Paul Pogba, Mohamed Salah and the other players who swapped Serie A for Premier League

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Premier League clubs look set to raid Serie A this summer with Paulo Dybala and Moise Kean reportedly nearing moves to England.

Dybala could leave Juventus for Manchester United, with Romelu Lukaku heading in the other direction, while Everton are apparently very keen on 19-year-old Kean, another Juve forward.

Here, PA looks at five other big names who have swapped Italy for the Premier League.

Paul Pogba

The French midfielder became the most expensive import ever to English football when United shelled out €105million (approximately £96.2million) to bring him back to the club from Juventus in 2016.

Pogba has shown brilliance at times but not the consistent excellence to justify his price tag and has been repeatedly linked with another move away from Old Trafford.

Mohamed Salah

Salah

Salah cost less than half Pogba’s fee when Liverpool brought him to Anfield from Roma in 2017 but there has been no doubting the Egyptian’s positive impact.

He scored 44 goals in his first season and 27 in his second, earning the Premier League Golden Boot both times and playing a key role in the Reds’ success under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool raided Roma again last summer for another key recruit, bringing in goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry can lay claim to being the most successful import from Serie A. The Frenchman was a winger when he moved from Juventus to Arsenal for £11million in 1999.

He went on to become one of English football’s most prolific strikers, scoring 228 goals in all competitions. He was a member of the ‘Invincibles’ team of 2003/04 and played for the Gunners for eight seasons.

Juan Sebastian Veron

Juan Sebastian Veron

Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron became the most expensive transfer in English football when he joined Manchester United from Lazio in 2001, signing a five-year deal.

But he struggled to adapt to the pace of the game in the Premier League and was widely considered a flop. He moved on to Chelsea after only two years but made just a handful of appearances.

Mario Balotelli

Balotelli may not have made the biggest impact on the pitch following his move from Inter Milan to Manchester City but he generated plenty of headlines.

Brought to City by his former boss at Inter, Roberto Mancini, striker Balotelli scored 20 top flight goals in 54 appearances but his disciplinary record was poor and he was sold to AC Milan two-and-a-half years later. He subsequently spent an unsuccessful season back in England with Liverpool.

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Arsenal target Kieran Tierney earns Virgil van Dijk's stamp of approval

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Arsenal target Kieran Tierney earned words of praise from arguably the best defender in the Premier League.

The Celtic full-back has been linked to a €25 million move to London club Arsenal and Virgil van Dijk believes that Tierney has it in him to make it big in the Premier League.

The pair shared a dressing room for a brief period at Celtic and the Dutchman recalled that he was impressed by Tierney’s performance on his debut.

“It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it. But Kieran has the qualities,’ said Van Dijk according to the Daily Record.

“Kieran made his debut against Dundee when I was at Celtic. I scored a free-kick up there and then he came on and helped us get the win,” said Van Dijk.

Liverpool full-back also Andrew Robertson rated his Scottish team-mate’s versatility, having flourished in his four full seasons with Celtic.

“I’ve played with Kieran Tierney for Scotland and he’s played right-back and centre-back. I’ve watched him and he’s a very good footballer,” said Robertson of the 22-year-old.

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Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette confident of making Premier League kick-off

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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is confident of being fit for the start of the Premier League season.

Lacazette suffered an ankle injury in the early stages of the Gunners’ 2-1 Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon on Sunday and left the stadium with a protective boot on his foot.

The Gunners are assessing him, but do not think it is a serious problem.

Boss Unai Emery was relaxed about it when he spoke after the match and the 28-year-old told reporters that he does not expect to be sidelined for long.

Asked whether he might be out for one or two weeks, Lacazette replied: “No, before (that). Soon.”

An indication of how bad the injury is will be whether he travels to France for Arsenal’s friendly against Angers on Wednesday.

Either way, Emery expects to have the France international available for the Premier League opener against Newcastle in 13 days time.

“It’s in his ankle,” Emery said after the defeat to Lyon. “He will probably be assessed over the next few days – but it’s not serious.

“We are thinking it’s not important, he decided with the doctor and with me that it is better to take no more risk.

“He tried to continue playing but I think it was better in the pre-season to take patience.

“The doctor said to me he is going to check tomorrow but the thinking is that it is not important.

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