Premier League Summer Transfer Targets 2019
The Premier League transfer window is now open for business.
Who’s going where and how much will they cost?
We assess the needs of each Premier League club to determine their top transfer targets this summer…
Premier League Transfer Targets
What’s missing? Much of the post-season takes on Unai Emery’s first season at the Emirates will have to wait until after the Europa League Final, but regardless of the result in Baku, no manager was going to find the transition from 22 years of Arsene Wenger easy to handle, and with several high profile names departing the Emirates Stadium, next season will be the time to assess whether the former PSG and Sevilla man has succeeded in combating Arsenal’s fragile mentality. Emery will need to get back to work quickly after Baku as signings will be needed to help the Gunners move another step forward next season.
Key signing required: The midfield looks like it needs a shake-up, with the departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus leaving Gunners’ Unai Emery with some free wages to play with as he looks to continue his rebuilding job in North London. Expect Arsenal to be keeping a close eye on in-form Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech who has stated it would be his ‘ultimate dream’ to play for the club.
Potential targets: Hakim Zayich, Thomas Partey
What’s missing? Eddie Howe continues to work miracles at Bournemouth, who have shown time and again they are not scared to go ambitious in the transfer market and pay the money required to secure a decent upgrade if required. Complacency and lazy recruitment eventually came back to bite clubs like Stoke and West Brom, and Howe will be aware the Cherries need to continue to evolve with intelligent additions to avoid falling into the trap.
Key signing required: With Asmir Begovic out of favour, Artur Boruc edging towards his forties, and Matt Travers unproven, a new No. 1 is a must this summer.
Potential targets: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Darren Randolph
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
What’s missing? New Seagulls boss Graham Potter looks to have a busy summer ahead reshaping a Seagulls squad badly lacking in confidence in the final third. The right-back position also looks problematic, with the inspirational Bruno bowing out at the end of last season and Martin Montoya never fully convincing in his debut season in English football. A No. 10 with pace to take the pressure off Pascal Gross should also be top of the list.
Key signing required: Whisper it quietly, but ‘bionic man’ Glenn Murray is showing signs of slowing down – and he never had much pace to begin with. He’ll still be an important figurehead for the club next season but they desperately need to find another striker who can come close to matching his output.
Potential targets: Oliver McBurnie, Jarrod Bowen, Reece James
What’s missing? Frugal and pragmatic as always, back Burnley to once again shop diligently in what can often be an overheated market. Sean Dyche always ensures the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, so don’t expect any radical change at Turf Moor – although a little extra pace and guile could help ensure another season of consolidation.
Key signing required: As always with the hardworking Clarets, a small sprinkling of stardust in the final third wouldn’t go amiss to help tip tight games in their favour. A nippy attack-minded player would complement the physical presence of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood nicely if Dyche’s side needs to switch things up in games – but it could cost.
Potential targets: Neal Maupay, Che Adams, Jota
What’s missing? Despite relegation, the Bluebirds return to the Championship in reasonably strong shape having worked within their means at Premier League level, albeit the fallout from the late Emiliano Sala’s transfer still hangs over them as they head into a new campaign. As with any side lacking momentum, a few fresh faces will be quickly required to help banish the disappointment of relegation in South Wales as Warnock mounts another tilt towards promotion.
Key signing required: A lack of creative cutting-edge at key moments ultimately cost Cardiff their Premier League status, but they still scored as many goals as the supposedly attack-minded Fulham, which offers some cause for comfort back at Championship level, but it’s still an area they can work on. Could Warnock also tempt his old Sheffield Utd sparring partner Phil Jagielka to add some game management nous to a thin Bluebirds backline?
Potential targets: Nick Powell, Phil Jagielka
What’s missing? There’s no such thing as a low-key pre-season at Chelsea, with question marks still hanging over the future of Maurizio Sarri amid plenty of interest from Italy and a transfer ban leaving the Blues with some interesting decisions to make this summer about their next steps.
Key signing required: With this set to be a testing summer at Stamford Bridge, if the situation doesn’t change Chelsea’s key focus will be on retaining their biggest names, although few currently expect Eden Hazard to be extending his stay in London beyond the next few weeks. Will this finally be the year Chelsea make full use of their state-of-the-art academy system?
Potential targets: N/A
What’s missing? They often make life difficult for themselves as notoriously slow starters to Premier League seasons, but Palace’s squad looks in reasonable shape going into this pre-season provided they can hold onto key players. With Mishy Batshuayi returning to parent club Chelsea, they still look light up top with several misfiring strikers remaining on their books. Expect additional firepower to once again be a key priority for Roy Hodgson this summer.
Key signing required: Wilfried Zaha on a long-term deal. Palace’s main man faces a difficult decision this summer knowing that this may be his last chance to secure a move to a top tier side after his brief ill-fated spell at Man Utd. If he leaves, Palace could be in for a far busier summer than anticipated as they try and plug the gap.
Potential targets: André Schürrle, Ademola Lookman
What’s missing? It’s a ‘changing of the guard’ summer at Everton with old stagers Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka expected to make way for the next generation at Goodison Park. Marco Silva will surely aim to add some experience to a young Toffees backline to help with that transition, but as with so many Premier League sides, it’s that elusive 15 to 20-goal striker that the Toffees will surely be hoping to sniff out.
Key signing required: As touched on, the Toffees need to take the pressure off Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson by unearthing a clinical striker to mop up chances in the final third. Everton previously thrived with a strong physical presence in Romelu Lukaku upfront – could the inconsistent but undoubtedly talented Alexander Mitrovic be a ready-made replacement?
Potential targets: Alexander Mitrovic, Wissam Ben Yedder
What’s missing? The art of defending, to put it kindly. Fulham had all the ingredients to be an exciting addition to last season’s Premier League, but defensive mishaps week after week left them with too much ground to make up in January. Some urgent leadership is required at the back to ensure Fulham don’t continue to crumble at the first sign of trouble. They will look to Alfie Mawson to provide that, but more character throughout the back line.
Key signing required: With Mitrovic a highly-prized target, a striker will surely also be on Parker’s radar – and with Dwight Gayle looking unlikely to return to West Brom, he could be the perfect fit in a Fulham side you’d back to create plenty of chances at this level.
Potential targets: Dwight Gayle, Liam Lindsay
What’s missing? It’s back to square one for Huddersfield as they return to the Championship after two years away. It’s a relative step into the unknown for the Terriers with a rookie manager at the helm and a new chairman in local business owner Phil Hodgkinson. Both will be keen to draw a line under last season’s meek surrender to relegation, although a radical overhaul looks unlikely.
Key signing required: Karlan Grant was one of the few positives to come out of last season’s horror show for Huddersfield Town, but the young Terriers striker will need some support if Huddersfield are going to stand any chance of scoring the goals they need to make an instant return. With £11m man Steve Mounié only chipping in with two goals in the last campaign, it’s unsurprising Jan Siewert is reportedly looking towards strikers as a top priority – and Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi is one name tipped to join.
Potential targets: Nick Powell, Mehdi Taremi
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