Despite the pandemic having its say in the leagues across the globe, the leagues have resumed with precautionary measures. With just nine games to go in the Premier League, the club will be looking ahead for the next season and will be preparing their wishlist of players to be bought in the transfer window. In this article, we will be discussing the most important position to be covered by the club and a realistic transfer for the club considering the situation
The league leaders, Liverpool, were on the verge of obtaining the Premier League title for the first in two decades. However, the pandemic halted their progress towards the title, but with season resuming from June 17, the club will hope for the best and lift the trophy at Anfield.
Despite covering all the bases perfectly, Liverpool’s ranks lack a proper right-winger. They have been scouting Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore, who is enjoying a breakthrough season with Mollineaux based outfit. Adama Traore has a transfer value of €25.5 million according to Transfermarket. He has four goals and seven assists to his name in 28 games for Wolves.
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Adama Traore is known for his flair on the flanks and outstanding athleticism. Former Barcelona man has been a consistent performer for Wolverhampton Wanderers, which has stolen the attention of big clubs. Despite stocked with young stars in the line-up, signing Adam Traore can help Liverpool to continue their domination.
#2) Manchester City
The reigning champions, Manchester City, seemed to hold out to the title once again with injured Kevin de Bruyne back into the squad. However, injuries to Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte dented the chances of Manchester City in the 2019/20 season. Moreover, Liverpool’s stupendous form blew them away from the trophy race.
The major concern for Manchester City is their defence. The defence has leaked away 31 goals in the current season. The absence of Aymeric Laporte has hurt them badly in the Premier League. For Pep Guardiola managed side, Ruben Dias can be a perfect cover for Aymeric Laporte. The SL Benefica defender has a market value of €30.5 million but Barcelona’s eyes on the player can cost Cityzens dearly.
Ruben Dias is known as a ball-playing defender and is highly rated by many. Ruben Dias averages 1.4 tackles per game and has 2.8 clearances per game. With possessing an ability to utilize the space on the pitch and high press defense, Ruben Dias can be a great addition to Manchester City defense.
Chelsea have signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in order to fill the absence of an experienced striker. With money left from the previous transfer windows and depressed transfer market, Chelsea have shifted their focus to the next target. Chelsea are having aging fullbacks (apart from Reece James) and current fullbacks’ mistakes have let them down. In order to complete the jigsaw puzzle, Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell is on their radar.
Ben Chilwell is lightning quick and can break on the counter. Apart from his electrifying pace, he has defensive intelligence, which makes him an exciting prospect. Transfermarkt rates him at €40 million and is a viable transfer target from Frank Lampard’s side. The left-back has 6 G/A across all the competitions for Foxes. The player averages 1.6 tackles per game, along with two clearances per play compared to that of his Chelsea counterparts like Alonso and Azpilicueta.
#4) Manchester United
Manchester United have changed their transfer policy since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has assumed the reigns at Old Trafford. His signings have impressed the Old Trafford faithfuls and are expecting to return to their glory days. However, they clearly lack a right-winger who can decieve the opposition midfield and defense.
Jadon Sancho has been one of the players who is rumored to move to Old Trafford with his exceptional skills. However, the high price quoted by Borussia Dortmund is a major deterrent behind the transfer. However, with a rumoured kitty of 300 million pounds at his discretion, Sancho deal can be a reality in the summer transfer window.
In Bundesliga, Jadon Sancho has 17 goals and 17 assists to his name. This is exceptional compared to that of Premier League, where only Jamie Vardy has the highest number of goals compared to Sancho. Jamie Vardy has 19 goals to his name in the 2019/20 season, with nine games to spare. An attack comprising of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho can terrorize any defense in Premier League.
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#5) Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur are guilty of not living upto the expectation since their Champions League final appearance in 2019/20. Despite signing the premium players like Tanguy Ndombele, Giovanni lo Celso and Gedson Fernandes, Tottenham see themselves fighting for the European spots. Under their new manager Jose Mourinho, Tottenham will look into bounce back when the PL restarts.
Since Keiran Trippier moved to Atletico Madrid, Tottenham are out of depth in the fullbacks. Moreover, Tottenham have only Danny Rose to fill the position and provide competition for the spots. The more realistic signing for Tottenham Hotspur would be PSG’s Thomas Meunier.
Thomas Meunier, 27-year-old, is out of contract in Paris and is searching for a new home. He has denied regular playtime in Paris St Germain and is restricted to cup games. He has played only 16 games in Ligue 1 in the 2019/20 season. In those 16 games, the Belgian has fared well and has 1.7 tackles per game and averaging 1.1 interceptions per game.
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Gunners have regained their form in the Premier League since the appointment of Mikel Arteta as their manager. However, Arsenal have significant issues related to their signings, which has directly affected their position in the league table. Arsenal finds themselves in the ninth position fighting for European spots.
Arsenal are guilty of leaking goals in Premier League, leaking 36 goals in the season. This has resulted in urge by fans to sign a central defender as their midfield and attack has been stacked up by stars and exclusive signings. Among the targets, Dayot Upamecano is considered as a viable target.
The RB Leipzig defender is linked with multiple clubs, and Arsenal are considered to be frontrunners to sign the player. The 6.1′ feet central defender has an average of 2.2 tackles per game along with 1.6 interceptions across all the formats for the German side. Dayot Upamecano can improve the aging defense of Arsenal, allowing them to contend for titles once again.
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