Five players at Confederation Cup to watch

A number of highly sought-after players will be in action at the Confederations Cup this summer.

Alexis Sanchez  (Manchester City, PSG or Bayern Munich)

Alexis Sanchez is a player who is set to dominate headlines this summer. Wanted by numerous elite clubs, Alexis appeared set to leave the Emirates this summer, Nevertheless, Manchester City are convinced they can lure the Chile international to the Etihad Stadium as their spending continues, having already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco and goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.

Bayern Munich are also interested, along with Juventus and PSG, but it remains to be seen if there will be a bidding war, or if Alexis will be convinced to stay. With his contract due to expire in 12 months' time, there is sure to be some kind of resolution this summer.

 Gelson Martins (Liverpool)

 Liverpool have long admired Mohamed Salah of Roma, but the deal is threatening to turn into a saga amid numerous news stories surrounding his potential destinations. As such, Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins has been considered as a potential alternative.

A pacey 22-year-old right winger, Martins was Sporting's standout player last season, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists, and offers both the ability and the sell-on value craved by Liverpool's bargain-hunting owners.

 Pepe  (PSG, Inter, numerous Chinese clubs or Manchester United)

 Having announced that he will leave Real Madrid this summer, Pepe is unlikely to be short of offers this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites for his signature and have presented him with an offer already. While a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is perhaps unlikely, Inter are considering a move while a number of Chinese Super League clubs are hopeful of a marquee acquisition.

 Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea or Inter)

Antonio Rudiger has been the subject of numerous transfer rumours this summer, and spoke out on a potential move to Inter on Friday. Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the Germany international, and a strong showing in Russia would surely only serve to increase the Blues' desire to explore a possible deal.

 Nelson Semedo (Manchester United or Barcelona)

 Nelson Semedo is a man in demand. A fine right-back, the 23-year-old made his breakthrough in 2016-17 and established himself as one of the world's best full-backs as Benfica won the Portuguese league title.

 

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