There are still a few weeks left until the Premier League season gets underway, but a number of teams have already been making moves, in terms of bringing in new playing personnel and coaches, to prepare for the new campaign.
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1. Jadon Sancho
One of the longest-running transfer sagas finally came to a close when Manchester United recently announced that they had agreed a £73m deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. The 21-year-old winger scored 50 goals and provided a plethora of assists during his time in Germany.
Sancho had been linked regularly with a switch to United due to his impressive form, and after holding onto their star last year, Dortmund finally relented. Sancho should provide much-needed pace and trickery on the right wing for the Red Devils during the 2021/22 season.
2. Ibrahima Konaté
Liverpool moved quickly to shore up their leaky defense with the signing of highly-rated center back Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig in a £35m transfer. Following the long-term injury to Virgil van Dijk, Jürgen Klopp’s side struggled in the Premier League, but the arrival of Konaté could get them back on track.
The 22-year-old said that it was “really exciting” to be moving to Anfield, and Klopp noted that Konaté’s physical attributes and strength in the air would be a huge plus for Liverpool next season.
3. Emiliano Buendía
Norwich City bounced back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but they will have to cope without one of their star performers from last season after Emiliano Buendía joined Aston Villa in a £33m deal that could rise to £38m with add-ons.
The Argentine scored 15 goals and provided 16 assists as Norwich won the Championship, and Villa will now be hopeful of using that attacking creativity alongside Jack Grealish if they can hold onto the England playmaker. Villa boss Dean Smith believes that the addition of Buendía is an “exciting signing.”
4. Billy Gilmour
Norwich will be happy to have brought in talented youngster Billy Gilmour after the Scottish international shone at Euro 2020. Gilmour said that he wanted to “come here and help” the Canaries after being impressed by manager Daniel Farke’s vision for the upcoming season.
The 20-year-old only made 11 appearances for parent club Chelsea last term, but his strong showing against England, when he dominated central midfield, suggests that he could be a breakout star in the coming months. Gilmour has joined Norwich on a one-year-long deal.
5. Francisco Trincão
Another exciting young player, Francisco Trincão, has swapped Barcelona for Wolves on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent transfer thereafter. Trincão lined up alongside Lionel Messi last season at the Nou Camp, making 28 appearances in total and scoring three goals.
While the 21-year-old didn’t quite make the grade at Barcelona, he could thrive in a Wolves side that will have more of an attacking remit under new boss Bruno Lage. The youngster will now be one of many highly-rated young Portuguese players at Molineux.
6. Junior Firpo
Barcelona’s overhaul has also seen Junior Firpo move to Leeds United in a £13m switch. The 24-year-old full-back has put pen to paper on a four-year deal after making 41 appearances at the Nou Camp. He is sure to add guile and energy to Marcelo Bielsa’s backline next season.
Firpo said: “I know the coach that he is, and for me he is a really good coach. He wants to press all the time, play one against one many times, and for me that’s my football.”
7. Rafa Benítez
Moving on to managerial appointments, Rafa Benítez said that he was “delighted” to join Everton after signing a three-year deal at Goodison Park. The move was controversial with vocal opposition from Toffees fans due to the Spaniard’s six-year stint at local rivals Liverpool, where he won the Champions League.
Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri said that Benítez is a “proven winner”, but he might have to hit the ground running in the Premier League to silence his critics. After last season ended with a whimper under former boss Carlo Ancelotti, Benítez could give Everton the spark they need to challenge the top six.
8. Nuno Espírito Santo
Portuguese manager Nuno Espírito Santo left Wolves at the end of the season after four years in charge. He was Tottenham Hotspur’s choice to replace José Mourinho following a protracted, public managerial search that had the likes of Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso as favorites at one stage.
Nuno has a lot of big decisions ahead of him this summer, with Harry Kane’s future the most pressing as Man City are believed to be ready to make a £100m bid for the England striker. He will also have to win over fans who are concerned about his pragmatic, defensive playing style.
9. Patrick Vieira
Crystal Palace opted for a more left-field appointment by bringing in Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on a three-year contract. Vieira, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, last managed French side Nice before being dismissed in 2020 after a run of defeats.
The 45-year-old arrives at Selhurst Park with a disgruntled star player, Wilfried Zaha, who wants to leave the club, and an aging squad that needs new blood. Fans are on side though as expectations at Crystal Palace will be relatively low next season.
A few other interesting transfers this summer include Theo Walcott’s return to Southampton for an undisclosed fee, Burnley’s £12m deal to sign defender Nathan Collins from Stoke City, and Ashley Young’s free switch to Aston Villa from Inter Milan. With the transfer window not shutting until August 31st, there is still plenty of time for Premier League teams to improve their squads.
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