Spain have such an embarrassment of riches that the likes of Jesé Rodriguéz, Isco, Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Morata are in the U-21s. Where does the production line end?
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There are a couple of tempting factors that make footballers from La Liga very attractive prospects indeed for any English side. The first is relative value for money. For the price of an over-hyped clogger from the Championship, a seasoned pro with two decent feet and European experience is often available from Spain.
What's more, imports from La Liga have a habit of being pretty successful. Just ask Manchester City for their experiences with David Silva, Sergio Kun Agüero, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo over the past few seasons. Added to this is the fact that almost all clubs in La Primera are flat broke with every footballer having a price. This is why wafting a cheque with enough zeros in it in front of a Spanish club could lead to instant gratification during the winter window. Here are some potential options at the right price.
Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid, Striker
Whilst it is true that the 21-year-old has repeated on a number of occasions that he has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital anytime soon - a stance backed up by Carlo Ancelotti - a tempting offer for Morata from England would soon change the striker's mind.
The Real Madrid mad has had a maddeningly frustrating season in terms of his personal progression. The departure of Gonzalo Higuaín over the summer left Karim Benzema as the only first team forward in the squad, which should have left plenty of playing time for Morata. Instead, Jesé Rodriguez, a fellow former second team player has queue jumped ahead of Morata to leave the Madrid-born player with just the single start in La Liga and 233 minutes of football.
How, the versatile target man has managed to produce three strikes in this time. Morata is still an unproven prospect, but is more than capable of handling the speed and physicality of the English game.
Potential destination: Arsenal
Antoine Griezmann, Real Sociedad, Left-winger
Many a club has sniffed around the young Frenchman in the past but all been put off by inconsistent form and the fact that he has a reputation for being a bit unstable. After all, this is a player who has only just finished serving a suspension from all of France's international teams for breaking curfew and going out disco-dancing in Paris when he should have been tucked up in bed on U-21 duty somewhere on the north coast.
Griezmann has now shed both reputations and become a dynamic figure on the wing for La Real and a prolific goalscorer with 12 league goals in 18 appearances. Whilst many a footballer of this ilk are damned with the notion of being promising, the 22-year-old is delivering now. Real Sociedad are always going to be a selling side, but now is a fine time to bring in Griezmann. A call-up and fine World Cup for France could see his value rocket in a matter of months.
Potential destination: Liverpool
Ever Banega, Valencia, centre-midfielder
In theory, any manager in their right mind should stay well away from the Argentinean, who has consistently failed to deliver on his enormous talent. Instead, Ever is more known for his various off-the-field exploits which include being caught enjoying himself far too much on a webcam, falling asleep in a tactics briefing after a late night-out, turning up for training repeatedly late and most famously of all running over his own ankle with his car whilst putting petrol into it. However, on his day, the 25-year-old can take a strangle-hold on any midfield and give it bite, personality and panache.
Ever is a true box-to-box midfielder, a vigorous, dynamic figure who can cover ever blade a grass and has a fine long shoot to boot. It's just that the footballer has failed to deliver those qualities over his years at Atlético Madrid and Valencia, two big teams who looked to the footballer to be the brains of their team and found the player somewhat lacking in that department.
Potential destination: Manchester United
Ivan Rakitic, Sevilla, attacking midfielder
The loyal Croatian has only just professed his dedication to the Sevilla cause forever, ever and ever but he would surely be tempted by Champions League football, something the player's immense talents deserve. In essence, Rakitic is a delightful player, a lovely footballer who can pick out a pass - nine league goals this season show that he can score a bit too - and is the perfect choice to take care of set-pieces.
Sevilla will not want to part company with Rakitic, a player whom the team are building a future around. However, the side's finances are by no means healthy and the club would accept an big enough offer to see the midfielder joining Negredo and Navas in England.
Potential destination: Manchester United
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@bognorrock The signing of Xabi Alonso negates that point entirely on it's own, and that lad Torres wasn't half bad in a red shirt, was he?- mattieallen289