For fans of the Premier League, England’s top-flight served up another feast of action during the season. With a tightly contested title race, alongside a tense race for the top four and a relegation fight that went down to the last day, it was one of the most memorable campaigns in recent times.
When assessing the league’s biggest clubs, many of them will be already active as they aim to close the gap on those around them and get their hands on one of the biggest domestic trophies on the planet.
While many players from the likes of Manchester City are heading to the World Cup in Qatar, and fans of clubs are gearing up for a feast of international football by assessing the latest football betting odds and keeping tabs on any breaking news around team selection, the major sides in England’s top flight will be evaluating any transfer targets and considering where they need to strengthen ahead of what will surely be another highly competitive Premier League campaign next season. With that in mind, let’s assess some of the key areas the division’s top sides are likely to address this summer.
Despite winning the Premier League, Manchester City failed in its mission to lift the prestigious Champions League trophy this season. The horrific choke against Real Madrid has already resulted in the confirmation of a deal for Dortmund’s prized property, Erling Haaland, and River’s promising striker, Julián Álvarez, although City are reportedly eyeing up two more additions. Addressing the absent Benjamin Mendy’s left-back position is at the top of Guardiola’s list, although the highly influential Fernandinho is also leaving.
With Sadio Mane set to leave Liverpool and doubts over the future of star forward Mohamed Salah after failing to agree on a new deal with the Egyptian at the time of writing, Liverpool could be in for a summer of upheaval.
The Reds failed to beat City to the title while also losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, perhaps highlighting a need for some additional quality for a fairly thin squad.
Should Salah leave the club, alongside Mane, then Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to make sure that all of his sterling work doesn’t fade away in an instant. Liverpool will potentially need a couple of forward players, alongside at least one addition in the central midfield area of the pitch.
A new era begins at Chelsea following Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club. After a rather depressing end to the season for Blues fans, Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to lead a rebuild at the club. Boehly and the private equity firm that has bought Chelsea, Clearlake Capital, have around £200 million to invest in transfers in the summer window.
With Antonio Rudiger departing for pastures new at Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen on his way to Barcelona, the defence is an area that needs addressing immediately.
Alongside defenders, the Blues will potentially need to replace the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Timo Werner also. Could West Ham’s Declan Rice be on his way to Stamford Bridge too, perhaps? The Blues are certainly in for a busy summer.
For Spurs, a glorious top-four finish ahead of their fiercest rivals, Arsenal, capped off a fairly solid season for the North London club. With Antonio Conte at the helm, Tottenham are a dangerous proposition once again.
The Italian boss is expected to head up a summer rebuild at the club and add a number of quality signings in key areas of the pitch, such as in central midfield and at the back. Ivan Perisic has already signed for the club from Inter Milan, further highlighting Spurs’ evident aim for further progress under their infectious manager.