One Player Every Premier League Club NEEDS to Sign This Summer
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One Player Every Premier League Club NEEDS to Sign This Summer

30/05/24 18:34

The summer transfer window is vital to each and every club in the Premier League, and for different reasons.

At the top end of the table, marquee signings can make all the difference in the race for the Premier League title. In the middle of the pack, a successful window can develop a side, and mount a push for a European spot. Then, at the bottom of the pile, smart and calculated signings might just earn the points to steer clear of the drop zone.

So, ahead of this season’s summer transfer window, here’s one player that every Premier League club needs to sign this summer.

AFC Bournemouth - Morato

With Lloyd Kelly all but confirmed to leave when his contract expires this summer, it makes sense for Bournemouth to look to purchase a player comfortable as a left-sided centre back or full-back. Morato fits that bill, as well as being a top class talent tipped for big things in future.

Although competing with Senesi and Kerkez for playing time would be tricky, the 22-year-old has all the attributes needed to be a star in the Premier League.

Arsenal - Alexander Isak

Why would Newcastle sell Isak? Because they’re going to have to.

The Magpies are backed into a financial lion pit, and it's obvious they’re going to have to offload a key player somewhere this summer. Arsenal are crying out for a goalscorer, and the Swede is one of the best around.

His ability on the ball and his prowess in front of goal is elite, and that’s exactly what Arsenal are going to need if they ever want to best Manchester City. He won’t come cheap, but if they want to win the title the Gunners will have to spend.

Aston Villa - Elias Jelert

Villa will need to bolster their squad to compete in the Champions League next season, while being tight on finances, Jelert allows the club to kill two birds with one stone.

The Danish right back could be an immediate competitor to Matty Cash, allowing Ezri Konsa to operate in his favoured role at Centre Back. As well as that, Jelert is only 20, he has bags of potential and could be a long term fixture in the Villa side.

He already has Champions League knockout experience, after starring for Kobenhavn against Manchester City earlier this year.

Brentford - Maxence Lacroix

Brentford do have a good set of central defenders at their disposal. However, nothing lasts forever and as some of their better central defenders start to age, I think Brentford should look forward.

Lacroix is exactly the kind of signing every team in Brentford’s position should look to sign. He’s proved his quality in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons, has just turned 24, and is available at a perfectly reasonable price.

A marquee signing like Lacroix, for as low as £25 million, could become a mainstay in the Bee’s backline for years to come.

Brighton and Hove Albion - Agustin Giay

Brighton could turn a chunk of graphite into a 18 carat diamond, as long as it came from South America.

Given their scouts are simply playing real life football manager, this wonderkid is already a gem. Giay is an extremely talented right sided full-back playing for San Lorenzo in Argentina, and is exactly the type of player The Seagull’s could pick up cheaply and develop into a superstar.

Given Lamptey’s injury history, signing a right-back would be shrewd business from Brighton, and I could see this one happening.

Chelsea - Tosin Adarabioyo

Well this was tough.

My thinking here is that Chelsea should probably decide to stop spending, at least without selling first.

With Thiago Silva, and likely Trevoh Chalobah, departing this summer; it makes sense for Chelsea to pick up a Premier League proven centre-back. Tosin is exactly that, and available as a free agent. The Fulham man is set to leave Craven Cottage, and if Stamford Bridge becomes his new home he wouldn’t even need to move house.

Crystal Palace - Emile Smith-Rowe

Emile Smith-Rowe is an exciting player, and not too long ago he was lauded as Arsenal’s saviour.

For whatever reason, Smith-Rowe’s dream career at the Emirates has slipped seemingly out of reach, and it seems a fresh start would be best for all parties. Crystal Palace just seems the perfect place.

Smith-Rowe would compliment Glasner’s style perfectly and, if Olise does leave Selhurst park, could fill a massive gap in their side. With Arsenal linked to the Frenchman, Smith-Rowe could be the perfect bargaining chip.

Everton - Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips did not have a good loan spell at West Ham, but there is obviously a player there.

Phillips has no place in the Manchester City squad, and his torrid time in East London has only slashed his value further. I just can’t look past Phillips’ time at Leeds, and his unbelievable form at Euro 2020. I think with Gueye ageing, Phillips for cheap would be a very smart move from the Toffees.

That being said, it all depends on the price tag Manchester City place on ‘The Yorkshire Pirlo’. If City are going to let him leave on Loan, it’s a no brainer.

Fulham - Trevoh Chalobah

Ironically, as I suggested Tosin should replace Chalobah at Chelsea, I think Chalobah should replace Tosin at Fulham.

It seems pretty likely that Chalobah will leave Stamford Bridge, and Fulham are desperate for a right sided centre-back in this window. Chalobah offers an experienced, yet still young, Premier League level defender.

As with Tosin’s potential switch the other way, this one just makes sense. The players get their fresh start, without the need to relocate. Fulham should be able to spend this summer, given they’ve limited their spending in the past two years, so I really do think this one could happen.

Ipswich Town - Teden Mengi

Ipswich Town need a serious rehaul if they are going to stay in the Premier League next season.

Cameron Burgess, who played a key role in Ipswich’s promotion, looks set to leave on a free transfer. So the Tractor Boys will be searching for a new centre-back. Mengi seems the obvious choice.

The former Manchester United was a stand-out player in Luton’s poor defence this season, and will be available at a cut price following their relegation to the EFL Championship. Mengi offers a lot of potential, and a few clubs will be after his signature this summer.

Leicester City - Ryan Sessegnon

Given Leicester’s rumoured issues with profit and sustainability rules, I figured a free agent is a good shout for Leicester.

Ryan Sessegnon was once a highly sought after prospect, scooping up awards left, right and centre back in 2018. Unfortunately, injuries have hampered his career, and Sessegnon will leave Tottenham this summer.

Should Sessegnon be able to return to form, the former Fulham man would be a great addition to an already Premier League standard squad at The King Power.

Liverpool - Crysencio Summerville

This is another one that just feels right.

Summerville has had a fantastic season for Leeds, and looks ready to make the step up to a big club. Given the Klopp era has come to a close, Slot may be looking to build for the future rather than dwindle on Liverpool’s past successes.

Anfield feels like the right place for Summerville to establish himself as an elite-level winger, and after missing out on promotion Leeds are in desperate need for incoming cash to balance unpaid outstanding transfer fees, so Summerville may be available cheaper than expected.

Manchester City - Savio

This one is kind of cheating, but what do you get the club that has everything?

Savio plays for Girona, on loan from Troyes, coincidentally two clubs owned by the City Football Group. He’s had a stellar season, with 19 G/A in La Liga at just 20 years of age. He would add to an already stacked list of wide players at Guardiola’s disposal, but why would City fans complain.

This move is already in the works, but City would need to pay the fair market value in order to acquire Savio. This is estimated to be around £40 million.

Manchester United - Jarrad Branthwaite

Manchester United need a centre back, badly.

Varane leaving, Evans leaving, Maguire nowhere near consistent enough, and Lindelof allowed to leave if he pleases. It’s getting really thin at the back for the Red Devils. Jarrad Branthwaite is the perfect signing to strengthen their defence and lead a new generation for United.

He’s a key player for Everton, and has really established himself this season, so he won’t come cheap. However, I’d call this signing a necessary investment if United want to progress and begin to put the last few years behind them.

Newcastle United - Eddie Nketiah

Callum Wilson is the perfect player for Newcastle, don’t get me wrong.

However, injury prone is an understatement, and it seems Wilson may even be considering his options at St James’ Park. Most clubs would bend over backward to sign the former Bournemouth striker and it might be finally time for him to leave the North-East. If that is the case, and only if that is the case, I think the Magpies should move for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah. He may not be putting up the numbers yet, but I don’t think it’s fair to rule out the possibility of Nketiah developing into an elite level goalscorer. He’s a huge talent that is crying for a move away from the Emirates to unlock his potential.

However, given Newcastle’s financial position, I think this move would only become a possibility should big names be sold.

Nottingham Forest - Anthony Martial

This is such a Nottingham Forest signing, and it could well pay off if it happens.

Martial was once a top, top player and it looked like he had no ceiling. Unfortunately, he never realised that potential at Old Trafford.

However, the Frenchman will be a free agent this summer and is worth a gamble for Forest, given they have Wood and Awoniyi as options up front too. If the risk pays off, and Martial gets anywhere near his best form, this would be one of the best signings ever.

Southampton - Jack Clarke

Jack Clarke is clearly ready for another go at the Premier League.

The winger never really kicked on at Spurs, and ended up on a series of second-tier loans before finding a home at Sunderland. Since then, he’s been on fire. He’s a cut above the rest of his team, and most of the division.

Given Ryan Fraser and David Brooks both spent this season on loan at St Mary’s, and look like returning to their parent clubs, it makes sense for Southampton to invest in a quality winger.

This one seems to already be in the works, and I have no doubts it will be a successful transfer.

Tottenham Hotspur - Connor Gallagher

Chelsea need to raise funds as they head toward a tidal wave of PSR charges, and this transfer has been constantly flirted with.

Gallagher has been fantastic for Chelsea, but for some reason he just keeps making transfer headlines. Spurs would need to spend a good amount for him, but the England international would be a perfect addition to their already hard-working midfield.

I feel Postecoglou could get even more out of Gallagher than what we’ve seen, and I do feel that this move is somewhat inevitable.

West Ham United - Matt O’Riley

I personally hold Matt O’Riley in seriously high regard. Yet he missed out on a spot in Denmark’s Euro 2024 squad. Why? It seems it may be because he plays in the Scottish Premiership.

Transfermarkt has O’Riley as the most valuable player to ever play in the SPFL, and this news may just make the decision to leave celtic even easier. He’s contributed a ridiculous amount of goals and assists from midfield this season, and cleaned up at Celtic’s award ceremony.

Still only 23, O’Riley could slot perfectly into West Ham’s midfield, after a solid season which the Hammers can build on. However, Atletico Madrid have shown interest in the Dane, so West Ham will have to act fast to secure O’Riley’s signature.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - Armando Broja

Broja has had a poor 2024, scoring one league goal, but there is still a player there for sure.

He’s struggled coming back from an ACL injury, and was kept out of the Fulham side after heading there on loan back in January. However, Broja has proved he can play at a Premier League level.

Wolves could use an out and out striker. Cunha and Hwang are probably more useful in other positions, so if Broja can put his past struggles behind him, he could potentially help O’Neil build a team ready to compete for Europe.

Wolves have chased Broja for a while, and this could be the window they finally secure the Albanian.

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