Who the Premier League top 7 need to improve next Season

The 2017 summer transfer window is shaping up to be very exciting yet again as teams look to buy players they need to help them improve in the coming season. With the huge financial backing behind the two Manchester clubs we know they are likely to be spending between £200-300 million on new players, Everton have Chinese backing now and they will be looking to invest whilst holding on to their current stars. Liverpool have Champions League football to persuade the players they really want. Arsenal may struggle to attract the top names and keep hold of their current stars without Champions League football next year, while Tottenham need some real invest to help improve their squad so they can compete in Europe and in the Premier League. Chelsea are the Champions and most will say they don’t need much improvement but they need to invest in players to give them a balanced squad to allow they to put up a good defence of their title while also challenging in Europe.

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Antonio Conte has been a great addition to the Premier League and could end the season with a league and cup double. However with Champions League football next season he must invest in his squad and I will now look at who he needs to bring in.

Defenders:

Giorgio Chiellini

A physically strong and aggressive centre-back with grat versatility. Currently at Juventus, where he is often deployed as the left sided centre back of a three man back line. A perfect fit to replace Gary Cahill, who is often considered the week link of the Chelsea back three system. Played under Conte at Juventus which could prove vital if Chelsea look to bring him in. Now 32 years old some will say Chiellini is past his best but he is a quality defender with great experience at the highest level. You can always trust an Italian defender no matter how old they get.

Benjamin Mendy

One of the stars of the Monaco side that this season won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.  A young left back with a good defensive brain aswell as a drive to get forward. Known this season for his crossing and willingness to carry the ball, this season he provided eight goals for team mates. A player that looks to have great potential and one that could provide much needed competition and cover for Marcos Alonso who this season has performed so well for Chelsea at left-wing back.

Midfielders:

Marco Verratti

A quick, creative and technically gifted central-midfielder, Verratti has been a star member of the Paris Saint-Germain team that have dominated French football for the last five years. His excellent vision and passing range allow him to create chances for his teammates, while his is also well known for his dribbling ability and close control. And despite his small stature he is a hard-working, well rounded player known for his aggression and defensive ability. His current contract only runs until 2018 so this could be the perfect time for Chelsea to make a move for the Italian often likened to the legendary Andrea Pirlo.

Strikers/Wingers:

Alvaro Morata

The young Spaniard has been constantly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this season and it looks like a move that could be on the cards. The striker has struggled to retain a regular first team spot competing with the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo and with Real likely to bring in another striker this summer, Morata’s time in Madrid could be up. Still only 24 the striker has played at two of the world’s biggest clubs in Real Madrid and Juventus. Known for his excellent movement, quick feet and clinical finishing. The Spanish forward could be the ideal replacement for Diego Costa who seems all but certain to leave this summer. Morata has also netted eight times for the Spanish national team, and is capable of playing anywhere along the forward or as a link between midfield and attack.

Romelu Lukaku

The big Belgian appears to be looking for a Champions League club having rejected a new deal at Everton earlier this season. The former Chelsea man who was sold to Everton for £28 million in 2014 after a succesful loan spell, has netted 52 times since his move to Goodison Park was made permanent. Including 24 in the Premier League this season. A physically strong player, known for his hold up play and finishing ability. A different option to Morata but Chelsea may look to bring in both to help them compete on all fronts next season.

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The Belgian has proven himself as a top striker in the Premier League but the question still remains as to whether or not he can get goals in Europe’s top club competition

Lorenzo Insigne

The little Italian has been a star man for Napoli in the Serie A this season, having netted 17 goals while he has also provided eight assists for teammates. He is best known for his creativity, speed and eye for goal. Usually deployed as a wide man who would be an excellent addition to the Chelsea squad, still just 25 there is plenty of room for improvement while his tenacity would definitely impress Antonio Conte. A purchase that would certainly improve the Chelsea squad and a player Chelsea could get for under £30 million, which in this day and age is a bargain.

Must Keep:

Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois- quite possibly the two best players in the Chelsea team, they must be kept at the club this summer. Eden Hazard has an ability like nobody else in the Premier League and Courtois is one of the worlds top five goalkeepers. Keeping these two is as important as any signing they could possibly make.

Tottenham Hotspur 

While most would say this has been another fantastic season for a young Spurs side, it is also yet another season without any silverware. Last season Tottenham failed to invest in quality players and thus failed to improve their squad and while their stars of 2015/16 improved again in the 2016/17 it wasn’t enough to see them crash out in the Champions league group stage and come up short yet again in the league. While Tottenham don’t quite have the finances to compete with the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, they have the money to improve the squad they currently have if Daniel Levy decides to spend.

Defenders:

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Virgil Van Dijk

The Dutch centre-back has been a constantly improving player since his move from Scotland in 2015. A strong, quick player with great aerial ability, he was made Southampton captain following the departure of Jose Fonte in January. Despite a bad injury he is still being saught after by all the top clubs in England. Spurs have two very good central defenders in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen but Van Dijk would add some much needed cover and would challenge the two Belgians unlike Tottenhams current defensive cover. While it is also rumoured that Alderweireld is stalling on a new deal at White Hart Lane and could soon be on his way out. Meaning the acquisition of Van Dijk could be vital for Spurs as they look to improve in 2017/18.

Benedikt Howedes

Another option at centre-back should Spurs be priced out of a move for Van Dijk is Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes. The German is capable of being deployed anywhere across the back line but plays mainly as a centre-back. Known for his no-nonsense style of play, he also possesses great tackling and aerial ability. This could prove to be a much more enticing deal for Spurs as his current deal with Schalke expires in June. A player with great experience at both club and international level, playing every game in Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014.

Midfielders:

Oriel Romeu

The Spaniard has been one of the stand out performers in the league this season, still only 25 he has many years ahead of him and could work very well beside Victor Wanyama. Calm on the ball, Romeu is best known for his ability to break up the play and shield the back four. Signed from Chelsea in 2015, he has made 50 appearances since his move to St. Mary’s and looks a hugely improved player than what we saw at Chelsea and his other two loan spells. The signing of Romeu could also lead to Moussa Dembele being deployed in a more advanced role which I believe would improve both his game and the Tottenham team as a whole.

Lars Bender

The 28 year-old German has been a stand-out performer for Bayer Leverkusen for the past three seasons, taking over as club captain in 2015/16, however this season has been a struggle for him after returning from long term injury. An all action midfielder, he possesses good tackling and passing while he also known for his ball interceptions. A risky option given his injury history but still a quality player and entering the prime of his career.

Strikers:

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Chicharito has Premier League experience and has scored over 35 goals in two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen

Javier Hernandez

The little Mexican could be the perfect buy this summer for Tottenham, a striker known for being in the right place at the right time. Often referred to as a goal poacher, he made a name for himself at Old Trafford by scoring important and often late goals. The type of player that could find a goal out of nothing, something Tottenham are regularly seen to be lacking. Known for his movement and ability in the air. Chicharito could definitely add something new to Tottenham Hotspur.

Dries Mertens

A quick and agile forward player with a great eye for goal, the Belgian has been unstoppable in Serie A this season notching up a career best 27 goals for Napoli, while also netting five goals in Europe. A player capable of playing anywhere across the forward line, he could provide a final bit of cutting edge to the Tottenham team. At 30 years old, he may only have a few years left at the top but he seems to be getting better with age. His age may also ward off other potentially suitors. Spurs should definitely consider a move for the 2016 Belgian player of the year.

Manchester City

City have had a disappointing first season under Pep Guardiola, mainly caused by frailty’s at the back and inconsistent goalkeepers. They have managed to secure a third place finish but they never really challenged for the title which would of been the expectation back in August. City appear to be planning a huge summer of ins and outs at the club. Here I examine some of the players they could bring in to have them challenging on all fronts next season.

Goalkeepers:

 

Marc-Andre ter Stegan

The 25 year old German has been the No.1 at Barcelona this season following the departure of Claudio Bravo to Manchester City last season. An all-rounder as a goalkeeper, he has great reflexes and shot stopping while also being terrific on the ball. He’s also been linked with a move to City over the past few months but Barcelona may be reluctant to let another one of their goalies leave the club for Manchester City this summer. Ter Stegan has just signed a new contract with the club however and this may force City to look at other targets.

Ederson Moraes

The 23 year old has impressed as Benfica’s No.1 this season and is believed to be City’s top goalkeeping target. The Brazilian is still young but has many good years ahead of him and Pep Guardiola believes he is the right man. Talks have taken place and Benfica have even come out and said that a deal has been agreed. There’s nothing concrete at the moment though and City have still not commented. A move may be confirmed in the coming days however.

Either of these men would be an improvement on City’s current goalkeeping options however and Pep should certainly consider them both.

Defenders:

Kyle Walker

Walker has had another great season for Tottenham Hotspur even being named in the Premier League Team of the Year, he has however been linked with a move away in recent months and his understudy Kieran Trippier has been favoured in recent weeks. Known for his blistering pace and ability to get forward, he could be exactly what Man City are looking for as they look to replace Pablo Zabaleta. While Tottenham would be silly to sell to a rival, if the right bid comes in Daniel Levy may have no choice but to accept.

Leonardo Bonucci

A tall and strong defender, Bonucci is known for his great postional sense, anticipation, tackling and ability to read the game. The 30 year-old is experienced at both club and international level. He has been one of the key members of the Juventus team that have reached the Champions League final, won Serie A for the sixth season running and won the Coppa Italia for the third season running, scoring in the final. A defender that any manger would love in their side he has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and City could definitely make the move this summer. The Italian could be an excellent partner to help John Stones reach his potential.

Benjamin Mendy

Another possible destination for Benjamin Mendy is Manchester City, the full back has been linked with a host of Premier League sides but Man City are the side in most need of a quality left back. Their full-backs have been the biggest week spot of the City team this season and need to invest in a new left full. Mendy is a quality defender, who also possesses great attacking ability. His high-work rate will also impress City Manager Pep Guardiola.

Midfielders:

Ross Barkley

Another player looking likely to leave Everton this summer, the Englisman appears to have refused to sign a new contract and believes he is good enough to be playing at a Champions League club. Barkley has only shown glimpses of his talent since breaking onto the scene in the 2013/14 season. A player with potential but often seen to be inconsistent, City are said to be long time admirers of the player however, and maybe Pep Guardiola believes he can turn him into the player Evertonian’s have been hoping to see in the last few seasons.

Strikers:

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Sanchez has been the star man for Arsenal this season having netted 24 Premier League goals

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean has been a star for Arsenal since joining from Barcelona in 2014, he appears to have to interest in extending his stay at Arsenal beyond 2018, and if Arsenal want to command a big fee they will have to sell him this summer. City have been strongly linked with a move for the froward, who can play out wide or through the middle. A hard-working attacker, this would be a great addition to the City team and Arsenal may have no choice but to sell if Alexis confirms he wants to depart.

Must Keep:

Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero. Kompany has struggled with injury in the last few seasons but he has been a stand out performer since returning this season and is still one of the best centre-backs in the league. Sergio Aguero is without doubt the best striker in the Premier League and has managed 120 goals in 180 games since joining City. He has been linked with a move away after the signing of Gabriel Jesus but if City want to compete at the top level in Europe and domestically they will hold on to the Argentine.

Confirmed Signings:

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The Portuguese midfield player was a vital part of the Monaco side that won the League title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Bernardo Silva

City confirmed Silva as their first summer signing last week, he arrives at the club after an outstanding season with French Champions Monaco, finishing the season with 11 goals and 12 assists in all competitions. Silva is renowned for his dribbling, clever movement and precision passing not to mention a wand of a left foot. The 22 year old is seen as a long term replacement for David Silva.

Liverpool

Another season that promised so much but had fallen apart by the end of January. Liverpool were at the top challenging but then a few key men picked up injuries and they fell away, they are a side that must improve their squad greatly if they are to compete next season especially if they get through the Champions League qualifiers. Here I examine some of the players Jurgen Klopp should be looking at this summer.

Defenders:

Frailty’s at the back were a huge issue for Liverpool again this season and they should definitely be looking to bring in a left-back and at least one centre-back.

Jonas Hector

A 26 year old German left back that currently plays for FC Koln in the Bundesliga. An attack minded full-back, Hector is known for his dribbling and crossing as an attacking player and his concentration and tackling as a defender. Hector has been one of stars that have led Koln to European football next season. The defender is also a regular in the German national side. He is under contract until 2021 so that may increase his transfer fee but if Liverpool are serious about challenging next year they need to be willing to open the cheque book for all players, not just Southampton players.

Benedikt Howedes

A free agent this summer, an experienced German centre-back that Liverpool should be keeping a close eye on. The German is capable of being deployed anywhere across the back line but plays mainly as a centre-back. The type of no nonsense defender that could really improve Liverpool’s defence, and the kind of player they definitely need if they are to perform in the Champions League next season. At 29 years old he is entering his prime years and could be on a number of clubs wishlists this summer that are looking for a quality centre-back.

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Michael Keane has had a superb season at Burnley and has been one of the key men that kept them from Premier League relegation for the first time

Michael Keane

The Englishman has been linked with a host of top Premier League clubs after an excellent season with Burnley, the former Man Utd man has shown himself to be a competent all-round defender and made his England debut in 2017. Keane has been strongly linked to a return to Manchester but Liverpool are also interested and could beat United to his signature with an early approach.

Midfielders:

Ivan Rakitic

The Croatian midfielder may be the one thing lacking from the Liverpool midfield. A terrific passer of the ball, Rakitic has won it all at Barca and been one of the stars up until this season, know for his goal threat and ability to pick out passes anywhere on the pitch, the Barcelona man could be a perfect addition to Liverpool this summer. At 29 years old he still has a few good years ahead of him and could give Liverpool an extra edge in the Champions League aswell as the Premier League. He has made over 100 appearances at Barcelona since his move in 2014 while also earning over 90 international caps for Croatia.

Strikers:

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The former Man City man has found the net 39 times in all competitions this season for Roma

Edin Dzeko

The Bosnian would be a perfect fit for Liverpool providing them with a vocal point for their wingers and attack midfielders to play off. Dzeko is also a serious goal threat having netted 29 times in Serie A this season. The former Manchester City man has proven he can score goals in the Premier League and was an important member of both City’s 2012 and 2014 title wins. At 31 he may be approaching the twilight of his career but he has proven this season that he doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Dzeko has also scored 50 goals for the Bosnian national side.

Must Keep:

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian is the star man at Liverpool and is the type of player that the club should be building their team around. The 24 year old has flourished since arriving at Anfield, his performances leading him to be linked to a big money move to Barcelona, the type of player any Premier League team would love to have and while Barcelona would tempt any player, Liverpool must find a way to keep him at the club.

Arsenal

A summer of change is needed for Arsenal in 2017, Arsene Wenger has signed a new two year contract, but Sanchez and Ozil are reportedly on the way out after refusing to commit their futures to the club, while there could also be a change at the top with Alisher Usmanov looking to buy Stan Kroenke’s controlling share in the club. But the most important thing Arsenal must do is invest after missing out on the top 4 for the first time in 21 years in 2016/17.

Defenders:

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Kostas Manolas

The 25 year old Greek International was a reported target of Arsenal last summer but Roma refused to sell. Arsenal will be looking for defensive re-enforcement’s once again this summer and the central defender should be high on the list once again. Known for his impressive pace and excellent marking, he could be just what Arsenal are looking for. The signing of a centre-half will be critical for Arsenal if they are looking to play with a back three regularly next season.

Midfielders:

Idrissa Gueye

The 27 year old has had an extremely impressive first season at Everton. He became the first player to win 100 tackles across Europe’s top five leagues and he made the highest number of successful tackles and interceptions per game across Europe’s top five leagues in 2016. Arsenal missed out on N’Golo Kante last summer but Gueye could be the perfect player to fill the void in Arsenals midfield. The Senegalese man breaks up the play well, while also possessing quality on the ball. Gueye would be a big improvement on Francis Coquelin but could be quite costly given that he is playing for a Premier League rival and is coming off the back of such an impressive season.

Thomas Lemar

The Frenchman could be the perfect signing for Arsenal this summer. At just 21 years of age the midfielder has his best years ahead of him but he already looks to be the real deal. Lemar was a very important member of the Monaco team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2016/17, finishing the season with 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions.  These stats showing him to be far more productive than all of Arsenals wide players and forwards other than Alexis Sanchez. While Lemar could yet prove to be a one season wonder, Arsenal would be foolish to not take a chance on the youngster.

Forwards:

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The Argentine striker has netted an impressive 71 times in 125 appearances since joining Inter in 2013.

Mauro Icardi

A player that could be exactly what Arsenal have been looking for since they lost Robin Van Persie, a complete striker. Icardi is known for his goal scoring and more importantly his ability to both play as a target man and being able to carry the ball and make runs in-behind the defence. The 24 year old would be considered a gamble by many though, due to off-field drama’s. However his ability cannot be questioned, the Inter captain netted 24 times this season in Serie A. Arsenal have been looking for a consistent out & out striker since the loss of Van Persie and most fans would agree they have yet to find a replacement. Maybe a bit of a gamble but a player that has the ability to push Arsenal into title contention next season.

Ciro Immobile

The Italian has had an impressive season at Lazio, netting 26 goals in all competitions. While Immobile has bounced around a number of clubs in his career, at 27 he still has plenty to offer. Although he failed to impress at Borussia Dortmund, the Italian is definitely an option for Arsenal as they could get him for under £30 million, and in this day and age thats a bargain for a striker capable of 20+ goals a season. Definitely one to look at for Arsene Wenger.

Must Keep:

Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean superstar was the one shining light on Arsenals season, he netted 30 goals in all competitions including 24 in the Premier League. He also scored the first goal in their F.A. Cup triumph. He is Arsenals best player and they will struggle to bring in a player of his quality even if they sell him for a big fee. While Sanchez has been stalling on a contract and has aspirations to play at the very top level, the Gunners must do all they can to keep him at the Emirates.

Confirmed Signings:

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Sead Kolasinic

The Bosnian will be joining Arsenal on a free transfer after deciding to leave Schalke 04. The 23 year old is not what most would call a modern day full back as he is more renowned for his defensive ability’s than his attacking ability’s. However this is a clever move from Arsenal in my opinion, they always struggle defensively and Kolasinic is also capable of being deployed as a centre back or defensive midfielder. He will definitely add to the quality of the Arsenal defence.

Manchester United

It seems big changes are ahead for the squad of Manchester United this summer, while it was a disappointing campaign for Jose Mourinho’s men they still managed to end the season with three trophies and Champions League football next season. Mourinho is looking to find the remaining pieces of his Manchester United puzzle this summer to have them competing in the Premier League and in the Champions League in 2017/18.

Defenders:

Michael Keane

The Burnley defender is a target for a number of Premier League clubs following an impressive 2016/17 season. It is rumoured than Keane is close to a return to Old Trafford, a club he left in 2015, but may face competition from their rivals. The Englishman has proved himself at the highest level and Manchester United could very well be the preferred destination for Keane. However, Burnley feel that they are not in position where they have to sell so there could be a long way to go in this saga yet.

Raphael Varane

The Frenchman has emerged as one of the players on Jose Mourinho’s defensive wishlist. The 24 year old signed for Real in 2011 while Mourinho was in charge at the Bernabeu. Known for his physical prowess and speed, Varane is also a very calm & composed player on the ball. Even at just 24, Varane is experienced at both club and international level, and with his best years still ahead of him he seems like an ideal candidate to bring in. He is however quite injury prone and a deal to bring him to Old Trafford may have to involve David de Gea moving the other way which is not something United can afford to let happen.

Victor Lindelof

The Swede has been on Jose’s wishlist since he joined United but as of yet they have been unable to strike a deal for the defender. The Benfica man is capable of playing at both centre back and full-back and has impressed in the Primeira Liga this season. The 22 year old has also gained some international experience, representing his country at Euro 2016. Benfica seem to be playing hardball with Lindelof however so it may be difficult and more worthwhile for United to pursue other targets.

Virgil Van Dijk

The Dutchman is said to be a target for all the top clubs in England this summer and has been a constantly improving player since his arrival in 2015. Van Dijk may be the most logical option as he has shown he can play in the Premier League but could cost upwards of £50 million. The type of player that could complement Eric Bailly very well and lead United from the back.

Midfielders:

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The Frenchman is approaching the final year of his contract at PSG and has admitted he may leave the club

Blaise Matuidi

The 30 year old could be just what United need in midfield. Known for his strong defensive attributes, Matuidi is known in particular for his energy, work-rate and tactical intelligence, these allow him to excel as a top ball winner in midfield. A very versatile midfield player he could possess the qualities to allow United to get the best out of Paul Pogba next season. At 30 years of age Matuidi may be starting to slow down but if United could get a good three years out of him I’m sure they’d be delighted especially if they can get him for a few between £20-30 million, a bargain nowadays. Matuidi is also a client of Mino Raiola, the Dutchman is also the agent of current Reds Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Matuidi’s France colleague Paul Pogba which could play a part in a move.

Radja Nainggolan

The Belgian has been linked with a summer move to the Premier League but United may face stiff competition from long time admirers of the midfielder, Chelsea. Nainggolan is considered to be one of the best and most complete midfielders in world football today. He is a quick, dynamic, hard-working, physically strong and versatile player. He is often used as a playmaker infront of his team’s defensive line due to his passing range and accuracy. The Belgian also managed 15 goals for Roma this season, which would increase United’s interest in him after a season in which they struggled to score goals. Nainggolan is the type of midfielder United are interested in bringing to Old Trafford as they look to compete on all fronts next season. The 29 year old is in the prime of his career and would be a terrific signing for Jose Mourinho’s side.

James Rodriguez

The 25 year old is believed to want out of Madrid this summer after becoming frustrated at a lack of chances under Zinedine Zidane. It has been rumoured that Rodriguez was close to joining United but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. While United are not in need of another playmaker, James’ prowess at set pieces makes him appealing to United. United have constantly struggled to find a player in their current squad to take charge of set pieces, changing regularly game to game without much success. The Colombian is also known for his ability to score goals regularly and that could be important in any decision taken to make a move for James. Unfortunately, as with Raphael Varane, Real Madrid are unlikely to wish to sell any of their players to United without the Manchester club agreeing to a deal for David De Gea to move to Madrid.

Forwards:

Antoine Griezmann

The 26 year old was said to be United’s top summer transfer target up until this week when Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was upheld, this makes it unlikely that Griezmann will be allowed to leave the Vincente Calderon as Atletico would be unable to bring in a replacement. This has lead United to think about pursuing other targets but a player of Griezmann’s quality is worth fighting for, and United could yet return with an offer for the French forward.

Robert Lewandowski

The 28 year old appears to be exactly the type of striker United are in the market for, ‘an out and out goal scoring striker’. The Pole is exactly this, he has netted over 40 goals in each of the last two seasons for Bayern Munich and has been a consistent goal threat throughout his career in Poland and Germany. An accurate and efficient goal scorer with his head and both feet, Lewandowski possesses all the qualities of a world class striker and would be the type of signing that would have all rivals trembling ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Neymar Jr

The Brazilian is one of the top three players in world football and has previously spoken of his admiration for the Premier League. The 25 year old has been an integral part of Barcelona’s success since joining in 2013, striking up and impressive forward trio with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Known for his all-round attacking class, Neymar can score as easily as he can assist goals for team-mates. While I am sure Barca have no interest in letting Neymar go, there have been a few rumours that the player is unsettled and could be looking for a new challenge, maybe in Manchester, United certainly have the financial muscle to make a move a possibility. So why not dream?

Must Keep:

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De Gea has been a signing light in Manchester United’s on-field difficulties since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson

David de Gea

The Spaniard is possibly the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, certainly the best shot-stopper and Man Utd need him in goals next season ahead of a return to the Champions League. A consistent performer between the sticks, the 26 year old is constantly linked with a big money move to Real Madrid since a move collapsed in 2015. But if United are serious about competing on all fronts next season they must have David de Gea as their No.1.

Luke Shaw

A player that has struggled for form and fitness since moving to Old Trafford in 2014, but a player full of potential. Still just 21 years old, Shaw is the only current left-back in United’s squad and a player capable of providing both an attacking threat aswell as having good defensive qualities. The Englishman has come in for a lot of criticism from his manger this season but if he can stay fit he can be a huge part of any success United have next season.

Everton

The Toffees have a had a successful first season under Ronald Koeman and will be playing Europa League football next season. Now with new backing behind them Everton will be looking to invest in their squad in the summer and here I take a look at a few of the players they should be looking at to improve their side.

Goalkeepers:

Joe Hart

The 30 year old has spent the season on-loan at Torino and does not appear to have a future at the Etihad so is on the look out for a new club. Both Joel Robles and Martin Steklenburg have struggled for form this season and while Hart has been in a similar position he is still an improvement on Everton’s current goalkeeping options.

Jordan Pickford

The Englishman has impressed greatly in his break through season in the Premier League despite the fact that his club were relegated. Still just 23, he is still very young for a goalkeeper and it may be a slight risk bringing him to Goodison Park but there is no doubting this man’s potential. With great reflexes and shot stopping, the Sunderland man also looks to have a decent command of his box when coming out to claim crosses and high balls. Sunderland’s pricing of the player seems to be the only thing that may stop Pickford from earning a huge move.

Defenders:

Winston Reid

The New Zealander has been a consistent performer since making the move to West Ham and could be the ideal replacement for Phil Jagielka who is approaching the latter stages of his career. At 28 years old Reid is just entering his prime, known for his impressive arial ability and physical strength the player may be looking for a move after West Ham struggled in 2016/17. While the Hammers will surely want to hold onto one of their priced assets, a big offer from Everton may twist their arm.

Midfielders:

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The Icelandic international netted nine goals and provided 13 assists as Swansea narrowly avoided relegation in 2016/17

Gylfi Sigurdsson

The 27 year old would be an excellent replacement for Ross Barkley in Everton’s midfield. Barkley is rumoured to be looking for a move away from Goodison Park and a big fee for him could help fund a move for Sigurdsson. While Paul Clement has said that Swansea do not wish to sell Sigurdsson, a substantial fee and the players wishes may take it out of their hands. While Sigurdsson may be hesitant to make another big move after struggling when he moved to Tottenham in 2012, he may be a player with ambition and should he make the move to Everton I would be confident in him becoming a success playing in-behind the striker.

Strikers:

Andre Gray

The Burnley man has impressed in his first season in the Premier League netting 10 goals for his side to keep them from relegation for the first time in their Premier League history. He was also an integral part of the Burnley side that earned automatic promotion from the Championship in 2015/16 as he scored 23 goals. A pacey, hard working attacker, he could play a big role playing off big Romelu Lukaku.

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The Spaniard came through the famous Barcelona academy before making the move to Malaga

Sandro Ramirez

The 21 year old has impressed during his first season at Malaga, netting 14 La Liga goals. Everton are said to be very keen on a move for the striker and appear to be front runners after Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was upheld. Still only a young player Ramirez could yet prove to be a flop but Everton would be silly to not make a move for the former Barca man while they have the chance.

Must Keep:

Idrissa Gueye

The Ghana international joined Everton last summer and was their player of the season after Romelu Lukaku. He was vital to Everton’s midfield and with European football to look forward to next season it is imperative that the Toffee’s keep their player. A player very similar to N’Golo Kante, he gets through a lot of unnoticed work in midfield that provides a platform to attack.  A top player that Everton must keep if they have ambitions to succeed.

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The Belgian has stalled on a new contract at Everton as he looks for a Champions League club

Romelu Lukaku

The 24 year old has continued to improve since joining Everton permanently in 2014 following a successful loan spell. While it appears that Lukaku has ambitions to play in the Champions League, Everton must do all they can to keep their star player at the club. While they would be foolish to keep him this season and then let him leave on a free next summer, another impressive goal scoring season from Lukaku next season could lead Everton to Champions League football through the top 4 or via winning the Europa League. Everton are a club with ambition to improve and in order to do that they must keep hold of their prized assets.

It’s already shaping up to be an exciting summer in the Premier League with the top clubs already showing their financial muscle. These are my thoughts on who the top 7 should be looking at to improve again next season.

Let me know what you think and your thoughts on the transfer business you believe these clubs and your favourite teams should be doing!

 

 

 

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