Since the last article a lot has occurred again in football. If you missed the first one it is here, and the second here. France won the world cup, Ronaldo did the unthinkable and Richarlison is about to move to Everton for £50 million? What would you prefer, half a Ronaldo or Richarlison… anyway, as expected there will again be controversial views such as one club to break the transfer record? I hope you enjoy!
Leicester – Yannick Bolasie
With Leicester fast becoming a picking ground for clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City, they need to replace those they have lost who were key. Currently this is a Riyad Mahrez shaped hole which is going to be hard to fill. The reason Bolasie will be the man to fill this is due to his current situation. He went from being valued at £50 million (pre-neymar so virtually £90 million) after an outstanding debut season for Everton, he has since been injured for a long time and is starting to become fit again. With Everton having players such as Ademola Lookman, Kevin Mirralas and Theo Walcott all fighting for a place, it makes sense for Leicester to spend around £25 million to sign the DR Congo player and help fight for Europe and also restart his career.
Liverpool – Domagoj Vida
With the summer Liverpool are having with signings, you’d be forgiven for having them finishing top of the spending for this year amongst all clubs. I had previously decided to have put Allison or maybe Akinfeev depending on how much Roma were holding out for. However with this situation already at a close, my attention now turns to the Achilles heal of the team, the defence. After getting to the world cup final and some stellar performances, Vida was a rock in defence. Despite playing with the world’s greatest centre-back, he still managed to make himself look a real credible option for the larger clubs and the fact he is playing in Turkey for Besikitas could allow Liverpool to flex their financial might and grab a bargain before he moves to a larger club.
Manchester City – Kylian Mbappe
I did promise a world record transfer. With Aguero sadly getting older and older, City need to show that they have someone who can team up for Gabriel Jesus and perform. You look at their current attacking options and you see Aguero and Jesus as their only real out an out strikers. Yes they have just added Mahrez and they also have players such as Bernado Silva to bolster their striking options but you feel with Aguero looking to return to Argentina at the end of his contract, it’s time to usher in the new golden generation for the Premier League as the greatest league of them all.
Manchester United – Harry Maguire
With a face up there to rival Phil Jones, ‘Slabhead’ as he is affectionately known by team-mate Jamie Vardy has increased his stock vastly from this world cup. Going into it as an uncertain starter for England, he managed to finish as one of the nations favourite players following a string of headed goals and his no-nonsense style of defending. Contrast this to United’s current defence with Smalling, Lindelof and Jones all showing points of weakness when deputised with Bailly with Smalling being the more used out of the three. A centre-back pairing of Maguire and Bailly is arguably one of the most no-nonsense pairings it is more likened to Everton or even Tottenham but with this also being a home-grown player, it makes sense for Mourinho to make the move.
Newcastle United – Luke Ayling/Joe Bryan
ANOTHER SURPRISE. Yes, I know it’s who they should sign and it’s one person, but it’s my series and I’ll do what I want. Newcastle United have been given the short end of the stick from Mike Ashley following the inability to complete the sale of the club and now lack of funds. From this Newcastle will need to raid Bristol City and Leeds United to find solid players to hold onto their solid finish in the last year. Joe Bryan is going to haunt united fans following a stellar performance in Bristol City’s victory against United where he not only scored but also assisted the winner where he was given the Man of the match award. He gives a defensive stability for Newcastle whilst also offering creativity in areas they lacked last season. Luke Ayling is currently playing his trade for Leeds as a defender and offers very similar traits to that of Joshua Kimmich in which he can play it from the back comfortably and also be careful enough to hit it up the field. At just 26 a lot is still to come of the former Arsenal and Yeovil player, it’s time he gets his chance in the Premier League.
Southampton – Andre Gomes
Arguably the single-worst performing team of the entire of last season, Southampton stayed up by the skin of their teeth. Following torrid defensive showings and lacklustre striking options, they really do have it all against them. Andre Gomes is the start of the change. He will be expensive given that he cost Barcelona £35 million last season (The equivalent of a Rircharlison) and despite his inability to get into form, he is still seen as a top class midfielder. Despite already spending £54.5 million so far, they need to do more and improve the attacking chances they are being supplied as last year, Boufal and Tadic were woeful and failed to support Long up top. Don’t get me wrong, Gomes won’t be enough to help but it may help them when they sign a striker such as Rondon who can perform and get the much-needed goals for a dwindling team.
Tottenham – Gianluigi Donnarumma
Arguably the worlds best known young goalkeeper, Donnarumma exploded onto the scene for AC Milan and fast established himself as the first team keeper, at 16. Let that sink in. One of football’s giants, having a 16-year-old as the most important position on the pitch. Unfathomable. Yet as times gone on, Donnarumma has been taking it in his stride and dominating. The reason why Tottenham need to sign him is due to Lloris. He is still 31 but you need to prepare years in advance nowadays as shown with Courtois and De Gea both being signed years before they became established. With Livepool and Manchester City both spending £35 million + on goalkeepers, it’s fast becoming more expensive for young talents to sign as the values increase in line with current spending. Donnarumma not only guarantees a keeper who can play for 20+ years straight but also offers a breath of fresh air where Tottenham risk going stale. Competition is a good thing and Lloris and Donnarumma? There’s worse problems to have as a manger 100%.
Watford – Diego Reyes
Watford, Watford, Watford. Where to begin with this very peculiar club. With £35 million coming in for Richarlison, Watford need to strengthen their squad. In all honesty I don’t quite know where to begin as it seems rather weak all over and lacking in-depth. Reyes would be a free transfer however after allowing his contract to run down with Porto which is to Watford’s liking. They will then be able to partner Kabasele with a more fluid defender so it would allow a combination of steadfast and flamboyant which could do wonders for them in the league.
West Ham – Hatem Ben Arfa
He’s in here again. He’s still a free agent and is a solid attacking option for any side that signs him. Yes, West Ham do have Arnautovic but with the reality of injuries you do need someone of his class to help be the star in West Ham. A system could be implemented with both of them playing on the flanks supporting a new striking option who can get brought into the team such as Jackson Martinez? (Free transfer aswell). With the way West Ham have been operating, money isn’t an issue so I can honestly see a really attacking, free-flowing side with maybe 3 attacking midfielders and a forward as a poacher. Watch West Ham get Europe with this signing.
Wolverhampton – Portugal
Okay, sorry, I had to… but in reality
Wolverhampton – Pepe
Pepe is a player you love or hate. I love him as I find him a great character to watch as you never know if he will get a yellow or a red in a game. The centre-back who can strike fear into the heart of many a man, mainly because he will fight you if you dare try to score against him. In all honesty though, at £6 million asking price and his quality he will be a class addition to Wolves who have a strong Portuguese contingent who would allow him to settle in. As Wolves have got such a strong team they need as strong of a back line which would be strengthened so much more with a leader such as Pepe who would be able to have one final swan song and play in the Prem.
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