• Matt Johns

Premier League Transfer Round-Up




The 30th Premier League campaign is set to begin on the 13th August, with Arsenal travelling to newly promoted side Brentford to get the season underway.

We are about halfway through the summer transfer window, which will close at the end of August and the 20 squads are beginning to come together. However, there is still plenty of big money moves to be made, with a couple of major transfers heavily rumoured.

Here is how the window has played out so far.

Arsenal

Arsenal have just made their first major signing of the window, with the £50 million signing of England centre back Ben White finally getting over the line.

However, it appears the Gunners have plenty more business they want to do, with Leicester City’s James Maddison and European Champion Manuel Locatelli two of Mikel Arteta’s main targets.

Maddison is apparently ‘open’ to a move, but the Foxes are looking to keep hold of the midfielder, with the club only being open to a bid in excess of £70 million.

Arrivals

• Nuno Tavares from Benfica (undisclosed fee)

• Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht (£15m)

• Ben White from Brighton (£50m)

Departures

• Dani Ceballos (end of loan)

• Mat Ryan (end of loan)

• Martin Odegaard (end of loan)

• David Luiz (contract expired)

• Mark McGuinness to Cardiff (undisclosed fee)

• Trae Coyle to FC Lausanne-Sport (undisclosed fee)

• Zech Medkley to KV Oostende (undisclosed fee)

• Dinos Mavropanos to Stuttgart (loan)

• Daniel Ballard to Millwall (loan)

• Ben Sheaf to Coventry City (undisclosed fee)

• Matt Smith to Doncaster Rovers (loan)

• Matteo Guendouzi to Marseille (loan)

• William Saliba to Marseille (loan)

• Tyreece John-Jules to Blackpool (loan)

• Harry Clarke to Ross County (loan)


Aston Villa

Although Villa have made the signings of Emi Buendia and the returning Ashley Young, the main business for Dean Smith is to keep hold of star player Jack Grealish.

The Villains have allegedly offered the midfielder a new deal, which would see him rake in £200,000 a week, however his future is uncertain.

There was a big indicator that Grealish could be on his way out, after it was announced thata deal for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey was agreed in principle. The Jamaican is set to sign for around £30million, subject to a medical and finalising personal terms.

Arrivals

• Emi Buendia from Norwich City (£38m)

• Ashley Young from Inter Milan (free)

Departures

• Ahmed Elmohamady (contract expired)

• Tom Heaton to Manchester United (free)

• Neil Taylor (contract expired)

• Bjorn Engels to Royal Antwerp (undisclosed fee)

• Sebastian Revan to Grimsby (loan)

Brentford

Newly promoted Brentford began have been one of the quieter sides in the window, before their first Premier League campaign.

However, they did break their club record transfer fee, after they signed Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer for a fee of £13.5million from Celtic.

It is unlikely that the Bees will make any other big transfer moves, but it is rumoured that Thomas Frank is interested in Kiwi teenager Matthew Garbutt. The 19-year-old has impressed in the Tokyo Olympics for his country, and if Brentford are to sign him, they will have to fend off the likes of Watford and Crystal Palace who are also interested.

Arrivals

• Frank Onyeka from FC Midtjylland (undisclosed fee)

• Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic (£13.5m)

Departures

• Aaron Pressley to AFC Wimbledon (loan)

• Henrik Dalsgaard to FC Midtjylland (free)

• Luke Daniels (contract expired)

• Emiliano Marcondes (contract expired)

Brighton & Hove Albion

The Seagulls have made only three transfers so far as they enter their fifth consecutive Premier League season.

However, they have set their sights on Benfica forward Darwin Nunez. The Seagulls previously had a bid of £25million rejected but following the sale of their centre back Ben White for £50million, Graham Potter is more likely to reach the Portuguese club’s£38.4million asking price.

If this deal was not to take place, the Seagulls could swoop to sign centre back Nat Philips from Liverpool, as well as the Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, in an eye-catching double deal.

Arrivals

• Jeremy Sarmiento from Benfica (undisclosed fee)

• Enock Mwepu from Red Bull Salzburg (undisclosed fee)

• Kjell Scherpen from Ajax (undisclosed fee)

Departures

• Davy Propper to PSV Eindhoven (undisclosed fee)

• Andrew Crofts (contract expired)

• Jose Izquierdo (contract expired)

• Teddy Jenks to Aberdeen (loan)

• Alex Cochrane to Hearts (loan)

• Ryan Longman to Hull City (loan)

• Victor Gyokeres to Coventry City (undisclosed fee)

• Mat Ryan to Real Sociedad (undisclosed fee)

• Carl Rushworth to Walsall (loan)

• Jan Mlakar to Hadjuk Split (undisclosed fee)

• Ben White to Arsenal (£50m)


Burnley

As per usual Sean Dyche is quietly getting along with the transfer window, and with the Clarets’ limited budget it’s all he can do.

He has brought in the reinforcements of Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Collins to help create some squad depth, but Dyche has admitted his side are still a few bodies short.

The Lancashire based club have shown interest in a loan deal for RB Leipzig forward Ademola Lookman, who spent last season at Fulham. However, the alleged £3.5million loan fee and £50,000 a week wages means that Burnley are unlikely to complete a deal.

Arrivals

• Nathan Collins from Stoke City (undisclosed fee)

• Wayne Hennessey from Crystal Palace (free)

Departures

• Robbie Brady (contract expired)

• Ryan Cooney to Morecambe (free)

• Ben Gibson to Norwich City (undisclosed fee)

• Joel Mumbongo to Accrington Stanley (loan)

• Jimmy Dunne to QPR (undisclosed fee)

• Lukas Jensen to Carlisle United (loan)

• Udoka Chima to Queen of the South (free)

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel’s first transfer window as Chelsea boss is set to be a big one with signing a striker the main priority for the Champions of Europe.

They have shown interest in both ErlingHaaland and Romelu Lukaku, but due to the huge price tags are only likely to sign one.

It is being reported that the Blues have made two bids for their former striker Lukaku, with both being rejected by the Italian champions Inter Milan.

Arrivals

• Marcus Bettinelli from Fulham (free)

Departures

• Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan (£25m)

• Willy Caballero (contract expired)

• Izzy Brown (contract expired)

• Jamal Blackman (contract expired)

• Pierre Ekwah Elimby to West Ham United (undisclosed fee)

• Danilo Pantic to Partizan Belgrade (undisclosed fee)

• Nathan Baxter to Hull City (loan)

• Billy Gilmour to Norwich City (loan)

• Victor Moses to Spartak Moscow (undisclosed fee)

• Juan Castillo to Birmingham City (loan)

• Olivier Giroud to AC Milan (undisclosed fee)

• Marc Guehi to Crystal Palace (undisclosed fee)

• Lewis Bate to Leeds United (undisclosed fee)

• Henry Lawrence to AFC Wimbledon (loan)

• Jamie Cumming to Gillingham (loan)

• Jack Wakely to Wycombe Wanderers (free)

• Ian Maatsen to Coventry City (loan)

• Conor Gallagher to Crystal Palace (loan)

• Tino Livramento to Southampton (undisclosed fee)

Crystal Palace

Since arriving as Palace manager, Patrick Viera has been very proactive in the window, bringing in some highly sought-after targets with midfielder Michael Olise standing out.

However, it appears that the Arsenal legend is not done yet, with a striker being a huge target for the Eagles boss.

Euro 2020 star Kasper Dolberg is someone that Viera has apparently been impressed byand it looks a real possibility that the Nice striker will join his fellow countrymen Joachim Anderson at Selhurst Park.

Arrivals

• Michael Olise from Reading (undisclosed fee)

• Jacob Montes from Georgetown University

• Marc Guehi from Chelsea (undisclosed fee)

• Joachim Andersen from Lyon (undisclosed fee)

• Conor Gallagher from Chelsea (loan)

Departures

• Andros Townsend (contracted expired)

• Gary Cahill (contract expired)

• Scott Dann (contract expired)

• Nathaniel Clyne (contract expired)

• Wayne Hennessey (contract expired)

• James McCarthy (contract expired)

• Mamadou Sakho (contract expired)

• Patrick Van Aanholt (contract expired)

• Connor Wickham (contract expired)

• Sion Spence to Bristol Rovers (loan)

Everton

Everton are another side with a new manager coming into the new season, with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez arriving in the blue part of Merseyside, subject to a lot of controversy.

He has made three signings so far, none that are particularly major and are more likely to enhance the Toffee’s squad depth.

It is suggested that Benitez’s main target is Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa, with a fee of around £40million likely to be enough to tempt Flamengo to let go of their prized asset.

Arrivals

• Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace (free)

• Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth (free)

• Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen (£1.6m)

Departures

• Theo Walcott to Southampton (free)

• Callum Connolly to Blackpool (free)

• Josh Bowler to Blackpool (free)

• Joshua King (contract expired)

• Yannick Bolasie (contract expired)

• Muhamed Besic (contract expired)

• Robin Olsen (end of loan)

• Dennis Adeniran (contract expired)

• Matthew Pennington (contract expired)

• Con Ouzounidis (contract expired)

• Bobby Carroll (contract expired)

• Bernard to Sharjah FC (undisclosed fee)

Leeds United

Leeds are going into their second consecutive season in the topflight, revelling off a fantastic top ten finish.

The Whites have managed to keep hold of the core of their success so far, and Marcelo Bielsa has also got the Jack Harrison permanent deal from Manchester City over the line.

The West Yorkshire side are looking to strengthen their attacking threat and it seems they are willing to break their transfer record to do so. They have apparently made a £30million bid for Wolves winger AdamaTraore, but will face competition to get the deal over the line.

Arrivals

• Jack Harrison from Manchester City (undisclosed fee)

• Junior Firpo from Barcelona (£13m)

• Lewis Bate from Chelsea (undisclosed fee)

• Kristoffer Klaesson from Valerenga (undisclosed fee)

Departures

• Ryan Edmondson to Fleetwood Town (loan)

• Gaetano Berardi (contract expired)

• Pablo Hernandez (contract expired)

• Ouasim Bouy (contract expired)

• Barry Douglas (contract expired)

• Cole Gibbon (contract expired)

• Niklas Haugland (contract expired)

• Eunan O’Kane (contract expired)

• Matthew Turner (contract expired)

• Oliver Casey to Blackpool (undisclosed fee)

• Alfie McAlmont to Morecambe (loan)

• Ezgjan Alioski (contract expired)

• Laurens De Bock to Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem(loan)

• Kiko Casilla to Elche (loan)

Leicester City

Following a second successive qualification to the Europa League, Leicester’s bargaining power is ever greater with Brendan Rogers’ focus as much on keeping key players, as bringing in new names.

The Foxes have been linked with a move for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, with the Spaniard out of favour at the club. Leicester are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs to make an offer for Asensio, with Leeds and Everton the other two.

With club legend Wes Morgan announcing his retirement at the end of last season, Leicester are on the lookout for a centre back. One of the names that is being thrown around is Schalke defender Ozan Kabak. Schalke are looking to get rid of the Turkish centre back, who spent the end of last season on loan at Liverpool, and the Foxes could swoop in to take up that offer.

Arrivals

• Patson Daka from RB Salzburg (£23m)

• Boubakary Soumare from Lille (£17m)

• Ryan Bertrand from Southampton (free)

Departures

• Wes Morgan (retired)

• Christian Fuchs (contract expired)

• Matthew James (contract expired)

• Admiral Muskwe to Luton Town (loan)


Liverpool

Liverpool are facing a very different transfer window than what it could have been, after a miraculous recovery allowed them to obtain Champions League qualification after a third-place finish last season.

Jurgen Klopp has taken a liking to many of the stars of the European Championships, with those being his main targets. European Champions Italy possess two of these nameswith the Reds interested in both Federico Chiesa and Nicolo Barella. Barella is a more realistic signing, as it is likely that Chiesa will be out of Liverpool’s price range.

Klopp is also very fond on Portugal’s Renato Sanches, with the Lille midfielder seen as an ideal Wijnaldum replacement.

Arrivals

• Ibrahima Konate to RB Leipzig (£36m)

Departures

• Georgino Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-German (free)

• Harry Wilson to Fulham (£12m)

• Marco Grujic to Porto (undisclosed fee)

• Adam Lewis to Livingston (loan)

• Sepp van den Berg to Preston North End (loan)

• Paul Glatzel to Tranmere Rovers (loan)

• Liam Coyle to Accrington Stanley (free)

• Joe Hardy to Accrington Stanley (free)

• Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin (undisclosed fee)


Manchester City

Despite City only making one signing so far in the window, they look set to be one of the big spenders.

The Premier League Champions are targeting two England stars in Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. The Citizens have made a £100million bid for Grealish and if that is accepted, they are unlikely to attempt to bid for Kane with his enormous £160million price tag.

However, Pep Guardiola will still be looking to bring in a striker with club legend Sergio Aguero leaving after a ten-year tenure. Gabriel Jesus has also been linked with a move away from the club, giving even more reason for City to bring in a recognised forward.

Arrivals

• Scott Carson from Derby County (free)

Departures

• Sergio Aguero to Barcelona (free)

• Eric Garcia to Barcelona (free)

• Jack Harrison to Leeds United (undisclosed fee)

• Daniel Grimshaw to Blackpool (free)

• Taylor Harwood-Bellis to Anderlecht (loan)

• James Trafford to Accrington Stanley (loan)

• Gavin Bazunu to Portsmouth (loan)

• Lewis Fiorini to Lincoln City (loan)

• Alexander Robertson to Ross County (loan)

• Callum Doyle to Sunderland (loan)

• Lukas Nmecha to Wolfsburg (undisclosed fee)


Manchester United

City’s noisy neighbours Manchester United are the other big spenders in the window, with Jadon Sancho’s inevitable £73million deal already over the line. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is being given a lot more freedom in this window to get the players he wants, after a successful second place finish last season.

The signing of World Cup winner Raphael Varane is all but complete, with a £40million deal complete subject to a medical. Varanewas a main target, as Solskjaer wanted a world class defender to partner Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils are also looking to strengthen their midfield, especially with the inevitable Paul Pogba exit rumours. Portuguese maestro Ruben Neves is being scouted by United, however Wolves will be looking to keep hold of him as they rebuild under new management.

Arrivals

• Tom Heaton from Aston Villa (free)

• Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund (£73m)

• Ethan Ennis from Liverpool (free)

Departures

• Tahith Chong to Birmingham City (loan)

• Joel Pereira (contract expired)

• Sergio Romero (contract expired)

• Nathan Bishop to Mansfield Town (loan)

• Reece Devine to St Johnstone (loan)

• Di’Shon Bernard to Hull City (loan)

• Max Taylor to Rochdale (free)


Newcastle United

Newcastle are the only Premier League side yet to make a signing, but Magpies boss Steve Bruce has declared that they will be doing business before the end of the window.

Joe Willock joined the club from the North East on loan in January, and stormed to great success, grabbing eight goals to steer Newcastle well clear of relegation. Bruce wants to sign the player from Arsenal, with the midfielder apparently keen on a switch to Tyneside.

The Magpies are also the favourites to complete a loan move for Manchester United centre back Axel Tuanzebe, with the move mutually beneficial for both parties.

Arrivals

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Departures

• Florian Lejeune to Alaves (undisclosed fee)

• Andy Carroll (contract expired)

• Henri Saivet (contract expired)

• Christian Atsu (contract expired)

• Lewis Cass to Port Vale (loan)


Norwich City

Norwich are back in the Premier League under Daniel Farke, and they will be hoping to fare better than the 2019/20 season. That season they made very few transfers, which subsequently cost them. This time round the Canaries have been much more productive and are not finished yet.

Phillip Billing is a player that Farke has his eyes on, with the Bournemouth midfielder valued at around £15million. He has competed in the Premier League before, and they will be hoping to add that experience totheir young squad.

They are also keeping their eye on Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams, who is said to be looking for a loan move. However,they will face competition from Southampton and West Ham for the 20-year-old.

Arrivals

• Angus Gunn from Southampton (undisclosed fee)

• Milot Rashica from Werder Bremen (£9.4m)

• Kenny Coker from Southend United (undisclosed fee)

• Ben Gibson from Burnley (undisclosed fee)

• Dimitris Giannoulis from PAOK (undisclosed fee)

• Pierre Lees-Melou from Nice (£3.5m)

• Billy Gilmour from Chelsea (loan)

Departures

• Emi Buendia to Aston Villa (£38m)

• Marco Stiepermann (contract terminated)

• Orjan Nyland (released)

• Alexander Tettey (released)

• Moritz Leitner (contract terminated)

• Josh Martin to MK Dons (loan)

• Daniel Barden to Livingston (loan)

• Mario Vrancic to Stoke City (free)

• Josip Drmic to HNK Rijeka (loan)

• Daniel Sinani to Huddersfield Town (loan)

Southampton

Southampton are facing a fight to keep hold of star forward Danny Ings, after he rejected a new contract which would have made him the clubs best paid player. The 28-year-old reportedly wants to test himself at a higher level, and there is a lot of interest from numerous clubs.

Although, this isn’t the Saints’ only focus in the window with a new centre back potentially in the pipeline, especially as Jannik Vestergaard’s future is uncertain.Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has come out and said that ‘becoming a club legend is no longer interesting to players’, with his frustration evidently growing.

It is being said that they are looking at former Premier League winner Phil Jones, who has played very little football over recent seasons, due to being out of favour and having several knee injuries.

Arrivals

• Theo Walcott from Everton (free)

• Romain Perraud from Stade Brest (undisclosed fee)

• Dynel Simeu from Chelsea (undisclosed fee)

• Tino Livramento from Chelsea (undisclosed fee)

Departures

• Ryan Bertrand to Leicester City (free)

• Josh Sims (contract expired)

• Kayne Ramsay to Crewe Alexandra (loan)

• Angus Gunn to Norwich City (undisclosed fee)

• Mario Lemina to Nice (undisclosed fee)

• Callum Slattery to Motherwell (undisclosed fee)

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are another one of them clubs who are looking to keep hold of a player, rather than look for new ones. Star striker Harry Kane seems set to leave the North London side, after they failed to secure Champions League qualification. The England captain failed to turn up for training after his holiday and is set to receive a hefty fine from the club.

Despite this chaos, Nuno is still set to make his mark in his first window as Spurs boss. It has been rumoured that the club have been looking to make a shock move for former Arsenal fan favourite Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman looks likely to leave Juventus this summer and Spurs are one of the many clubs looking at taking a punt on him.

The main target for Tottenham is that of Atalanta defender Cristian Romero. Talks have been ongoing for a while between the two clubs, with the player interested in coming to the Premier League, the Argentineis valued at around £47million.

Arrivals

• Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta (loan)

• Bryan Gil from Sevilla (£21.6m plus Erik Lamela)

Departures

• Paulo Gazzaniga (contract expired)

• Danny Rose to Watford (free)

• Kazaiah Sterling (contract expired)

• Juan Foyth to Villarreal (undisclosed fee)

• Erik Lamela to Sevilla (swap for Bryan Gil)

• Kion Etete to Northampton Town (loan)


Watford

Since confirming their return to the Premier League, Watford have had a quite productive window, making nine signings so far.Although, it appears that Hornets boss XiscoMunoz is not completely satisfied with this and has other targets on his mind.

One of these is Turkish midfielder Okay Yokuslu, who was on loan at West Brom last season. The Celta Vigo player is valued at £4.2million and the club are willing to part ways with the player, if this is met.

Watford did have interest in Danish defenderJens Stryger Larsen, who impressed at the European Championships. However, it appears that the Udinese wing-back has opted for Turkish giants Galatasaray, with the prospect of playing Champions League football more attractive to him.

Arrivals

• Danny Rose from Tottenham Hotspur (free)

• Imran Louza from Nantes (undisclosed)

• Ashley Fletcher from Middlesbrough (free)

• Emmanuel Dennis from Club Brugge (undisclosed fee)

• Kwadwo Baah from Rochdale (undisclosed fee)

• Mattie Pollock from Grimsby Town (undisclosed fee)

• Peter Etebo from Stoke City (loan)

• Joshua King (free)

• Dapo Mebude (free)

Departures

• Ben Wilmot to Stoke City (undisclosed fee)

• Achraf Lazaar (contract expired)

• Carlos Sanchez (contract expired)

• Jerome Sinclair (contract expired)

• Mamadou M’Baye (contract expired)

• Tiago Cukur to Doncaster Rovers (loan)

• Daniel Phillips to Gillingham (loan)

West Ham United

It has been quite a frustrating window for Hammers fans, which Is surprising as you would think Europa League qualification would be very beneficial to their transfer hopes.

Fans of the club were hoping that Jesse Lingard would sign a permanent deal, after impressing on loan last season the midfielder faced a tricky decision. However, it is being reported that he is wanting to either stay at Manchester United or go abroad.

David Moyes could be looking at an alternative for Lingard in Matheus Pereira. The West Brom star has released a lengthy statement, hinting that his time at the club is coming to an end. The Irons are the front runners to sign him, with main competitors Al-Hilal refusing to pay over £13million.

Arrivals

• Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-German (loan)

• Pierre Ekwah Elimby from Chelsea (undisclosed fee)

• Thierry Nevers from Reading (undisclosed fee)

• Armstrong Oko-Flex from Celtic (free)

Departures

• Nathan Holland to Oxford United (loan)

• Felipe Anderson to Lazio (undisclosed fee)

• Fabian Balbuena (released)

• Sean Adarkwa (released)

• Olatunji Akinola (released)

• Samuel Caiger (released)

• Alfie Lewis (released)

• Joshua Okotcha (released)

• Joseph Anang to Stevenage (loan)


Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves’ new boss Bruno Lage is set with a tricky task to keep hold of the main bulk of players that helped get the Midlands side into the Premier League side into the topflight.

Former manager Nuno Espirito Santo is looking to bring over some of his former players to his new club Tottenham, with Adama Traore and Conor Coady’s futures both uncertain.

In spite of this, Lage still wants to make the most of the window and is keen to sign the Liverpool striker Divock Origi. The Champions League winner is valued at around £20million and Wolves will look to add him to bolster their attacking options.

Arrivals

• Jose Sa from Olympiacos (undisclosed fee)

• Rayan Ait-Nouri from Angers (undisclosed fee)

• Yerson Mosquera from Atletico Nacional (undisclosed fee)

• Louie Moulden from Manchester City (free)

• Francisco Trincao from Barcelona (loan)

Departures

• Rui Patricio to Roma (undisclosed fee)

• Sadou Diallo to Forest Green (free)

• Cyriaque Mayounga (released)

• Hong Wan (released)

• Dion Sanderson to Birmingham City (loan)

• Matija Sarkic to Birmingham City (loan)

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