Premier League fans have been having their say on who they would like their clubs to sign next in the summer transfer window.
There’s only a month to go until the start of thr new Premier League season which, if it is anything like last time round, promises more than it’s fair share of excitement and drama.
But before then there is plenty of wheeling and dealing to be done in the transfer window before it snaps shut at midnight on August 31 – with the prospects of plenty of teams riding on the comings and goings in the coming weeks.
Almost 50,000 fans voted in total on who the likes of who Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea should target next, with the results making for interesting reading.
The issue that will dominate the window once more looks likely to involve an Arsenal player, with Robin van Persie’s desire to leave north London alerting a host of Premier League and European clubs.
Arsenal fans are desperate to land a high class replacement for Van Persie should the Dutchman follow through with his threat to leave - and around 80% of over 6000 Gunners fans want Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente to sign on the dotted line this summer.
The apparently imminent arrival of Santi Cazorla has impressed few of the club's fans it would seem - only 13% want to land the Spaniard above all other targets, while Yann M’Vila, who has been linked with a move to the Gunners for some time, polled only 18% of the votes.
It seems that even despite the fact that Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have already been snapped up in the forwards department, Arsenal fans are still uncomfortable about where the goals are going to come from next season. Llorente is likely to come at a high price, something that may sit uncomfortably with Arsene Wenger, especially as he won't recieve a premium on Van Persie because he is out of contract next summer.
While Arsenal battle with their attacking issues it appears as though Chelsea fans want something similar to their London rivals, with a striker at the forefront of their mind.
A huge 71% of around 20,000 fans want Porto forward Hulk despite his mammoth transfer fee, while only a small amount (12%) want Brazilian Oscar, who should arrive at Stamford Bridge after the Olympics.
Hulk recently impressed while on duty with Brazil ahead of the Olympic football tournament and recently remained tight-lipped over his future with Tottenham under his former Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas interested, saying where he ends up is in ‘God’s hands’. A move to Stamford Bridge appears to hang in the balance, although the striker’s desire to secure a place in Brazil’s team for the 2014 World Cup may sway his decision.
Manchester United and Manchester City are expected to go head to head in the Premier League next season but the battle has already begun in the transfer market, with fans of both clubs desperate to land Arsenal's Robin van Persie.
65% of City fans want the 28-year-old above all other targets this summer, while 48% of United fans polled are desperate to snatch him from their rivals, more than the 34% who want Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura.
Van Persie’s future is certainly undecided as he ponders a confirmed offer from Manchester United – although it is said to fall well short of Arsenal’s valuation of their prolific forward.
Publicly Wenger has stated his desire to keep Van Persie at the Emirates, but if they can line up a high quality replacement like the one demanded by the fans then the Gunners’ goal of challenging for the title may not be so far off after all.
Liverpool have reportedly failed with a bid for Swansea's Joe Allen today, and judging by the response of the club's fans that can only be a good thing - just 8% singled him out as the player they would like to sign most. Instead a mammoth 80% of around 3000 fans want Arsenal winger Theo Walcott instead - a move looking extremely unlikely now after the England man spoke of his desire to stay put yesterday,
Since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss, the Northern Irishman has been linked with move for plenty of his former Swansea players, and reports today have revealed he has failed with a £10 million bid plus Jonjo Shelvey for Allen.
Out-of-favour Juventus winger Milos Krasic was a target for the previous regime although he would represent a cheaper option than Walcott should Liverpool fail with a bid for the Arsenal man – although only 11% of fans want to see the Serbian at Anfield next term.
Another new manager busying himself in the transfer market is Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham, who have been active in the transfer window already but are expected to do further business as the summer progresses.
The number one priority for both the club and the fans is to find a replacement for the departing Luka Modric. Of the 3000 votes counted, 46% want Joao Moutinho, who has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane, while Spurs' lack of options up front also plays heavily on the fans' minds - 27% are desperate for Emmanuel Adebayor to finally secure a permanent switch to north London.
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