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Transfer Friday: Going Boxing

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In the return of transfer Friday, as the window looms, it's time to flesh out realistic targets.

Lars Baron

In the past few days, rumors abound that our top priority in this window is to find a "powerful Box-To-Box Midfielder". This may pave the way for Steven Gerrard to have a lesser role in the team (dare I say it), and so we're probably looking for someone young, hungry and able to step into such a position as Stevie holds.

And that means going after top, top talent, even though I believe the likes of Suso, or Jack Dunn could fit into the same position at some point.

So we need to be looking at players that the big teams are looking at, because if you wanna be a top team, you have to sign top players.

Mohamed Salah-Basel

What's tricky is that there may be two players on the shortlist for this position, both of whom played Wednesdaynight in the same match, that Brendan Rodgers was supposedly at. And here's the first.

Mohamed Salah is supposed to be the "savior" of Egyptian football. He made his professional debut with Egyptian side El-Mokawloon in 2011. He became a regular the season after that, before making the move to Basel in April of 2012, signing a pre-contract for the summer, signing a 4 year deal.

He made his debut for Basel in August of '12, and has played 46 times in the league for the Swiss side, making his mark in Europe, most notably playing excellent games against Chelsea in both the Europa League last year and Champions League this year.

Julian Draxler-Schalke 04

Of the 2 who played Schalke vs Basel, Draxler's the one I want most. He's one of Germany's biggest prospects, and already occupies a leadership role at Schalke, so if we were to buy a "carbon copy" of a young Stevie, this guy is probably it.

Draxler's played 132 games for Schalke in all comps, scoring 25 goals, beginning in 2011, (where he made 23 appearances, with 3 goals. Then going on and making himself an out-and-out regular the following season with 46 apps in all competitions.)

He's also played 10 times for Germany, and scored against the US in Washington DC, scoring the Germans' 3rd goal in a 4-3 US win.

We're not the only team in for him though. We're joined by Arsenal, Man United, and a host of teams across Europe in the race for his signature.