With the 2012/13 Premier League season now at a close, clubs are ready to take to the transfer window battlefield to sign their top picks of this summer’s transfer prospects.
So with that being said, we’ve decided upon identifying the Premier League’s top four transfer priorities.
It’s been known for some time now that Manchester United’s main area of weakness is their midfield. Anderson will soon go down as a Manchester United flop, Cleverley is good but not world class and Fletcher’s a fantastic player but has been hit with an unfortunate illness.
There is simply no strength in the midfield area and as a result it’s seen the likes of Phil Jones and Ryan Giggs move play either more forward or central roles.
The retirement of Paul Scholes has only emphasised that point and with the vastly experienced Michael Carrick coming of age, he really needs someone to complement his new found abilities.
David Moyes’ first signing should be a box-to-box style midfielder, one that can energy and power whilst giving Michael Carrick a break on his defensive duties.
According to the Daily Star, Dutch enforcer Kevin Strootman Is the most likely candidate, a versatile all round midfielder who has already captained his national side and is fast becoming one of Europe’s most wanted prized assets.
Winger (partly solved)
Manchester United flanks have been non-existent this year with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa having to pick up the slack. The signing of Wilfred Zaha may help Manchester United but if Manchester United wants to be a force in European competitions, they’ll need to sign someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, a player who would be an instant impact upon arrival at Old Trafford.
Although, Manchester United may not need to look that far to find what they so desperately need. The club already have their own rising star in their ranks, Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian is a fantastic young prospect and is on the verge of a breakthrough at Old Trafford. Expect the 18-year-old to have some involvement in Manchester United’s 2013/14 campaign.
Winger (already solved)
David Silva needs some assistance on the wings and the club have already made a shroud move signing Sevilla’s Jesus Navas. He’s a true winger who can offer the team with width, speed and the ability to stretch the pitch and help others find space.
With Manchester City being linked to former Malaga boss, Manuel Pellegrini, it’s becoming increasingly likely that Isco will also join him at the Etihad next season. A combination of Jesus Navas, Isco and Silva on the wingers is a fantastic prospect for Manchester City and will sure aid them in their quest for trophies in 2013/14.
Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic have been rocks at the back for Manchester City this season and that deserve some credit. However Txiki Begiristain needs to invest in one or two new players to add strength in depth within the squad. Joleon Lescott's role within the squad is difficult to ascertain, while the club have foolishly allowed Kolo Toure to walk away for free.
They will need to replace the duo if they want to assure a strong defensive presence next season. Kompany and Nastasic can only do so much, especially the Serbian who is still only 20-years-old.
Jose Mourinho’s first assignment at Stamford Bridge should be to sort out Chelsea’s striking conundrum. There’s no doubt that Mourinho will play 4-2-3-1 next season but will need to invest further in strengthening his striking options. Demba Ba had a stellar season with Newcastle but has seen himself in the misted of a goal drought since joining Chelsea in January. Fernando Torres has shown signs of his £50 million price-tag but still fails to lack the consistency required at the highest level.
Alternatively, Chelsea could look internally to fill the void with Belgian striker Romelu Lukaka. The 20-year-old has starred this year on loan with WBA scoring 17 goals in 35 appearances for the club. Lukaku looks set to become Chelsea’s new Dider Drogba and rightly so. He possesses similar traits to the former blues legend and has already shown the Premier League the damage he can cause.
If Mourinho can work his managerial magic to bring in a player like Edison Cavani or Hulk, Chelsea could be the ones to beat next season. A quartet of Cavani/Hulk, Lukaku is a frightening prospect for anyone outside West London. After all, they were unlikely to finish in 3rd place after a stellar start to the 2012/13 campaign.
Despite Arsene Wenger appointments of Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud last summer, a year on and there’s been no signs of change. Arsenal still lack an instinctive striker in the final third, one that can provide can get on the end of Theo Walcott’s crosses and link up with the likes of Santi Carzola and Mikel Arteta. If they want to be a serious threat in both the Premier League and the Champions league, they need a striker that can score 25 plus goals a season.
According to reports, Stevan Jovetic is bound for The Emirates next season and this is a smart move by Arsene Wenger. He’s an ideal signing because of his ability to drop in between the lines, drift wide and shoot from distance as well as penetrate the box will suit Arsene Wenger's system down to a tee—in fact, it's just a little reminiscent of former talisman Robin van Persie. He also possesses great teamwork and link-up play. This will enable him to offer a new dynamic and quality to Arsenal attack, complementing both Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud.
This season has seen Szczesny become a liability in goals with growing concerns over his complacency with his role in the squad. There's not enough competition for him at the moment that could really threaten his starting role.
Financially it would be beneficial for the Gunners as QPR aren’t likely to set a high price for their in demand shot-stopper. Julio Cesar would be a suitable candidate, a man who can guard the sticks for two years or so while Szczesny polishes up his game. The Brazilian will offer the team some valuable experience and stability at the back whilst giving the Polish keeper some friendly competition.
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