Kylian Mbappe, Isco, Victor Lindelof: Transfer targets to watch on Sky during 2018 World Cup Qualifiers
By Richard Morgan
Last Updated: 24/03/17 10:44pm
With a feast of World Cup Qualifiers live on Sky this weekend, there will be plenty of possible transfer targets to keep an eye on.
The Premier League may have taken a break until the start of next month but Sky Sports will be showing a whopping 25 games on the road to Russia this weekend.
We've picked out a handful of star performers, who have all been linked with moves to the Premier League, to keep an eye on…
Mateo Kovacic (Croatia v Ukraine, Friday, 7.45pm, red button)
Kovacic is set to line up for his country as the Group I leaders host second-placed Ukraine in Zagreb on Friday evening looking to move a step closer to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals.
The highly-skilled midfielder has made 28 appearances in total for Real Madrid so far this season, although questions still persist about his future going forward at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, with the likes of Tottenham reportedly showing an interest in the 22-year-old, this crunch qualifier could be the ideal stage on which to display his talents to any interested parties.
Leonardo Bonucci (Italy v Albania, Friday, 7.45pm, red button)
Italy face a must-win World Cup Qualifier at home to Albania on Friday evening, a contest experienced centre-back Leonardo Bonucci will be hoping he has little to do in.
The Juventus central defender made the headlines recently after a bust-up with boss Max Allegri saw him left out of the first leg of his side's Champions League last-16 clash at Porto, sparking stories about a move to either Chelsea or Man City this summer.
So all eyes will be on the elegant Azzurri star, considered by many to be the best defender in the world, as he tries to ensure the hosts keep a clean sheet in Palermo.
Isco (Spain v Israel, Friday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 5HD)
Also in Group G action on Friday night are Spain, who host third-placed Israel as they try and stay ahead of Italy on goal difference on the road to Russia 2018.
One player head coach Julen Lopetegui will be expecting to play a key role in Gijon is Real Madrid midfielder Isco, whose quick feet and clever brain could be vital in helping La Roja unlock what is sure to be a packed Israeli defence.
And with the diminutive 24-year-old's contract in the Spanish capital coming to an end in the summer of 2018 and reports linking him with a move to Spurs, there are sure to be a whole host of potential suitors scouting the player at El Molinon.
Miralem Pjanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina v Gibraltar, Saturday, 5pm, Sky Sports 1HD)
Third-in-the-table Bosnia have ground to make up if they wish to feature at next year's World Cup, starting with Saturday afternoon's encounter with Group H whipping boys Gibraltar.
The fixture in Zenica should see Miralem Pjanic have plenty of the ball as the Juventus playmaker looks to pull the strings and thread the passes for his strikers to latch on to.
Not only that, but the 26-year-old - who has attracted interest from the Premier League in recent seasons - will also have the chance to further his reputation as one of Europe's finest free-kicker experts at the Bilino Polje Stadium.
Victor Lindelof (Sweden v Belarus, Saturday, 5pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)
Do not be surprised to see Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho in the stands at the Friends Arena in Solna on Saturday as Sweden entertain Belarus in their World Cup Group A qualifier.
The Red Devils have made enquiries with Benfica about their coveted Sweden international central defender, according to Sky sources, with the club expected to follow up their interest in the player this summer.
So it will be interesting to see how the Scandinavian's vice-captain fares as they aim to keep in touch with second-placed Netherlands, who they currently trail only on goal difference, and leaders France in the standings.
Youri Tielemans (Belgium v Greece, Saturday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2 HD)
The 19-year-old is considered to be one of Belgium's most exciting prospects, which is saying something given the abundance of talent that have come through the country's youth system in recent years.
And the Red Devils will be wanting the holding midfielder, who made his senior debut against Netherlands in November, to dictate the tempo of Saturday night's World Cup qualifier at home to Group H rivals Greece.
Kylian Mbappe (Luxembourg v France, Saturday, 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2 HD)
The player on everyone's lips at the moment could make his debut for France when they travel to Group A minnows Luxembourg on Saturday evening after a fine season so far for Monaco.
Aged just 18, the striker has scored 19 goals and contributed a further 11 assists so far for the Ligue 1 club, resulting in his first-ever senior call-up by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.
And if the youngster does make his international bow for the Group leaders at the Stade Josy Barthel, then do not be shocked if he adds to his goals tally against a team who have just a point to their name.
Julian Brandt (Azerbaijan v Germany, Sunday, 5pm, Sky Sports 1 HD)
World champions Germany are expected to take another step towards defending their title in Russia next year when they take on Azerbaijan in their Group C qualifier on Sunday afternoon.
One player to focus on in Baku will be the in-demand Bayer Leverkusen midfielder who has registered three goals and seven assists in 31 matches for the Bundesliga team this campaign.
And with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reportedly a big admirer of the 20-year-old and understood to be pondering a move for the player, a big game on the road against the side sitting third in the group may well pave the way for a summer switch to Anfield.