How the Top Six Premier League Sides Could Line Up Next Season

How the Top Six Premier League Sides Could Line Up Next Season
Apr 30, 2017

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As the Premier League gets wealthier, expectations become greater and pressure gets higher, the richest teams in the English first division will be looking to splash the cash once again this summer.

According to @SkyKaveh, Manchester City have a £250million summer budget which could rise even higher if necessary. It is also no secret that their neighbours Manchester United will be knocking on the door for Europe’s biggest stars once again.

Chelsea will be searching for a forward to replace out-of-form striker Diego Costa as they consolidate their position at the top of the table, whilst we may see a major clear out from Arsenal as long-serving manager Arsene Wenger has watched his squad underperform severely this season.

Pochettino could be looking to slightly tweak his high-performing squad, and Liverpool will be looking to reignite their average defence which has let them down all season. But with limited players on the market alongside fierce competition across the world, what stars could be on their way to England come the 1st of September? We have collaborated all the gossip from the papers into one article, which offers you six dream line-ups including the hottest rumours circulating social media right now. Aren’t we generous?

Manchester United

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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out for nine months, Jose Mourinho will be searching for a new striker to lead his attacking line. Reports have linked Antoine Griezmann to the Reds, however, Romelu Lukaku seems a far more likely option, with 24 goals for Everton this summer. Monaco duo Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy could also make the short move to England to replace out-of-favour Luke Shaw and ageing Wayne Rooney. Mourinho has made it clear that he admires Chelsea winger Willian, who he managed for two seasons at his former club, so it is not out of the question to suggest that the Brazillian could complete a transfer up north this summer.

Predicted expenditure: £200 million

Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham have developed a first-XI which is young, English and talented. Pochettino will not need to make many changes to his squad, however, Galatasary winger Bruma has been linked repeatedly over the last month. The 22-year-old’s contract expires next year and Liverpool, Leicester and Southampton have also displayed interest. The Portuguese midfielder has been directly involved in more goals than any other Galatasary player this season.

If you do not know much about him, here is a video of Bruma’s highlights in the 2016/17 season.

 Estimated expenditure: £15 million

Chelsea

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As Chelsea look almost set to clinch the Premier League title in the first season under their new manager, Antonio Conte may turn to his home country to search for talent to add to his squad. Chelsea would have already learnt their lesson last time they won their league when they made no first-team signings to add to their title-winning squad. Two positions which may be improved are the right-wing-back role (currently occupied by Victor Moses) and the centre-forward role (currently occupied by Diego Costa). No, we are not suggesting Antonio Conte should stick himself on the right wing – the player above is actually Atlanta fullback Andrea Conti. The 23-year-old has proven that he can attack as well as defend, due to his contribution of seven goals and five assists this season. Another player Chelsea should pursue is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who has not particularly favoured by Zinedine Zidane. According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are closing on a deal for the Spaniard as they prepare their first official bid.

Estimated expenditure: £80 million

Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola is expected to be the largest spender in the Premier League this summer, as Manchester City aspire to make the jump from Champions League contenders to title contenders. You may look at this line-up and think we have taken this from Football Manager 2017 – however if Sky sources are anything to go by, the cost of these signings may not be far off the real deal. The only unrealistic player is arguably Alex Sandro, Juventus’ first-choice fullback, however, Danny Rose is the only other left-back to be strongly linked and I cannot see Pochettino letting him go to a rival. Is this team strong enough under Guardiola to win the league?

Estimated expenditure: £200 million

Liverpool

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According to talkSPORT, Liverpool are tracking Bayern Munich star, Douglas Costa. I really cannot see Jurgen Klopp pulling this one off, however, the Brazilian would definitely give Liverpool the best attack in the league. This signing would not come cheap, so if it does finalise I wouldn’t expect world-class signings to be made in defence. However, Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham and Michael Keane from Burnley are two consistent young English talents who have a bright future, and would definitely be smart signings for any Premier League side. In the net, Antonio Adán has been linked according to papers. The goalkeeper has enjoyed three consistently impressive seasons in La Liga and could be the relatively cheap answer to Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems.

Estimated expenditure: £160 million

Arsenal

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 Arsenal need serious recruitment. A world class signing needs to be made to simply improve morale in the squad. If Arsenal can pull off the signing of 18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé, then the Gunners would have a very impressive front three and would also have one of the world’s most promising youngsters under contract. However, the signing of such a player would cost somewhere between £75million and £95million. Therefore Arsenal fans should not expect a large quantity of signings, but one or two world-class signings instead. Fabinho is a player who arguably would make that list as he has been one of the outstanding players in Ligue 1 and the Champions League. A highly underrated holding midfielder who can also operate at right-back, Fabinho would compose that Arsenal midfield and relax their shaky defence too. These two Monaco signings, alongside the free transfer of Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac, would reshape the Arsenal squad significantly.

Estimated expenditure: £150 million

 

If all of the above predictions became true, then these six English clubs would have spent a little shy of a billion between them.

 

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