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Type the name ‘Alex Kral’ on Twitter and definitely warranty if you move far enough You will find something that ties you in with a move to every club in the Premier League at one point or another.
The Spartak Moscow midfielder is rumored to be courting more top-flight teams from England, including West Ham, Wolves, Leeds and Newcastle, with a £ 30m valuation doing little to detract from potential suitors for the persecution.
So we know who wants to buy it, now to the next question. Who the hell is he?
High fees are nothing new in modern football, but £ 30 million for a player who, let’s be honest, you’ve never heard of, seems a bit crazy. Here’s everything you need to know about the man who might as well be heading to these shores in the near future.
Transfer fees in football are a bit insane and you may end up paying double for a player after some impressive performances, but for a player’s value to go from £ 800,000 to £ 30 million in just two years, that’s pretty impressive. .
Slavia Prague was the lucky club that captured Kral from fellow Czech Teplice in January 2019, though they sold him after just eight months at the club, and Spartak Moscow paid £ 12 million for the midfielder.
Even that’s Quite a sizeable margin in such a short period of time, but only 18 months later and they seem ready for more than double their investment.
The 22-year-old has made a name for himself as a midfielder who can work box to box or sit back and protect the baseline.
However, he hasn’t always been a midfielder – he originally started out as a defender and was pushed into midfield as his obvious soccer prowess began to become clear.
Given the fact that he can fill a number of different roles in midfield and could likely return to defense if absolutely necessary, Kral could be a great buy for a team looking to add quality and depth to their squad.
Alright, this is getting a little more interesting.
Most of the time in football it’s not about what you know, but who you know, and West Ham will have a quiet confidence in landing the Czech international given their connections to club members.
Kral is represented by an agency called K2K, the same company that helped negotiate a deal with West Ham that saw Vladimir Coufal arrive at the London stadium last year.
Not only that, the Hammers have a strong Czech contingency at the club with the aforementioned Coufal and Tomas Soucek, so they could be in a good position if they choose to pursue the youngster.
After joining Spartak Moscow in September 2019, Kral was immediately linked with a move to the Premier League after a strong performance by the Czech Republic against England.
Burnley was rumored to be interesting in the midfielder, however, having represented his former club Slavia Prague at the start of the 2019/20 campaign before moving to Spartak Moscow, Kral had already played for two clubs prior to the interest of the Clarets, which means he was not eligible to play for a third team in one season.
Whether or not it was this that chilled Burnley’s interest, we will never know. Still, some decent information.
In 2017, Kral was part of the Czech Republic team that traveled to Georgia for the finals of the European Under-19 Championship.
His stellar performances saw him named to the tournament squad alongside the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Mason Mount and Diogo Dalot.
The Czech Republic made it through the group stage having finished runner-up in Group A behind Portugal, although they were beaten 1-0 by England, eventually winners, in the semi-final stage.