Premier League clubs are wasting little time in upgrading their squads ahead of the 2022-23 season with a number of big deals completed already this summer.
Manchester City moved quickly to secure themselves a new centre forward, with Erling Haaland joining from Borussia Dortmund before Pep Guardiola’s side had even wrapped up the league title.
The 21-year-old struck 86 goals in only 89 games for the Bundesliga club and will be expected to provide a focal point and cutting edge that City occasionally lacked last term.
City’s nearest title challengers Liverpool have added promising playmaker Fabio Carvalho to their ranks, with the teenager joining from Fulham after playing a key role in their promotion from the Championship.
Fresh from qualifying for the Champions League and convincing Antonio Conte to stick around, Tottenham have acquired Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on a free transfer.
Manchester United are yet to provide Erik ten Hag with any new players but the rebuilding job is already under way with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic all leaving.
Chelsea’s new owners will have to invest in the club’s backline following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso could also be on the move.
Newcastle are expected to busy and could make 19-year-old Reims striker Hugo Ekitike their first signing. i understands that Eddie Howe wants to add three more first-team players once the Frenchman has joined.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa have provided significant backing to Steven Gerrard with Philippe Coutinho and Diego Carlos brought in for big fees and the highly-rated Boubacar Kamara signed on a free from Marseille.
The summer transfer window will officially open for business on Friday 10 June and close at 11pm on Thursday 1 September.
Here are all the done deals so far:
Out: Dinos Mavropanos (£3m to VFB Stuttgart)
In: Philippe Coutinho (£17m from Barcelona), Boubacar Kamara (free from Marseille), Diego Carlos (£26m from Sevilla)
Out: Indiana Vassilev (loan to Inter Miami)
Out: Ben Hockenhull (undisclosed to Tranmere Rovers)
Out: Jayson Molumby (£900,000 to West Brom)
Out: Antonio Rudiger (free to Real Madrid), Andreas Christensen (free)
Out: Martin Kelly (free)
Analysis: Everton seeking ‘young and hungry’ players to refresh the squad
By Mark Douglas, i’s northern football correspondent
Everton must sell to buy in the summer transfer window as they begin a summer overhaul aimed at correcting the huge mistakes that led to a relegation battle.
As revealed in the i in April, the Toffees are interested in Burnley defender James Tarkowski, who is a free agent after the Clarets were relegated. They are also one of a number of Premier League clubs with an interest in Hull’s young star Keane Lewis-Potter, who is rated at around £30million.
Director of football Kevin Thelwell and boss Frank Lampard are targeting “young and hungry” players to refresh the squad.
But Everton’s financial situation means they must sell players to generate funds to reinvest.
In: Brenden Aaronson (£25m from Red Bull Salzburg)
In: Fabio Carvalho (£7.2m from Fulham)
In: Erling Haaland (£51.2m from Borussia Dortmund)
Out: Edinson Cavani (free), Jesse Lingard (free), Juan Mata (free), Nemanja Matic (free), Paul Pogba (free)
In: Alex Murphy (undisclosed from Galway United)
Out: Oisin McEntee (free to Walsall), Mo Sangare (free to Accrington)
Analysis: Signing loan stars should be Forest’s top priority
By Daniel Storey, i’s chief football writer
The most noticeable aspect of the victory ceremony was not the trophy lift, the players dancing nor the heady, final rendition of Mull of Kintyre for the season, but the repeated chant when certain individuals – Philip Zinckernagel, James Garner, Djed Spence, Keinan Davis – were announced to the crowd: “Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up”.
That is reflective of the uncertainty – albeit with an emphatically positive tinge – that Forest face this summer. Each of the loanees lapped up the chant, asking fans to sing it louder and longer. Cooper has built something that they clearly want to remain part of, but it is not all their choice. Johnson, the new apple of Nottingham’s eye, told supporters that he can’t wait to play for the club in the Premier League and received the biggest cheer of the afternoon.
Forest’s best strategy is surely to continue this season’s blueprint. Keep as many of that aforementioned list as possible, if the fees are not outrageous. Target the cream of the Championship. Buy younger players who have high sell-on values and can be sculpted by Cooper. If this exceptional coach has one specific talent above all others, it is the development of youth. The young players in this Forest squad love him dearly.
Read Daniel’s full article here
In: Alex Iwumene (undisclosed from Sutton United)
Out: Harry Lewis (free to Bradford City)
In: Ivan Perisic (free from Inter)
Analysis: Tottenham could challenge for the title if they get transfers right
By Sam Cunningham, i’s Chief Football Correspondent
Word’s been getting round football circles in recent weeks that the Spurs x Conte collaboration could be on the verge of causing a surprise in the season ahead. That Tottenham are a good summer transfer window away from seriously loosening the stranglehold of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea on English football.
Clearly Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has smelt something in the Hotspur Way air. Levy’s decision to convince majority shareholders ENIC Sports Inc to make £150 million available would not have been made lightly.
And looking at Conte’s record, it’s easy to see why people are so captivated by his thrall. Everything he touches turns to silverware.
Read Sam’s full article here
Out: Ryan Fredericks (free), David Martin (free), Mark Noble (retired), Andriy Yarmolenko (free)
Out: Fernando Marcal (free), John Ruddy (free), Romain Saiss (free)