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Copa America transfer targets for Manchester United and Chelsea

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12 teams will take to Chile in their attempt to win the 2015 Copa America from the early hours of June 12. The competition gives players from every team the opportunity to become national heroes, if they can manage to produce the performances required to win.

For some players, though, more than just national pride will be at steak. Special individual performances at international tournaments have seen players secure moves to big clubs, as demonstrated by James Rodriguez only last summer.

All across the globe teams will be watching the Copa America with great interest, and it may well be that some of the players on show earn notable transfers to the Premier League before the close of the window.

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Two clubs that will be keeping a keen eye on proceedings in America this summer will be Manchester United and Chelsea, with both keen to reinforce once more.

And these are the players they could be looking at...

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Manchester United

Roberto Firmino

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has caught the attention of several Premier League teams this season, including United’s local rivals Manchester City.

The Brazilian forward, who currently plies his trade for German team Hoffenheim, has scored just shy of 50 goals in his 151 appearances for the club. United’s desire for more drive and creativity, along with a strong Copa America for Firmino, could see him on his way to Old Trafford this summer.

Raúl Jiménez

Mexican born striker Raúl Jiménez would be a good option to lead the line for Manchester United. The 23-year-old could be the next Atletico striker to rise to fame in the Spanish capital.

Atletico have a rich history of nurturing world-class strikers including Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao. If Jiménez can follow suit at this year's Copa America it is likely that United could come calling.

Gonzalo Higuain

A perhaps more likely replacement for the departing Rademel Falcao is the more experienced forward Gonzalo Higuain. The former Real Madrid striker has a healthy goal-scoring record wherever he has played and, with Napoli missing out on Champions League football next season, it’s rumoured the 27-year-old will be heading to Manchester.

Chelsea

Fernando Muslera

Chelsea look set to lose club hero Petr Cech this summer and will be looking for a more solid substitute keeper between the sticks than youngster Jamal Blackman.

The Blues let Australian Mark Schwarzer leave the club to Leicester last season and a solid Copa America for Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera could earn the 28-year-old a move to Chelsea.

Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa has been a player linked with Chelsea for some time and would appear to fit very much into the Jose Mourinho mould of player: versatile, industrious and with a creative flair.

His Copa America performances will be carefully followed by a number of top European clubs but Chelsea remain favourites to land the forwards signature.

Jackson Martinez

Three-time Primeira Liga top scorer Jackson Martinez could provide the additional goals Chelsea will be looking for next season following the departure of Didier Drogba and, of course, the injury troubles endured by Diego Costa.

The 6ft1in Porto captain has bagged 67 goals in just 89 appearances for the Portuguese club. His experienced head and proven track record make him a perfect number two for Costa at Stamford Bridge.

His performances at the Copa America will be vital for Colombia and for his future in football as Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich could sign him up if he shows his talents at the tournament.

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