It is a little less than a month away from the first match of the 2021/2022 Premier League season. But, many clubs are left to train without their top talent. Multiple international tournaments this summer have suspended vacations for players closer to the start of the season. Still, clubs always need to be looking for players to bring into their club to give an advantage for the next season. Here is a look at moves that some of the bug clubs in the Premier League should make before the transfer window closes on August 31.
Arsenal: Sign Ben White
Its been reported that the £50m fee is agreed upon and that Ben White will complete his medical next week. Arsenal are desperate for a ball-playing centre back and White is exactly that and could fill in for David Luiz. The Englishman can play a multitude of positions – full-back, centre back and centre midfielder are places White featured previously at Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was desperate to keep him at Leeds and lost out, and looks like headed to North London.
Chelsea: A World-Class Striker
It would have been easy to say “Erling Haaland” for this move, but that seems all the more unlikely. Chelsea are desperate for a goal-scorer after Timo Werner did not live up to expectations coming over from RB Leipzig. About €135m would be the lowest amount needed to score the Norweigan, which is why rumors have been flying about other potential targets. Robert Lewandowski and Antoine Griezmann have both been linked with moves away from their current club. Whoever Chelsea bring in, they need to start scoring goals immediately.
Leicester City: Keep Youri Tielemans
It’s slightly different goal here for Leicester City compared to the last two clubs. Rumors started the past week of Tielemans moving to Liverpool this summer for a reported £64m fee. The young Belgian international scored a world-class goal in the FA Cup final against Chelsea and featured for Belgium in EURO 2020. A good sign for the Foxes is that Liverpool have other targets in sight, but they should tie down Tielemans to a new contract and keep him happy.
Liverpool: Sign Houssem Aouar
Georginio Wijnaldum has left, James Milner is ageing and Jordan Henderson could be on the way out. This leaves big gaps in the Liverpool midfield and Houssem Aouar from Lyon could excel in the opening. Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be called upon in the midfield. The quality and experience is lacking among this group of players. Liverpool will need help in challenging for a Premier League title. He has great creativity and versatility and a move for only £20m would be worth it.
Manchester City: Sign Harry Kane
It seems like the only domestic destination for the Premier League golden boot winner will be in the blue side of Manchester. Kane demands a high transfer fee and high wages, so there may only be a few clubs out for his signature. City let Sergio Aguero leave for Barcelona this summer and cannot rely on Gabriel Jesus and challenge for the title. Pep Guardiola needs a striker to lead the line and they have the money to get the best in the world.
Manchester United: Sign Raphael Varane
Rumors this week have said that United are going to be agreeing a fee with Real Madrid to bring in one of the best centre backs in Europe. This would make United title favorites in the Premier League and would make one of the strongest back lines in Europe. He has made over 350 appearances for Real Madrid and won the 2018 World Cup with France. This would be the best move out of any Premier League clubs this summer.
West Ham United: Sign A Striker
The Hammers let Sebastien Haller leave for Ajax last winter and have not signed a striker since. The club are now in the UEFA Europa League this season and will have plenty more fixtures this coming season. Michael Antonio and Said Benrahma could potentially fill that striker spot, but injuries and form have been two of the biggest inconsistencies in this side. Whoever they sign, they’ll need to be able to score on the big stage.