Premier League clubs spent an astonishing £1.4 billion on 99 permanent signings during last summer’s transfer window.
That beat the previous summer’s total by £158 million.
Some of the big-money signings including Harry Maguire to Manchester United for £80 million, Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal for £72 million and Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham for £63 million.
Most Premier League clubs have broken their transfer record within the past 12-24 months and fees for footballers will continue to rise over the coming years.
Over at HITC Sport, presenter The Irish Guy has attempted to predict each current Premier League club’s record signing by 2025 - and there are some very interesting shouts.
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Arsenal: Philippe Coutinho (£80m)
Arsenal are tipped to land Philippe Coutinho by 2025, once he winds down his contract at Barcelona.
Bayern Munich have an option to buy the Brazilian midfielder from Barcelona this summer, when his season-long loan expires, but it’s currently unclear whether the German giants will activate that clause.
Coutinho’s contract with Barça expires in June 2023, by which point Coutinho will be 30, and the Gunners may very well be keen.
Aston Villa: Jack Butland (£25m)
Once tipped to become England’s first-choice goalkeeper, Jack Butland’s career hasn’t panned out quite how many expected it would.
Still, the Stoke City ‘keeper is still only 26 years old, so he has plenty of time to fulfil his potential.
Aston Villa are likely to be in the market for a new No. 1 in the near future, with neither Tom Heaton nor Pepe Reina getting any younger, so this one makes sense.
Bournemouth: Billy Gilmour (£30m)
Breaking into Chelsea’s first team as a youngster has been notoriously difficult in recent years, but that’s already beginning to change with Frank Lampard now in the dugout.
He’ll be acutely aware about the talents of 18-year-old Billy Gilmour who, by his own admission, wants to become the best player in the world.
However, the Scotland Under-21 international has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in a £30 million move to Bournemouth within the next five years.
Brighton: Flynn Downes (£20m)
Flynn Downes is a 21-year-old midfielder who currently plies his trade with Ipswich Town and was recently linked with a move to West Ham.
The lad seems to have a bright future ahead of him, although Brighton fans could be forgiven for feeling slightly underwhelmed here.
Burnley: Xherdan Shaqiri (£20m)
Now we’re talking. Xherdan Shaqiri to Burnley sounds pretty far-fetched, but the Liverpool midfielder will be 33 years old by 2025. He won’t still be at Anfield by then, that’s for sure.
The Irish Guy expects the Switzerland international to flop hard at Turf Moor if this transfer happens in the not-too-distant future.
Chelsea: Jadon Sancho (£100m)
Jadon Sancho is set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer and has been strongly linked with several Premier League clubs - including Chelsea.
The Blues’ current record signing is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who cost £71 million in 2018, but securing the services of Sancho would cost in the region of £100 million.
This would be a massive coup for Chelsea if it happens. Sancho, who turns 20 in March, has been one of the most productive wide forwards in Europe this season.
Crystal Palace: Dwight McNeil (£35m)
Burnley’s highly-rated midfielder Dwight McNeil is expected to end up signing for Crystal Palace in a deal worth £35 million.
McNeil will surely have his sights set on a bigger club if he was to leave Burnley, but much depends on his performances in the Premier League over the next couple of years.
Everton: Ansu Fati (£85m)
Hang on a minute. Ansu Fati to Everton? Seriously?
The 17-year-old(!) has exceeded all expectations this season, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 21 games for Barcelona.
He became the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history earlier this campaign, as well as Barça’s youngest scorer in La Liga.
A lot can obviously happen between now and 2025 but, at this stage, it would be a huge surprise if the talented Fati ends up at Goodison Park within the next few years.
Leicester City: Jack Grealish (£55m)
Not sure about this one, either.
Jack Grealish could very leave Aston Villa this summer, with Manchester United particularly keen on the 24-year-old.
And if he does, Villa will expect a bigger fee than £55 million for their prized asset.
That said, Leicester would surely be in the market for Grealish if they lose James Maddison this summer.
Liverpool: Erling Haaland (£130m)
Woah! This is a massive one.
Erling Haaland is the hottest property in world football right now, perhaps with the exception of Kylian Mbappe.
The 19-year-old has scored a ridiculous 40 goals in 30 games for Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund this season and currently has a buyout clause of just £63 million in his contract.
Assuming Dortmund increase that buyout clause then it would cost a fee well in excess of £100 million to land the Norwegian striker’s services.
If Liverpool lose one of their three world-class forwards by 2025 then Haaland would surely rank somewhere near the top of Jurgen Klopp’s list of potential signings.
Manchester City: Bukayo Saka (£70m)
Look away now, Arsenal fans.
Bukayo Saka doesn’t turn 19 until September but has made a big impact at the Emirates Stadium this season, scoring three goals and registering a hugely impressive nine assists.
The Irish Guy reckons Man City will go back to raiding Arsenal and nab their best young player by 2025.
Manchester United: Sean Longstaff (£95m)
Sorry, but in what world will Sean Longstaff *ever* be worth £95 million?
If the Newcastle United midfielder is Man Utd’s record signing by 2025, then something has gone seriously wrong at Old Trafford.
Man Utd probably will break their transfer record over the next five years, but we highly doubt they’ll splash over £90 million on Newcastle’s No. 36.
Newcastle United: Joelinton (£40m)
It’s still early in Joelinton’s Newcastle career, but this move hasn’t worked out so far.
One goal in 27 Premier League appearances is a dismal return.
If the Magpies don’t break their current transfer record by 2025 then it would hardly be a shock. From 2005-2019, Michael Owen was the club’s most expensive signing at just £17 million.
Norwich City: Fraser Forster (£15m)
A pretty uninspiring shout, this, but a transfer that you could easily see happening.
Fraser Forster is now in his early-30s but is still a decent enough ‘keeper who could do a job for Norwich City (presumably in the Championship) one day.
Sheffield United: Jude Bellingham (£30m)
Strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in January, Birmingham’s 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham has been compared to Steven Gerrard. Praise doesn’t come much higher than that.
The England Under-17 international has been tipped by The Irish Guy to join Sheffield United, who are currently seventh in the Premier League table, this summer.
Southampton: Ollie Watkins (£30m)
Recently linked with a move to Chelsea, Brentford’s Ollie Watkins has netted 21 goals in the Championship this season.
The Saints are tipped to replace Che Adams, who has failed to score in 25 games for the Saints, with the 24-year-old forward.
Tottenham: Paulo Dybala (£65m)
Paulo Dybala came close to joining a Premier League team last summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham at the front of the queue to bring him to England.
However, the Argentine forward ended up staying at Juventus and has 12 goals and the same number of assists to his name so far this season.
If Dybala was to leave Turin by 2025, though, Spurs would certainly be a potential destination.
Watford: Louie Barry (£32m)
Louie Barry is only 16 but has already spent time with West Brom, Barcelona and now Aston Villa.
It’s a pity that things didn’t work out at Barça, but the fact the Catalan giants decided to sign him in the first place shows he’s a real talent.
The England Under-17 international is tipped to complete a £32 million move to Watford by 2025.
West Ham: Xavi Simons (£45m)
Xavi Simons, who turns 17 in April, completed a controversial move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona last summer.
The highly-rated midfielder is represented by Mino Raiola and is already earning a reported £1 million-a-year in France.
It’s still too early to know for sure whether Simons is the real deal or all hype, but it’s fair to say that things wouldn’t have panned out *quite* as expected if he ends up signing for West Ham within the next five years.
Wolves: Francisco Trincao (£60m)
Francisco Trincao is poised to join Barcelona from Braga in a deal worth £26 million this summer.
But breaking into Barcelona’s first team is no straightforward task, and the 20-year-old forward is tipped to end up at Wolves by 2025.
A £60 million deal would see Barça make a tidy £34 million profit on the Portugal Under-21 international.News Now - Sport News