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is technically open, but it may be a while before any deals actually happen. Meanwhile, this is an interesting read. Note: no single article could possibly keep track of all the names floated for these various clubs, based on what I read solely about Spurs.

Note how Arsenal is hampered by the lack of CL money (remember how their manager mentioned budget constraints in the January window).

As I expected, Spurs can have a big spend, which is encouraging. Given the CL roster issues I expect them to add at least 2 "English" players, NET (i.e., if Trippier goes, then 1 more).

I would be shocked if the amount proposed for Man U is anywhere near accurate - less than half that, net, is my guess. Now, if they sell Pogba then that money could be redeployed. Could be as good for them as selling Coutinho was for LFC. But their Sanchez problem will be yet another drag.

Big six transfer guide: who do they need and how much can they spend?

Paul Hirst, Paul Joyce, Gary Jacob

May 16 2019, 5:00pm, The Times

The transfer window officially opened this morning and it promises to be a busy summer of activity with several big deals expected to take place involving the clubs at the top of the Premier League. Here we take a look at what is in store for the big six — what they need, who they might get, and who might be leaving.

MANCHESTER CITY
What do they need?
A centre back to provide competition to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, who have been Pep Guardiola’s first-choice centre backs for most of the season. Nicolás Otamendi wants to leave, and despite his excellent form towards the end of the season, Vincent Kompany remains injury prone and he turned 33 last month. City could do with cover at left back and right back as well because Benjamin Mendy has been injured for most of the season for the second successive campaign. The most pressing issue for City is their lack of cover in the defensive midfield role. Fernandinho has had an outstanding campaign, but he is 34 and injuries have curtailed his season.

Who are they likely to be after?
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Crystal Palace right back, could be the man to provide competition for Kyle Walker. City’s biggest transfer target is Rodri, however. The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder has had an excellent season for Atletico Madrid and would be the ideal replacement for Fernandinho at the base of City’s midfield. Guardiola has bemoaned the fact that he does not have tall players in his squad to defend set pieces, so at 6ft 3in tall, Rodri would help them in that area too. He has a £60.5 million release clause in his contract. Matthijs de Ligt, the Ajax captain, would be a good fit at centre back, but he is on Barcelona’s radar too and Guardiola does not fancy his chances of beating his old employers after watching Frenkie de Jong choose Barça over City earlier this season. Interestingly, City have ruled out signing a left back in the summer as they think Oleksandr Zinchenko and Mendy are good and reliable enough in that position. There is an outside chance they will freshen their forward line up by bidding for Benfica’s João Félix too.

Any departures?
Fabian Delph is free to leave for around £5 million to £10 million. The defender played an important role in City’s title-winning season last term but he has floundered this season and will be sold. Danilo, the Brazilian right back, will also go if City receive a good offer for him (around £20 million) and can find a replacement. Otamendi wants to leave after starting just 14 Premier League games this season. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are interested in him. Kompany could also depart. He is out of contract on June 30 and has not signed the one-year deal that has been offered to him. He wants assurances about game time before signing and City, at present, are unwilling to give them to him.

How much do they have to spend?
Around £150 million to £200 million, plus the money that is raised from player sales.

Words by Paul Hirst

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LIVERPOOL
What do they need?
The view at Liverpool is that the team is effectively complete. There is a need to strengthen at left back and while there is often focus on the attacking positions improving the standard will not be easy. Youngster Rhian Brewster is highly rated and will be given opportunities. The evolution of the club’s strategy under owners Fenway Sports Group means where once they spent to buy, now money is spent to retain. The contract extensions of eight players since last April, including Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino means the combined incremental cost of wage rises alone is between £150 million and £200 million. Virgil van Dijk should be among the next group of players to be rewarded given his impact.

Who are they likely to be after?
Liverpool scouts, along with a number of other top-flight sides including Arsenal and Southampton, have checked on Bristol City left back Lloyd Kelly. The England Under-21 starlet can also play at centre half. Andrew Robertson has developed into one of Europe’s best left backs, but someone with potential and who can play in more than one position would appeal.

Any departures?
Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge, who is still waiting to hear whether he will be banned over an alleged infringement of FA betting guidelines, are out of contract. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has previously wanted first-team football after being usurped by Alisson Becker, but his attitude behind the scenes has been exemplary. Decisions need to be made on a number of loan players, including Harry Wilson who is at Derby County and Ryan Kent at Rangers. Should Derby gain promotion to the Premier League, they could try and sign Wilson permanently. Liverpool have previously structured deals with buy-back clauses as in the case of Jordon Ibe’s move to Bournemouth in 2016.

How much do they have to spend?
There is never any set budget. Liverpool are now opportunistic and pragmatic in their transfer dealings so react when situations arise. The anticipation is that huge amounts will not be spent on incoming transfers, but there is always a caveat.

Words by Paul Joyce

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CHELSEA
What do they need?
First up they need to have their transfer ban overturned, or at least delayed. At present a two-window ban is scheduled to start this summer meaning the club will not be able to sign players until next summer. Chelsea expressed disappointment and “categorically refuted” Fifa’s findings and are appealing against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If Chelsea can push back a possible ban it would give them one window to complete as many deals as they can. Maurizio Sarri, the coach, has said that he wanted two or three players but his future remains in doubt despite a top-three finish and a Europa League final to come.

Who are they likely to be after?
Assuming they are able to make signings they would like a right back, striker and attacking player. They want Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the Crystal Palace right back is also on the radar of both Manchester clubs. Chelsea have also been linked to his team-mate Wilfried Zaha. Christian Pulisic will arrive this summer after a deal was agreed for him to move from Borussia Dortmund in Janaury. Gonzalo Higuain signed on loan from Juventus until the end of the season in a deal that included an option for a second season or a permanent move but Chelsea are not expected to exercise either option. If Chelsea fail in their appeal they will have number of players on loan they could use next season including Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata, Kenedy, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Kurt Zouma.

Any departures?
Eden Hazard is expected to move to Real Madrid but Chelsea want more than £100 million. Danny Drinkwater is not wanted and Higuain is expected to leave. Chelsea can exercise a clause in Giroud’s contract to extend the deal for another season and they are expected to do so. He has said that he could try to leave unless he starts more regularly. Goalkeepers Robert Green and Willy Caballero are out of contract and their future is not known. Mateo Kovacic is on loan from Real Madrid and Chelsea have no option to buy the midfielder in the deal.

How much do they have to spend?
If the transfer ban is temporarily frozen they will probably have to spend heavily although it will be offset by money from the sale of Hazard.

Words by Gary Jacob

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
What do they need?
Due to a lack of investment in recent seasons, particularly in the previous two windows in which the club have failed to make a single signing, the squad feels as though it needs a bit of an overhaul this summer. Full back and central midfield have been the most problematic positions this season and inujuries have shown up a lack of depth in attacking positions too. Kieran Trippier has struggled this season while Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier have regressed from where they were two years ago. A creative midfielder and a centre back may be required too depending on who leaves the club.

Who are they likely to be after?
Wan-Bissaka is attracting interest from all the big clubs in England and Tottenham are no different. Spurs want Ryan Sessegnon, who was relegated with Fulham and could be available for far less than the £50 million fee that Fulham were quoting 12 months ago. There is still interest too in Jack Grealish, who is likely to leave Aston Villa if they fail to beat Derby in the play-off final. André Gomes has been impressive for Everton this season and Tottenham could reignite their interest in the central midfielder. They also hold an interest in Zaha, although Palace’s valuation may be an issue.

Any departures?
There should be plenty. Fernando Llorente and Michel Vorm are out of contract at the end of this season and are expected to leave. Trippier, Wanyama, Vincent Janssen and Serge Aurier are all thought to be available and could depart. The future of senior players Toby Alderweireld and Christain Eriksen are unclear. The Belgian defender has a year remaining on his contract and a £25 million release clause that can be activated this summer. Eriksen also has 12 months to run and Tottenham will look to sell if he does not sign a new contract.

How much do they have to spend?
Tottenham announced a world-record profit of £113 million for 2017-18 and despite the spiralling costs of the new stadium which finally opened in April, there are thought to be significant funds available to Mauricio Pochettino, possibly £100 million plus any money made through sales.

Words by Nicholas Godden

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ARSENAL

What do they need?
Qualifying for the Champions League would be a good start. The Europa League final is arguably the club’s most important game in recent history. The squad needs radical surgery to add a greater depth of quality and it would be quicker and smoother to make the changes with the money and status of playing in the Champions League. Edu is close to accepting the role of Arsenal’s technical director. Arsenal decided to appoint a technical director this season, which led to Sven Mislintat leaving his post as head of recruitment in February as he felt that he was effectively being demoted. If Edu, 40, is appointed he is expected to move to London after the Copa America tournament in Brazil in July, which would leave him around a month to tie up deals before the transfer window closes. They need reinforcements at the back, in the centre and at left back, and should be in the market for a wide forward.

Who are they likely to be after?
Arsenal are thought to be considering making a £10 million offer for Walter Kannemann, an Argentina and Gremio centre back. Wilfried Zaha has been linked but there has been nothing to suggest that the club are interested in the Crystal Palace winger, who may prove too expensive anyway.

Any departures?
Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus and Petr Cech, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Danny Welbeck will all leave when their contracts expire at the end of this season. Denis Suárez has been on loan from Barcelona but the midfielder will not extend his stay. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny and Mesut Özil are among those available.

How much do they have to spend?
If they fail to qualify for the Champions League they could have as little as around £40 million to spend, plus anything they recoup from player sales. Arsenal are expected to announce a loss in the next set of financial results.

Words by Gary Jacob

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MANCHESTER UNITED
What do they need?
Half a team. In defence they need a central defender to play alongside Victor Lindelof and a right back to replace the ageing and increasingly ineffective Ashley Young. A left back would not go amiss either as Luke Shaw has no serious competition. In midfield they need a replacement for Nemanja Matic, who is not mobile enough, and a more creative midfielder as Ander Herrera has left. United desperately need an attacking player who can play on the right wing and a striker to give Marcus Rashford some competition. The most pressing issue for Ed Woodward is to get David De Gea to sign a new contract and persuade Paul Pogba to stay and deliver his best football next season.

Who are they likely to be after?
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Crystal Palace right back, is of interest. United have looked at a number of options in midfield including Saúl Ñíguez of Atletico Madrid, West Ham United’s Declan Rice and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes. Up front, they would like Jadon Sancho, but the Borussia Dortmund man wants Champions League football next season. United retain a slight interest in Daniel James of Swansea City, but a deal is not close, contrary to reports. João Félix, the 19-year-old Benfica forward, is also on their radar, as is Nicolas Pépé, the Ivory Coast international who plays for Lille. In defence, United are keen on signing either Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli or Leicester City’s Harry Maguire.

Any departures?
Lots. Antonio Valencia and Herrera have already announced that they are leaving when their contracts expire next month. Juan Mata will do the same unless he signs the one-year deal that he has been offered. United are desperate to get rid of Alexis Sánchez, possibly their worst signing in history, but finding someone to take on his £350,000-plus weekly wage will be very difficult. United will listen to offers for Eric Bailly, the centre back, and Romelu Lukaku.

How much do they have to spend?
Over £250 million is available if the right targets can be found and persuaded to join United despite their lack of Champions League football.

Words by Paul Hirst

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There's only 6 teams in the premier league ????? 

hoy this thread here :P

 

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On 5/17/2019 at 8:26 PM, newcastle roy said:

There's only 6 teams in the premier league ????? 

hoy this thread here :P

 

No, there are 17 remainers, plus 2 newly promoted and 1 TBD. But the 6 named are the ones with more widespread fan bases and knowledge, and more articles. So it's a place to start. But it does not limit the scope of the thread.

I've learned more about NUFC because of you championing them here and bringing information. Please, bring anything written locally (as I wouldn't expect a London or Manchester paper to do so ;)) about their plans, needs, etc to us. I know less about, say, Everton or Leicester as they don't have a spokesperson like you.

In fact, the mid-table teams offer deeper insight into the English game, as those teams have to recruit from down the leagues rather than bring in top name footballers from all over. So as names surface it would be interesting to hear about them. Think about players like Brooks at Bournemouth.

I really enjoy following new talent as it emerges - true in baseball here in the States, and football elsewhere in the world. I have much more interest in a team that develops such talent, offers it the opportunity to blossom, than I do in one that just tries to buy its way to success

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On 5/18/2019 at 1:26 AM, newcastle roy said:

There's only 6 teams in the premier league

 

Roy, not quite correct, but finally you are getting there....only 1 team is the correct answer, I am sure one day soon you will realise this.;)

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Newcastle United are as usual in a mess. Rondon was our player of the season, Rafa got him on loan * 16.5 million buyout. MA wont spend the money on a player who is to old in his fat greedy opinion. 

If Rafa doesn't get him he will leave, and i wont blame him

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Beeb list of players out of contract

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48170293

doesn't list those whose loans are at an end like Rondon, Higuain etc

scroll all the way to the bottom and you'll see some of the players available from across Europe and obne name sure to send a shudder as will some one be daft enough to sign him Mario Balotelli :o

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Sam Allardyce [Bury - Oxford United] Free

Apparently not THE Sam Allardyce but his Grandson.

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59 minutes ago, AMIW said:

Sam Allardyce [Bury - Oxford United] Free

Apparently not THE Sam Allardyce but his Grandson.

Damned near gave myself whiplash doing the double take there.  Nice troll. :P

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FC Bayern Munich President Ulrich Hoeneß has confirmed today that the club are working on the signing of Manchester City winger Leroy Sané.

Ulrich Hoeneß: “We are dealing with this matter.”
 

Pep, said nothing less than 100mm. 

 

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21 hours ago, Jimmy James said:

 

FC Bayern Munich President Ulrich Hoeneß has confirmed today that the club are working on the signing of Manchester City winger Leroy Sané.

Ulrich Hoeneß: “We are dealing with this matter.”
 

Pep, said nothing less than 100mm. 

 

I REALLY don't want to lose Sane.  I mean if they could get say 90M that's a lot of money but I'd want to know who they have lined up to replace him and how much that would cost.  

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1 hour ago, newcastle roy said:

Finally sussed it that Pickford is crap

 

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clear out at West Ham

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/48449380

Andy Carroll, Adrian and Samir Nasri will leave West Ham when their contracts expire next month.

Spanish striker Toni Martinez will also leave on 30 June, as will midfielders Moses Makasi and Noha Sylvestre and defenders Vashon Neufville and Josh Pask.

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With Arsenal missing Champions League quak their transfer budget will be quite reduced. They're f**ked. 

As a Spurs fan I'm :D 

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in an attempt to beat Chelsea in the Loan Army game Man city fire the first salvo - last year  Chelsea won 42-30

Patrick Roberts [Manchester City - Norwich] Loan

in 2015 he played a few minutes as a sub in a game against spurs

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