The Transfer Window: Who Needs What? - Part One

In the first of a four-part series, Daniel Storey looks at the needs, hopes and desires of Arsenal, Aston Villa, Burnley, Chelsea and Crystal Palace in this window...

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ARSENAL

What they need
Three positions initially scream out when examining Arsenal's needs. A right-back is required to replace the departed Bacary Sagna; a holding midfielder fresher, younger and quicker than Mikel Arteta would be nice; and a striker to provide support (or competition for) Olivier Giroud is also a must. Any repeated insistence from Giroud that he doesn't want any more forwards arriving at the club would hopefully fall on deaf ears. Even more so than last year, this feels like a pivotal transfer window for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.

What they will probably get
The initial business has been incredibly positive with the arrival of genuine game-changer Alexis Sanchez, while Mathieu Debuchy is likely to join him from Newcastle. Lars Bender and Sami Khedira have both been mentioned in hushed tones, and if Arsenal can add one of those two then the squad looks more ready than most for another assault on the Premier League title.

What's been said
"We know we have to have a successful June and July, that's where you strengthen the team. It's very important that we are good now in the next two months until the end of August, that we can give to the team some more quality" - Wenger, May 31.


ASTON VILLA

What they need
Quality, rather than quantity. There is an odd sense that Paul Lambert has been forced to work on a stringent budget during his tenure at Villa Park but close to £50m has been spent in the past two seasons, and £20m on Antonio Luna, Aleksander Tonev, Leandro Bacuna, Nicklas Helenius, Jores Okore and Libor Kozak is enough mediocrity to make any Villa fan groan.

What they will probably get
The initial signs are not good, with Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole joined by Kieran Richardson. With Randy Lerner loath to invest following his public announcement that the club is up for sale, it promises to be a summer of almost constant underwhelming news with reports that Lambert's budget is just £10million, including wages. Ouch.

What's been said
"I'll identify players that I think will come in here. You've got to go and try, that's for sure. If I see one and think he'll come in and do it then I'll go and try and see if we can do it" - Paul Lambert, May 20.


BURNLEY

What they need
Top-flight experience will be key in a squad clearly lacking in this regard. This was a squad that achieved great things through belief, morale and unity in the Championship, but the Premier League can soon erode such positivity. However, Hull City and Steve Bruce last season demonstrated what can be achieved with a bit of nous, rather than the scattergun approach some have chosen to utilise.

What they will probably get
Derby's Craig Bryson and Richard Keogh were reported targets, but both have since signed new deals at Pride Park - Burnley supporters will hope that such fruitless endeavours are not a sign of things to come. The hope is that a couple of loan signings can uplift the mood, rather than a panic buying splurge in late August. The arrival of Marvin Sordell, Steven Reid and Michael Kightly doesn't initially scream "we are staying up".

What's been said
"To go into Europe that's increased costs in wages, increased personnel, and all of those costs have to be paid for. So we have to look at the English market first because we know it as a staff and our recruitment people know it." Sean Dyche, June 2.


CHELSEA

What they need
Not too much, now. The early arrivals of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas (coupled with the January purchases of Nemanja Matic and Kurt Zouma) have removed any potential excuses for Jose Mourinho. However, should both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba follow Samuel Eto'o out of Stamford Bridge, expect another striker to arrive.

What they will probably get
If Jose decides that he still requires another forward, it seems likely that he will get his wish, with Wilfried Bony mentioned as an option. It would also seem only a matter of time until Atletico Madrid left-back Felipe Luis joins the club. To repeat: Chelsea are close to having the perfect balance in their squad.

What's been said
"This is a moment to rebuild again, because teams don't last for ever. Clubs yes, but not the teams. In the same club you have to build another team" - Jose Mourinho, June 26.


CRYSTAL PALACE

What they need
After the miracle performed by Tony Pulis last season, the Welshman will now get a chance to invest in the hope of consolidating Crystal Palace as a Premier League club for the next few years at least. Whilst the midfield still looks comparatively strong, Pulis will be keen to add firepower to an attack that scored just 33 times in the league last season. A couple of defenders wouldn't go amiss, either.

What they will probably get
Palace are not a club that will attract the big names, but perhaps that is a blessing in disguise. If they can pluck the best on offer from the relegated clubs (Fraizer Campbell, Steven Caulker, Brede Hangeland and the like), there seems no reason why the club should break the bank in order to make avoiding relegation a probability. That would leave funds for much-needed renovation of the ground and its facilities. Of course, they could always launch a pricey bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson instead.

What's been said
"There is lots of stuff going on behind the scenes. I've always tried to get things lined up and then you hope that things drop in place for you. There is work going on that people never see - it is busy" - Tony Pulis, June 17.

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