The English transfer window officially opens on the 1st of July but many clubs are identifying and securing early business. There is no major tournament this year so many agents, players and clubs will be agreeing fees and contracts day by day. The window officially closes on the 31st of August so the top clubs will be heavily involved with hundreds of players across many leagues. Spending surpassed £1billion for the first time in the 2016 window, therefore, do not be surprised if we see a number close to that total with the likes of Aubameyang, Lukaku, and Ronaldo looking to move on.
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Chelsea arguably have the strongest squad, proven by the Premier League title and being FA Cup finalists. Courtois is a top keeper and the back 5 deployed by Conte is one of the strongest in the league alongside Spurs and United. I believe Conte should give Ake more experience at LWB or CB to prove his worth and possibly Zouma can play an integral part alongside Luiz/Azpi/Cahill now that Terry has left. There isn’t much room for improvement in the Chelsea squad but Diego Costa is being linked with a move away so possibly another striker like Lukaku can come in to the lead the line which leaves Batshuayi as a fringe player once again. Also, Matic is being linked with a move away to United so a Box to Box midfielder may need to join the ranks. Chelsea have a strong squad and would need to invest in perhaps 1 or 2 more players to solidify their title defence and to win more trophies.
Tottenham Hotspur have seen a huge development both on and off the pitch in recent years with the stadium move, Pochettino creating his squad and many players being signed to new long term contracts. Harry Kane is known as one of the best striker in the EPL and it is absolutely vital that Spurs keep hold of him but I believe that another striker should be signing for Spurs as a backup to Kane as he is known to have minor injuries throughout the season. Son does a good job covering Kane but Janssen does not offer enough to allow Spurs to take it one step further and win the title. Spurs have a great defensive line up with likes of Lloris, Rose, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier. They should sign a striker, an upcoming centre-back like Keane or Gibson and perhaps an attacking midfielder/winger to increase the depth of the squad to progress from 3rd and 2nd place, eventually to 1st.
Manchester City have already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco and Ederson from Benfica but Pep needs to strengthen even further to take part in the title race. Kompany is without a doubt one of the best defenders in the league but he is very injury prone therefore, City need to invest in a top centre back like Varane and should look at signing a full back now that the club have released Clichy and Sagna with Zabaleta signing for West Ham. The attacking threat at the club is undeniable with the likes of Jesus, Aguero, Silva, KDB, Sterling, Sane and Nolito. Therefore, the room for improvement in the attacking department is minimal but Pep must sign 2 or 3 defenders and a defensive midfielder to strengthen the squad and ensure that the second season for Pep in English Football is successful.
Liverpool have shown huge improvements under Klopp, they have adapted to a formation that suits the squad and have started to creep back up the table. There is a huge debate over the keeper situation at Liverpool, whether it should be Mignolet, Karius or perhaps even Joe Hart. If Liverpool want to the challenge for the title, they should bring in a top keeper to improve their defence and ensure the back line is strong by investing in a LB and a CB. Liverpool should sign a central midfielder like Isco or Thiago to create competition between the midfielders to ensure Klopp is getting the best from his players. Liverpool’s attack is shaping up to be deadly with the likes of Mane, Firmino, Coutinho, Solanke and possibly Salah. However, Klopp should go all out and sign a goalscoring striker like Aubameyang or Mbappe.
Arsenal have already a signed Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a free which looks to be a good signing but if Wenger insists on playing the 3-4-3 formation which he switched to last season, he must keep hold of Sanchez and Ozil. Wenger has created a strong back line with the likes of Bellerin, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal and Oxlade Chamberlain but the protection of players is more important than the investment in this window, in my opinion. Arsenal should look for a strong, battling centre midfielder and perhaps a striker to lead the line with Sanchez if Giroud leaves, to create competition between Welbeck and someone like Cavani or Mbappe to improve on Arsenal’s league position.
Manchester United have also secured the signing of Victor Lindelof, a 22 year old from Benfica for a fee estimated to be 30m. Mourinho should look to keep De Gea and fill the gap left by Zlatan most importantly. Morata is being heavily linked with a move to United which will help with the development of Rashford and Martial. Unfortunately for Jose, his favoured number 7 Griezmann, turned down a move to the club. United have a strong squad with a few gaps, Fabinho would be a good move for United as Carrick and Fellaini are declining, Pogba is improving by the day and will become unstoppable this season and a big name should come in and score 30 goals for United, potentially Morata or Belotti. I believe many United fans will be hoping for a better league campaign this season which will be influenced by the movement of De Gea and the striker or number 7 that they bring in.
Last season was a very interesting season, many clubs underperformed such as United and Arsenal with Chelsea and Spurs leading the way. Conte endured a class season in his first season in English football and he will be looking to continue that trend. Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, City and United will all be competing in the Champions League this upcoming season so the recruitment is vital for those clubs while trying to keep hold of key players like Hazard and De Gea. Arsenal are in the Europa League, which they will be favourites for so they will be looking to perform on many Sunday afternoons to improve their league position and win more silverware.
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