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Who Will Be The Next La Liga Star Heading To England?

With Roque Mesa now at Swansea, Vicente Iborra at Leicester and Sandro Ramirez at Everton the Premier League is once again picking off the best of the rest in Spain.

In total six players have swapped the Spanish top tier for the bright lights of England and there still plenty of time for more.

With seven weeks still left of the summer transfer window, here is a look at some players who could be also playing in the Premier League this season.

Jonathan Viera

With Paul Clement reviving ‘Swanselona’ and bringing in the talented Roque Mesa the Welsh club could do worse than go back to Las Palmas and get his pal Viera to join him at the Liberty Stadium.

Viera was Iniesta to Mesa’s Xavi at times last season. The pair combined brilliantly as the Canary Islanders helped set the early pace in La Liga. The 27-year-old finished the season playing as a number 10 just where Swansea could have a hole to fill if they lose Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Alvaro Odriozola

Real Sociedad’s 21-year-old right-back has been tipped by many to end up even better than Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. He has a £35m buy-out clause but Manchester City could do worse than look his way as they try to build a defence for the future.

Inaki Williams

Athletic Bilbao slapped a €50m (£44m) buy-out clause on their 23-year-old forward last year. With bags of pace and skill he can play wide or through the middle and has been linked with Liverpool this year. Dortmund could sign him if they lose Pierre Emerick Aubameyang this summer unless an English club gets their first.

Achraf Hakimi

Not 19 until November, Real Madrid’s attacking right-back has a huge future but it might have to be away from the Spanish capital such is difficulty he will have displacing first choice Dani Carvajal.

Achraf was playing for the Under 19s when he was still 16, he’s already debuted for Morocco and become a feature of the club’s Castilla youth team. Madrid will soon want him playing top-flight football so a loan option also looks credible.

Jese Rodriguez

Both Southampton and Middlesbrough were keen last January but he chose to go to Las Palmas instead. He’s now back at Paris Saint Germain where he is only one year into his five year deal.

They want to loan him out again – this time with the loaning club paying a greater share of his wages. He’s a player who has lost his way since he made a £21m move to France last summer. He would need a Spanish-speaking coach who believed in him but as a loan signing he could represent decent value.

Dani Perejo

The former Real Madrid midfielder who had a season at QPR when he was still just 20 is now Valencia’s 28-year-old captain. They look set to lose him this summer with Lazio leading the race for his signature. Would relish another opportunity in England.

Borja Mayoral

Real Madrid’s 20-year-old striker was on the plane to Los Angeles on Tuesday as the club embarked on their pre-season tour. They rate him at Madrid but he knows his chances will be limited, especially if Alvaro Morata stays.

Last season’s loan to Wolfsburg did not work out as well as had been hoped. A Championship club could be his best option this summer.

Manu Trigueros

In any other generation of players the 25-year-old Villarreal midfielder would have 50 Spain caps but instead he just misses out every international break.

Villarreal’s midfield fulcrum has been at the club for five years. He signed a contract until 2022 last season but they are a selling club and would not stand in his way.

The compliment that sums up how highly he is rated in Spain is that some Barcelona supporters would rather he arrived than a much-more expensive and difficult signing, Veratti.

Steven N’Zonzi

Sevilla appear to already have signed his replacement in Guido Pizarro so if a club comes in with the £35m euros buy-out clause N’Zonzi will be off. Manchester City took a look last season when for the first half of the campaign the French international was La Liga’s best defensive midfielder.

Luciano Vietto

Failing to make an impression at both Atletico Madrid and Sevilla has not put Southampton off taking an interest in signing the 23-year-old Argentine striker.

Diego Simeone does not want him at Atletico but he did well enough at Villarreal when he first arrived in Europe to suggest in the right team he could be worth the gamble.

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