F365’s Premier League transfer guide: Part two

Date published: Thursday 1st June 2017 9:45

Part one is here, including Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley and Chelsea…

 

Crystal Palace

What do they need?
A new manager, for starters. All seemed rosy when Hull City were dispatched 4-0 a week before the end of the season, with Sam Allardyce discussing transfer plans at a club aiming for the top half of the Premier League rather than a relegation scrap. Then he decided he’d had enough, Marco Silva opted for Vicarage Road over Selhurst Park and Palace’s summer schedule took a hit. Whether it’s Garry Monk, Roberto Mancini, Slavisa Jokanovic or AN Other, Palace’s new manager is likely to want to recruit his own players. A striker to support Christian Benteke will be needed, along with a central defender that could be Mamadou Sakho if Palace’s owners are prepared to cough up the big bucks. A right-back and goalkeeper are other problem positions.

What will they get?
Kinda depends on the manager, really. Monk would choose to use the Premier League and Championship as his natural scouting ground. Jokanovic would bring in players from further afield. Mancini would cause every ex-Manchester City or Serie A player aged between 28 and 32 who have fallen on slightly hard times to be linked with a move to Selhurst Park. The direct result of the Premier League’s sacking culture is that new managers arrive with new philosophies and new lists of transfer targets. Palace’s summer business lies entirely in the hands of Allardyce’s successor, which only increases the importance of making the right decision quickly.

What’s been said?
“The money needs to work for us and for Liverpool. I’m sure there’ll be a negotiation on that. If we can make it work, of course we’d like to, I’m not going to try and be coy or clever on that. He’s a very good player and I think he likes being with us. We like him. Let’s hope we can do it. You cannot con anyone that he did not make a massive difference… It is one we would like to do” – Chairman Steve Parish on Mamadou Sakho.

 

Everton

What do they need?
Plenty. Everton finished top and bottom of their mini-league of one this season, eight points behind Manchester United and 15 ahead of Southampton. With Farhad Moshiri’s fortune now at the club’s disposal, Ronald Koeman will be asked to establish Everton as official hangers on the coattails of the top six whilst combining that with European participation that starts on July 27. The uncertain futures of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley and the ages of Ashley Williams, Gareth Barry and Leighton Baines means that the manager could feasibly have to buy half a new first team this summer, and it would be no surprise if Everton were the busiest Premier League club. With many supporters disillusioned about the competence of the club’s hierarchy, this is a big few months at Goodison Park.

What will they get?
A new goalkeeper is a certainty, and one of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland or Joe Hart would seem likely. A right-back will surely arrive after Seamus Coleman’s horror injury, with Cuco Martina the most likely option, while Michael Keane is a possibility to answer the centre-back issue. Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson have both been mentioned as Barkley replacements, while Sandro Ramirez could be the bargain of the summer at £5m from Malaga. Still, one striker will not be enough for Koeman if Lukaku departs, leaving a massive transfer budget in his place. And we’ve not even covered the elephant in the room that is Wayne Rooney. I promise that’s a metaphor.

What’s been said?
“A clear objective will be to bring in players who will have more productivity. I expect that we can change that for next season. If we can do the business we want to do this summer, the team for next season will be really strong, I believe. On one side I will take a holiday and relax but, on the other side, as a manager it is totally different than as a football player because everyone knows we would like to do some good business. I will have my mobile phone close to me so if there is anything we need to discuss or I need to get a flight, I am available” – Ronald Koeman, May 24.

 

Huddersfield Town

What do they need?
Tony Cascarino pricked Huddersfield Town’s bubble in The Times on Monday morning by suggesting that David Wagner needed 14 new players if Huddersfield were to survive relegation, but you can see his point. Huddersfield were promoted with a negative goal difference, and when you consider that the last three winners of the Championship play-off final have been relegated immediately it’s clear that Town face a difficult task in bucking the trend. The biggest priority is making sure that Wagner himself stays put, but Huddersfield will need at least one central defender, a full-back, a winger and a striker, and that’s assuming the majority of the loan deals are renewed. Welcome to the big time (but don’t get too comfortable).

What will they get?
A deal to sign Elias Kachunga  on a permanent deal has already been completed, while Wagner must be confident that the parent clubs of Danny Ward, Izzy Brown, Kasey Palmer and Aaron Mooy will be content for their players to get Premier League experience in an environment they are comfortable playing in. That quartet were amongst Huddersfield’s best performers during their promotion campaign, and missing out on even two of them would be a disaster. From there, Wagner is likely to shop in Germany’s first and second tiers for players. It would be a surprise if chairman Dean Hoyle signed off a period of extravagant spending, and nor should he, but Wagner will be confident of using his know-how to unearth a few unlikely gems.

What’s been said?
“I think I have a lot of calls to do. This is maybe why I don’t want to get my head around it because I know how much work is ahead of me. There are a few phone calls and I will speak with Jurgen [Klopp] for sure, not only about Danny Ward but about everything that happens. Let’s give me some time to get my head around it” – David Wagner, May 29.

 

Leicester

What do they need?
Having fought to keep the plug in the bath while they tried to add more hot water last summer, Leicester may be forced to repeat the trick this year. Riyad Mahrez has announced he is off, and Kasper Schmeichel, Demarai Gray and Wilfred Ndidi might not be too far behind. The temptation to leave will be greater now Champions League football and the tag of ‘Premier League champions’ is gone. Craig Shakespeare has spoken about aiming for European qualification again, and that will take plenty of doing. A new striker to support Jamie Vardy is likely, as neither Islam Slimani nor Ahmed Musa really hit their straps, but at least one central defender is an absolute must and so too are upgrades/support in left midfield and at right-back. Oh, and Schmeichel and Mahrez replacements if they get their moves.

What will they get?
It would be no surprise whatsoever if Leicester’s entire recruitment push came from the French, Belgian, Spanish and German leagues, with the club’s extensive scouting network focusing on those countries to source value effectively. Of the English-based players linked, Ben Gibson and Troy Deeney are both slim possibilities, while Harry Maguire strikes as a neat fit.

What’s been said?
“You look at the players out there, the Premier League is the place to play. A lot of players will want to come to this country, but it’s down to the individual clubs to sort their own recruitment out. The recruitment department have been doing great work. We have a comprehensive scouting network a lot of good work behind the scenes, it’ll be interesting to sit down” – Craig Shakespeare, May 12.

 

Liverpool

What do they need?
Having remained disappointingly quiet in January, there is no doubt that Liverpool must do significant business this summer. Jurgen Klopp’s team can be rightly proud of their 2016/17 league season, but form tailed off in the winter even without the added workload of European football. Klopp’s task is to ensure that such late-season decline does not become a pattern. Left-back, central defender, central midfielder and striker are all necessities, either to replace departing players or upgrade current options, while it remains to be seen whether Simon Mignolet’s form recovered enough to warrant another season as No. 1. Klopp simply cannot afford to squeeze square pegs into round holes next season.

What will they get?
Liverpool’s biggest issue for the last five years has been getting their first-choice transfer targets over the line, and this summer promises to be a repeat of that same fight. Naby Keita, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Virgil van Dijk are established individuals of interest, but it is easy to see all fourchoosing alternative destinations to Anfield. Ryan Sessegnon, Demarai Gray, Ryan Bertrand, Michael Keane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be more realistic options. If striking the delicate balance wasn’t hard enough, Klopp could also do with getting Liverpool’s business done early ahead of a busy, crucial August.

What’s been said?
“We are a club without financial problems and we have money to spend but it makes sense to think before we spend and that is what we are doing. It should not sound negative but if Champions League is the only reason why a player is coming it makes no sense for him or for us because one year of not qualifying and the player decides (he) wants another Champions League club. It is important for players because that is what they want to play but the progress and development and positive perspective of a club is important for players and we are powerful in a lot of parts of the game. We will be successful in the future but for this we need the players, of course. We have very good players and we need a few more” – Jurgen Klopp, May 19.

Daniel Storey

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