The start of the pre-season is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing: the summer transfer window is well and truly in full swing. Across the country, elite teams are starting to move as they seek to strengthen their squads and shed some of their deadwood ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Arsenal have been one of the busiest sides of late, securing deals to sign Brazilian youngster Marquinhos from Sao Paulo and Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto. However, they are unlikely to stop there, and Wednesday’s reports gave a big indication of who Gabriel Jesus could choose between them and Tottenham with the possibility of a deal being done ‘within hours’.
Manchester United, meanwhile, continue to struggle to secure one of their key targets with deals for Frenkie de Jong, Antony and Jurrien Timber looking complicated. Erik ten Hag is close to signing Daniel Bachmann from Watford, however, with Dean Henderson set to complete a move to Nottingham Forest. Ten Hag is desperate for signings and hopes John Murtough can get some in the coming weeks, with plenty of twists expected at the moment.
Liverpool have already splashed to sign Darwin Nunez after losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich and could look pragmatic for the rest of the window. However, several players are still linked with them, one being Marco Asensio. The Real Madrid man has plenty of interest across Europe, however, which means Liverpool could face a bidding war to secure the Spaniard’s services.
Chelsea will be hoping to be active with big voids to fill in defence, and up front with Romelu Lukaku set to return to Inter Milan while there are also expected to be a busy few weeks in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Antonio Conte continues to shake up his squad after having already welcomed three arrivals in Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma.
And with Manchester City and Newcastle also expected to spend more money before the end of the window, it’s fair to say there’s plenty to watch.
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