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Camacho and Draxler should be on radars of Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs

| 12.04.2013

Few would argue that the best four teams have reached the Champions League semi finals and that it is the most exciting last-four line-up in the competition since 1998/99.

What is interesting about the final four is that three utilise a Spanish option in the deepest midfield position, while there are also three that select a German in the most advanced midfield role.

This could be an indicator to Premier League teams in what would help their cause in re-establishing English football in the Champions League after this season’s below-par effort.

Many are at least part of the way there; Tottenham signed Lewis Holtby in January, Man City have Javi Garcia and Arsenal regularly start Mikel Arteta.

Chelsea are potentially there already, but Marko Marin and Oriol Romeu are far from regular starters.

Man Utd have nobody to fit this mould and given that their midfield is clearly their weakest area, their summer transfer targets should become more obvious.

Dortmund duo Mario Gotze and Marco Reus would be solid starting points, but this pair are unlikely to leave yet.

Therefore, in terms of who can be purchased, Julian Draxler may be the most readily available and he looks Germany’s next big playmaker in the making.

He has stepped into the number 10 role since Holtby’s departure with aplomb and is already the youngest player to reach 100 appearances in German football, ensuring that he is already well experienced.

Meanwhile, Draxler already has international recognition, with the one stumbling block being that he could be expensive to recruit as he is tied to Schalke until 2016.

In terms of Spanish holding midfielders, this is an area where La Liga is littered with talent.

Asier Illarramendi appears to have an exceedingly bright future at Real Sociedad, but Malaga’s Ignacio Camacho may well prove the best recruit especially given that he has already played in the Champions League.

Still only a 22-year-old, Camacho is a key reason as to why Malaga have been so tough to break down on the whole this season and is the perfect sitter to allow other midfielders to influence play at the opposite end.

There is certainly the belief that the bigger Premier League clubs may have taken the wrong approach when chasing playmakers by going Spanish, even if Juan Mata, David Silva and Santi Cazorla have been more productive than not.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.