Premier League transfers club by club: done deals, targets and likely departures

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Clockwise from left: Álvaro Morata, Alexis Sánchez, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Tom Ince and Michael Keane. Composite: Getty Images

Transfer window Premier League transfers club by club: done deals, targets and likely departures Who has signed whom? Who wants what? Who could be leaving? Your guide to every team in England’s top flight as the transfer window hots up

Arsenal

What has happened so far?

Arsène Wenger has broken the club’s transfer record with the £52.7m purchase of the striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. He completed an early piece of business with the free agent signing of the left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.

What business do they want to do?

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After the failure in the Premier League last season, Wenger is under pressure to shake up his squad but, with the depth of it not the issue, he will pursue only players that can challenge seriously for the starting XI. The key will be to retain Alexis Sánchez. If he leaves, Wenger would want a new left-sided attacker. He has failed with a £30.7m bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Sánchez has a clutch of elite-level suitors, chief among them Manchester City, and, with the forward having one year of contract remaining, Arsenal are in a tight spot. Mesut Özil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also into their final 12 months – in the absence of viable offers, Özil is expected to stay, if not re-sign immediately – and there are question marks over David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Jack Wilshere, Lucas Pérez and Oliver Giroud. Héctor Bellerín wants to leave for Barcelona. David Hytner

Bournemouth

What has happened so far?

Bournemouth have had arguably the best window so far, strengthening the spine of the team, with Asmir Begovic, Nathan Aké and Jermain Defoe joining on a permanent deals.

What business do they want to do?

Jack Wilshere’s departure leaves a creative hole. They are well stocked in central midfield, though, with the World Cup-winning England Under-20 captain, Lewis Cook, and Dan Gosling, who has just agreed a new four-year deal, among those jostling for places. Connor Mahoney, the 20-year-old winger, is in talks to join after deciding against staying at Blackburn Rovers.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

After a trio of good signings, the main thing now for Bournemouth is keeping the rest of their squad in tact. Steve Cook signed a long-term deal at the end of last season and the club have no desire to sell last season’s top scorer, Joshua King. Ben Fisher

Brighton & Hove Albion

What has happened so far?

Albion have broken their transfer record to secure the Australia goalkeeper Maty Ryan from Valencia for around £5m, and signed the German playmaker Pascal Gross from Ingolstadt. David Stockdale has departed for Birmingham under freedom of contract.

What business do they want to do?

Plenty. They have been linked to Markus Suttner, also at Ingolstadt, and the Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney at Werder Bremen, and are likely to be busy right up to the deadline. “You mustn’t panic,” said Chris Hughton. “It’s not about just filling the numbers. What is important is getting in who you want, and if that takes a bit longer, so be it.”

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

The only departures now are likely to be youngsters on loan, such as the goalkeeper Christian Walton, who is expected to join Portsmouth in League One for the season. Dominic Fifield

Burnley

What has happened so far?

Burnley have been doing more selling than buying this summer, with Michael Keane departing for Everton and George Boyd leaving to join Sheffield Wednesday. Left-back Charlie Taylor has been brought in from Leeds.

What business do they want to do?

Keane will have to be replaced at centre-half if the Clarets are to survive another Premier League season, and Barnsley’s Marc Roberts is one possible target. Along with newly promoted Huddersfield, Burnley are also looking at Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Andre Gray could go, with Newcastle and West Ham interested, which would leave Sean Dyche in the familiar position of having to look around at the last minute for a reliable goalscorer. Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga, a player Dyche worked with at Watford, is the most likely replacement, though Burnley have also been linked with Huddersfield’s Nahki Wells. Paul Wilson

Chelsea

Diego Costa’s relationship with Antonio Conte feels fractured beyond repair but Chelsea will sell only for a significant fee and that could leave an impasse. Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Diego Costa’s relationship with Antonio Conte feels fractured beyond repair but Chelsea will sell only for a significant fee and that could leave an impasse. Photograph: Rob Newell – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images

What has happened so far?

Willy Caballero has joined as a back-up goalkeeper, replacing Asmir Begovic, who moved to Bournemouth. Nathan Aké has also moved to the Vitality Stadium, while John Terry has departed for Aston Villa under freedom of contract.

What business do they want to do?

The club always envisaged spending up to £200m on players such as Tiémoué Bakayoko, Alex Sandro, Romelu Lukaku and a centre-half (Virgil van Dijk and Leonardo Bonucci were the manager’s initial preference, though Antonio Rüdiger is likeliest to be completed). Andreas Christensen has returned from Borussia Mönchengladbach, and a number of younger players, such as Kurt Zouma, may depart on loan.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Nemanja Matic’s long-mooted move to Manchester United could be finalised, most likely once Bakayoko has been confirmed, but the real intrigue surrounds Diego Costa. The player’s relationship with Antonio Conte feels fractured beyond repair but Chelsea will sell only for a significant fee, and the player may be prepared to go only to Atlético Madrid, where he could not play before January. That could leave an impasse. DF

Crystal Palace

What has happened so far?

Precious little. The club’s priority had been the appointment of Frank de Boer as manager, though their success in convincing Wilfried Zaha to sign a new long-term deal was psychologically significant.

What business do they want to do?

De Boer wanted some time to assess the players he has inherited but will make one or two additions, possibly from the Dutch league or fringe players at elite Premier League clubs, with Kenny Tete, Joel Veltman and Kelechi Iheanacho among those on the radar. The chairman, Steve Parish, has indicated one such deal is close to completion.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Plenty of fringe players – Fraizer Campbell, Zeki Fryers, Joe Ledley, Mathieu Flamini – have left under freedom of contract and, although there has been some uncertainty around James McArthur and Scott Dann, Palace do not boast the numbers to sell further first-teamers. Steve Mandanda remains a target for his former club Marseille and is eager to return to France. DF

Everton

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What has happened so far?

Everton have been setting a cracking pace in the transfer market, identifying their targets early, doing brisk business and showing unmistakeable signs of ambition with deals that could add up to more than £100m of spending. Jordan Pickford’s capture from Sunderland has been followed by that of Michael Keane from Burnley as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen his defence, and the manager’s other key signings have been the striker Sandro Ramírez from Málaga and midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax. Gerard Deulofeu has departed for Barcelona.

What business do they want to do?

Goalscoring is an area which will need to be addressed once Romelu Lukaku makes his expected departure, and though Everton have signed the promising Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru he has gone straight out on loan to Anderlecht. Koeman retains an interest in Gylfi Sigurdsson, though it is not clear whether Swansea are willing to sell, and has been making positive noises about Wayne Rooney.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Everyone on Merseyside is working on the assumption that Lukaku will leave, and for a princely sum, though because Everton are almost in a position of having to sell, they may not be able to drive the deal they are looking for. The way for Ross Barkley to leave would also be clear should Everton succeed in signing Sigurdsson. PW

Huddersfield Town

What has happened so far?

They have broken their transfer record four times in less than a fortnight: first on Laurent Depoitre, a targetman and finisher who, as such, offers different skills to the club’s existing forwards; then on Aaron Mooy, who was integral to central midfield while on loan last season; on Tuesday on Tom Ince, who joined from Derby; and on Wednesday on the striker Steve Mounié from Montpellier. The winger Kasey Palmer, on loan from Chelsea last season, has returned for a further campaign and the USA defensive midfielder Danny Williams has arrived on a free from Reading.

What business do they want to do?

No one in the Championship used fewer players than Huddersfield last season so the club intend to increase their squad size as well as its quality as they aim to strive to stay in the Premier League. They have also taken a goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl, on loan from Mainz because Danny Ward has returned to Liverpool and are looking for at least one more centre-back, ideally Internazionale’s Andrea Ranocchia.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

No, apart from Izzy Brown, who was on loan last season and has returned to Chelsea. Huddersfield would like him back. Paul Doyle

Leicester City

What has happened so far?

Riyad Mahrez announced he wants to leave, Harry Maguire has joined for £17m from Hull City, a £10m bid for Jonny Evans was turned down by West Brom and Leicester paid considerably less for another centre-back – 20-year-old Sam Hughes, who has arrived from Chester for £130,000. Agreement has also been reached to sign the Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra for £12m.

What business do they want to do?

They are still in the market for another centre-half – Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson remains a target, albeit overpriced at £25m – and a striker, with Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho on Leicester’s radar. They would also like an attacking midfielder/No10 in the Gylfi Sigurdsson mould.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Mahrez has nailed his colours to the mast. Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy – signed for the best part of £60 last summer – could also move on. Stuart James

Liverpool

What has happened so far?

Liverpool have broken their transfer record in bringing in the £36.9m winger Mohamed Salah from Roma.

What business do they want to do?

They are hoping to announce the capture of defensive midfielder Naby Keïta from Leipzig in the next few days. Rather obviously the club are keen on signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, possibly for a sum that would eclipse the deal for Salah, though the centre-back has begun pre-season training on the south coast and the Saints are now insisting he is not for sale at any price. Jürgen Klopp is understood to retain an interest in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has just stalled on signing a new contract at Arsenal, even though the number of attacking midfielders being stockpiled at Anfield is beginning to rival Arsène Wenger’s collection.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

No one is thought to be looking to leave Liverpool now that Champions League football is back but a big-money bid for Philippe Coutinho remains a possibility. PW

Manchester City

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The multiple trophy winner Dani Alves, here celebrating Serie A success with Juventus, is set to join Manchester City. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

What has happened so far?

Pep Guardiola has added Monaco’s Bernardo Silva, an attacking midfielder, and Benfica’s Ederson, the expected new No1, for a combined £79m. The head coach has allowed a trio of full-backs, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gaël Clichy, to leave, plus the forward Jesús Navas and goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

What business do they want to do?

The headline arrival would be Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez and there are proposed deals for Dani Alves (a free agent), Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker and Monaco’s Bernard Mendy, to replace the departed full-backs. A centre-back – Virgil van Dijk was previously targeted – is also on Guardiola’s radar.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

It may be more peripheral players are sold, including Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho. If Sánchez does sign it may cause Sergio Agüero to consider his future given Gabriel Jesus is also a Guardiola favourite. Jamie Jackson

Manchester United

What has happened so far?

Beyond the signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica not much. The 22-year-old centre-back was bought for around £30m in early June and since then no one has arrived to strengthen the squad. Inevitably, this is causing José Mourinho frustration.

What business do they want to do?

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Álvaro Morato of Real Madrid are key targets Mourinho believes should have been signed. If one or both do not join it would be a major surprise. It would also cause Mourinho to have strict words with Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman responsible for transfers.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Wayne Rooney will depart should he receive the right offer. The sticking point is his £250,000-a-week wage. Everton remain potential suitors though the captain is open to all eventualities. JJ

Newcastle United

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What has happened so far?

Very little. The winger Christian Atsu has joined from Chelsea for £6m following a successful loan stint last season and the centre-half Florian Lejeune has joined from Eibar for £8.7m.

What business do they want to do?

Lots. Rafael Benítez is in the market for at least six more players and is believed to have more than £80m to spend. Positions looming large on the shopping list are striker, central midfielder, winger, right-back, left-back and goalkeeper. Expect a couple of domestic loans.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Quite possibly the Holland and former Newcastle No1 goalkeeper Tim Krul, who spent last season out on loan after recovering from a rupture cruciate ligament. Krul wants to stay but Benítez has other ideas. Louise Taylor

Southampton

What has happened so far?

The biggest move has been the appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as manager, in place of Claude Puel, who eventually choked on his own torpor. Pellegrino has made Jan Bednarek, the 21-year-old defender from Lech Poznan, his first signing. He cost £5.7m.

What business do they want to do?

They would like to add one major signing, probably a forward, but their priority is to retain Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand, defenders who have high-level suitors. The club have been so adamant that Van Dijk will not be sold that their credibility would be damaged if he were to be prised away. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have shown interest but Liverpool appear to have botched their move, with Southampton having reported them to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Van Dijk and Bertrand will remain in the news. The club have sold the striker Jay Rodriguez to West Bromwich Albion for £12m. DH

Stoke City

What has happened so far?

They have picked up Darren Fletcher on a free, which seems useful.

What business do they want to do?

A lot – in and out – to regenerate a team in danger of drifting downward. The return to fitness of Jack Butland is a boon but the rest of the side’s spine could do with renewal. A new centre-back or two will become even more necessary if Bruno Martins Indi does not turn his loan from Porto into a permanent transfer, with Mamadou Sakho a target. Another striker would also be welcome even if Saido Berahino may perform better after a full pre-season with the club. They hope to sign the 18-year-old left-back Josh Tymon from Hull.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Failing to secure Martins Indi would be a blow. Julien Ngoy is a 19-year-old forward who could make the step up this season but Stoke face a struggle to keep hold of him amid interest from top clubs. They are pursuing another teenager, Club Brugge’s Pierre Xavier Fonkeu, as a replacement. PD

Swansea City

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Swansea have no desire to sell Gylfi Sigurdsson but what happens if Everton bid £40m? Photograph: McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

What has happened so far?

Erwin Mulder, a 28-year-old goalkeeper, has arrived on a free from Heerenveen, Tammy Abraham has joined on a season’s loan from Chelsea and another new face is imminent. Roque Mesa, the highly rated Las Palmas midfielder, is set to sign for a fee in the region of £11m. A number of fringe players have moved on, including Bafétimbi Gomis, Borja Bastón and Franck Tabanou.

What business do they want to do?

Signing a centre-forward and a midfielder will tick a couple of important boxes. Swansea still need cover for Alfie Mawson and Federico Fernández at centre-back.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Gylfi Sigurdsson – although not if Swansea can help it. The board have made it clear they have no desire to sell and Sigurdsson said previously he was happy at the club. The big question, though, is what happens if Everton put a £40m bid on the table? SJ

Tottenham Hotspur

What has happened so far?

Nothing, as yet.

What business do they want to do?

It is likely to be a quiet summer. The club have a new stadium to finance (cost: £800m, up from the original quote of £400m) and the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will have to be cute with his transfer dealings, seeking out bargains or targets the big or even medium-sized clubs have missed. It is easier said than done. Tottenham have lost out, for example, on Matthias Ginter, the defender having left Borussia Dortmund for Borussia Mönchengladbach in a £15m deal. Pochettino would like to secure Toby Alderweireld to a new contract and sign Pau López, the back-up goalkeeper, on a permanent deal from Espanyol. Josh King, the Bournemouth striker, is a target, as is the Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Pochettino would be happy to sell Kyle Walker to free up funds; negotiations with Manchester City over a £50m deal are ongoing. The manager will resist attempts from Manchester United, or anybody else, to sign Eric Dier. DH

Watford

What has happened so far?

Tom Cleverley’s pre-announced move from Everton has been completed, the right-back Kiko Femenia and the goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann have arrived on free transfers, the England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes has signed from Derby and the Venezuelan tyro Adalberto Peñaranda has once again had his work permit application turned down.

What business do they want to do?

Watford signed 16 players in the summer of 2015 and 11 in 2016. This summer will again be busy: a deal for a first-team goalkeeper is believed to be imminent, and at least one winger, a left-back, a central midfielder and a striker are being sought.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

There will be a number of departures, among them at least two of Valon Behrami, Mario Suárez and Ben Watson. The club intend to significantly reduce the average age of their squad – the highest in the Premier League last season – so any fringe players approaching 30 are insecure, but they will wait for Marco Silva to evaluate his charges before making major decisions. Simon Burnton

West Bromwich Albion

What has happened so far?

The bad news is Darren Fletcher has left to join Stoke, which was a major blow to Tony Pulis, and Leicester have not give up on trying to sign Jonny Evans. As for the good news, Albion have finally managed to bring in Jay Rodriguez – a long-term target – from Southampton for £12m. They have also signed Zhang Yuning, a 20-year-old Chinese striker, and promptly loaned him to Werder Bremen.

What business do they want to do?

A lot more, not least a freescoring centre-forward to lead the line. Marc Wilson is likely to join from Bournemouth to add competition for places at the back but Pulis needs a central midfielder to replace Fletcher. Some pace on the flanks would also be welcome.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

Losing Evans – the ideal candidate to take over the captaincy from Fletcher – is the biggest concern. SJ

West Ham United

What has happened so far?

The departures of Álvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri, Havard Nordtveit and Gokhan Tore reflect poorly on last summer’s business and show that repair work is required, but there have been no incomings since Pablo Zabaleta arrived on a free from Manchester City. At least the experienced right-back fills a problem position.

What business do they want to do?

West Ham need a striker and have made Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Bayer Leverkusens’s Javier Hernández, City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, Cologne’s Anthony Modeste and Villarreal’s Cédric Bakambu their main targets, but have been met with frustration so far.

Is anyone significant likely to leave?

No one who would bring in significant money. Reece Oxford has joined Borussia Mönchengladbach on a season’s loan. Jacob Steinberg

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