Every Premier League Team's Most Important Transfer Target
Every Premier League Club Needs Improving Each Season, But Where? And Who Is The Man For The Job?
It's been a good for season for some clubs and one to forget for others; regardless each club needs reinforcement once the season is out as players reach their sell-by dates and rising stars seek greener pastures. In this article, I have compiled a list of singular players from any relevant position that in my opinion are integral to an increased chance of success in the next Premier League season. These players have been carefully selected according to affordability, play-style, attributes, experience and work ethic in order to best fill the gaps that always linger in starting 11's. It's a long list, so if your short of time feel free to find your favourite team below and see which player your team needs to strike gold next season!
AFC Bournemouth : Demarai Gray | Left Winger | £13.5 Million
Currently Plays For - Leicester City
AFC Bournemouth have done well to draw the curtain on their fourth premier league season and in order to survive in their fifth, they need to be smart with their cash. Spending £20million pounds on players like Dominic Solanke will only increase their odds of relegation. I've chosen Demarai Gray because he's an underrated gem at Leicester and everybody assumes just because he's 23 he's failed on fulfilling his potential. However, never fear Bournemouth fans, the fact that everybody is sleeping on Gray will bring his price down to an affordable sum. He needs to play in a team where he's the main man and has freedom to play the game his way. Demarai Gray's skills are another huge weapon in the players arsenal and I believe given regular opportunities, his skills will be developed further. Although he's only scored 9 goals for Leicester, he hasn't been given that big break as of yet and if Bournemouth roll the dice on this one, they're likely to get those crucial extra goals they need to survive.
Arsenal : Dayot Upamecano | Central Defender | £60 Million
Currently plays for - RB Leipzig
This one is simple, Arsenal need a long term leader at the back, instead of a defensive equivalent of a sticky plaster on a stab wound that the higher ups seem so determined to sign every season. David Luiz and Sokratis are both older than thirty and the club are on borrowed time to get back into the Champions League. Upamecano is the kind of player Arsenal fans crave, but who rarely end up at The Emirates due to poor club acquisitions. His strength and calmness on the ball makes him a solid rock, able to slide into any back four in Europe - even at the young age of 21. Dayot has played 21 of Leipzig's 25 Bundesliga games this season and holds an impressive 7 season long clean sheets for the German table in 2019/20. What's more he's also played in 11 champions league games already at his age which makes him all the more attractive to Mikel Arteta's side. This transfer could burn a hole in the clubs pocket but chances are it'd be worth it.
Aston Villa : Sebastian Rode | Central Midfielder | £3.6 Million
Currently plays for - Eintracht Frankfurt
Sebastian Rode has seen a lot in his Bundesliga career. Starting off at Eintracht Frankfurt he falls under the talented few to have played for both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. He has played 105 Bundesliga matches and has won 2 Bundesligas and 2 DFB Pokals, providing that all important squad depth and being reliable when called upon. Aston Villa have showed plenty of attacking promise in their return to the Premier League in the 2019/20 season with players like Trezeguet, Grealish and Mcginn shining at crucial moments. However they've looked defensively shaky which is arguably the reason they found themselves slumped at the bottom of the table for most of the season. Sebastian Rode is an experienced pro who possesses tried and tested vision, leadership qualities, great positioning and sensible defending, and for £3.6million who could resist!
Brighton : Kelvin Amian | Right Back | £4.8 Million
Currently plays for - Tolouse FC
Brighton are experiencing a new dawn of chance-creating football under Graham Potter and that is why I have chosen this affordable speedster for The Seagulls. Kelvin Amian has been previously linked with Arsenal in 2018 as a 20 year old and is now arguably in greater stead to join a Premier League club having played 20 games in Ligue 1 for Tolouse this season. as previously stated, Amian is quick, and has contributed to 9% of Tolouse's goals in 2019/20 - impressive for a mid table team player. As a pacey full back, Amian can overlap the chance creators of Brighton Leandro Trossard and Steven Alzate in order to get crosses in the box, and also get back in defence with ease in order to win the ball back and create more opportunities. Kelvin Amian could contribute to more goals and clean sheets that Brighton savour each year in their fight for survival in the top flight.
Burnley : Bradley Dack | Central Midfielder | £5.8 Million
Currently plays for : Blackburn Rovers
Bradley Dack has little over a year left on his contract and has been linked with a move away from Blackburn frequently in the last year or so. Playing as a quick off the mark attacking midfielder, Dack creates goal opportunities and is reliable with his finishing as well, scoring 9 in 20 appearances for Rovers this season. As a 26 year old with potential still to be unlocked, Dack could slot into the Burnley squad with ease, with only Jack Cork, Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Westwood as central midfield options For the Claret And Blues. Rated at £5.8 million he's proven his quality in England's second division and is now ready for the next step.
Chelsea : Thomas Meunier | Right Back | £21.6 Million
Currently plays for : PSG
Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech, exciting many and costing them £37 million pounds. Another star player could easily land himself on their books and due to his dated contract could cost them a bargain - Thomas Meunier. At the age of 28, Meunier is already a veteran of the Parc des Princes, having played 128 games for the Ligue 1 giants. César Azpilicueta has shown to be shaky having returned to full back since the departure of Antonio Conte in 2018 and it is my opinion that he should either be replaced or moved back to a central defending role. Meunier is a versatile player that Chelsea need due to their limited squad depth as of present, able to create chances, support The Blue's midfield, create chances of his own and of course defend. Meunier needs to be play in a team like Chelsea's starting 11 in order to fully be considered as one of the best full backs in world football. Furthermore, stealing the player from Tottenham's transfer book would make the move all the more sweeter to all involved at Stamford Bridge.
Crystal Palace : Pedro León | Right Winger | £1.2 Million
Currently plays for : SD Eibar
Crystal palace need more players to fill a weaning squad and with reports that Roy Hodgson is planning to inject a number of youth players into next years first team squad means that the Palace starting 11 is crying out for experience. Pedro León has played for Real Madrid as a youngster and started out for four La Liga clubs - Levante, Real Valladolid, Getafe and now SD Eibar. This makes him a veteran of the Spanish top division. He's a creative player that the Eagles are crying out for and with 41 La Liga goals to his name he is also a trusted finisher. At 33 he isn't getting any younger but when only valued at £1.2 million he's a very tempting acquisition for Roy Hodgson.
Everton : Andre Onana | Goalkeeper | £32.4 Million
Currently plays for : Ajax Amsterdam
In my controversial opinion Jordan Pickford is Everton's Achilles Heel. This season he has looked mediocre at best, with a few belated super saves keeping his reputation hanging by a thread. He's only helped Everton to 6 clean sheets this season, shows unprofessionalism at times and bullies his back four, creating no room for defensive leaders. Everton need a goalkeeper with reflexes like a cat, a cool head and good distribution skills along with ball playing qualities. Andre Onana possesses all of these qualities and has shone for Ajax in both Eredivisie and The Champions League in the last couple of seasons. He has kept a clean sheet in half as many games he has played in the champions league (5/10) and his acrobatic antics for Ajax against Europe's elite is what has gained interest about his signature from clubs like PSG, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. However, if Everton make him their top priority in the summer, they have just as good a chance to acquire him.
Leicester City : Philippe Coutinho | Attacking Midfielder | £50.4 Million
Currently plays for : FC Barcelona
Although probably the most difficult transfer to pull off on this list, Leicester will surely qualify for the champions league for the 2nd time as they thrive under Brendan Rogers - becoming diligent professionals and triumphing repeatedly in winnable games in 2019/20. They should now be making marquee signings like that of Everton around £50 million in order to solidify their mid-table days in the past and their European hopefuls in the present. Philippe Coutinho has had laboured times at Barca and will be eager for a move away from the club. According to The Daily Mail, Coutinho's agent reveals the star "would love a Premier League return" and at a club like Leicester he has the ability to take almost all of the credit for The Foxes' future victories. If successful at the club, Philippe Coutinho could lead to Leicester to European triumphs they haven't experienced of yet. However, this transfer requires attractive wages, tough negotiation and a big risk for the player himself - making this transfer a tricky one.
Liverpool : Timo Werner | Striker | £57.6 Million
Currently plays for : RB Leipzig
At the time of writing, Timo Werner has ruled out a move to Bayern Munich and has proclaimed that he would rather join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. The Anfield faithful should be overjoyed at this news, as an absolute goal machine is interested in bringing home the Premier League to Merseyside. Werner is among one of the best strikers in the world and is still only 24 years of age. He has scored 21 goals in 25 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season, behind only Robert Lewandowski's tally, making him the second highest scorer in the German top flight. With Mané and Salah alongside him in attack rather than Forsberg and Schick, Werner could break records in the Premier League next season.
Manchester City : Leonardo Bonucci | Central Defender | £18 Million
Currently plays for : Juventus
The difficulty with this transfer for Man City isn't the price tag they have to meet, but if they will be able to persuade a player like Bonucci to join Guardiola at The Etihad. Bonucci is 33 years old and having made 34 appearances in all competitions for Juventus this season, it is likely that the Italy vice captain will want to remain in Italy until his retirement. Although a difficult transfer to pull off, Manchester City should put all their resources into trying to buy the centre back. Even in the twilight era of his career Bonucci is dominant in the air, trusted to lead his back four and even pose as a goal threat with world class shooting ability. A centre back partnership of Leonardo Bonucci and Aymeric Laporte would significantly bolster Manchester City's title hopes next year.
Manchester United : Marcelo Brozović | Central Midfielder | £43.2 Million
Currently plays for : Inter Milan
Manchester United are falling into the same trap that they do every year. Making Jadon Sancho their number one target is a huge mistake for The Red Devils. Martial, Rashford and Greenwood are perfectly capable of playing for a Man UTD that can qualify for the champions league. The club shouldn't be waiting around for Paul Pogba to want to play for them again to kickstart their resurgence and although Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have proven themselves as solid defensive options for United, they still need a replacement for Nemanja Matić who was originally signed from Chelsea to soak up pressure and bring defensive surety to their starting 11. Marcelo Brozović is an integral part of any midfield he's played in, with brilliant ball control and tackling, the Croatian would be Man United's medicine if signed. Following his signature with the club, clean sheets and comfortable wins would surely follow. This season for Inter he has completed 88% of all his passes on average and has 8 assists in 42 matches in all competitions for The Nerazzurri, making him the perfect candidate to right Manchester United's wrongs.
Newcastle United : Arturo Vidal | Central Midfielder | £9.9 Million
Currently plays for : FC Barcelona
With Newcastle's £300 billion takeover imminent, they need to win the signature of an experienced top dog in order to drag themselves off the bottom of the Premier League, towards European qualification. Arturo Vidal has played for Juventus, Bayern Munich and now FC Barcelona, making him one of the most decorated footballers to still play today, winning multiple domestic cups and titles along with 2 Copa Américas. If Arturo Vidal was persuaded to go to Newcastle, then other top players could follow suit given that they succeed. With money as no object, Newcastle would have no issue meeting his massive wage demands. buying Vidal could be the first step for Newcastle making their way back to the top.
Norwich : Calum Chambers | Right Back | £13 Million
Currently plays for : Arsenal
Calum Chambers is no stranger to relegation scraps and battles. It looks like Norwich would be foolish not to sign the bottom half enigma. At the age of 25 Chambers still has potential to unlock and could have one or two more impressive seasons that earn him a big money move - Norwich could benefit from this. Chambers is versatile, playing in central defensive roles and as a CDM his value to a team that needs him has been overlooked in the past. Last year for Fulham he won more aerial duels than he lost and scored 2 goals from defensive positions, making him crucial at times. Moreover, he impressed two seasons prior at Middlesbrough, bringing ball playing quality and Arsenal pedigree to their ranks. If bought by Norwich, in my opinion its very likely he could help them to survival.
Sheffield United : Guilherme | Goalkeeper | £1.8 Million
Currently plays for : Lokomotiv Moscow
Guilherme has been at Lokomotiv since 2007 and has played 313 games for the club, winning the Russian Premier League once and the domestic cup 3 times. This is experience that Sheffield United could do with in their ranks, especially that Dean Henderson is going back to Manchester United this summer. As a Brazilian veteran, Guilherme can play out from the back and works well under pressure with the ball. Moreover, his reflexes and flexibility are powerful attributes of his as he has averaged 3.6 saves per game this season in 20 games for Lokomotiv. Guilherme has also played 25 games in the Europa League for the club, and with Sheffield United qualifying for the competition the Brazilian could be a valuable asset for The Blades next year.
Southampton : Iñigo Martínez | Central Defender | £22.9 Million
Currently plays for : Athletic Bilbao
Iñigo Martínez has maintained a high level of defending throughout his La Liga career, playing 239 games for Real Sociedad and 82 for Athletic Bilbao - making him a veteran at the age of 28. Southampton are crying out for a player like Martínez's expertise as Jack Stephens and Jannick Vestergaard don't look up to the task of ensuring The Saints finish in the top 10 next year. A solid defensive acquisition to St Mary's would be vital to at least ensuring safety for Southampton next year. Last year they conceded 52 goals in 29 matches, with their most woeful loss coming from the hands of Leicester, losing 9-0 to The Foxes back in October. Signing a defensive leader who isn't afraid of any attacker is what Southampton need to begin with in order to significantly improve next season.
Spurs : Ivan Rakitić | Central Midfielder | £18 Million
Currently plays for : FC Barcelona
you may remember Ivan Rakitić tearing Spurs apart in 2018 in The Champions League with a volley straight from the depths of hell. Now he's out of favour at Barcelona as Frenkie De Jong continues to impress as a young world-beater. With his contract running down, Spurs could acquire him for under £20 million - an absolute bargain for a player of his caliber. The Croatian has won 4 respective Spanish cups and La Liga titles, along with 1 champions league. This transfer is also likely to happen due to the prospect of Tanguy Ndombele's move to Barcelona from Spurs. Due to Tottenham's inadequate midfield of Eric Dier and Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Heung Min Son are not getting as many chances created as they should, meaning that Spurs have struggled for goals this year, scoring only 47 goals in 29 Premier League games. With Ivan Rakitić's wizardry in midfield, Spurs could double that next year.
Watford : Ollie Watkins | Striker | £10.8 Milllion
Currently plays for : Brentford
Troy Deeney and Andre Gray are getting older, so Watford need a new striker - step forward Ollie Watkins. Having come through the Exeter City academy he joined Brentford in 2017 where he fought his way into the first team. This season for the bees he has scored 22 Championship goals in 37 games, the second highest scorer in the league behind Aleksandar Mitrovic. Joining a team like Watford would be appealing to Watkins as he would get guaranteed first team football and margin to become an international standard player. With his tally in the second division this year, he's likely to get on the score sheet in most games he plays, using great positional play, pace and finishing to intimidate defenders and goalkeepers. If Watkins succeeds at Watford he could become a club hero like Troy Deeney as Watkins' style of play emanates Deeney's. Also, if Watkins impresses with The Hornets the club could sell him to a bigger club for a handsome sum - quality young english strikers don't come cheap.
West Ham : Kyle Walker | Right Back | £36 Million
Currently plays for : Manchester City
Signing exciting attackers has proven to be inadequate in solving West Ham's lack of success in recent years. Although Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Felipe Anderson have all shown quality in david Moyes' ranks, The Irons need proper defensive prowess in order to haul themselves off the bottom of the Premier League. Kyle Walker's first team place is under constant threat from João Cancelo and he's fallen out of favour with the club after a notorious lockdown 'sex' party last month. This could draw a move away from the club closer for Walker and it is likely he could take a pay cut. I believe Walker would shine at West Ham as even at 29 his pace cant be matched by many players and he's an experienced defender - just what West Ham need. Still playing regularly at club level but having been left out by Gareth Southagte of recent, Walker could be looking to move to a club where he can be the top player again - something that West Ham could benefit greatly from last year.
Wolves : José Callejón | Right Winger | £8.5 Million
Wolves need to solidify themselves as Europa League contenders. They need to finish in the top 10 each year in The Prem, tie down their best players to suitable contracts and be smart with their investments. With José Callejón valued at only £8.5 million due to him being 33, he may not be a long term option but for at least a couple of seasons he can increase Wolves' goals and assists in all competitions. Callejón has played at the highest level - starting out for Real Madrid and Napoli and playing regularly in both teams' Champions League campaigns. A player who has experienced this competition well is exactly what Wolves need next season. Furthermore, a Spanish veteran like José Callejón would be a perfect mentor for Adama Traoré next season, allowing the speedster to perform even better than he already has this year.