be a big admirer of the Bosnian and could partner the forward up with Romelu Lukaku in a lethal top two.

Inter have been linked with Dzeko

Romelu Lukaku

Man United striker Lukaku has reportedly been told he can leave the club to join Inter this summer.

The Belgian seemingly has no place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s set-up and the club are now willing to part ways with their front man.

While Solskjaer is said to be happy for Lukaku to fight for his place, The Sun report Old Trafford chiefs have told the Belgian he can join Inter if they cough up the right amount for him.

Lukaku struggled for form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Conte tried to sign the striker while he was at Chelsea but the club instead opted to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, with Lukaku heading to Old Trafford instead – but the Italian is once again in the hunt for the bullish target man to lead the line.

Have a look at the line-up in full below…

Is this how Conte’s Inter could line-up next season?

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners scout former Liverpool player Suso and ‘next Steven Gerrard’ Nicolo Barella

13 Feb

Arsenal had scouts present at Sunday’s Serie A match between Milan and Cagliari to take a look at two potential signings.

Gunners officials took in Milan’s 3-0 defeat of the Sardinian club, with Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek netting to secure a convincing win after Luca Ceppitelli’s own goal put the hosts in front inside the first quarter of an hour.

Milan’s victory moved them into Serie A’s top four

And, according to Tuttomercatoweb, Arsenal scouted the match to take a look at two players in particular.

Milan’s Suso, the former Liverpool player, was the first Gunners target being checked out, with Barella of Cagliari the other.

Both started and completed the full 90 minutes on Sunday evening, and while Suso looked good in Milan’s attacking performance, Barella struggled in the middle of the park.

Suso, who spent five years at Liverpool earlier in his career, has been one of Serie A’s best attacking players over the past couple of years, and he’s already scored five goals and created a further eight this season.

The versatile 25-year-old attacker has previously been linked with Chelsea, but now Arsenal are taking a look at him ahead of a potential swoop.

Suso has proven to be a consistent offensive threat for Milan

Barella, who plays in central midfield, is also one of Serie A’s best performers, and the 22-year-old has earned rave reviews since breaking onto the scene.

He has been dubbed the ‘next Steven Gerrard’ for his all-action performances in the middle of the park, and he’s also already won four caps for Italy.

Barella has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs over the past year

Barella will not come cheap, however, with Cagliari reportedly demanding around £44million (€50million) if they are to sell their most prized asset.

Chelsea transfer news: Nicolo Barella ‘REJECTED’ January switch to Stamford Bridge after Cagliari accepted bid

6 Feb

Chelsea had a £44million bid for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella accepted by the Serie A club in January, but the player rejected the move, reports claim.

The Blues were desperately searching for a deep-lying midfielder as cover for Jorginho after the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Monaco.

Barella reportedly turned Chelsea down

Barella, the 21-year-old Italy international, was identified as the club’s number one target.

And according to Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato, the Blues launched a successful £44million bid only for the midfielder to turn them down.

It is understood he would rather stay in Italy due to ‘family reasons’ and will reassess his options in the summer, with a host of top clubs preparing to swoop.

Chelsea, in the end, did not sign a January replacement for Fabregas, and manager Maurizio Sarri has been forced to defend the recent performances of Jorginho.

The Blues boss suggests his key man is tired due to a shortage of options in that position, and blamed his Chelsea team-mates for a lack of movement.

“Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players because he is used to play one touch and it’s very difficult to play one touch without the movement of the other players,” Sarri said.

Jorginho has struggled in recent games

And the manager is now eyeing up Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic as cover for Jorginho.

He added: “Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball very fast, one touch.

“In the future, he will be able to play this position well and Jorginho will be able to rest.”

Chelsea transfer news: Deals ‘agreed’ for Nicolo Barella and Leandro Paredes to replace Cesc Fabregas – but will chose just one to sign

12 Jan

Chelsea have reportedly agreed deals in principle for both Nicolo Barella and Leandro Paredes.

The Blues are looking for a replacement for Cesc Fabregas who joined Monaco, managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.

Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella is a target of Chelsea

The Spanish midfielder said his goodbyes at Stamford Bridge and moved to Monaco on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Fabregas was being made to wait to complete the deal as Chelsea wanted to bring in a replacement first.

However, the move was given the green light on Friday afternoon and the Blues confirmed the transfer in a statement.

Leandro Paredes currently plays for Zenit St Petersburg

Their two reported targets are Cagliari’s Barella and Zenit St Petersburg’s Paredes.

The Telegraph is reporting they have agreed deals in principle for both midfielders and must now decide who, if at all, they want to sign.

Paredes would cost £30million while Barella is priced at £40million.

The Italian media are reporting that Barella is reluctant to leave Cagliari mid-season, which will put Paredes in pole position.

Chelsea transfer news and rumours: First-team quintet to leave? Gonzalo Higuain latest, plus more

11 Jan

Chelsea may have secured the signing of Christian Pulisic last week but there is still a lot more movement expected in and out of Stamford Bridge in January.

The Blues are intent on getting a new striker in as Maurizio Sarri clearly doesn’t rate Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud.

Morata wants to leave Chelsea and the club look like they’re not going to stand in his way

However, there more Chelsea transfer sagas that haven’t been finalised yet including the future of promising teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Below you can see the the latest transfer news and gossip involving the Blues.


Callum Wilson

Chelsea have been linked with the Bournemouth frontman for months but the latest news is not encouraging for them.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said he would not sell Wilson “for any price”, however, Howe did say he was not the chairman of the club so there could be hope for Chelsea to capture the England international.

Wilson in action for Bournemouth against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup in December

Mbaye Diagne

Another reported setback for the Blues has seen a £13.5million bid rejected for Senegal forward Diagne.

Leeds are also reportedly in the hunt for Diagne, who plays for Turkish club Kasimpasa.

Gonzalo Higuain

Sarri worked with Higuain when he was in charge of Napoli and this is the striker the Chelsea boss clearly wants.

The Juventus man, who is spending the season on loan at AC Milan, is 31-years-old which goes against Chelsea’s usual transfer policy of signing players under the age of 30.

The on-loan AC Milan forward is valued at £32m by Juventus

However, that doesn’t appear to have affected things as it was reported that Higuain’s agent arrived in London yesterday to complete his move.

Michy Batshuayi

A player who could be coming back to the Bridge sooner than expected is striker Batshuayi, who is having his season-long loan at Valencia terminated five months early as he has failed to make an impact in Spain.

Valencia’s general director Mateu Alemany claims negotiations are ongoing with other clubs to take the Belgian and Everton are rumoured to be interested.

Despite a good loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last season, Batshuayi has struggled at Valencia

But for now, it looks like Batshuayi is going back to the Bridge.

Nicolo Barella

This setback could have implications for wantaway midfielder Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea are eager to find a replacement for the Spaniard in January before they let him go.

However, it looks like this player will not be Barella as the Cagliari man does not want to think about leaving until the summer due to “family reasons”.



The winger was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer and it appears the LaLiga giants are after him again – this time offering £50m plus unsettled Malcom.

Willian’s form has divided Blues fans so to offload the 30-year-old and get a younger player, with plent of promise could be very appealing for the Chelsea top brass.

Malcom could head the other way if Willian joins Barca

Alvaro Morata

If Higuain was to join Chelsea, then this would clear the path for Morata to end his Chelsea nightmare.

The Spanish striker has no shortage of admirers despite his woeful form in the Premier League, with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all in the running for him.

However, a loan move to Sevilla seems the most likely destination in January and then Morata will surely leave on a permanent deal in the summer.

Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas said goodbye to the Chelsea faithful after their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest but his move to Monaco appears to be on hold until the Blues can find a replacement.

As already mentioned, it looks like Barella will not be joining the Blues in this window at least so things are rather up in the air regarding Fabregas’ movements.

Have Fabregas’ goodbyes to the Chelsea fans come too soon?

Victor Moses

Make-shift wing-back Moses has become a forgotten man at Chelsea so it’s not surprising he has been linked with a move away.

The latest gossip saw the Nigeria international linked with a loan move to Turkish giants Fenebahce. Moses is contracted at Chelsea until 2021.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

And last, but by no means least, the latest on Hudson-Odoi.

The 18-year-old is at a crossroads in his career and he is clearly worried about committing his long-term future at Chelsea due to the club’s dreadful track record of bringing in youth players to the first-team in recent years.

Hudson-Odoi may be forced to turn his back on the club he supports

German giants Bayern Munich are very interested in the winger, offering Chelsea up to £35m on a permanent deal and are also willing to give him the No.10 shirt if he moves to the Allianz.

Sarri and a number of players have publicly urged Hudson-Odoi to stay with the club he’s supported since he was a boy. The decision he makes this month will shape the rest of his career.

Aaron Ramsey Latest: Five transfer targets Arsenal could sign in the summer window to replace Juventus-bound star

10 Jan

Aaron Ramsey seems set for a move to Juventus in the summer as the Serie A side look set to complete another sensational free transfer.

To add to every Arsenal fan’s woe, boss Unai Emery has reaffirmed his desire to only complete loan deals this month.

Ramsey seems set for Serie A next season

The Wales international’s contract at the Emirates is up in six months and, according to reports, he will become the second highest-earner at the Turin side.

With a whopping £8million signing-on fee as well, the 27-year-old is in line to be a very rich man by the time he puts on the famous black and white shirt.

So where does that leave Arsenal? Considering Liverpool and Manchester United were sniffing after the midfielder, the Gunners can take solace Ramsey decided to not follow Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri by signing for domestic rivals.

Regardless, the north Londoners are in need of a replacement and the list of transfer targets seems to be growing by the day.

Below, will aim to list just five of those names and explain why they would fit seamlessly into Unai Emery’s side.

Scroll down to see the entire list of potential transfer targets.

Piotr Zielinski – Napoli

Zielinski in Serie A action

The Poland international nearly moved to Liverpool in 2016, until current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri went all out to sign the midfielder for Napoli.

‘He will be the next Kevin De Bruyne’, Sarri confidently declared. With a buyout clause of €60million in contract, signing the 24-year-old would be seen as an investment as well as an impact signing.

His three goals in Serie A this season does not exactly qualify as prolific, but the attacking midfielder is certainly a star for the future.

How could they line up with him?

Zielinski could slot into the No.10 role

Denis Suarez – Barcelona

Emery is keen on a reunion with the Spaniard

Perhaps the biggest story of the window thus far has been the Barca star’s desire to leave the Camp Nou – with Arsenal his preferred destination.

A former student of Emery’s at Sevilla, the 25-year-old wants regular game time. His versatility and attacking instincts make him a prime target to replace Ramsey.

According to Spanish publication Marca, the personal terms on a deal have been agreed so watch this space.

How could they line up with him?

Arsenal could be electric next season with Suarez

Dani Parejo – Valencia

The midfielder is a set-piece specialist

A former target for Liverpool and Manchester United, the deep-lying midfielder was priced out of a move to Barcelona in the summer because of a €50million release clause.

Parejo will be 30 years old by the time next season starts, but his experience could be crucial in replacing a natural leader in Ramsey.

The former Real Madrid starlet has four goals and two assists in LaLiga already this season and is a master from set-pieces.

How could they line up with him?

Parejo and Torreira in tandem gives Mesut Ozil much more freedom

Hector Herrera – Porto

The Mexico international would bring a wealth of experience

The signing of Lucas Torreira in the summer was largely heralded owing to the tenacity the Uruguay international brought to the Gunners’ midfield.

Having played in two World Cups for Mexico, Herrera boasts a wealth of experience and a free transfer away from the Portuguese league beckons.

Although the Gunners would have to spend big wages to secure the 28-year-old, he would add steel and drive to the Arsenal midfield.

How could they line up with him?

Herrera would act as a shield for the back four

Nicolo Barella – Cagliari

Arsenal would have to beat Chelsea to the signing of the starlet

The Italian starlet who is attracting the attention of London’s biggest clubs, Barella is dynamic and making all the right moves.

A full Italy international, the midfielder has reportedly been contacted by Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola himself about a move to Stamford Bridge.

At €45million, the Gunners have a chance to nab the box-to-box midfielder before his value sky rockets. His style of play and enthusiasm means he may well be the closest thing to Ramsey on the market.

How could they line up with him?

Barella’s presence in midfield would increase the tempo of Arsenal’s play

Chelsea transfer news: Target Nicolo Barella reportedly set to reject Blues in January due to family reasons

10 Jan

Chelsea transfer target Nicolo Barella reportedly intends to turn down a move to Stamford Bridge this month.

The Italian midfielder, who currently plies his trade at Cagliari, has been courted by the Blues as a potential replacement for the departing Cesc Fabregas.

In the UEFA Nations League, Barella represented his country

Maurizio Sarri’s men are said to have presented a bid of around £45m for Barella, however it is claimed by Tutto Mercato the 21-year-old will stay put for now.

It’s understood he will cite ‘family reasons’ as his justification for delaying a transfer and instead plans to reassess his options in the summer.

Reports suggest Barella would rather remain in Italy and is holding out for interest from a side such as Napoli, Inter, Roma or even Juventus.

The Italian has caught the eye in Serie A

After coming through the Cagliari youth system, Barella made his first team debut in 2015 at the age of 18.

He had a brief loan spell at Serie B side Como in 2016 and then returned to cement his place in the first team.

His performances have attracted praise from Italian legends Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro del Piero.

“He is one of the best players in Italy,” Pirlo has been quoted as saying.

“I really enjoyed [watching] him against Milan. He only needs to find the right place in the field.”

Chelsea transfer news: Who is Nicolo Barella? The £45million ace compared to Steven Gerrard who could replace Cesc Fabregas

8 Jan

Cesc Fabregas is on his way out of Chelsea but not before the club has found a replacement for the Spanish playmaker – and they may they have found one in Nicolo Barella.

The Blues, though, could have to pay Cagliari as much as £45million to prise the 21-year-old away from the Italian club.

Nicolo Barella has been targeted by Chelsea

Fabregas said his goodbyes to the fans when he was substituted in Chelsea’s FA Cup match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The move is on hold, though, as until the Blues have secured their replacement. Barella or Zenit St Petersberg midfielder Leandro Paredes are believed to be who Chelsea want to bring in.

Cesc Fabregas played his final game in England on Saturday

Here is what you need to know about Barella.

Who does he play for?

Barella came through the Cagliari youth system and made his first team debut in 2015 at the age of 18.

He had a brief loan spell at Serie B side Como in 2016 and after returning cemented his place in the Cagliari side.

Barella could cost Chelsea around £45million

What is his style of play?

He plays with a lot of confidence and composure despite his young age.

Barella is a box-to-box midfielder who not only can run at defences and play key passes but can win you back possession to start counter-attacks.

How has he performed in Serie A?

His performances have attracted praise from Italian legends Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro del Piero.

Cagliari are mid-table in the league but Barella one of the best players and featured in 18 of their 19 matches in Serie A.

What has he said about the Premier League?

“If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game. Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!

“My dream is to get a nice house with a garden and a pool. And to meet LeBron James.”

International career

Barella has made such an impression he’s already made four appearances for the senior Italy side having played for the Azzurri at every youth level.


In a profile of Barella, Gazzetta dello Sport likened the starlet to Steven Gerrard.

They commend the youngster for his ability to adapt to a variety of midfield role, while they were impressed by his technical attributes, strong personality and champion spirit.

Chelsea transfer news: Six possible replacements for Cesc Fabregas, including Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic and Adrien Rabiot

8 Jan

With Cesc Fabregas now sold to Monaco Chelsea could sign a new midfielder in the coming days.

The Blues were reportedly attempting to land two players – Leandro Paredes and Nicolo Barella – as manager Maurizio Sarri hunted the ideal replacement for Fabregas, but the former has now joined Paris Saint-Germain.

Fabregas salutes the Chelsea fans on what looks to be his final appearance for the club against Nottingham Forest

Sarri clearly wants a talented playmaker who must have fine technique and otherworldly vision to help progress the ball from tight areas?

It will be no mean feat replacing the Spaniard, who goes down as a Premier League legend after leaving for the south of France.

So who are the men who might be up to the task? Find out below…

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)

Chelsea don’t often sign older players but it seems they may make an exception for the Croatian star as his time at the Camp Nou nears its end.

With Ernesto Valverde landing Frenkie de Jong and Arthur, while have Carles Alena and Riqui Puig in reserve, Rakitic may make way in the summer.

If the 30-year-old does leaves then Sarri might feel it’s wise to sign a player of such a high standard.

Rakitic’s stunning volley against Tottenham Hotspur has been one of the goals of the season

His passing ability is superb, while’s man in Spain, Lee Roden, believe Rakitic remains one of the most underrated players in world football.

Meanwhile, he also has the required work rate to play a role in a Sarri side.

Amadou Diawara (Napoli)

Want an understudy to Jorginho? Why not sign the old understudy to Jorginho? Diawara should have succeeded the Brazilian in Naples but Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival has seen a change of formation and Marek Hamsik playing deeper, leading to a lack of minutes for the Guinea international.

Diawara is on the fringes in Napoli.

Positionally, he’s the ideal man for Chelsea given he knows the manager and the system required while he’s also continued to operate in the same style, despite a different role for Napoli.

You won’t catch him dribbling forward as he’s only intent on one thing, passing the ball forwards using the team-mates surrounding him.

At 21-years-old he would represent an excellent long-term purchase too but the chances of him moving for another backup role are low.

Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain)

While he isn’t quite the playmaker Fabregas is, Rabiot would bolster the Blues in a position which no looks a little weak.

The midfielder is almost certain to leave PSG in one of the next two windows with Barcelona the club he has mostly been linked with in recent weeks.

Liverpool and Tottenham have also been credited with interest, which is understandable, given his impeccable passing and ability to move the ball forward under his own steam – a desperately needed talent in a modern midfielder.

Rabiot is in with an outside chance of joining Chelsea

Nicolo Barella (Cagliari)

The Italy international is certainly a versatile midfielder given his talents both offensively and defensively.
He’s technically excellent, which at 21-years-old is impressive, but is a lot more box-to-box in style than perhaps a replacement for Fabregas needs to be but his ability to play in a high-tempo side should help him adapt if Sarri is to alter his role.

Barella appears to be a top target for Sarri.

It feels like a risk if he is to compete with Jorginho whereas he could be a long-term replacement for the on-loan Matteo Kovacic and a competitor for N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

It’s likely Cagliari would want a fee of around £45million for his services.

Remo Freuler (Atalanta)

A competent ball progressor and blessed with excellent vision, it seems odd the 26-year-old hasn’t been heavily linked with many Premier League sides.
He’s a core part of the impressive Serie A side, under the tutelage of Gian Piero Gasperini, but it is perhaps the surrounding formation – a 3-4-3 which puts off potential suitors.

The Swiss star can just as easily switch play with cross-field pass as he can play through the lines of an opponents with neat one-twos.

Freuler is an under the radar possibility for Chelsea.

His defensive output is also pretty similar to Jorginho in terms of interceptions and tackles completed, but whether he has the discipline to hold position is another query given he’s used to playing alongside Marten de Roon.

Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo)

Currently wanted by AC Milan, the 23-year-old Italian international sometimes looks a touch raw but is still impressing in a deep-lying midfield role.

At only 5ft 6in, Sensi wouldn’t be the most imposing midfielder the Premier League has seen but he’s happy to get stuck in as well as move the ball on to team-mates.

Could Chelsea nab Sensi ahead of AC Milan?

Fond of playing longer passes down the wings to team-mates as well as moving the ball through the lines, it’s easy to see why he will be moving up the food chain soon.

He’s not making the same amount of passes per 90 minutes as someone like Jorginho but he is unerringly accurate most of the time.

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Spurs ‘ready to pay’ more than £35million to sign Nicolo Barella

19 Nov

Tottenham have told Cagliari they are willing to cough up more than £35million to sign Nicolo Barella.

Barella, the Italy midfielder, is attracting plenty of interest at the moment after impressing for both club and country over the past 18 months.

Barella has been earning admiring glances from across Europe

Several Serie A sides are tracking the 21-year-old, including Juventus and Napoli, who hope they can sign Barella and keep him in Italy.

However, there is strong interest from England as well, particularly from Tottenham – who are keen to add to their squad in January.

Spurs did not sign a single player in the summer and boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to bring in new recruits when the transfer window reopens.

Barella is a top target for the north Londoners and, according to Calciomercato, they have informed Cagliari they are ready to pay £35.5million (€40m) for him.

Spurs believe that should be enough to get a deal over the line and they are looking to steal a march on their rivals by opening formal talks now.

Cagliari had ideally been hoping to keep hold of Barella until the end of the season, but they could be tempted into selling now for the right amount of money.

Liverpool are also reported to be interested in Barella, having scouted him for over a year, while Arsenal have also been linked with the young midfielder.