A club by club summer transfer window guide.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger needs to get it right in the transfer window this summer, after eight years without silverware. Deadwood players such as Andrey Arshavin, Andre Santos, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh and Sebastien Squillaci should finally be shown the door and the likes of Gervinho and Emmanuel Frimpong may also follow, as they don’t currently look like first-team quality. A new goalkeeper could arrive to replace the off-form Wojciech Szczesny, though it remains to be seen if the Pole will stick around as backup to Simon Mignolet, Asmir Begovic, Michel Vorm or whoever the Gunners decide to bring in. Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic is being strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, as Wenger looks to strengthen a strike force still missing Robin van Persie. West Ham’s Mohamed Diame was a target in January and may be so again as the defensive midfield void left by Alex Song remains to be filled.
The likes of Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny are key players being linked with moves away, to PSG and Bayern Munich respectively, but Arsenal won’t want to endure yet another summer of losing important members of their squad, though Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Valencia’s Adil Rami could come in to shore up the team’s defence. Promising youngster Joel Campbell is also set to return after a loan spell at Real Betis, and could be involved in the first team more next season.
After a difficult season of fighting relegation, Paul Lambert faces the very real prospect of losing a couple of star players in Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann. The in-form strike duo have helped Lambert’s side survive in the Premier League and may feel they want to move on to bigger things now.
Benteke is very much in demand, being linked with Arsenal, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, while Weimann is supposedly a target for Liverpool. After a frustrating season spent on the bench, Darren Bent is likely to be moved on, with Fulham monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation. Another player who could leave is goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is being eyed up by West Ham. Villa owner Randy Lerner is reportedly set to give his manager a lot of money to spend this summer to improve the club’s fortunes, and Manchester City flop Scott Sinclair is said to be one of the club’s main targets. Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini could also join on a free transfer, with his contract at AC Milan set to expire at the end of the season, though they will compete with Southampton for his signature.
After winning promotion to the top flight as champions of the Championship, Cardiff are expected to spend big to make sure they can survive in the Premier League. They may have a fight to start off with to keep hold of their manager Malkay Mackay, who is being linked with the Everton job, but backed by their wealthy Malaysian owners, the club have been linked with a number of big names already.
Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, now of Ligue 1 side Lille, is said to be a target, as is Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who started his career with the Welsh club. With Aston Villa likely to sell Darren Bent, his name has also been mentioned as a realistic option. They may also pounce for Welsh winger Hal Robson-Kanu from relegated Reading.
There is bound to be a summer of change ahead at Stamford Bridge, with changes in both the management and the playing staff. Firstly, Chelsea legend Jose Mourinho is expected to return to the club as manager to replace Rafael Benitez, after making it clear he wants to leave current club Real Madrid. The Portuguese tactician is expected to be given a massive £100million from owner Roman Abramovich to spend on building a title-winning team. The obvious problems are upfront, as Fernando Torres has failed to live up to expectations since signing from Liverpool and may finally be sold.
Demba Ba has also been slightly unconvincing since his move from Newcastle in January, so it’s no surprise to see the likes of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani being linked with the Blues. They will face plenty of competition for these star names, and will no doubt have to fork out a lot of money for them, but they seem the ideal big-name boost that the club needs if they are to mount a serious challenge domestically and in Europe again. Robert Lewandowski is also said to be a target, and Chelsea may offer youngster Kevin De Bruyne in return for the Pole, as Dortmund are admirers of the young attacking midfielder.
Exciting young German winger Andre Schurrle is widely expected to join from Bayer Leverkusen for around £20million, while a defensive midfielder is also on the list. The injury-prone Michael Essien is likely to leave, and Mourinho is said to want either Sami Khedira or Daniele De Rossi as a replacement. Backup players like Yossi Benayoun, Victor Moses and Marko Marin may be shown the door, as may long-time captain John Terry, who has been linked with a surprise move to Galatasaray. It has been confirmed however, that another club legend, Frank Lampard, will stay with the club for one more season after signing a new deal. And finally, young striker Romelu Lukaku will likely be sent out on loan again after a successful spell with West Brom, with Swansea and West Ham interested in the Belgian.
With long-serving manager David Moyes confirmed as leaving for Manchester United, a number of key players have been rumoured as set to follow. Whether or not they follow their manager to Old Trafford remains to be seen, but Moyes is apparently keen on Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka. Belgian midfielder Fellaini has also been linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea after an impressive season, and it may be hard for the club to persuade their star players to stay at Goodison Park under a new manager.
Roberto Martinez, whose Wigan side just became the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season, has been linked with the vacancy, as has Cardiff City’s Malkay Mackay, and their choice for Moyes’ replacement will no doubt have some bearing on which players are brought in. Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo nearly joined in January, and they may move for him again or for Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy as they have lacked a regular goal scorer upfront this season. Former Toffees star Joleon Lescott has been linked with a return to the club after falling out of favour at Manchester City. Club captain Phil Neville will also be leaving the club at the end of the season and is expected to retire, which may lead to a return in a coaching capacity.
Martin Jol’s side have endured a difficult end to the season with no win in eight games, and the manager is now under pressure. If he stays he will be given money to strengthen his squad, but former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has been linked as a replacement. Star player Dimitar Berbatov is also unhappy at the club, and may leave after just one season since joining from Manchester United, with Turkish giants Galatasaray preparing a bid of around £5million for the Bulgarian. On-loan Arsenal man Emmanuel Frimpong is expected to join on a permanent deal, though Urby Emmanuelson will probably return to parent club AC Milan.
There could be change between the sticks as veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has reportedly turned down a new contract and Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been targeted. Another of the club’s ‘keepers David Stockdale has spent the season on loan at Hull, and will join the newly-promoted side on a permanent basis next season. Other transfer targets include Romelu Lukaku from rivals Chelsea, who is set for another season out on loan, though he is more likely to go to Swansea or West Ham.
Steve Bruce’s side will look to strengthen after finishing second in the Championship, and will perhaps exploit the loan market for some bargain deals. The former Manchester United defender’s relationship with his old club may mean he can sign one or two squad players on loan, and has been linked with a move for young midfielder Nick Powell. Reading striker Noel Hunt has also been linked after some impressive displays in spite of his club’s relegation from the Premier League this season, while Leicester City’s Andy King is also a target, after his club failed to get past Watford in the Championship playoff semi-finals. On-loan Egyptian striker Gedo is also keen to join Hull on a permanent basis in the summer. Another loan player, Fulham’s David Stockdale, is also likely to stay at the club permanently. On the way out are Sonny Bradley and Danny East, who have joined Portsmouth after being released.
Brendan Rodgers is expected to be given a lot of money to spend this summer as he hopes to help the club break back into the top four and maybe even sustain a genuine title challenge. There may have to be a few sales first, though that hopefully won’t include star player Luis Suarez, who is wanted by Bayern Munich and Juventus. The likes of Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Martin Skrtel have been in poor form and are likely to be shown the door, while £35million flop Andy Carroll will either return to old club Newcastle or make his current loan move to West Ham permanent after a good season at Upton Park. Goalkeeper Pepe Reina is reportedly wanted by Barcelona, and Liverpool may be tempted to sell as he is arguably past his best and the likes of Michel Vorm have been linked with a move to Anfield.
The club may make an audacious attempt to bring back Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid, as they miss the playmaking abilities of the Spaniard who they sold to the La Liga giants four years ago. The main priority, though, is a striker, with Rodgers keen to make sure his team aren’t over-reliant on Suarez again as they have been many times this season. Daniel Sturridge was brought in from Chelsea in January and he has given them more options, but with Suarez also banned for the first few games of next season, they won’t want to fall behind early on. Free-scoring Porto striker Jackson Martinez has been linked, as have Aston Villa duo Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann, though the club may miss out to Tottenham for Barcelona’s out-of-favour forward David Villa. They could also move to bring back Tom Ince, their former youngster who is now attracting a lot of interest after impressing in the Championship with Blackpool.
After a poor showing in their attempt to retain the Premier League title this season, as well as a shock defeat in the FA Cup final, Roberto Mancini has been sacked and all signs point to Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini coming in to replace him. The new manager is likely to bring new players as the club’s wealthy owners will want to bring in better players to try and win back the title from rivals Manchester United. A poor transfer window last summer saw the likes of Scott Sinclair and Maicon join and then barely play, and these are players who could certainly be sold this year. Other squad players such as Micah Richards, Gareth Barry, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner could also make way, with Lescott possibly set for a return to former club Everton, as previously mentioned, and Kolarov supposedly wanted by Juventus.
Carlos Tevez has had an improved year with the club, but is still understood to favour a move away from England and is a target for big-spending Monaco. Edin Dzeko is another striker who could go, after failing to impress consistently since joining the club two years ago. The Bosnian is being targeted by a number of Serie A clubs such as Juventus and AC Milan, and could also move to Napoli as part of a deal to bring Edinson Cavani to the Etihad Stadium, though City will face competition from Chelsea for the 26-year-old. Pellegrini is said to be plotting a raid on Malaga, bringing star player Isco with him when he departs. He may also move for other La Liga stars, such as Sevilla’s Jesus Navas and Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria, as well as a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
A new playmaker to take the weight off the jaded David Silva’s shoulders is a must, and AZ Alkmaar youngster Adam Maher is also reportedly a target for this role.
United will have to be busy this summer, as their big-spending rivals City will surely be doing everything in their financial power to build a team to win back the Premier League title. United were arguably unconvincing in some areas of their pitch despite their title win this season, with the team often looking over-reliant on Dutch striker Robin van Persie to score all the goals. The former Arsenal man has had a great first season with the club, but could do with extra support as the likes of Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have not offered much in the way of assists from the wings.
Nani has been linked with a move to Juventus and it may be time for the Portuguese winger to leave after failing to live up to his potential at Old Trafford, and a number of attacking midfielders and wingers have been linked to the club as replacements. United could make an ambitious bid to compete with Real Madrid for the signing of Gareth Bale, though they may not feel they can compete financially with the Spanish giants. Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica has also been linked, though Bayer Leverkusen are also interested as they will probably lose Andre Schurrle to Chelsea. Elsewhere, with Paul Scholes retiring, midfielders such as Juventus duo Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal, and Benfica’s Nemanja Matic. With David Moyes taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, there have also been inevitable links to Everton players, with Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka all reported to be targets. Rio Ferdinand is coming to the end of his contract and could be on the way out, and Valencia centre-back Adil Rami has been linked as a replacement, though Arsenal are also said to be interested.
The biggest story, however, is that Wayne Rooney is sure to leave the club after submitting a transfer request. The 27-year-old is unhappy with his role at Old Trafford and is wanted by a host of Europe’s top clubs, such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG, as well as United’s Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, and Moyes will face a big decision straight away when he takes this high-pressure job over what to do with the unsettled star.
Alan Pardew may be sacked after a disappointing season with the club. Despite pushing for the top four in 2011/12, Newcastle flirted with relegation this term and that could mean a host of changes are made at St James’ Park. Demba Ba left for Chelsea in January, and no doubt the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse will be considering their futures as they may feel the club is not progressing as they would like, and they would not be short of suitors elsewhere. Ben Arfa has been linked with Spurs and Arsenal in the past, while Cabaye is also seen as a potential Paul Scholes replacement in United’s midfield. Borussia Dortmund are on the lookout for a striker due to the likely departure of Robert Lewandowski, and Cisse is supposedly one of their targets along with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
The club spent big in January but it did not help them a great deal in their relegation fight, so they may have to rethink their transfer policy this summer, going for more established Premier League players rather than youngsters from Ligue 1. Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy could be available after Harry Redknapp’s side went down, and Newcastle did try to sign him from Marseille in January before he eventually went to Loftus Road. A sensational return for Andy Carroll has also been mentioned, as Liverpool are unlikely to keep the tall target man who spent the season on loan at West Ham.
The Hammers also want to keep him permanently, but Carroll would probably favour a return to his old team where he first made a name for himself in the Premier League. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Tim Krul is wanted by Serie A duo AC Milan and Roma, and Fabricio Coloccini is reportedly hoping to leave the club to return to his native Argentina due to homesickness. Long-serving goalkeeper Steve Harper has also announced he will be retiring from the game at the end of the season.<
The Canaries have already completed a decent signing with the announcement that on-loan left-back Javier Garrido will make a permanent transfer to the club from Lazio next season. A player who has been loaned out from the club will do the opposite, and make a permanent move away from Norwich, with Derby keen on signing striker Chris Martin. James Vaughan, on the other hand, is expected to return to Carrow Road from his loan spell at Huddersfield Town. Burnley midfielder Chris McCann is available on a free tranfer this summer and is being watched by Norwich as well as other Premier League clubs. Manager Chris Hughton is also reportedly keen on bringing former Blackburn Rovers defender Zurab Khizanishvili back to England.
There have been recent rumours that Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino could already leave the club despite only joining in the middle of this season, and the search for a new manager would certainly affect the club’s transfer plans. The Argentinian manager is widely tipped to make a raid on La Liga if he does stay, as he knows a number of talented players playing in Spain from his days in charge of Espanyol. Malaga defender Jesus Gamez is one from Spain that has been linked and could move to St Mary’s for £5million. Other targets include free agent Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan, who is also wanted by Aston Villa, and highly-rated Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has also been watched by big clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Squad players such as Billy Sharp, Emmanuel Mayuka, Tadanari Lee, Guly Do Prado, Steve De Ridder, Richard Chaplow and Danny Butterfield have reportedly all been told that their future’s lie away from the South coast club. However, they will hope to keep hold of Inter Milan target Morgan Schneiderlin and teenage sensation Luke Shaw, the young left-back who has impressed the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham with his displays this season, drawing comparisons to a young Gareth Bale.
A big high profile departure from Stoke this summer will be former Liverpool, Manchester United and England star Michael Owen, though the 33-year-old’s retirement from the game will arguably not have a great deal of impact on Tony Pulis’ side, as he has barely featured since joining on a free transfer at the start of the season. Elsewhere, striker Kenwyne Jones could leave for newly-promoted Cardiff City and ageing goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen may not have much of a future at the club with the arrival of promising young shot-stopper Jack Butland from Birmingham City. Butland will probably become the Potters’ number one straight away, with current first-choice Asmir Begovic a target for big clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. The Bosnian could leave in a £15million deal and give Pulis money to strengthen a team that battled relegation this year with a poor run of form in the second half of the season. Peter Crouch could also leave the club after a drop in form, and is wanted by Sam Allardyce as a replacement for Andy Carroll at West Ham.
Charlie Adam, something of a disappointment since signing from Liverpool, could also be set for an exit to Crystal Palace if the Eagles win promotion under Adam’s old boss at Blackpool, Ian Holloway. There have not been many names linked as coming in to the club so far, apart from Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira and Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner, who is unlikely to be kept by the Gunners and who could replace Crouch if he leaves for West Ham.
Swansea had a great transfer window last summer, bringing in one of the signings of the season in Michu, who signed for just £2million. Michael Laudrup will be hoping for similar success this year – that is, if he doesn’t take the Everton job after emerging as another possible candidate. First, they might have to deal with the departures of key duo Michel Vorm and Ashley Williams, who are both targets for Arsenal and Liverpool. It has been rumoured that Vorm could be replaced by Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. They have already tried to sign young Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier, though he has rejected a move. They will be hoping to keep loan star Jonathen De Guzman on a permanent deal from Villareal, and will also likely look to La Liga again for some bargain transfers, having already agreed a deal to sign Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas. Scott Sinclair could also return to the club just one year after leaving, due to his inability to get into the Manchester City team, and other wingers are said to be on Laudrup’s shortlist, such as Queens Park Rangers’ Junior Hoilett and Chelsea’s Victor Moses. Romelu Lukaku could also join on loan from the Stamford Bridge club.
After recently inheriting a struggling side from previous manager Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio will be keen to put his own stamp on this Sunderland team, and is reportedly targeting some players from the Italian league that he knows well. Lazio centre-back Modibo Diakité has already been identified as a target, as Di Canio looks to improve on current defensive pairing John O’Shea and Carlos Cuellar. Danny Rose has impressed on loan from Tottenham and Di Canio has expressed his hope of keeping the England Under-21 international on a permanent deal, but he may lose in-form goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, whose displays this season have attracted interest from Arsenal and Napoli. Former striker Darren Bent could be an option for the club, as he is likely to leave after being frozen out at Aston Villa by Paul Lambert this season. The club apparently made an audacious attempt to sign Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, though it is likely to be little more than a joke offer.
It could be a big summer at White Hart Lane, with Spurs’ future in the balance as they go into the final day of the Premier League this season. The club could be set for Champions League football if results go there way, and that will play a big part in determining whether or not star player Gareth Bale stays at the club. The Welsh winger has been in phenomenal form for the club this season and Real Madrid have made no secret of their interest, offering as much as £65million and possibly players like Gonzalo Higuain in return for the PFA Player of the Year. Andre Villas-Boas has said he hopes to keep Bale and may even tie him down to a new bumper deal of around £170,000 a week even if they don’t finish in the top four, though the money brought in from his transfer could strengthen many areas of the squad.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto could leave the club and Danny Rose may make his loan to Sunderland permanent, meaning Spurs will step up their interest in Inter Milan left-back Alvaro Pereira, whom Villas-Boas knows from his Porto days and is keen to work with again. Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to leave after a poor season and is wanted by Monaco, so a striker could be on the agenda for Spurs, as the likes of David Villa and Christian Benteke have been linked to the club. Scott Parker hasn’t had the best season either and could be shifted to Queens Park Rangers, meaning a midfielder could also join. Manchester United’s Anderson has been linked, and they could try again for Mohamed Diame, who they were close to signing in January, though they may face competition from rivals Arsenal for the Senegalese international.
There have even been suggestions that long-serving striker Jermain Defoe could make way after a poor run of form, with a possible return to old club West Ham being mooted, as they will need a replacement for Andy Carroll when his loan deal ends. Andros Townsend could give AVB more options and compete for a place in the team following his return from a promising loan spell with QPR, perhaps replacing Aaron Lennon who has emerged as a surprise target for Serie A side Inter Milan. It perhaps looks like more outs than ins at the moment for Spurs, but a top four spot will ensure that it’s mainly their unwanted squad players that depart, rather than their star names.
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom had a great start to the season under Steve Clarke, but have faltered slightly in the latter half of the campaign, showing perhaps that there is room for improvement at the club. One blow for the Baggies boss is that they will lose loan-star Romelu Lukaku as he either returns to Chelsea or goes on loan again elsewhere, being strongly linked with West Ham and Swansea City.
That will leave gaps upfront as Peter Odemwingie is also likely to leave after falling out with the club following his failed attempt to force through a move to Queens Park Rangers in January. Franco Di Santo is reportedly a target following his relegation with Wigan Athletic, as is Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani. They are also one of many clubs who are looking at Scott Sinclair’s situation, after the 24-year-old is likely to be sold by Manchester City this summer. Also on the way out of the Hawthorns could be Graeme Dorrans, with the club saying they will listen to offers for the attacking midfielder. They will be determined, however, to hold on to Shane Long, who has been linked with Bundesliga duo Schalke and Hoffenheim.
West Ham United
A priority for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce this summer will be to keep hold of on-loan striker Andy Carroll, who will surely be sold by Liverpool. Newcastle are also interested in the 24-year-old target man, but Allardyce is a big fan of his and he has integrated well at Upton Park this season. Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is a backup option if Carroll leaves, and Romelu Lukaku could arrive on loan from Chelsea. Highly-rated Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes is also a target, though they would face much competition for the Championship goal-getter.
In other areas of the pitch, they might make a move for Chelsea’s Michael Essien, who is unlikely to stay at Stamford Bridge after an injury-hit few years and an unsuccessful loan spell with Real Madrid. Essien would be the ideal replacement for Mohamed Diame if he leaves, and the Senegalese midfielder has been attracting strong interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham, who may activate his £3.5million release fee clause. Marouane Chamakh will presumably not be kept on after his failed loan spell from Arsenal, and another loan player Emmanuel Pogatetz could also leave, with AC Milan veteran Massimo Abrossini coming in as a replacement. They may also make a change to their goalkeeper, after being linked with Aston Villa shot-stopper Brad Guzan and Manchester United backup ‘keeper Anders Lindegaard.
It is not yet clear which of these sides will be joining the other teams in the Premier League next season, as the two London sides have the small matter of the Championship Playoff final still to play. Watford may have a lot of work to do in the summer transfer window, as a lot of their current team is made up of loan players such as Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Udinese’s Matej Vydra, both of whom have emerged as targets for bigger clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham following their fine form in Gianfranco Zola’s side’s promotion push.
Birmingham City’s Nathan Redmond is a target for them, but is also being watched by other Premier League clubs, but Zola has previously hinted that he himself is not in control of transfers at the club. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, will have to prepare for life without star striker Wilfried Zaha, who has agreed a deal to join Manchester United. They could also use another highly rated young player, midfielder Jonathan Williams, and much will depend on whether they achieve promotion. If they do, another target for manager Ian Holloway is Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, whom he worked with to good effect at Blackpool a couple of years ago. They are also said to be one of several clubs chasing Leicester City’s Andy King. Veteran striker Kevin Phillips is also expected to play on for the club next season, whether it is in the top flight or not.