How are the Premier League teams going to look in the next summer? Who will be the new recruits?
After a prolonged domination of the Spanish clubs, Premier League sides are making a strong come back in the world of football. Liverpool's Champions League win, Manchester United's Europa League win and Tottenham Hotspur's first-ever Champions League final make a strong case.
Premier League is considered as one of the most difficult leagues in the world and as it is enjoying a greater success, more players are expressing their interest. That said, let's take a look at the possible newcomers in the summer of 2020.
Donny van de Beek
Since their amazing run in the Champions League in the 2018/19 season, the pool of incredible young players that Ajax team had has been the talk of the town. Of the lot, Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have already secured moves to Juventus and Barcelona respectively. With Hakim Ziyech also moving away to Chelsea, Donny van de Beek is the only young talent left with Ten Hag.
The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder is a force to reckon with and he has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford for much of the winter transfer window given that Manchester United are looking to increase the depth both at the back and in the middle of the park. Van de Beek has already made 41 key passes in just 23 matches in Eredivisie, and there are high chances that United will make a move in the summer.
The 23-year-old French forward was under Frank Lampard's radar in January and after their failure to lure in German goal-machine Timo Werner, Chelsea are expected to focus their energy to get the Lyon frontman.
Moussa Dembele has been on song this season and has scored 16 goals in the league till now, one goal more than Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud's combined tally. After the removal of the transfer ban, Chelsea are bent on strengthening the top half.
Dembele is strong in the air and can shrug off defenders at will. Furthermore, his ability of finding the net from distance is one of the many reasons why Chelsea are after him. With Timo Werner being chased by a lot of big names, Chelsea would like to see Dembele at the Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.
One of the most anticipated deals has been Kalidou Koulibaly's move to Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent a record 80 million last summer on Hary Maguire, and apart from the England defender and Victor Lindelof, Manchester United do not have much of an option in defence given that both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are prone to injury. If United want to compete for the league next season, they surely need more depth in the side and Kaolibaly is just the right man.
The 28-year-old will give a much-required solidity to the side. However, his services will not come cheap and Ed Woodward might feel his pocket getting lighter, having to spend somewhere around 70-75 million euros again.
After a fallout between Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and the players that saw the last of Carlo Ancelotti, a number of their star players have started exploring other options including the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens.
Koulibaly, however, had expressed his desire to stay in Naples. “My children were born here. Here, I grew up as a man and as a football player. Here, my children and I feel at home.”
But Italian journalist Fabio Santini has reported, “Napoli will sell Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester United for a figure of around 70-75million euros [£59-£64m]. It seems all done. Naturally, such a deal will be closed only in June and certainly not in January in the winter transfer window.”
The young England sensation is in blistering form this season for Borussia Dortmund and is single-handedly leaving defences bewildered. He has scored 14 goals in the league already and assisted 15 as well. One of the hottest properties in the world, Jadon Sancho has been linked to a number of Premier League clubs.
While Manchester United started the race as favourites, Chelsea and Liverpool have come up as strong contenders to sign the ex-Manchester City winger. For United, they need to finish inside the top four to entice the youngster.
While signing for Liverpool will be a very exciting affair given their current form, Lampard has also shown his ability to deal with young talents. With the departure of Eden Hazard, Chelsea would want to fill up the gap as soon as possible and reports are that they have agreed to meet the 120 million euro price tag set by Borussia Dortmund.
The RB Leipzig frontman is as deadly as it gets in front of the goal and has proved his worth this season with 21 goals in just 25 appearances along with seven assists. Werner is fast, direct and lethal, traits he shares with the style of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Manchester United were again in the hunt for the 24-year-old, but with time, Chelsea and Liverpool rose as favourites.
With Chelsea shifting their focus to Moussa Dembele, it is a one-horse race for Klopp's side, much like the Premier League at the moment. But the stunning part of the story is that Leipzig have set a price tag of 80 million euros on Werner's name.