Premier League transfer guide: Chelsea are spending big money but there are plenty of other deals in progress… So, who is YOUR club looking to sign with new season just two weeks away?
- There are less than three weeks until the start of the new Premier League season
- Clubs have until October 5 to complete their summer transfer dealings
- Chelsea are the biggest spenders and show now signs of stopping yet
- Manchester United are still chasing Jadon Sancho but also need others
- Sportsmail looks at where each club needs to strengthen this summer
The 2020-21 summer transfer window is in full swing with clubs having until October 5 to get their deals over the line.
Despite fears coronavirus would affect spending, several teams have already been splashing out. Most significantly Chelsea have spent £50million on Timo Werner while Manchester City paid £40m for Nathan Ake. And there are plenty of signs that other clubs will be spending big too.
With less than three weeks until the new campaign kicks off, Sportsmail takes a look at where each club will be looking to strengthen and who is on the radar.
Clubs have already been busy with Chelsea securing the £53million signing of Timo Werner
Mikel Arteta started his rebuild by signing Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and more recruits are expected to follow.
But the Gunners’ most important business of the window might just be tying down star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract, but that wait goes on.
Arteta will be keen to strengthen his central midfield area with Matteo Guendouzi seemingly on the verge of leaving while Mesut Ozil’s future remains up in the air. The Spaniard will also want to add to his defence after shipping 48 goals in the league last season.
The club have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is all set to complete a £27m move to the Emirates despite late interest from PSG and Manchester City.
Arsenal need to add to their midfield and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey has been linked
Much of Aston Villa’s transfer strategy will depend on the future of Jack Grealish.
The midfielder was involved in over 30 per cent of the club’s goals last season and was integral to their Premier League survival.
Manchester United have long been interested in the 24-year-old with Villa holding out for a fee of £80m. Should the captain leave, Dean Smith would have funds to spend on strengthening key areas.
The club needs more goal threats and creativity, especially if they lose Grealish, with Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster and Brentford’s Ollie Watkins thought to be on their radar. Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is another potential target, while Villa and West Brom are both interested in Southampton forward Michael Obafemi.
Smith also needs more defensive options after his side shipped 67 goals last season – only relegated Norwich conceded more.
Aston Villa need more attacking options and are interested in signing Rhian Brewster on loan
Two midfielders have arrived at the Amex stadium with Adam Lallana joining on a free transfer from Liverpool and Lars Dendoncker, brother of the Wolves star Leander, signing from Club Brugge.
The Seagulls need to bring in another striker to partner Neal Maupay, and £14m-rated Almeria striker Darwin Nunez is on the club’s list of targets, but Benfica are also in the running for the Uruguayan.
Brighton may have to look at their defence too with Lewis Dunk and Ben White both targets for clubs at the top end of the table. Celtic and West Ham are keen on Shane Duffy too.
Dunk has been linked with a £40m move to Chelsea while White is said to be wanted by all of the top-six sides. The club have previously insisted both players are not for sale but a big-money offer could change their stance.
Brighton have enquired about Paderborn centre-back Luca Kilian with the German side willing to let the 20-year-old leave for a fee of £3m.
It is also reported that Trabzonspor have rejected a £13.5m offer from Brighton for goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.
Brighton may need to strengthen their defensive options if they lose captain Lewis Dunk
Sean Dyche was not afraid to hide his frustration with the Burnley board at the end of last season as the club failed to agree contract extensions with the likes of Jeff Hendrick and Aaron Lennon.
Burnley had an impressive end to the campaign, losing just two of their last 16 games, but Dyche’s squad is small and the manager is keen to add more depth with only reserve goalkeeper Will Norris brought in so far.
The Lancashire side have been linked with a loan move for Brighton’s Shane Duffy, who would provide cover and competition for Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.
Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien is another name to have been mentioned, with the 21-year-old’s versatility making him an ideal player for Dyche’s side.
Angers’ Baptiste Santamaria is another name said to be on Dyche’s shopping list.
Versatile Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien a player said to be on Sean Dyche’s radar
What a big summer this is for the Blues. It’s no secret that Chelsea are looking to strengthen their defence after shipping 54 goals last season – the most of any club in the top 10.
That could include replacing goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who Frank Lampard clearly lost faith in towards the end of the season. The Blues have been linked with a host of different goalkeepers but Nick Pope and Andre Onana appear to be the two front-runners, while Dean Henderson, Jan Oblak and Ben Foster have also been mentioned but are outside shots. Manchester United’s No 2 Sergio Romero is the latest name to be touted, with Henderson now set to battle with David de Gea for the No 1 shirt there.
The club are on the lookout for a centre-back and a left-back. As previously mentioned, Lewis Dunk is a player they are said to be considering while Manchester City’s out-of-favour England international John Stones and West Ham star Declan Rice, who Chelsea once let go from their academy, have also been linked with £40m-plus moves.
Burnley’s Nick Pope is one of many goalkeepers to have been linked with Chelsea this summer
Leicester’s Ben Chilwell has long been a target at left-back but the Blues would likely have to stump up around £50million for the England international.
Lampard has already added more firepower up front with Hakim Ziyech and Werner but there is set to be another stellar attacking arrival when Kai Havertz completes a switch from Bayer Leverkusen, and the transfer fee could be an astronomical £90m.
Defender Nathan Ferguson arrived on a free transfer from West Brom and the highly-rated right-back looks to be an astute signing.
But only Norwich scored fewer goals than Crystal Palace last season so it’s fair to say a striker will likely be the top priority for Roy Hodgson for the rest of the window.
Wilfried Zaha is said to be keen on leaving Selhurst Park after he was priced out of a move last season and his sale would give the Eagles’ boss money to spend on recruiting more attackers.
Queens Park Rangers winger Eberechi Eze is a player Palace have been tracking, but Fulham and West Ham are also in the running for a £15m deal. Relegated Watford’s Ismaila Sarr is another winger to have caught Palace’s interest.
Crystal Palace struggled for goals last season and are looking at signing QPR’s Eberechi Eze
Carlo Ancelotti is preparing for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park and is hoping to build a squad that can challenge for a place in the top six.
The club are in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid over £12m right-back Santiago Arias but the club also need another centre-back and defensive midfield option.
The club have been linked with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Ben Foster has also been touted as a possible replacement for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who had a frustrating campaign. Teenage left-back Niels Nkounkou is already in but might not yet be ready for the first team.
Napoli’s Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure at Watford are possible midfield targets.
Everton are thought to be in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid right-back Santiago Arias
Scott Parker has already admitted the club need to do things differently to the last time they were in the Premier League. Over £100m was spent following Fulham’s promotion in 2018 – only for the club to suffer immediate relegation.
Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson has already joined and Parker only had to pay £1.9m following the Latics’ relegation to League One. The defender had been linked with AC Milan in January and is an exciting prospect. Fulham have also made Anthony Knockaert’s loan move from Brighton permanent for £10.5m.
Fulham are also one of the many clubs eyeing a loan move for Rhian Brewster but will face stiff competition. A fight is brewing with Crystal Palace and West Ham over QPR star Eberechi Eze.
Fulham look to have won the race to sign highly-rated Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson
After 16 years away from the Premier League, Leeds will be desperate to bring in the right players to ensure their survival.
Marcelo Bielsa is looking to sign a striker with Michy Batshuayi, Edinson Cavani and Odsonne Edouard having all been linked with a move to Elland Road.
The club would also like to sign Ben White on a permanent basis after the defender was a standout performer during their promotion campaign. But Brighton’s reluctance to sell and the competition from top-six sides means it will be a tough ask for the club to pull off a deal.
There have already been arrivals, with Helder Costa’s loan move from Wolves now made permanent for £15m, and goalkeeper Illan Meslier doing the same for £5.5m after his own loan from Lorient.
Marcelo Bielsa is in the market for a striker and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has been linked
Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen his defensive options with centre-back and left-back thought to be the priorities.
The club may need a replacement for Ben Chilwell but a big fee of £50m would give the Foxes’ boss plenty to work with. Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico is an exciting option being explored.
Rodgers is also on the lookout for a midfielder with Todd Cantwell said to be on his radar. The Norwich man impressed during his first Premier League season and he is keen to secure a return to the top flight.
Leicester may need a new left-back if they decide to sell Ben Chilwell to Chelsea this summer
The signing of Kostas Tsimikas will provide some much needed cover for Andy Robertson at left-back but Jurgen Klopp is still looking to make a few tweaks to his title-winning squad.
Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara is seemingly Anfield-bound for a bargain £23m fee. The 29-year-old Spain international’s contract is counting down at Bayern.
Ismaila Sarr is another player the club are thought to be interested in but the Reds are unlikely to splash as much as the £30m Watford are demanding.
Curtis Jones could have the impact of a new signing with the youngster set to be promoted to the first-team permanently.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara
Pep Guardiola was quick to sign Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres at the start of the window but more Champions League heartache highlighted the gaps in the City squad.
The club need a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez has been suggested as a player they could target.
A reunion between Guardiola and Lionel Messi no longer appears to be merely a pipe dream with the forward considering his future following Barcelona’s humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich.
More realistic perhaps is a move for Wolves’ Adama Traore, with Leroy Sane having left for Bayern Munich and Guardiola a known admirer.
City are still short on defensive options and they found themselves caught out with injuries last season. Yan Couto (£5m) and Issa Kabore (£4m) are low-key arrivals at right-back but another centre-back and left-back could be required before the window closes.
Tottenham’s Harry Winks has also been suggested as an unlikely replacement for David Silva at £40m.
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez could be a long-term replacement for striker Sergio Aguero
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brutally honest when his side were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla. The Manchester United boss said his squad must improve if they want to challenge for the league title, hinting that big signings will need to be made.
The club have been unable to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for their No 1 target Jadon Sancho due to the German side holding out for a £108m fee. Bournemouth’s David Brooks is a genuine alternative, and much cheaper at £40m.
United also need to strengthen their defence, midfield and striker options. They have already missed out on Nathan Ake and Arsenal look set to beat them to the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes.
Jack Grealish has also been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but, like Sancho, he would not come cheap.
Wolves hotshot Raul Jimenez is a reported target too.
Manchester United are still hopeful they can sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund
Steve Bruce has famously maintained clubs are only as good as their strikers but none of his Newcastle forwards managed to score more than four goals in the Premier League last season.
Had the club’s Saudi-backed takeover gone through, recruitment plans could have been significantly different but Bruce is unlikely to break the bank this summer.
The Magpies need more attacking players and Roma’s Patrik Schick is thought to be their top target at £22m.
The club are close to sealing a deal for free agent Jeff Hendrick while Todd Cantwell and Everton’s Tom Davies have also been linked. There could be a battle brewing with Southampton for Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie.
Steve Bruce is hoping to sign midfielder Jeff Hendrick but also needs to add attacking players
Chris Wilder’s side were the surprise team of the 2019-2020 campaign and the Sheffield United boss will be keen to ensure they don’t suffer the common second-season syndrome of falling into relegation trouble.
With Dean Henderson’s future at Manchester United uncertain, the Blades moved in for £18.5m Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash is a £15m target.
Wilder will also want to add another attacking option – his side were the lowest scorers in the top 12 last season with 39 goals.
Reading midfielder John Swift is a player the Blades are interested in but they have been unable to reach an agreement with the Royals.
Sheffield United have snapped up Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for £18.5m
The Saints have already signed two defenders in Kyle Walker-Peters (£12m) and Mohammed Salisu (£11m).
Ralph Hasenhuttl also needs a defensive midfielder after losing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham.
The club are reportedly in talks with Schalke over a £20m deal for midfielder Weston McKennie, who is keen on a move to the Premier League.
Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham and Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun are two other players the Saints are said to be interested in.
Danny Welbeck – if he stays fit – could be a bargain signing at £5.5m following Watford’s relegation, and the Saints are leading that chase.
Southampton are reportedly in advanced talks with Schalke over a deal for Weston McKennie
Joe Hart became Tottenham’s second signing of the summer with the goalkeeper arriving on a free transfer from Burnley.
Spurs’ struggles without Harry Kane highlighted the need for another attacking option and the club have still not replaced creative midfielder Christian Eriksen. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a £15m arrival from Southampton, is a more defensive player.
But Jose Mourinho is working on a tight budget and may have to sell before he can buy.
Harry Winks has been linked with a £40m move to Manchester City, which would provide the Portuguese boss with money to spend. But the north London side will be keen to avoid selling to a top-six rival with Winks also a valuable asset on the pitch.
Callum Wilson is a reported target as back-up for Kane and could be good value following Bournemouth’s relegation.
Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder Pizzi, who scored 30 goals last season, is also the subject of interest and could cost £30m.
Joe Hart became Tottenham’s second signing of the summer after his release from Burnley
The Baggies know they will have to strengthen if they want to avoid another relegation back to the Championship.
Slaven Bilic needs more striking options to rival Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu. The club could be set to battle it out with rivals Villa for Southampton’s Michael Obafemi while Ollie Watkins and Vedat Muriqi have also been linked.
West Brom are also one of the clubs said to be interested in Jesse Lingard with the midfielder likely to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Matheus Pereira has joined on a permanent £9m deal having helped the club to promotion while on loan from Sporting Lisbon last season.
West Brom are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Brentford’s Ollie Watkins
David Moyes will be hoping his West Ham side can kick on after avoiding relegation last season. Signing Tomas Soucek on a permanent £19m deal will help.
The Hammers need to add some firepower up front to partner Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen. They are set to rival Palace for Eberechi Eze and Brentford’s Said Benrahma is also a target.
Moyes also wants to strengthen his defence. Although the club are adamant Chelsea target Declan Rice is not for sale, a big fee would give the Scot funds to rebuild.
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is among the midfield options, and he could be available for £14m.
West Ham are adamant that Chelsea target Declan Rice will not be sold this summer
After a marathon campaign of 59 games, Nuno Espirito Santo knows he needs to add more depth to his squad if they want to challenge for a top-six place next season.
A long-term injury to star left-back Jonny means the Wolves boss is likely to want reinforcements in that position.
Nuno will want to hold on to Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez but he is also looking to add another attacking option with Braga striker Paulinho and Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin players the club are thought to be watching.
Midfielders being considered are Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Palhinha.
Wolves will look to add to their attack as well as hold on to Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore
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