Premier League Summer Transfer Targets 2019 | Part 2
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Who’s going where and how much will they cost?
We assess the needs of each club to determine the top Premier League summer transfers in store this summer…
Premier League Summer Transfers
What’s missing? Brendan Rodgers will be counting his blessings this summer having inherited a Foxes squad packed with potential. However, you sense one final heave is needed if Leicester are going to have a second crack at scaring the ‘Big Six’ next season. Hanging on to key talent will be Rodgers’ primary goal this summer with the future of Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell attracting plenty of speculation.
Key signing: Leicester’s shrewd recruitment strategy continues to fly under the radar as the East Midlands club continue to snap up and develop some of the best young talent in the country. Expect them to stick to that strategy this summer – although Rodgers could also tempted to turn to some of his trusted Celtic lieutenants as he continues to stamp his authority on this squad.
Potential targets: Callum McGregor, Jarrod Bowen
What’s missing? It’s splitting hairs given this outstanding squad finished on 97 points last season, but a little extra squad depth could make all the difference as Liverpool once again chase down that elusive Premier League title. A sequence of draws from a Reds squad that looked leggy back in February ultimately cost them a commanding lead in the title race. A few fresh legs could have added the marginal gains they needed to seal the deal.
Key signing: While Liverpool fans will never forget the ‘Miracle at Anfield’ against Barcelona, few headed into that game fancying their chances with Divock Origi leading the line. The Belgian will forever be ingrained in Liverpool folklore, but they arguably need a more potent alternative to Mo Salah at their disposal next season to keep up the pressure on Manchester City. Sadio Mané’s extraordinary goal supply also can’t be taken for granted, so additional creative support in midfield looks another priority.
Potential targets: James Maddison, Timo Werner
What’s missing? When you’ve accumulated 198 points in two seasons, not much at all. As with any title-winning team, Pep Guardiola will be keenly aware of the fact a little squad renewal is the best barrier against complacency, but City have time on their side with only minor surgery required this summer.
Key signing: A long-term replacement for the inspirational Vincent Kompany will surely be top of the shopping list as the City legend bids farewell to the Etihad Stadium and moves into management with his boyhood club Anderlecht.
Potential targets: Harry Maguire, João Cancelo
What’s missing? Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will need to keep his phone on full charge this summer with the Norwegian determined to overhaul a squad that seems to lack character. The early noises at Old Trafford suggest the Red Devils are finally looking towards the future, with Swansea’s breakout star Dan James set to be the first signing through the door and a whole host of young talent linked.
Key signing: United’s static midfield needs a radical revamp, and the departure of Ander Herrera and rumoured interest in Paul Pogba could make this a summer of major change in the middle of the park. Will this finally be the summer United box clever after a series of misfires in the transfer market?
Potential targets: Ryan Sessegnon, Sean Longstaff
What’s missing? Rafa Benitez’s frustrations are well documented at St James’ Park. If he opts to extend his three-year stay with Newcastle, Benítez will be in his strongest position yet to demand the funds he needs to help the Magpies move up a level. Signings to complement Miguel Almirón and Ayoze Pérez in the final third would surely help Newcastle start catching up with the likes of Wolves and Everton.
Key signing: As two comfortable mid-table finishes demonstrate, this is a club where the manager is as important as the tools he has to work with. Benítez has proved he can work miracles with a limited playing squad. All Toon Army fans will be hoping his signature is on the first contract signed this summer at St James’ Park.
Potential targets: João Mário, Tammy Abraham, Joelinton
What’s missing? Ralph Hasenhüttl deserves immense credit for steering a makeshift Saints squad last season whilst mostly going under the radar. After repaying the Saints’ faith by keeping them up last season, he now needs backing to refresh a squad full of other managers’ players. His first job will be to clear the decks and free up some wages to bring in the extra creative edge Southampton need to avoid a perpetual flirt with relegation.
Key signing: A clinical striker will be top of the shopping list for Hasenhüttl – Nathan Redmond as top scorer with nine goals tells its own story. While Danny Ings (eight goals) and Shane Long (five goals) can’t be faulted for their work ethic, extra presence is needed up front to help Saints snatch knife-edge games.
Potential targets: Haris Seferović , Moussa Djenepo, Jordan Ayew
What’s missing? In reaching this year’s Champions League Final, Mauricio Pochettino has more than proved his worth – now he finally needs the backing he deserves to make Spurs genuine title contenders. Poch has worked wonders with a squad that often looks thin on numbers, and he needs a stronger Plan B to turn if the likes of Kane, Alli and Eriksen face any lengthy lay-offs in 2019/20.
Key signing: Central midfield needs replenishment. Harry Winks, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier were all missing in action over different stages of this season through injury or illness, putting huge pressure on Moussa Sissoko to patch up an often threadbare midfield. Thankfully for Spurs, a state-of-the-art new ground and their newly elevated status from a Champions League Final appearance will make many elite stars now take a second look at life in North London – if the club is prepared to spend the money.
Potential targets: Youri Tielemans, Andre Gomes, Adrien Rabiot
What’s missing? A strong season that culminated in an FA Cup Final appearance – only the club’s second in their 121-year history – should give fans of the Hornets plenty of optimism heading into the summer break. With Étienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucouré pulling the strings in midfield, Watford are always capable of creating plenty of chances but they are lacking a clinical 20-goal striker to make the difference up front.
Key signing: Only Gerard Deulofeu managed to get into double figures in the Premier League (10 goals) and the club desperately needs a number 9 that can lead the line with aplomb. Andre Gray and Troy Deeney have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of without setting the world alight. Javi Gracia might be under pressure to bring in a big-hitter to boost their goalscoring prowess as well as a defender or two to strengthen at the back.
Potential targets: Dorukhan Tokoz, Juanpe, Aleksandar Mitrović
WEST HAM UTD
What’s missing? Much was made of West Ham’s ambitious summer spending spree in 2018/19 and while not every signing came off, Manuel Pellegrini did bring in the talent required to drag the Hammers away from any relegation talk. Nevertheless, a dull mid-table finish won’t satisfy a man with the trophy cabinet of Pelligrini. Expect a focus on quality upgrades in this pre-season rather than the scattergun approach to signings in the Chilean’s first summer at the club.
Key signing: With the future of Marko Arnautović up in the air, Javier Hernandez not getting any younger and injury-hit Andy Carroll moving on to pastures new, extra firepower up front looks a key priority for Pellegrini. A box-to-box midfielder will also be among his targets.
Potential targets: Salomón Rondón, Dani Ceballos, Hakan Çalhanoğlu
What’s missing? Wolves outperformed even their supporters’ most optimistic expectations in securing a 7th-place finish in 2018/19. The big challenge now for the highly impressive Nuno Espírito Santo is to prove that’s not the ceiling for the West Midlands club. For that reason, Wolves can’t afford to stand still – so expect them to be busy once again as they start planning for Europe.
Key signing: Raúl Jiménez took to his first Premier League campaign like a duck to water, but Nuno will be concerned he was only one of two Wolves players to reach double figures. Wolves’ Achilles heel last season was often a lack of killer instinct, particularly against smaller sides. A few extra bodies in the final third could see them fire another aggressive warning shot at the ‘Big Six’ next season. Portuguese wonderkid João Félix has been linked and while that transfer looks unlikely, Wolves’ business model means you can’t rule out that shock move completely.
Potential targets: João Félix, Harry Wilson, Salomón Rondón,
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