Leicester City’s title triumph last season undoubtedly marked the most astonishing Premier League campaign to date. With England’s top clubs keen to bounce back strongly, it promises to be another summer of big-spending over the coming months. Some of Europe’s brightest stars are currently showcasing their talent at the European Championships, possibly with the hope of securing themselves a dream move to the English top-flight.
So let’s have a look at some names that could be joining the Premier League for the forthcoming season.
Striker Álvaro Morata has been linked with a switch to the Premier League for some time now, with Manchester United and Chelsea supposedly among those interested in securing his services after the Euros. Despite recently transferring back to Real Madrid from Juventus, it is thought that the Spanish club will sell him on to the highest bidder.
Even though he has not been as prolific as perhaps anticipated since signing for Juventus, Morata is still widely considered as a real attacking threat with a sharp eye for important goals, as demonstrated by his brace during Spain’s recent 3-0 victory over Turkey. Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a long-term admirer of Morata’s abilities, but it would allegedly require a bid in the region of £40 million to seal a deal for the 23-year-old, whose former club Real Madrid are contemplating the idea of bringing him back to the Bernabeu too.
New Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hasn’t waited long to start overhauling their squad in a bid to regain the Premier League trophy in his maiden season at the Etihad. One the Spaniard’s reported targets is 20-year-old winger Leroy Sané of Schalke – a player whom Guardiola is very familiar with having spent the last three years in the Bundesliga.
The German youngster, who is currently part of Joachim Löw’s squad in France, netted eight goals and supplied six assists in 33 league appearances last term and has consequently earned many admirers for himself from around the continent. Such talent wouldn’t come cheap, and it’s thought that Guardiola has placed aside £40 million for Sané’s signature.
Portuguese starlet André Gomes is said to be in the middle of a bidding war between several European sides, including Manchester United and Chelsea. Gomes was a shining light in an underwhelming Valencia team last season, providing five goals and eight assists in all competitions.
The Blues have already had a £32 million bid for the midfielder rejected, while Gomes is believed to favour a move to Old Trafford as he shares the same agent as his fellow countryman José Mourinho. It’s unlikely that the 22-year-old will be making a decision on his future until Portugal’s involvement in the Euros is over, and it remains to be seen whether anyone is willing to match Valencia’s hefty asking price of £42 million.
It’s set to be another transfer window of heavy-spending at Manchester United this year and Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has apparently made his desire to leave the German club clear to his agent.
The Armenian was central to Dortmund’s impressive displays last season, contributing a total of 23 goals and 32 assists over a campaign in which Thomas Tuchel’s men finished second in the league and reached the final of the German Cup. It’s no secret that United have struggled to settle on an effective attacking set-up in recent times, and Mkhitaryan could be available at a cut-price fee this summer due to the fact that the winger only has one year left on his contract at the Westfalenstadion.
After Tottenham’s near-heroics last term, manager Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to splash the cash over the coming months to bring in reinforcements as Spurs aim to go all the way next year. One potential new face could be that of striker Michy Batshuayi, presently on duty with Belgium at the Euros, who was target on 17 occasions last season in Ligue 1 with Marseille.
The arrival of additional firepower at White Hart Lane would inevitably relieve some of the pressure on Harry Kane’s shoulders, but unsurprisingly Tottenham are not the only side weighing up a move for Batshuayi, whose ambitious contract demands have reportedly opened the door for rivals Chelsea to also hold talks with the highly sought-after 22-year-old.