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The Ideal Summer Transfer Window Scenario For The Premier League's Biggest Clubs

The Ideal Summer Transfer Window Scenario For The Premier League's Biggest Clubs
By Mikey Traynor

You get the feeling that this summer transfer window will be the biggest we've ever seen.

The new TV deal money is kicking in, Leicester City are going to win the league and prove that the 'little guy' can crash the title contention party, and so many big clubs are rebuilding.

Aside from needing an umbrella to provide shelter from the shitstorm of transfer rumours, fans of clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man City can look forward to seeing major changes, while those who follow Spurs and Leicester will be hoping to run minimal repairs on the squad and bring in a bit more quality.

This is an assessment of what each team needs, not a prediction of what will happen.
Before you tweet or comment full of rage about how wrong this is, have a think yourself and let us know of your suggestions.

Starting with the likely champions, and admittedly harsh on Southampton to squeeze Chelsea into an otherwise top 8 transfer window preview, let's begin.

Leicester City

In: Gregory Van Der Wiel, Saido Berahino.
Out: Gokhan Inler.

The most important thing for Premier League champions-elect Leicester City will, without doubt, be keeping hold of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante. All three players will have to weigh up whether or not they cash in on their outstanding seasons and move to a "big" club, or stay and play for the manager who made them shine. Kante looks the most likely to leave at this point in time.


Right back is an area that could use strengthening, as the thought of Danny Simpson in the Champions League will still cause nerves despite his surprisingly good season thus far. The exit door looms for Gokhan Inler, who was brought in for his experience but couldn't get a look in.

Saido Berahino is a bit of a wild shout. I think it is quite clear that he has no intention of staying at West Brom, despite Tony Pulis' and his almost Dad-like dismissal of the idea. Another striker will be needed to compete with Okazaki and Vardy, and I doubt Leonardo Ulloa is up to the task.

All in all, as little change as possible, some Champions League experience and depth brought in.


Tottenham Hotspur

In: Kevin Volland, Youri Tielemans, Moussa Dembele.
Out: Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll.

Spurs are a side that are incredibly difficult to suggest changes for, as they have been so positive in this campaign. Strong all over the pitch, Pochettino has built a remarkably balanced side in such a short space of time and this summer will surely be used only to supplement their strengths without disrupting too much.

Kevin Volland is one of the hottest prospects in the Bundesliga, and has shine despite the rest of his team being shite, much like Roberto Firmino last season, at Hoffenheim. Erik Lamela has been much improved this season, but his place in the team is certainly not as strong as the players around him in Kane, Eriksen, Alli, and Dembele.


Youri Tielemans is one of the few players who looks capable of fulfilling their Football Manager/FIFA hype. A powerful young midfielder, the thought of Pochettino nurturing his talent should be extremely exciting for Spurs fans.

Yes, Spurs already have a Moussa Dembele, but they will almost certainly try to sign another one, the lad from Fulham who has massive potential. Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll I expect will be targets for other teams, and having lost their places in the starting lineup will likely be moved on.


In: Alvaro Morata, Granit Xhaka, Ousmane Dembele.
Out: Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Arsene Wenger is going to need to impress the fans with his activity in the transfer market, or he could be faced with boos on the first day of the new season, as was the case back in August.

Alvaro Morata is a name that has been consistently linked after impressing for Juventus after Real Madrid decided to let him go. He certainly would be an exciting prospect in the Premier League, and you would have to feel he would suit Arsenal's style more than Giroud, who has lost his place to Danny Welbeck since the Englishman's return.

Xhaka is the midfielder Arsenal have been crying out for. An enforcer in the middle, a passionate player who demands the best from his teammates, and a good footballer as well. Ousmane Dembele on the other hand, would go along with Wenger's fondness to dip into Ligue 1, but this time, he would be snagging one of the most exciting youngsters in Europe.


Dembele has been sensational for Rennes, and looks to have true star potential. Going the other way should be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who many have given up on ever becoming the player he once promised to be as a teenager. If Southampton come calling, it's time to return home.

Manchester City

In: Aymeric Laporte, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane.
Out: Yaya Toure, Eliaquim Mangala, Martin Demichelis.

Change is coming for Manchester City.


Despite reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the very first time, City's league form has been extremely poor for no clear reason other than the absence of one player; Vincent Kompany.

Guardiola is going to bring a lot of changes, starting with booting Yaya Toure out the door. I'm anticipating a big name signing like Gundogan who would fit the system and generate some buzz, and I would imagine that he would need to sign some players who know how to play his system, which is why I feel young Barca duo Marc Bartra (who can also play right-back) and Sergi Roberto to seek growth elsewhere like Thiago Alcantara at Bayern.

Aymeric Laporte will be coming back from a broken leg, but Guardiola wants him, and he would compliment Kompany beautifully while Leroy Sane's pace opposite a motivated Raheem Sterling would be frankly terrifying.

Time to cut the dead wood at centre back too.

Manchester United

In: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez, Marquinhos, Renato Sanches.
Out: Marouane Fellaini.

These signings are based on the idea that Jose Mourinho will be the manager of Manchester United, which I believe to be likely.Some may feel that these targets would be unattainable without Champions League football, but the lure of Mourinho coupled with the size of Manchester United means that they will still be able to draw in top talent. Namely Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Having not shown up in the Champions League quarter-final second leg with City, many will feel that Zlatan can't cut it in the Premier League, but I don't buy that at all. Is he as good as 'the cult of Zlatan' would lead you to believe? No, but some players relish a spotlight, and the big Swede could thrive by being handed an immediate leadership role in the squad due to his love of Mourinho.

James Rodriguez has fallen foul of the suits at Real Madrid, so now he must be executed sold to a club in another league. Again, the excitement of Mourinho and the shameless fact that James is a rather gigantic Adidas embassador, this deal could be done for an eye-watering amount of money, and be the cause for all those insufferable Ed Woodward memes to resurface on your Facebook timeline like a disease. However, the failure of Angel Di Maria will likely make both parties seriously consider if it can work. This could be the long-runner of the summer.

Marquinhos, or a central defender with some sort of pedigree, must be brought in to offer Chris Smalling and David De Gea a hand back there. While two are probably needed and another full back due to the inevitable injury crisis, Mourinho will likely trust Darmian and Fosu-Mensah to provide enough cover. Renato Sanches would be the Anthony Martial signing of the summer in terms of media coverage, and likely fee, but he has the potenital to replicate what the Frenchman did on the pitch this season. He might look a bit like Anderson from the TV camera's arial view, he doesn't play like him.

As for so little outs, the club just can't afford to lose any more players as the squad is so thread-bare. Except Fellaini, who must go as a symbol of change more than anything.

West Ham United

In: Gokhan Tore, Michy Batshuayi, Lucas Biglia.
Out: Emmanuel Emenike, Joey O'Brien, Victor Moses.

What an exciting time it is to be a West Ham fan.

Last summer they signed Dimitri Payet, and he has to be the signing of the season as he has taken the Hammers to another level. This year its about building on the quality foundations set with more attacking talent.

Slaven Bilic has proven to be a very exciting manager, and Gokhan Tore is a player he knows inside out from his time at Besiktas. The Besiktas chairman has said that Tore can go for €30m, but West Ham will look to nab him for lower.

Michy Batshuayi has not quite kicked on from last season's highs as Marseille have had a terrible time of it this time out. This has made Batshuayi attainable to a club like West Ham, and he would surely thrive due to his familiarity with Dimi Payet.

Lucas Biglia would be an experienced and tenacious midfield addition, if he could be convinced to leave Lazio. The firey Argentine would be an instant hero with the fans.


In: Fraiser Forster, Mario Gotze, Jonas Hector, Mahmoud Dahoud, Piotr Zieliński.
Out: Simon Mignolet, Martin Skrtel, Christian Benteke, Jose Enrique.

Just like Gerard Houiller went hunting in France, and Rafa Benitez brought the Spanish armada, Jurgen Klopp should use his knowledge of Germany to bring in the players required to get Liverpool firing on all cylinders. But first, he needs a keeper.

Fraiser Forster is not only the best candidate to solidify the goalkeeping position for the next decade at Anfield, but he would keep the proud tradition of signing Southampton players alive for one more year.

Mario Gotze is attainable and legitimately exciting, Jonas Hector is already a German international, and Mahmoud Dahoud, an incredible story from Syria, is the talk of the Bundesliga for his all-action midfield play.

Piotr Zielinski is a bit mad, Klopp likes that.


In: Leonardo Bonucci, Radja Nainggolan, Miralem Pjanic, Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Out: John Obi Mikel, Radamel Falcao.

Chelsea are likely going to undergo a major system change under Antonio Conte, and he will need to bring in players that can operate in his favourite formation of 3-5-2. So where better than Italy?

Miralem Pjanic would be a very exciting addition to the league from a neutral point of view, as the Bosnian is one of few players who can boast a more impressive free-kick highlight reel in Europe this season. His teammate at Roma, a man that Jim Beglin named "ferret head", would light up the Premier league with his intense and physical midfield play. But both players will cost a bomb.

Bonucci and Lichtsteiner would be available for less, and would not only make an effortless transition to Conte's scheme, but freshen up a Chelsea back line that has become a bit stale.

It's time to let John Obi Mikel free to run wild in Turkey.

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