The Premier League transfer window is open and clubs are scrambling to sign fresh talent. The English top-flight spends more money on transfers than any other soccer league in the world. In the summer of 2017, Premier League clubs hit a new record in transfer spending with a whopping £1.47 billion paid for new players. This summer could see that figure eclipsed as the race for new players is on.
Television contract money has fueled club spending in the Premier League over the last two seasons. The transfer fees aren't expected to decrease as the next television deal will see even more money go into the pockets of Premier League teams.
Clubs are putting their new fortunes to good use, buying top-quality players from around the world. Teams are strengthening their squads ahead of the August 11th kickoff and by the time the first ball is kicked in league play, several players will have swapped clubs. Of course, in the silly season of soccer transfers, most of the reported deals won't be completed. While a good number of top players will move clubs, a host of other want-away players will have to stay put. Here is a look at 10 Premier League soccer transfers that will happen and 10 that won't.
20 Will Happen: Danny Ings to Southampton
Liverpool look set to sell Danny Ings this summer and Southampton has emerged as the likely destination. Although Crystal Palace is also interested, Ings will choose Southampton over the London club due to the potential of the south coast team. Ings joined Liverpool in 2015 after two highly successful seasons with Burnley. He scored 32 goals over two seasons with Burnley, but injuries constantly kept him out of the Liverpool team. Ings has played just 25 times over the course of three seasons with Liverpool. He only returned four goals. Ings is just 25-years old and has the chance to turn his career around.
Under Mark Hughes at Southampton, Ings could succeed once more as a club's No. 9.
Southampton would give Ings the chance to start every week and he could fulfill the potential he showcased at Burnley back in 2015.
19 Won't Happen: Mario Balotelli to Arsenal
In late May, reports surfaced that Mario Balotelli could join Arsenal. The Gunners are in need of further attacking options and Balotelli's low transfer price made him a possible target. Since those initial claims of interest in Balotelli, Arsenal has distanced itself from the striker. The flamboyant Italian has turned his career around over the last two seasons at French club Nice. He even got recalled to the Italian national team this summer and scored his first goal for the Azzurri since 2014.
However, Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to play a pressing style of football and Balotelli wouldn't fit into the team's tactics.
If Balotelli leaves Nice, it won't be for the Emirates. In fact, it may not be for a club outside of France. Nice's rivals Marseille is said to be interested in signing the Italian.
18 Will Happen: Ben Foster to Watford
West Brom Albion finished dead last in the Premier League last term. The club's relegation means it needs to get several players off the wage bill. One player the club may be forced to sell is goalkeeper Ben Foster. In March, it was announced by club chief Mark Jenkins that West Brom had no more money to pay increased wages. With the lack of money at West Brom currently, its players are ripe for the picking.
Watford is ready to pounce on Foster and replace Heurelho Gomes.
Foster earns £50,000-per-week or £2.6 million per season. It is a tremendous amount for a Championship goalkeeper. West Brom could sell Foster and replace him with a Championship-quality goalkeeper for a fraction of the price. Not only is Watford prepared to pay £3m for Foster, but the goalkeeper would receive several contract incentives to join the Hornets.
17 Won't Happen: Alisson to Liverpool
Loris Karius' performance in the Champions League final once again showed just how desperate Liverpool is for a new shot-stopper. However, Liverpool has needed a new goalkeeper for years and Karius was just a bandage over a gaping wound. Roma's Alisson has been heavily linked with Liverpool since April.
Although Roma has stated it doesn't need or want to sell the Brazilian, reports continue to claim Liverpool is a frontrunner to add the goalkeeper to its squad.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are also linked to Alisson's signature, and the two could be part of a player merry-go-round if Roma decides to sell. Liverpool has seen its other possible goalkeeper transfer targets fall through and Jurgen Klopp is still holding out hope the club can land Alisson before the transfer window closes. It could cost Liverpool more than £70m to sign Alisson.
16 Will Happen: Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham
Aleksandar Mitrovic thrived with Fulham at the end of the last term. The Serbian striker was loaned to the club from Newcastle for the final five months of the season. Mitrovic struggled at Newcastle scoring just two goals in seven matches. A January loan to Championship club Fulham revitalized his season and Mitrovic helped Fulham seal promotion to the Premier League.
In just 17 games for Fulham, Mitrovic scored 12 goals as the Cottagers were the league's best team in the second half of the season. Fulham is working on a permanent transfer for Mitrovic. It remains to be seen if the striker can parlay his success in the Championship into Premier League goals. He did play well for Newcastle in the 2015-16 Premier League season scoring nine times. However, Mitrovic's subsequent years at Newcastle failed to rekindle the success of his first season.
15 Won't Happen: Luka Modric to Tottenham
Tottenham is not only interested in a Gareth Bale reunion, but the club wants to re-sign former midfielder Luka Modric too. The Croatian burst onto the world soccer scene at Tottenham in 2008 as he refined his silky-smooth skills at the club. Since moving to Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has won a glut of trophies, more than he ever would have with Spurs. At 32, Modric is in the final phase of his career. However, his performances at the World Cup 2018 for Croatia shows he still has a lot left in the tank.
Reports in Spain claim Modric may want a new challenge after winning the Champions League last season for the fourth time.
Tottenham would love to bring him back to north London, but it is more likely he will go to a club that is closer to winning a league title. If he returns to England, Modric would most likely join Manchester United instead.
14 Will Happen: Willian to Manchester United
Brazilian international Willian found game time hard to come by last season at Chelsea. Under manager Antonio Conte, the forward was used sparingly and many times came off the bench for the Blues. Willian still found time to shine and when given an opportunity to start, he played well. The Brazilian is ready to leave Stamford Bridge, however. Regardless of Maurizio Sarri being appointed as new Chelsea manager, Willian wants a new challenge.
Willian will sign with Manchester United and former manager Jose Mourinho once the World Cup finishes.
The player has starred for Brazil at the tournament. His selection to the national team came in spite of his limited chances at Chelsea last term. Now, Willian will move to Manchester United and once again play under Mourinho. The two had success in the past winning the Premier League. Now, he will be one of Manchester United's premier attacking players.
13 Won't Happen: Harry Kane to Manchester City or Manchester United
Harry Kane has been the most prolific striker in the English Premier League over the last three seasons. He has won two of the last three Premier League Golden Boot awards. Thanks to the striker's goal return at Tottenham, the club has finished in the Premier League top four in each of the last three seasons. Kane has also played well at the World Cup.
His form has once again sparked pundits to claim he must join a 'big' club to progress his career.
Manchester City and Manchester United have both been rumored destinations for the striker. Both have the financial might to land Kane and pay him far more than Tottenham currently do. Despite Spurs' willingness to sell players to both Manchester clubs previously, there is no chance Tottenham will let Kane go to either club.
12 Will Happen: Alisson to Chelsea
Chelsea has been strongly linked with Roma goalkeeper Alisson since the summer began. The Blues missed out on Champions League qualification last term and look likely to offload high earning stars to rebuild the team. New manager Maurizio Sarri is familiar with Alisson having managed against him while at Napoli. The manager knows he can trust the sure-handed goalkeeper as the Blues attempt to reclaim a Champions League position.
Chelsea could begin a chain reaction of transfers if the club signs Alisson.
The Blues would then sell current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid. The Spanish club would then sell its starting No. 1, Keylor Navas. Roma, Alisson's current team, could end up signing Navas. Alisson is linked to other clubs including Liverpool and Real Madrid. However, the interest from Chelsea is concrete and the London club is ready to add the Brazilian to its squad.
11 Won't Happen: Gareth Bale to Tottenham
Moments after the Champions League final finished, matchwinner Gareth Bale made his first public statement about leaving Real Madrid. In the days after the game, reports were rife about Bale moving to Manchester United. Although most headlines claimed Manchester United was in pole position to sign the winger, Bale's former club Tottenham was also linked with a move. According to news reports in England, Tottenham was ready to splurge on Bale and spend as much as was needed to land the superstar.
Bale's exit from Real Madrid has been muted since the club's manager Zinedine Zidane resigned from the role five days after winning the Champions League.
Bale has a new manager in charge of Real Madrid (Julen Lupetegui) and he has a reason to stay in the Spanish capital rather than return to north London. As long as Real Madrid is winning trophies, Bale has no reason to leave the club.
10 Will Happen: Anthony Martial to Tottenham
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been an admirer of Anthony Martial for some time. The Manchester United winger is ready to leave Old Trafford and Tottenham looks likely to be his destination. Spurs could be willing to swap defender Toby Alderweireld for Martial. Manchester United is interested in signing Alderweireld and Martial could be the puzzle piece that makes the deal happen. Martial hasn't played consistently well for Manchester United since the arrival of manager Jose Mourinho in 2016.
Although he scored nine goals and tallied five assists last term, it was considered a disappointment. Martial is just 22-years old and has been a professional since the age of 17. In 2015, after playing with Lyon and Monaco in France, Martial joined Manchester United in a deal that was reportedly worth £60m. Manchester United hasn't gotten its money's worth and the club is ready to offload the player.
9 Won't Happen: Marco Asensio to Manchester United
Marco Asensio has been labeled as Cristiano Ronaldo's replacement at Real Madrid. However, Asensio is still waiting for Ronaldo to leave the club, so he can take over for the Portuguese star. Manchester United has been an admirer of Asensio for some time and the club wants to add the Spaniard to its squad. Manchester United had Ronaldo previously and made him a star, so why not buy the player that is destined to take over for Ronaldo, right?
Real Madrid is in no need of selling its young star.
The forward is enjoying life in the Spanish capital and has won a boatload of trophies with Real Madrid. Asensio can just look at former teammate Alvaro Morata's season with Chelsea in 2017-18 as a reason not to move to the Premier League. The former Madrid striker failed to fit into life in England and struggled on the pitch. Asensio has no reason to leave and Real Madrid has no incentive to cash-in on the player.
8 Will Happen: Richarlison to Everton
It took some time, but Everton finally signed manager Marco Silva. The former Hull and Watford manager helped his former teams overachieve on a small budget. Now, Silva gets the chance to work with one of the Premier League's top-end clubs. Silva will have more money to work with and one player he has already earmarked to sign is Richarlison. The left wing was signed by Silva last summer when he coached Watford.
It was a £11m transfer that flew under the radar, but Richarlison's play quickly explained just why the club was so high on him.
The forward scored five goals and tallied five assists in 38 games. Everton is ready to splurge £40m on Richarlison, a price that Watford could agree to. The Toffees will do everything to make their new manager a success, and spending on one of his former players is just one way for Silva to succeed.
7 Won't Happen: Joao Mario to West Ham United
West Ham signed Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan last season. It wasn't a great season for West Ham or Mario, as the club finished just six points above the relegation zone. Inter has no interest in bringing Mario back despite the midfielder being a Portuguese international and playing well at the World Cup 2018. Mario featured 13 times for West Ham and tallied two goals and an assist.
It wasn't a great return and the asking price for Mario seems far too steep for West Ham to sign him permanently.
Inter want an estimated £35m for the player. West Ham is still interested in signing Mario, but there are other teams in the market for him. After his World Cup performances, there is a chance Mario could end up at one of West Ham's rivals. There are also Chinese clubs ready to splurge on the Portuguese international this summer.
6 Will Happen: Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool
Xherdan Shaqiri was a part of Stoke City's disastrous 2017-18 season. The club was relegated to the English Championship, and now, Stoke wants to get Shaqiri's wages off its books. Liverpool is currently leading the race to sign the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder. A Switzerland international, Shaqiri has played a starring role for the national team at the World Cup. Liverpool attempted to sign Shaqiri in 2014 but was unable to land him.
Now, Liverpool can offer Shaqiri a chance to play for a leading Premier League team and last season's Champions League runners-up. The addition of Shaqiri would give manager Jurgen Klopp more weapons in his arsenal. Liverpool's bench was lacking in talent last term and Shaqiri would provide the team with more depth.
5 Won't Happen: Lucas Hernandez to Manchester City
Manchester City has long been rumored as a possible destination for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez. The English Premier League club has spent a small fortune on its defense in the last few seasons, and Hernandez could be the next expensive weapon for the club's armament. Hernandez came through Atletico's youth team and has been a fixture in defense since 2014.
He can play either left-back or center-back and his ability to play the ball out from defense makes him a top transfer target for Pep Guardiola. Despite the English media stating Manchester City could sign the Frenchman this summer, Hernandez has already signed a new contract at Atletico. The deal was struck in June and will tie Hernandez to Atletico until 2024.
4 Will Happen: Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United
Toby Alderweireld's transfer to Manchester United is set to happen this summer. Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho has made defense his primary area to improve. Alderweireld will fit the bill for Manchester United as the club looks for defensive solidity. The 29-year-old suffered through an injury-plagued season for Tottenham last term. It allowed Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez to shine and take Alderweireld's center-back position. Alderweireld has one season plus a club option left on his contract.
However, the player's age means Tottenham is more likely to sell him this summer and get a large transfer fee rather than hold on to him. Although other clubs are linked with Alderweireld, including Chelsea, Manchester United will get its man this transfer window. Manchester United may be able to tempt Tottenham with a player swap.
3 Won't Happen: Nabil Fekir to Liverpool
Nabil Fekir's transfer to Liverpool seemed a done deal at the beginning of June. However, the Reds have walked away from a £53m transfer that would have brought the attacking midfielder to Anfield. Reports claim Liverpool isn't interested due to fears over a previous knee injury Fekir suffered. The original deal was set to be signed on June 8, but Liverpool called it off, and now, Fekir is likely to move onto another club.
It is believed Liverpool could reignite interest if Fekir's current club Lyon lowers the price.
The Reds are too fearful Fekir could reinjure his knee, and their £53m purchase would be on the shelf for an extended period of time. Other Premier League clubs are said to be interested in Fekir, including Liverpool's archrivals Manchester United.
2 Will Happen: Alassane Plea to West Ham
West Ham has already bid £27m for Nice forward Alassane Plea and it shouldn't be long until the London club gets its man. The 25-year-old is in high-demand as West Ham's Premier League rivals Tottenham and Fulham are also tracking the player. Plea has been with Nice since 2014. He has tallied 36 goals in 111 matches for the southern French team.
New West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is planning an overhaul of the club's talent. Plea is one of the top-rated forwards the manager wants to add. West Ham finished 13th last term, just six points above the relegation zone. The Hammers scored just 48 goals last season, and Plea's prolific scoring in France is a step in the right direction for the club.
1 Won't Happen: Jack Wilshere to Everton
Jack Wilshere overstayed his welcome at Arsenal. The Gunners released Wilshere this summer and finally got the oft-injured player off of their books. Wilshere's fitness was his biggest problem during his Arsenal career. Between 2009 and 2017, Wilshere missed 154 matches due to injuries. The 2017-18 season was far better for Wilshere as he didn't miss a game through injury, yet with every tackle he endured, fans held their collective breath. Wilshere has long been praised for his technical ability and skill in unlocking defenses.
Yet, he only scored eight goals and tallied 17 assists in 166 career Arsenal matches. Often compared to Tottenham's Dele Alli, the Spurs' midfielder has collected 37 goals and 26 assists in 106 games. Everton is a possible destination for Wilshere, but it looks more likely that the 26-year-old will head abroad this summer to revitalize his career.
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