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Fred v Fabinho v Jorginho v Lucas Torreira — how will the new CMs get on in the Premier League?

Liverpool and Man United have already bolstered their midfield with Man City and Arsenal set to follow suit

Centre-midfielders are all the rage.

So far this transfer window, Man United (Fred) and Liverpool (Fabinho) have bolstered their midfield ahead of next season.

While Man City and Arsenal are expected to follow suit with the additions of Jorginho and Lucas Torreira respectively.

But how will the newbies adapt to English soil?

Fred the Red

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Fred the Red

NAME: Fred

NATIONALITY: Brazil

SIGNED FROM: Shakhtar Donetsk

TRANSFER FEE: £52million

Cynics will say this is another £52million spent on Paul Pogba.

Last season, the signing of Nemanja Matic was supposed to give the Frenchman creative freedom but the pair failed to co-exist harmoniously in a double pivot.

Now it seems Jose Mourinho is planning on a 4-3-3 formation with Fred slotting in alongside Pogba and his Serbian bodyguard.

While many will be expecting the Brazilian to join Matic’s wrecking crew, his greatest attribute is his comfort in possession.

Fred is a considerably better passer than Matic and will seek to link defence to attack with quick and incisive transitions.

He impressed against Man City in the Champions League last season — never a bad thing for a new Old Trafford resident.

NAME: Fabinho

NATIONALITY: Brazil

SIGNED FROM: Monaco

TRANSFER FEE: £42.7million

The main criticism of Liverpool last season is that they were too top-heavy.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane formed a world-class front three but their defence and midfield looked vulnerable.

The signing of Virgil van Dijk and the dual emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as quality full-backs has improved the Reds’ backline no end.

And in Fabinho, Jurgen Klopp may have found the missing piece of the puzzle.

A little late on the Monaco exodus but he’s got there in the end

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A little late on the Monaco exodus but he’s got there in the end

The combative Brazilian will join Naby Keita in a new-look midfield capable of bullying opponents, as well as outclassing them.

Fabinho will shield the back four but he’s fond of an adventure forward too.

He averaged a league goal every four and a half games for Monaco over his three season with the club — very useful.

An adaptable player, he’s equally capable of playing as a box-to-box No8 or right-back if needed.

Celebrating a goal against his future employers

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Celebrating a goal against his future employers

NAME: Jorginho

NATIONALITY: Italy

SIGNED FROM: Napoli (not confirmed)

TRANSFER FEE: £43million (rumoured)

Naturally, Pep Guardiola has opted for a different variety of deep-lying midfielder.

Jorginho may not possess the defensive attributes of Fred or Fabinho, but he’s one of Europe’s finest metronomes.

Tick tick tick

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Tick tick tick

The diminutive Brazilian-born Italian completed more passes than any other player in Serie A last season — that’s the kind of stat that gets Pep’s juices flowing.

Expect him to fulfil the role Ilkay Gundogan occupied when the German deputised for Fernandinho last season.

If you thought City had a lot of the ball before, wait until Jorginho hops on board.

Ready for his close-up

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Ready for his close-up

NAME: Lucas Torreira

NATIONALITY: Uruguay

SIGNED FROM: Sampdoria (not confirmed)

TRANSFER FEE: £26.4million (rumoured)

First thing to note is that Arsenal’s potential new recruit will likely cost approximately £20million less than what the Gunners’ rivals paid for their latest centre-mids.

The 22-year-old is being touted as the answer to the north London club’s problems.

While that may be a stretch too far, his profile certainly suits the vacancy many fans have identified in Arsenal.

Street smarts

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Street smarts

Torreira is tactically astute and relishes the dirtier side of the game.

Fans had been hoping to scout him during the World Cup but he’s started on the bench in Uruguay’s opening two games.

Still, he’s highly-rated in Italy and would add some much-needed steel — don’t be fooled by his 5ft 6in frame, he can mix it.

Good luck to all, let the battle royale commence!