If each Premier League club could only bring in one signing during the summer transfer window, it would sure inspire a lot of intrigue. We have therefore attempted to address the biggest problem area in each squad and picked a predicted, recommended recruit.
It’s the time of the year again that nearly every fan looks forward to. While a lack of football action is frustrating during the summer months, it is the transfer rumours on the back pages and Sky Sports Breaking News stories that keep many of us gripped.
Does your Premier League club need to buy?
With clubs in the top flight receiving much more revenue than usual courtesy of the £multibillion television deal that was signed and the Premier League becoming more competitive, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we see every club delve into their coffers and some much more than others.
That being said, if each club could sign just one player it would certainly be interesting to see who that would be. We have, therefore, looked at each club carefully to identify the one player that we think is the most realistic and who fills a position that is the most pressing problem for each. While some clubs have started their business already, such as Manchester City and West Ham United, in both of these cases we’ve endeavoured to solve the next most urgent requirement.
Have a look and see if you agree!
Arsenal – Buy Striker Moussa Dembele
French? Check. Young? Check. Striker? Check. Essentially Arsene Wenger's dream signing.
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Bournemouth – Buy Midfield Playmaker Alan Dzagoev
Outside of the box here. It's likely Jack Wilshere won't sign so an ideal replacement could be Dzagoev, 26, and Bournemouth's Russian owner surely has the contacts to pull this off.
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Brighton – Buy Goalkeeper Brad Guzan
With David Stockdale rejecting a new contract it is likely Brighton will need a new No.1. Middlesbrough's Guzan has top flight experience and will be keen to return to a Premier League club.
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Burnley – Buy Centre Back Ben Gibson
While Boro don't want to sell, Burnley might force their hand if they lose Michael Keane. An ideal replacement. Image Source: gazettelive.co.uk
Chelsea – Buy Striker Alvaro Morata
Latest comments from Diego Costa seem to be prompting Atletico Madrid to make an offer. If so Morata would be an ideal replacement. Image Source: sportskeeda.com
Crystal Palace – Buy Centre Back Mamadou Sakho
Should he fully recover from injury, Palace may plump for the Reds defender if they can agree a price. Image Source: ninetyminutesonline.com
Everton – Buy Striker Kasper Dolberg
Whether or not Romelu Lukaku leaves, Everton could do with a striker. Ronald Koeman could exploit his links with Ajax and this gem would be a superb signing. Image Source: squawka.com
Huddersfield Town – Sign Midfield Playmaker Sebastian Larsson
The Terriers need top flight experience with quality. Who better than this silky Sunderland star who is out of contract this summer?
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Leicester City – Loan Centre Back Per Mertesacker
The German's future at Arsenal is uncertain having fallen down the pecking order. While he would only be a short-term solution he would be an upgrade for the Foxes if he can get fit.
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Liverpool – Buy Striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Regardless of whether Daniel Sturridge stays, the Reds need a world-class striker. A chance to link-up with Jurgen Klopp again is a great selling point. Break the bank. Image Source: talksport.com
Manchester City – Buy Centre Back Inigo Martinez
Having signed his brother Javi while at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola will be aware of the pedigree. A great ball-playing defender and heir apparent to Gerard Pique for Spain.
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Manchester United – Buy Deep Lying Playmaker Marco Verratti
A long-term replacement for Michael Carrick is key and if United make a good enough offer, Verratti would be ideal. Image Source: taddlr.com
Newcastle United – Buy Centre Back Harry Maguire
After bouncing back to the Premier League the Magpies need defensive additions. Maguire would be perfect and is still close enough to commute if he wished. Image Source: zimbio.com
Southampton – Buy Centre Back Joel Veltman
Virjil van Dijk's departure from the Saints looks likely. The club have recruited well from Eredivisie and Ajax star Veltman would be ideal while not costing the earth. Image Source: zimbio.com
Stoke City – Sign Goalkeeper Willy Caballero
Jack Butland's departure could be on the cards and with Caballero available on a free he would be a shrewd signing. Image Source: espnfc.com
Swansea City – Buy Striker Kelechi Iheanacho
Linked with a number of clubs, though Swans boss Paul Clement is well-respected, while chairman Huw Jenkins will splash cash if it's a wise investment. Why not?
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Tottenham – Buy Striker Kevin Gameiro
Already linked, though he would be a very sensible and astute signing. Great back-up for Harry Kane, scores in Europe and superb attitude. At £30m he won't break the bank either. Image Source: metro.co.uk
Watford – Sign Left Back Gael Clichy
The Hornets need an upgrade at left-back and Clichy would be ideal. A Premier League winner, available for free and the Frenchman may jump at the chance to move back to London. Image Source: express.co.uk
West Bromwich Albion – Loan Striker Danny Ings
Many plus points for this. While Jurgen Klopp is a fan, a loan move to WBA could be beneficial to each party. The Baggies didn't replace Saido Berahino, while they're renowned for developing loan players (Lukaku). It's also World Cup year and a great chance for Ings to make his case. Also he's a Tony Pulis player (hard worker). Image Source: ibtimes.co.uk
West Ham United – Loan Striker Michy Batshuayi
If the Blues bring another striker in and also keep Costa the Belgian's playing time will be limited. A loan offer from the Hammers with an option to buy and an agreed fee could be a shrewd deal. Image Source: dailyexpress.co.uk
Well, certainly some interesting signings. Of course, none of these are set in stone, though you could definitely make a case for some of these moves to happen. With Harry Maguire’s services in high demand, Newcastle could be a great destination, though the press are yet to link them yet. For a start, the club isn’t too far from where he’s based at the minute, while the chance to play under Rafa Benitez and establish himself as a legend at St James’ Park could be too good to turn down.
And then there are managerial vacancies still to be sorted out and no doubt new bosses will have their own ideas of who they want to sign. Everyone says the same each year, though based on all of the variables this could well be one of the most exciting summer transfer windows yet and undoubtedly another record will be set for money spent by Premier League clubs.