Premier League Summer Transfers – Who’s Going Where?
Part 1 – Arsenal to Liverpool
The Premier League class of 2019/20 is now confirmed after Aston Villa’s victory over Derby County last month at Wembley.
Attention now turns to those clubs in need of reinforcements and we’ve run through each team’s top targets as things currently stand.
Which Premier League summer transfers are looking most likely with the transfer window now open? Here’s our look at some of the more likely market moves…
Premier League Summer Transfers
PROBLEM POSITION: Defence and central midfield. Arsenal still lack the steel needed at the back to challenge for the top four and surely need reinforcements for Unai Emery to finally arrest their tendency to collapse at the slightest hint of pressure.
A refresh is surely required in midfield too with Aaron Ramsey departing to Juventus and Mesut Özil struggling to justify his position as the club’s highest paid player. A rumoured £40m transfer budget will mean Emery will have to box clever.
SHOPPING LIST: Thomas Meunier, Youssef En-Nesyri, Ryan Fraser
PROBLEM POSITION: Dean Smith faces the conundrum all new Premier League managers face. Should he stick or twist? So far, he’s shown he’s not afraid to be ruthless after releasing eight players from his play-off winning side.
The estimated £170m bonus from winning the play-offs will give them some wriggle room in the transfer market but expect Smith to be sensible as he looks for value in a market that can often become overheated for newly-enriched clubs. A new No.1 looks a priority with doubts over Jed Steer’s top-flight suitability.
SHOPPING LIST: Jack Butland, Marcus Tavernier, Kemar Roofe
PROBLEM POSITION: Ryan Fraser looks to be hot property this summer and you wouldn’t back against a manager as shrewd as Eddie Howe having a succession plan already in place should the diminutive midfielder depart.
Artur Boruc isn’t getting any younger and with former No.1 Asmir Begović out of favour, the Cherries will also make a new ‘keeper a top priority. Away form was a big concern for the Cherries last year, so extra leadership in the spine of the team could also help them become tougher to beat on the road.
SHOPPING LIST: Bartłomiej Drągowski, Jay Rodriguez, Kalvin Phillips
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
PROBLEM POSITION: Pace, pace, pace. Brighton’s defensive caution combined with their inability to break at speed ultimately cost popular boss Chris Hughton his job at the Amex, and Graham Potter will be tasked with remedying that, probably with a speedier long-term replacement for Glenn Murray and by injecting added dynamism into a pedestrian midfield.
Brighton have promised ‘evolution, not revolution’ this summer, so expect the open-minded Potter to look at the Seagulls’ youth set-up for hidden gems.
SHOPPING LIST: Oliver McBurnie, Matt Grimes, Cristian Portugués Manzanera
PROBLEM POSITION: Burnley’s strengths – discipline, togetherness, guile – are well documented but if they have a weakness, it could be in long-term planning. With several ageing players in their rank, renewal will be the key goal of Sean Dyche’s transfer strategy this summer.
All those hard yards helped the Clarets fight their way out of trouble last season but Dyche will be aware standing still at this level is dangerous, and Burnley need to correct the blend between youth and experience to keep progressing.
SHOPPING LIST: Craig Dawson, Harry Wilson, Jonjoe Kenny
PROBLEM POSITION: Whoever takes over the Blues from Maurizio Sarri faces two immediate problems: first filling an Eden Hazard-shaped hole in midfield, if, as expected the Belgian moves to Real Madrid.
However, more pressing will be the transfer ban that looks to be coming their way if they fail to appeal to the CAS. There is likely to be plenty of drama at Stamford Bridge this summer – but not much of it in the transfer market as things stand.
SHOPPING LIST: Philippe Coutinho (transfer ban depending)
PROBLEM POSITION: The Eagles’ pace on the counter is legendary – if only they had a clinical striker to finish off chances on a regular basis. Luka Milivojevic topped the scoring charts for Palace last year with 12 goals – most of those from the penalty spot – showing a sign of Palace’s lack of firepower up front. Keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha will also be a top priority.
Palace are used to speculation about their key man, but at 26 years old the Ivorian international is coming to a crossroads in his career. This could be the right moment for him to make his move – but that would leave the Eagles scrambling around for a replacement that can come even half close to matching Zaha’s impact at Selhurst Park.
SHOPPING LIST: Allan Saint-Maximin, Danny Welbeck, Michy Batshuayi
PROBLEM POSITION: There were signs towards the season end that Everton were just starting to click under Marco Silva, but the Portuguese boss still needs to add some finesse in the final third to help the Toffees inch their way closer to breaking the ‘Big Six’ monopoly.
With an over-reliance on Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson for goals, a little extra quality in midfield also wouldn’t go amiss.
SHOPPING LIST: David Neres, Santiago Sosa, Yacine Brahimi
PROBLEM POSITION: Brendan Rodgers is in the enviable position of only having to fine-tune his exciting Foxes squad this summer rather than planning a radical overhaul. That may change if bigger suitors swoop in for some of his best young talent including James Maddison and Ben Chilwelll.
Whether players come or go, expect Leicester to continue being smart in their recruitment policy. Back them to yet again pick up more stars of the future without breaking the bank.
SHOPPING LIST: James Justin, Ferran Torres, Jarrod Bowen
PROBLEM POSITION: 97 points, a sixth Champions League in the trophy cabinet, and the majority of their key names locked down on long-term contracts. Life currently looks pretty rosy at Anfield, but some extra squad depth during the winter fixture pile-up could have provided Jürgen Klopp’s side with the extra impetus needed to claim that elusive first Premier League title.
After back-to-back Champions League Final appearances, the Reds now have even bigger pulling power as speculation around Premier League summer transfers intensifies. Expect more astute additions to arrive on Merseyside as Liverpool look to capitalise on their European pedigree.
SHOPPING LIST: Adrien Rabiot, Bruno Fernandes, Nabil Fakir
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