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Which players are YOUR club targeting before the window slams shut?

Chelsea want ANOTHER reunion with Romelu Lukaku, Arsenal and Spurs are eyeing up Lautaro Martinez and can Manchester City sign Harry Kane? The players YOUR Premier League club want to sign before the summer window slams shut this month

  • The Premier League summer transfer window slams shut on August 31 
  • Clubs will be trying to improve their playing squads ahead of the 2021-22 season 
  • Sportsmail takes a look at who each Premier League side will be looking to sign 

With just under a month before the transfer window slams shut, Premier League clubs are already scrambling to improve their squads before the start of the new campaign.

A number of big-money moves have already been sanctioned this summer with Jadon Sancho getting his £73million move to Manchester United, while Arsenal have forked out £50m on Ben White. 

And as we creep closer to that August 31 deadline, there is plenty more business is yet to be done. But who is destined for a move? Sportsmail takes a look through each of the 20 Premier League teams to determine who they could be signing on the dotted line to solve their problems…

Manchester United completed the £73million signing of Jadon Sancho last month

Mikel Arteta has plenty of work to do if he is to get Arsenal back in the hunt for a top-four spot on a regular basis.

The Gunners are looking to put a woeful 2020-21 campaign behind them and the £50m acquisition of Ben White from Brighton has helped plug a gaping hole in their defence.

Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga’s arrivals have also helped fill out a couple of spaces in defence and midfield but now Arteta is looking for more firepower up top.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t quite lived up to the billing since he put pen to paper on a new lucrative long-term deal last year, which has led to other options to be considered to provide healthy competition up top.

Arsenal are weighing up a move for Inter Milan’s Argentinian star Lautaro Martinez

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham looks destined for a move away from Stamford Bridge while Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is also wanted by the Gunners but could cost a lot of money.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also reportedly considering a double-raid on Sheffield United for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Sander Berge. The Gunners are said to be baulking at the Blades’ £40m demand for Ramsdale, believing an offer of £30m is more appropriate.

Players they are interested in: James Maddison (Leicester), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid)

Aston Villa 

In a transfer saga that lasted all of five minutes, Aston Villa made the shock announcement on Wednesday that they had completed a £30m move for Southampton’s Danny Ings.

Villa are having to face the reality of losing Jack Grealish to Manchester City for £100m with supporters hoping that money will be fully reinvested into the squad.

And a lot of it has given how Villa have already brought in Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen for £30m, Norwich’s Emi Buendia for £40m and secured a return for Ashley Young ahead of the new season. 


Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard (left) and Watford’s Will Hughes (right) are targets for Villa

However, with just under a month left, more signings could be on the cards to complete a spectacular window – even with the loss of their talismanic captain.

Villa have been linked with a move for Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard as a like-for-like replacement for Grealish while Watford’s Will Hughes and Norwich’s Todd Cantwell are also on Villa’s radar.

Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is also a target for Villa and are set to make another bid for the England midfielder. 

Players they are interested in: Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria), Will Hughes (Watford), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Todd Cantwell (Norwich), Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United)

Brentford 

Having secured the signings of Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic (£13.5m) and Frank Onyeka from Danish club Midtjylland (£9m), Brentford are set to remain as busy Bees for the rest of the window.

Another raid of Midtjylland for midfielder Jens-Lys Cajuste is on the cards, with Newcastle also interested in the Swedish footballer.

Another Brentford raid of Midtjylland for midfielder Jens-Lys Cajuste is on the cards

Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson is also attracting interest from Brentford while Lorient’s Yoane Wissa is an option up top in what is their debut Premier League season.

Henrik Dalsgaard and Emiliano Marcondes have both left the club earlier this summer so reinforcements are certainly needed for their campaign in the top flight.

Players they are interested in: Yoane Wissa (Lorient), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland)

Brighton 

Following Ben White’s mammoth £50m sale to Arsenal, Graham Potter is weighing up his options on how to improve the squad.

With Enock Mwepu already costing £18m from RB Salzburg, plus the two additions of Benfica’s Jeremy Sarmiento and Ajax’s Kjell Scherpen, there is still a lot more to be done to improve this Seagulls squad.

Brighton have been linked with another Benfica player, Darwin Nunez, who would be brought in to help ease the load up top, given how much the club struggled with putting the ball in the back of the net last season.

Brighton are working to sign Getafe defender Marc Cucurella, who has a £15m buy-out clause

Potter is also an admirer of Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips, who is being linked with a move away from Liverpool in order to get more game time.

Getafe’s left-sided player Marc Cucurella is also being considered given how versatile the Spaniard is. Cucurella mainly operates on the left wing but can fill in at left-back, too.  

Players they are interested in: Darwin Nunez (Benfica), Nat Phillips (Liverpool), Marc Cucurella (Getafe)

Burnley

While Sean Dyche’s future remains up in the air, the Burnley boss is still planning for the season ahead – but will once again not be afforded huge lumps of money in doing so.

Nathan Collins has been brought in from Stoke for an undisclosed fee, while Wayne Hennessey joined on a free from Crystal Palace after Tom Heaton returned for Manchester United earlier this summer.

Burnley are looking at Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet as Sean Dyche looks to bolster his defence

Like their claret and blue counterparts Villa, Burnley are also interested in Hornets midfielder Will Hughes while Maxwel Cornet is wanted at left back.

Derby County’s Jason Knight is also on Burnley’s wishlist, with the 20-year-old also a target for Newcastle. 

Players they are interested in: Will Hughes (Watford), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon), Jason Knight (Derby)

Chelsea

After winning the Champions League in his first six months at Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel has set the bar extremely high for himself at a club that is known for being cut-throat if continued success isn’t achieved.

Tuchel will need to invest in his squad if he is to push Manchester City for the title and bringing Romelu Lukaku back to west London appears to be high on the agenda. 

Tammy Abraham no longer seems to be in Tuchel’s plans and has been linked with a move away from the club so bringing in a striker is essential.

Erling Haaland is also a target for the Blues but his mammoth price-tag has put a number of suitors off while Borussia Dortmund are adamant that the Norwegian star won’t be going anywhere this summer.

Chelsea have seen an £88m plus Marcos Alonso bid for Romelu Lukaku rejected by Inter Milan

Chelsea are in talks with Sevilla regarding a move for their No1 defensive target Jules Kounde 

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with Sportsmail revealing last week that they are currently in talks with the Frenchman. 

Kounde has attracted interest from City and Manchester United in recent years, having impressed in LaLiga. But it’s Chelsea the front of the queue for the Frenchman, who has a £68.4m release clause in his contract.

Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni is also being viewed as an ideal replacement for Declan Rice, who could cost northwards of £100m.

Players they are interested in: Romelu Lukaku, Erling Haaland, Jules Kounde, Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco), Declan Rice (West Ham)

Crystal Palace 

Patrick Vieira has been very busy in the transfer market since arriving at Selhurst Park last month, completing deals for Conor Gallagher, Marc Guehi (Chelsea, £18m), Joachim Andersen (Lyon, £17m) and Michael Olise from Reading, for £8m. 

Reiss Nelson is being linked with a loan move south of the Thames to Palace from Arsenal, who will likely be tempted at linking up with the Gunners legend in Croydon.

While Nelson could help with supplying the goals from the wing, Palace are looking at Adam Armstrong as the man to lead them next season.

Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson is being linked with a loan move south of the Thames to Crystal Palace

The £15m-rated striker backed up a 17-goal haul in the 2019-20 campaign with a return of 29 goals last season, finishing second in the Championship’s goalscoring charts to Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma is also wanted after his stellar campaign in the Championship last season, too. 

Players they are interested in: Adam Armstrong (Blackburn), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal), Morgan Rogers (Man City), Arnaut Danjuma (Bournemouth), Ademola Lookman (Leipzig)

Everton 

Carlo Ancelotti’s departure from Goodison Park sent shockwaves round Merseyside – and there was an even bigger aftershock when Liverpool legend Rafa Benitez was appointed his successor.

And after years of spending big in order to keep up with the Premier League’s big boys, the Toffees have become a little stuck in recent seasons.

Now after years of excessive buys that really haven’t lived up to the billing, Benitez has been instructed to get Everton back in the mix for a European finish while working with limited funds.

Everton are pursuing a deal for 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes

Demarai Gray’s £1.7m arrival from Bayer Leverkusen is their only outgoing on transfers as it stands, while Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic have arrived on frees from Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively.

However, Benitez is still hoping to have more players arrive through the doors at Goodison, with Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes wanted by the Spaniard.

Benitez also hopes to bring in a long-term successor to Seamus Coleman, with PSV’s Denzel Dumfries attracting interest after a stellar campaign at the Euros with Holland. 

Players they are interested in: Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Matheus Nunes (Sporting Lisbon)

Leeds United 

Following their return to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds proved to be a popular hit with the neutrals, given their attacking football and never-say-die attitude making them hard to root against.

But while Bielsa will be hoping to improve on their very respectable ninth-placed finish, the Argentine boss will know fresh blood is needed.

Junior Firpo (£13m) and Jack Harrison’s (£11.5m) arrivals will show that Leeds are ready to flash the cash this summer in order to keep their place in the top flight.

Leeds could revive their interest for Manchester United’s out of favour winger Daniel James

Alongside Firpo and Harrison, Bielsa is also targeting moves for Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien, Brugge’s Noa Lang and Daniel James from arch-rivals Manchester United.

Reports suggest the Terriers have already rejected a bid from Leeds for O’Brien while the Whites have reignited their interest in James after missing out on the Welshman last summer. 

Players they are interested in: Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield), Noa Lang (Club Brugge), Daniel James (Manchester United)

Leicester City

It was a bittersweet finish to the end of last season for Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester side, as they struck gold in the FA Cup final but ended up dropping out of the Champions League places on the final day after staying in the top four for the majority of the season.

While Foxes icons Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs have left the club, summer arrivals of Boubakary Soumare from Lille for £23m, Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg and Ryan Bertrand from Southampton have more than softened the blow, while Leicester hope to live up to their reputation of being shrewd in the transfer market.

Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard is being sounded out as a long-term replacement for Jamie Vardy

With Jamie Vardy still packing a punch up top but entering the twilight years of his career, Odsonne Edouard is being sounded out as a long-term replacement from Celtic, with the Frenchman wanted by a number of Europe’s big-hitters this summer.

James Tarkowski is also on their wishlist in a bid to replace Morgan while Issa Diop is another familiar face in the Premier League who can help Rodgers out in what promises to be another big season for the Foxes.

Players they are interested in: Odsonne Edouard (Celtic), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Issa Diop (West Ham)

Liverpool

It’s proving to be another quiet summer for Liverpool in the transfer market.

Some early business saw Ibrahima Konate arrive from RB Leipzig for £36m but no other players have arrived since then. 

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been linked with a move to Anfield while arch-rivals Manchester United are also in for him. 

The 26-year-old looks likely to leave the Wanda Metropolitano this summer, having been with the club since the age of 14, with the Spanish club reportedly giving the midfielder the green light to negotiate a move away. 

Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez has been heavily linked to both Manchester United and Liverpool

Liverpool are in need of midfield reinforcements after Georginio Wijnaldum left for PSG earlier in the summer, while Jordan Henderson has also been linked with an exit.

The Reds are also reportedly eyeing up a move for Bournemouth’s Arnaut Danjuma but could be beaten by Villarreal in the race for the £21m-rated forward. Palace are also interested in the Dutchman.

Players they are interested in: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Arnaut Danjuma (Bournemouth)

Manchester City

The worst-kept secret of this year’s transfer dealings has to be Harry Kane’s desire to join Manchester City.

The Tottenham talisman has gone to war with club chairman Daniel Levy over a move, having failed to report for pre-season training this week over a move to the Etihad.

Kane sparked the talk of his exit before the 2020-21 season had even ended, revealing to Gary Neville in an interview for ‘The Overlap’ that the ‘crossroads moment’ had now come, reiterating his intent to win trophies and revealing his desire to play alongside Kevin De Bruyne. 

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is desperate to join Manchester City this summer

Nevertheless, Tottenham’s stance was and still is that their talisman will not be leaving this summer, with new boss Nuno Espirito Santo insisting he has ‘no doubt’ the England star will remain part of his squad this season. 

Kane believes he has a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with Levy that he can leave this summer. And though returning to training, Kane is still very much intent on pushing through a move to City.  

City are believed to have had a £100m bid for Kane rejected by Spurs and with Jack Grealish arriving for the same amount of money, Spurs will be sure to demand over £150m for their prized asset, given he was last season’s top scorer and top assister in the Premier League. 

Players they are interested in: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Manchester United 

It’s already been a busy, yet productive, transfer window for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United.

The Red Devils boss finally got his hands on Sancho after a year of chasing him at Borussia Dortmund.

Better still, Solskjaer has also been able to convince Raphael Varane to join his cause at Old Trafford, with the club ‘agreeing a deal in principle’ with Real Madrid for the Frenchman.

And United don’t look like they’ll be stopping there, either.

United have reportedly tabled an offer to sign Leon Goretzka when he is a free agent next year

Eduardo Camavinga is seen as one of Europe’s brightest prospects and could replace Pogba

With Paul Pogba set to leave the club, with PSG his rumoured destination, Solskjaer is looking to bring in another midfielder, with Leon Goretzka and Eduardo Camavinga potential candidates to replace the Frenchman.

Goretzka, who is yet to sign a new deal at Bayern, could be available at a cut-price as well as Eduardo Camavinga, who has entered the final year in his deal at Rennes.

Kieran Trippier is also still a target for United, who are intent on bringing the defender back to the Premier League. 

Players they are interested in: Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)

Newcastle United

At time of writing, Newcastle are the only Premier League club yet to make a signing.

Christian Atsu joined Al-Raed on a free while Andy Carroll and Henri Saivet have both been released from the club, leaving Steve Bruce with a mountain to climb, despite their strong finish to last season.

Bruce is desperate to bring last season’s loan hero Joe Willock back to the club and another loan move is in the works.

The Magpies have also bid for Boubacar Kamara at Marseille and maintain an interest in Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury. 

Newcastle are working on a deal to sign Arsenal’s Joe Willock, who spent last term with them

Despite reports, they are yet to make an enquiry for Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey, whose age and wages would be prohibitive.

Bruce is also an admirer of Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp, who impressed on loan for Norwich City during their Championship-winning season, but could be set for regular minutes in north London under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Players they are interested in: Boubacar Kamara (Marseille), Joe Willock (Arsenal), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham), Hamza Choudhury (Leicester)

Norwich City  

Like Brentford, Norwich are keen to bolster their squad in a bid to maintain their place in the Premier League from the summer of 2022 onwards. 

While they decided to cash-in on Emiliano Buendia, who was snapped up by Aston Villa for £40m, the Norwich board have not rested on their laurels and have reinvested a large amount of that money back into the team. 

Norwich have reportedly made a £15m bid for Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong

While they’ve brought in the likes of Pierre Lees-Melou from Nice, Chelsea star Billy Gilmour and Milot Rashica (Werder Bremen, £9m), the Canaries are looking at the £15m-rated Adam Armstrong from Blackburn and Christos Tzolis from PAOK.

A return for Oliver Skipp is also on the cards but Spurs are looking to keep hold of their academy graduate. 

Players they are interested in: Adam Armstrong (Blackburn), Christos Tzolis (PAOK Salonika), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham)

Southampton 

Having just lost star striker Danny Ings for £30m, Southampton now have to reinvest and find a striker who can guarantee them the goals Ings provided in recent years.

There are a number of names on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s wishlist and Chelsea’s out of favour forward Tammy Abraham appears to top that list.

Abraham’s services are no longer needed following Tuchel’s arrival at the Bridge in January and now the Saints could be ready to offer him a lifeline.

Southampton are targeting a move for Chelsea’s out of favour forward Tammy Abraham

Along with Abraham, Southampton are weighing up a move for former Palace striker Alexander Sorloth, who is now at RB Leipzig.

Adam Armstrong is also wanted at St Mary’s but face plenty of competition for his signature. 

Players they are interested in: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Alexander Sorloth (RB Leipzig), Flavius Daniliuc (Nice), Adam Armstrong (Blackburn)

Tottenham

Harry Kane desire to join Manchester City is likely to be the summer’s biggest transfer saga, which has made it an uncomfortable beginning to life at Spurs for Nuno Espirito Santo.

The new Spurs boss admitted he hasn’t even talked to his vice captain, who is still yet to return to the club, having stopped in Florida on his way back from a holiday in the Bahamas, despite being due to report to training on Monday.

But while the Kane saga will rumble on (and will likely go down to the wire), Spurs are still going about their business in the transfer market.

Cristian Romero is on the cusp of sealing a £47m move to White Hart Lane while Spurs are also targeting a move for Fiorentina’s exciting forward Dusan Vlahovic.

Tottenham are now on the brink of completing a £47m deal for defender Cristian Romero

Reports claim Vlahovic is wanted to play alongside Kane, not replace him, while Lautaro Martinez is also being linked with Spurs and Arsenal.

Japan’s Takehiro Tomiyasu is also a transfer target for Santo, with the Bologna defender capable of playing at centre back and right back. 

Players they are interested in: Cristian Romero (Atalanta), Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Watford

Like Norwich, Watford have been busy bees in the transfer window this summer.

While they confirmed the £2m sale of Craig Dawson to West Ham after he enjoyed a superb campaign with the Hammers last season, the Hornets have been adding plenty of experience to a squad in abundance of it.

Veteran left back Danny Rose was snapped up after leaving Tottenham while Joshua King was also signed on a free after leaving Everton.

Parma’s Slovakian midfielder Juraj Kucka is reportedly close to joining Watford

But the business isn’t stopping there with recent reports suggest that they are close to completing a move for Parma’s Juraj Kucka.

The Hornets are also looking to bring Ademola Lookman back to the Premier League while Okay Yokuslu is a midfield target for the newly-promoted club. 

Players they are interested in: Juraj Kucka (Parma), Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig), Okay Yokuslu (Celta Vigo)

West Ham

West Ham will still be riding high after a super season in the Premier League which saw them secure European football for the 2021-22 campaign.

David Moyes will be keen to bolster his squad and add depth to a team that will have a packed calendar if they go far in the Europa League.

Nikola Milenkovic is a defensive option that has been linked with a move to the London Stadium, and could be available for a cut-price given he has entered the final year of his deal with Fiorentina.

Fiorentina and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic has one year left on his current deal 

Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car is also a target for the Hammers but are yet to make an official bid.

Jesse Lingard remains a key target for West Ham but could prove to be expensive after his exploits on loan at the club last season.

Players they are interested in: Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

Wolves

Following Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure earlier this summer, Wolves have been looking to freshen things up this Bruno Lage took over.

The arrivals of Rayan Ait-Nouri from Angers, Yerson Mosquera from Atletico Nacional and the loan capture of Barcelona’s Francisco Trincao will be promising for Wolves fans but more work is still needed before the window slams shut at the end of the month.

Celta Vigo’s Turkish midfielder Okay Yokuslu is high on the agenda at Molineux and they may face a battle with Watford to secure his signature.

AC Milan’s Portuguese forward Rafael Leao is being linked with a move to Wolves

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a transfer window if a Portuguese player wasn’t linked with Wolves, would it?

AC Milan’s Portuguese forward Rafael Leao is being linked with the club, as Raul Jimenez makes his slow, but steady, comeback to full fitness.

Players they are interested in: Okay Yokuslu (Celta Vigo), Rafael Leao (AC Milan) 




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