With the new season in full swing, and still more than a week left of the transfer window – it is fair to say that we can expect more ingoing’s and outgoings across the league before the closure of the window on 5th October.
So for those tracking the latest live betting odds what exactly can we expect from those classic top 6 Premier League clubs in the opening month of the league? Will their investments prove wise, or will they be left ruing the financial burden of players that fail to make an impression during a time where finances are tight for even the richest of clubs? Well, here is my take on what we can expect…
Manchester City – So far this summer, Pep Guardiola has splashed out £74.52m on four players, most notably defender Nathan Aké and winger Ferran Torres. The pair have already made their league debuts for the club in an opening day 3-1 victory over Wolves. The club are still linked with being on the search for another central defender – and have been linked heavily with Kalidou Koulibaly throughout the past few months. One rumoured arrival is that of Jules Koundé from Sevilla – the 21-year-old- French centre-back was in fine form last season and has a market value of £27m according to Transfermarkt. It is likely that we will see another defender join the Citizens this month, and I’d expect it to be Koundé rather than Koulibaly.
Liverpool – The defending champions have made some great signings so far this summer transfer window. Initially the club had only signed left-back cover in the name of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos for £11.70m – and in the past week have confirmed the signings of Thiago from Bayern Munich and Diogo Jota from Wolves, all of which make great additions to Jürgen Klopp’s side. The club had been heavily linked with Ismaïla Sarr throughout the summer, but according to The Athletic journalist James Pearce, it was a case of either Jota or Sarr that would be brought in this summer, not both. Despite further links to Sarr and Anderlecht winger Jeremy Doku – expect there to be no more new arrivals at Anfield this month, only outgoings – with Rhian Brewster linked with a move to Crystal Palace for £25m.
Chelsea – The Blues have probably had one of the most lucrative summer transfer windows of all, shelling out more than £200m on players – such as £72m on Kai Havertz, £47.70m on Timo Werner, £45.18m on Ben Chilwell, and £36m on Hakim Ziyech. The club have reportedly agreed a deal for Stade Rennais goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, at a fee of £22m – to put pressure on current No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge. After this transfer is complete, that will be the last of the spending for Frank Lampard, taking their total spend for this summer to more than £220m – a large fee given the current financial crisis that football is facing, so let’s hope that the club don’t regret the spending spree.
Manchester United – So far this summer, the Red Devils have failed to complete most of the transfers for their players of interest, such as Jadon Sancho, Gabriel Magalhães, Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale, and Thiago. The club have completed the transfer of Donny van de Beek, who scored on his league debut in a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. The club are still linked with a move for Porto left-back Alex Telles, at a desired fee of €25m – and this is likely to be the only other signing for the club this window. Despite links to RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, the player recently signed a contract extension at the end of July, and would cost the club at least €42m due to his release clause than can be triggered at the end of the 2020/21 season, according to reports in Germany, meaning if the club are to sign the Frenchman, it would be at the end of the season.
Arsenal – Having already completed the signings of Willian, Gabriel Magalhães, and Cedric, the Gunners have been attempting to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar as well this summer, but to no avail. Lyon have reportedly been stubborn in their evaluation and expect no less than £54m for Aouar, whilst Atletico Madrid request no less than Partey’s release clause of £45m – but their interest in Lucas Torreira could help the Gunners in securing their man, in a cash plus player deal before the summer deadline on October 5th.
Tottenham – Spurs have likely completed their summer signings ahead of the new season, with only cover for Harry Kane appearing to be the most of Jose Mourinho’s issues. This past week had seen the club bring in Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, as well as the return of Gareth Bale on loan from the same club for the season. Other signings such as Pierre Emile-Höjbjerg, Matt Doherty, and the permanent signing of Giovani Lo Celso has meant that Spurs have successfully added further quality and depth to their squad, and Spurs fans should be excited for the season ahead – with their likely being no more activity in terms of ingoing’s at Tottenham ahead of the transfer deadline.
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