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One player each Premier League club should sign this summer

We take a look at 20 stars that could be on the move before the new season

The transfer window officially opens on June 14th, but rumours are already beginning to swirl as we enter silly season.

Spending continues to soar as clubs break transfer record after transfer record in a bid to ensure their Premier League survival and success, with 400 players changing clubs across the 2022/23 campaign.

But who should your club sign this time around? We took a look at one player we think each Premier League side should be looking to add to their ranks before the window slams shut on September 1st.

AFC Bournemouth: Tyler Adams (Leeds United)

Just 12 months on from joining Leeds United, Tyler Adams looks set to depart this summer following their relegation from the top flight. The Leeds captain could be a savvy pickup for Bournemouth, who just avoided relegation last season and have lost midfield warrior Jefferson Lerma this summer, with the Colombian joining Crystal Palace on a free transfer.

Adams would be an excellent replacement, though he could well cost in excess of £30m.

(Photo by Flynn 2PAW4G8 Weston McKennie #28 of Leeds United applauds the home fans with fellow American Tyler Adams #12 of Leeds United after the Premier League match Leeds United vs Brighton and Hove Albion at Elland Road, Leeds, United Kingdom, 11th March 2023

(Photo by Flynn Duggan/News Images) (Alamy Stock Photo)

Arsenal: Declan Rice (West Ham United)

A move that in many ways speaks for itself, Arsenal are in need of midfield reinforcements and Declan Rice fits the bill perfectly. Still just 24, he adds physicality to Mikel Arteta’s engine room and is developing a keen eye for goal too at the London Stadium.

Aston Villa: Jonathan David (LOSC Lille)

Back in European Football, Aston Villa have big plans and despite Ollie Watkins’ success under Unai Emery, they still look light in forward areas.

The answer to that could be Jonathan David, with the Lille forward having scored 24 times last season. Able to play on either flank as well as in central areas, he would be a costly addition, but would provide some quality in the final third and would be a massive statement of intent from the Villa ownership.

Brentford: Kamaldeem Sulemana (Southampton)

There will be a big Ivan Toney-shaped hole in the Brenford attack for the first half of the campaign, but Bryan Mbuemo may be able to move centrally in a bid to combat that.

This would allow another winger to arrive, and we think Kamaldeem Sulemana could be a perfect addition to the Bees side given his ability to run with the ball and recent relegation with Southampton, which could make him a bargain.

Already with some Premier League experience and two goals to his name, the Ghana star has plenty of potential that Thomas Frank’s side could manage to turn into end product, and find themselves a gem.

Brighton: Jack Harrison (Leeds United)

Let’s be honest, Brighton will probably already have their replacements, and those replacements, lined up.

But one savvy move that they could make could be Jack Harrison, after Leeds were relegated from the Premier League. A versatile forward able to play anywhere behind the striker, he would not break the bank while also being an experienced option to complement the young talent that then Seagulls have.

Burnley: Nathan Tella (Southampton)

Vincent Kompany did an excellent job getting Burnley back into the top flight at the first time of asking, but had to rely on several loan players. While Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen impressed, Nathan Tella is the man that the Clarets should be going all out to try and keep after a season in which he sparkled, netting 17 times on their way to winning the Championship.

Chelsea: David Raya (Brentford)

Chelsea are a mess, and amid their several positions of need a striker probably ranks highest. But, with Romelu Lukaku’s future as uncertain as Chelsea’s transfer plans, we’ve opted instead for a new no.1 in the shape of David Raya.

The Brentford goalkeeper is strong with his feet, a key part of modern football, while he is also an excellent shot-stopper and would cost around £40m to make the trip across London.

Crystal Palace: Alex Scott (Bristol City)

Crystal Palace have enjoyed plenty of success plundering from the Championship in recent seasons, including duo Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze. With the club needing to strengthen in midfield, we have put forward Alex Scott as an option for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Impressing for Bristol City this season, the 19-year-old appears destined for the biggest stage, and could view Selhurst Park as an excellent showground for his talents alongside other exciting attacking players next season.

Everton: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)

Everton survived by the skin of their teeth last season, and desperately need to add goals to their ranks before the new campaign begins, with Neal Maupay having proved a less than ideal deputy to the injury prone Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Kelechi Iheanacho could prove to be a perfect addition, with the Nigerian down to the final year on his contract and having been relegated, meaning that he could be available on the cheap.

With plenty of experience finding the back of the net in the top flight, the striker could be a very smart signing.

Fulham: Tete (Free Agent)

Fulham have made some smart signings in recent transfer windows, with both Willian and Manor Solomon arriving on the cheap, and they could do so again with Brazilian winger Tete.

Like Solomon, the invasion of Ukraine has seen his contract voided by UEFA, and Leicester City have since announced that they will not be signing the right winger permanantly.

The 23-year-old had a mixed spell with the Foxes, but showed plenty of promise and in a more settled team could thrive, while Fulham would be landing him on a free transfer.

(Photo by Craig Thomas/News Images) 2NNN984 Tete #37 of Leicester City during the Premier League match Leicester City vs Arsenal at King Power Stadium, Leicester, United Kingdom, 25th February 2023

(Photo by Craig Thomas/News Images) (Alamy Stock Photo)

Luton Town: Charlie Patino (Arsenal)

Luton will almost certainly sign plenty of players this summer in a bid to avoid relegation after their playoff final win, but one we would like to see them take a risk on is young Charlie Patino.

The Arsenal man was at Luton until he was 10 years-old, and is now available for less than £10m this summer, which could entice the Hatters to plan a reunion. Having been impressive in the Championship despite Blackpool’s relegation, there will be question marks as to whether he could make the step up to Premier League life immediately, but given how highly valued he was in the Arsenal academy it would be well worth the gamble.

Liverpool: Kephren Thuram (OGC Nice)

With a move for Alexis Mac Allister all but tied up, Liverpool are still hunting midfield additions and Kephren Thuram sticks out like a sore thumb. A massive 6 foot 4 inches tall, the Frenchman is still just 22-year-old but shows close control and composure of a player much older.

Able to cover ground for fun, the Nice star is considered the future of France’s midfield and could prove the key to Liverpool’s too, though he will likely cost in excess of £40m should they look to make a move for him this summer.

Manchester City: Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)

What do you get for a club that has everything? In this case, the answer is one of the top defensive talents in World Football, and perhaps one of very few players who can actually improve Pep Guardiola’s side.

Rumoured to be available for around £100m, Josko Gvardiol starred for Croatia at the World Cup and has impressed during his time with RB Leipzig, with the left-footed defender showing experience beyond his years at the heart of the German side’s defence.

As much a buy for the future as the present, the 21-year-old would be an excellent addition to just about any side in European football, and Manchester City are no different.

Manchester United: Andre Onana (Inter Milan)

Like Chelsea, Manchester United are in desperate need of an upgrade in goal, with David de Gea having enjoyed a series of high-profile blunders last season despite eventually taking home the golden glove.

Inter Milan no.1 Onana fits that bill perfectly, with the Cameroonian star excellent with his feet as he showed in the Champions League final, and not a bad shot-stopper either. The £40m-£50m price tag may seem steep, but as a way to tick off another key cornerstone in Ten Hag’s side, it could be well worth it.

Newcastle United: Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Looking down the Newcastle squad ahead of their return to the Champions League, Dan Burn sticks out like a sore thumb. He has impressed since his arrival on Tyneside 18 months ago, but there is a feeling that the European top table may be a step too far for him.

It is no surprise then to see the Magpies strongly linked with Kieran Tierney, the out-of-favour Arsenal defender. Still just 25 years old, the Scot has lost his place in Mikel Arteta’s side and could be available for as little as £30m. It feels like a move that makes sense for all parties.

Nottingham Forest: Rob Holding (Arsenal)

Steve Cooper’s side are in desperate need of defenders used to the Premier League, and though Felipe has impressed since his January arrival, he is now 34-years-old and cannot be expected to keep up his levels over the course of an entire season.

One option could be Rob Holding, who is seemingly on his way out of Arsenal and could be available on the cheap. Homegrown, with plenty of experience in the Premier League and not set to break the bank, he could prove a smart signing should Evangelos Marinakis wish to splash the cash in other areas of the team.

Sheffield United: Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

Okay, so this one is a stretch. We know that. But there is something romantic about the idea of Harry Maguire’s career, which has stalled at Old Trafford, being reignited at his boyhood club, cementing their place in the Premier League for 2024/25 and his place in England’s EURO2024 squad in the process.

Valued at around £40m, he would be a club record signing and is very unlikely (at best) to happen, but wouldn’t it be fun if it did.

Tottenham Hotspur: James Maddison (Leicester City)

With concerns over their homegrown quota, a lack of creativity in central areas and a budget to stick to, James Maddison is perfect for Tottenham. Part of the Leicester City side that suffered a shock relegation, Maddison’s ability was never in question, with the Englishman firing in 10 goals and grabbing another 9 assists.

Now down to the final year on his contract, he is thought to be available for just £40m this summer, and would be the perfect kickstarter to Ange Postecoglu’s reign in north London.

West Ham United: James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Seemingly set to lose club captain Declan Rice to the highest bidder this summer, West Ham will need a replacement, and what better option than Southampton club captain James Ward Prowse.

Though relegated with the Saints this season, JWP managed 9 goals and would add yet another dimension to the Hammers with his ability from set-pieces. An experienced captain bringing experience to David Moyes’s side, he could be available for around £40m and, with Europa League football potentially on offer, could be tempted to make the switch to East London.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Renato Sanches (Paris Saint Germain)

Wolves are in desperate need of new blood in midfield, with Joao Moutinho likely to be out of the door and Ruben Neves potentially following him amid interest from Barcelona.

Once more leaning on the agency Jorge Mendes and continuing their attempts to collect the Portuguese national side, Renato Sanches could well become an option. The PSG man started just 6 times in Ligue 1 last season and the arrival of Manuel Ugarte will push him further down the pecking order still, which could make him glance towards the exit door.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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