Why do Premier League clubs want Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin?

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After a January switch to AC Milan fell through at the final hurdle, Allan Saint-Maximin could be headed for the Premier League.

The dazzling French winger is reportedly attracting the interest of a host of English sides.

According to Italian publication, Calciomercato, Saint-Maximin’s potential move to the Rossoneri collapsed because the French side wanted a permanent move and not a loan deal.

However, Nice may not mind when the summer window opens considering the 22-year-old’s recent conduct.

Born in Paris, Saint-Maximin began his career at an amateur side, Verrières-le-Buisson in 2003, then moved to two other sides before Saint-Etienne took notice.

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Unable to force his way into The Greens first team, he spent the majority of his four years on loan. AS Monaco offered a shot but lost patience after just two years.

Since joining The Eagles in 2017, Saint-Maximin has developed into an archetypical forward. The Frenchman is adept anywhere in attack but operates predominantly on the right. His pace is frightening, a perfect exponent to play counter-attacking football. It’s the sort of contribution Premier League fans crave to help them cash out from their rewards when betting on their favorite clubs.

The Frenchman possesses the ability to dribble past defenders in a flash to create space for himself. He has completed 4.2 dribbles per game on an average this season. The winger can pick out accurate key passes as well, at an average of 2.2 per game. He is not afraid to take aim whenever the opportunity arises.

Overall, Saint-Maximin is a defender’s nightmare. He is a magician with the ball on his feet. He has the inert ability to drive defences with the speed of light, bamboozling players around before slotting the ball home. In 25 Ligue 1 starts, the 22-year-old forward has scored six times and laced three for his teammates.

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