Part 2 – Manchester City to Wolves
The Premier League class of 2019/20 is now officially 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 possible market moves…
Premier League Summer Transfers
PROBLEM POSITION: It’s hard to fault a side that has accumulated a haul of 198 points in two league seasons, but a proven winner like Pep Guardiola won’t be planning to stand still as he looks to break even more records with the Premier League champions. Vincent Kompany’s departure to manage Anderlecht makes a new centre-back a likely target this summer, while a defensive midfielder could also be on Pep’s radar.
SHOPPING LIST: João Cancelo, Rodri, Harry Maguire
PROBLEM POSITION: Ole Gunnar Solksjaer faces a make-or-break summer at Utd as he looks to revamp a side that looks in need of fresh blood throughout the spine of the team. A lack of Champions League football could be a major stumbling block in bringing quality players through the door at Old Trafford, but expect United to be aggressive in the market this summer as they look to close the gap on their Premier League rivals.
SHOPPING LIST: Bruno Fernandes, Youri Tielemans, Matthijs de Ligt
PROBLEM POSITION: With a rumoured takeover in the works and Rafa Benítez’s future still in the balance, it promises to be an eventful summer on Tyneside. The Spaniard has made some shrewd moves on limited resources within recent winners, so if the shackles do come off at St James’ Park, expect Newcastle to make some interesting market moves – with some extra creativity in midfield surely the priority for a side that still finds it hard to put teams away.
SHOPPING LIST: Harry Wilson, Che Adams, Nikola Vlašić
PROBLEM POSITION: After a difficult start to his Norwich career, Daniel Farke found a winning formula last season to send the Canaries flying back to the top tier. He’ll be more than aware the hard work really starts now with this Norwich squad light on Premier League experience. Momentum may carry them through the opening weeks of the season, but some experienced heads could help steer them through any rough patches. An over-reliance on Teemu Pukki could be a concern, so Farke may also need additional firepower if the Finn finds life harder in the top tier.
SHOPPING LIST: Neal Maupay, Dwight Gayle, Marvin Bakalorz
PROBLEM POSITION: The Blades are back in the Premier League for the first time in over a decade after another phenomenal season of progress under Chris Wilder. They will surely need to box clever in the transfer market this summer to avoid another one-season stay, but don’t expect Wilder to panic. Utd will be hoping Billy Sharp can replicate Glenn Murray’s form at Brighton with an Indian summer to his career in the Premier League. Pace can be the differential in the Premier League, so an injection of extra speed in the final third will surely be a priority.
SHOPPING LIST: Josh Brownhill, Jay Rodriguez, Kieran Dowell
PROBLEM POSITION: Ralph Hasenhüttl did just enough to haul the Saints safely over the finishing line last season. The Austrian now deserves the chance to re-shape an uneven squad filled with other managers’ signings. Goals remain a concern with not one Saints player reaching double figures last season. Can Hasenhüttl finally inject some clinical finishing into Southampton’s misfiring frontline?
SHOPPING LIST: Ademola Lookman, Che Adams, David Turnbull
PROBLEM POSITION: Strength in numbers is the name of the game in North London this summer, with Spurs surely needing to break their transfer drought and give Mauricio Pochettino the support he deserves to keep his project moving forward. His first job may well be finding a replacement for key man Christian Eriksen with the Dane hinting he is ready for a fresh challenge. An underpowered midfield will need reinforcing with Moussa Sissoko having to carry out plenty of heavy lifting this season.
SHOPPING LIST: Tanguy Ndombele, Steven Bergwijn, Giovani Lo Celso
PROBLEM POSITION: With Troy Deeney and Andre Gray both failing to reach double figures in the league in 2018/19, Watford are yet another team who would benefit from an extra attacking dimension. Gracia’s livewire midfield meant Watford were successful in sharing goals around last season, which means priority purchases surely lie elsewhere to help the Hornets improve on 11th place. The retirement of Heurelho Gomes also means a reliable back-up keeper is needed – with the Spaniard reportedly keen on re-uniting with Mexican international Guillermo Ochoa.
SHOPPING LIST: Guillermo Ochoa, Marcus Tavernier, João Pedro
WEST HAM UTD
PROBLEM POSITION: The Hammers will find it hard to live up to last year’s manic raid on the transfer market. Therefore expect it to be a more low-key summer at the London Stadium with Manuel Pellegrini settling into life in East London. That said, the departures of Andy Carroll and Lucas Pérez leave West Ham a little short up front, while extra bite in midfield would also bolster their ranks.
SHOPPING LIST: Isaac Hayden, Alexis Claude Maurice, Mason Mount
PROBLEM POSITION: An interesting summer awaits at Molineux. Nuno Espírito Santo’s team enjoyed a near-flawless first campaign back at this level, but the Portuguese boss will be wary of an element of second-season complacency creeping with teams now realising the threat they pose. A failure to put smaller teams away arguably cost Wolves an even higher finish, so extra threat from wide areas could be the missing piece of the puzzle.
SHOPPING LIST: Nicolas Pépé, Aaron Mooy, Rafael Camacho
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