Sportsdesk | June 13, 2013
The Confederations Cup starts on Saturday in Brazil. Several elite national teams will be there, and Thomas Woods looks at five attacking players who might catch the attention of the planet’s biggest clubs.
Lucas Moura, Brazil
Only 20, he was coveted by most of Europe’s biggest clubs before he joined Paris St Germain in January. A Brazil fan favourite, the winger has outstanding dribbling ability and lightning pace, making him a danger down the right. He also has a penchant for scoring long-range goals.
Brown Ideye, Nigeria
The Dynamo Kiev forward, 24, impressed as Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations in January. Pacey and physical, he has scored at a rate of more than a goal every two games in Ukraine’s top flight. Newcastle United are among several English clubs interested in him.
Giovani dos Santos, Mexico
The playmaker is still only 24. Dos Santos was dubbed “the next Ronaldinho” when he came through Barcelona’s ranks, and he spent four years at Tottenham Hotspur, where he failed to live up to expectations, and is now at Mallorca in Spain. Usually at his best for Mexico.
Edinson Cavani, Uruguay
Arguably the most wanted striker in world football, with Chelsea and Manchester City among his suitors. His scoring record at Napoli is phenomenal: 104 goals in just 138 games. Cavani can do it all; he is strong in the air and adept with both feet.
Fernando Torres, Spain
His performance in Brazil may dictate Spain’s strategy ahead of next year’s World Cup. Spain have struggled to find a solution at centre-forward and they started most of Euro 2012 without one, instead utilising a midfielder as a “false No 9”. If he fails to shine, Torres may miss out next year.