From an Atletico Madrid stopper, to one of the brightest midfield talents in Europe, the small country of Uruguay could produce some big moves this summer
Mauricio Lemos (Defender – Las Palmas)
After rejecting a summer move to Barcelona in 2016, Mauricio Lemos is once again expected to be the subject of lots of transfer rumors. His outstanding La Liga campaign with Las Palmas hasn’t gone unnoticed as numerous of clubs are lining up a bid for the 21-year-old Uruguayan centre-back. Frontrunners at the moment are Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
Under the guidance on Koeman, Lemos could develop himself into a world-class ball-playing defender. The asking price of €25M shouldn’t be a problem for The Toffees. Next to Everton, the Spanish heavyweights will most likely also come knocking. A move away from Las Palmas seems inevitable, Lemos only needs to make sure he makes the right move so he can keep progressing instead of being a benchwarmer.
Gastón Pereiro (Forward – PSV Eindhoven)
Having won the league in his first year at the club, this season has been a disappointing one for Gastón Pereiro. PSV weren’t able to compete with Ajax and Feyenoord this campaign and experienced early knockouts in the Dutch Cup and the Champions League. Pereiro was one of the few highlights this season for PSV fans, but the question is for how long will he be a PSV-player.
Pereiro was quoted last summer that he wouldn’t leave PSV just yet, despite the interest from Porto and Arsenal. This time around, a different scenario might unfold. At 21, the youngster shouldn’t be in a rush. However, with no Champions League football at PSV next year a transfer looks very probable.
Lucas Torreira (Midfielder – Sampdoria)
One of the breakout stars in the 2016/17 Serie A has to be Lucas Torreira. The 21-year-old midfielder has been absolutely sensational for Sampdoria and has rightly been linked to numerous big clubs. His breaking-up of attacks combined with his fine playmaking abilities make him a complete player. The asking price of €12M for the man born in Fray Bentos will undoubtedly be met this summer.
Two clubs that will be certainly in the battle for Torreira are Sevilla and AS Roma. The European sides, especially Sevilla, are known for spotting talent. Sevilla’s master scout has made the switch to Roma, however, which makes the battle even more interesting.
José Giménez (Defender – Atlético Madrid)
It is fair to say that José Giménez has had a strange year at Atlético. He was either injured (on three occasions), played out of position or on the bench. It has all increased the transfer speculation surrounding the highly-rated defender.
José Mourinho’s Manchester United has been heavily linked with Giménez and with the money on show in the Premier League, the 22-year-old might be tempted to leave Atléti. It’s now up to Atlético manager Diego Simeone and compatriot Diego Godín to convince Giménez to stay otherwise we could see him follow in the footsteps of Diego Lugano and Luis Suárez.
Diego Rolán (Forward – Girondins de Bordeaux)
Being handed only nineteen starts in the Ligue 1 this season, Diego Rolán (24) has hinted that he will leave Bordeaux in the upcoming transfer window. The versatile attacker signed for the club in February 2013, having impressed in the South American Youth Championships. Now, four years later, it looks like Rolán is ready for a new challenge.
The former Defensor Sporting player has already expressed his desire of playing in Spain and with a decent return of nine goals in nineteen starts this campaign, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a club like Real Sociedad try and sign the forward. With Rolán closing in on his prime years, it could be an ideal move for both parties.