With the Premier League almost done and dusted for another season, we have the excitement of a major tournament to look forward to. Just Manchester United’s rearranged fixture with Bournemouth remains but already, clubs and managers will be looking beyond Euro 2016 and an improvement to the playing staff for 2016-17.
Tournaments such as these can often be a shop window for players to display their indispensable skills and inflate their transfer fees so who could be heading for the EPL this summer?
The prolific Pole equalled David Healy’s record with 13 goals in the qualifying rounds and while six of those strikes came in two games against Gibraltar, there is no doubt that the 27 year old is one of the most desirable centre forwards in the game.
Lewandowski continues to dominate the gossip columns but why would he want to leave Bayern Munich – a club with seemingly guaranteed trophies? The simple answer is that he probably doesn’t but the links with Liverpool and former manager Jurgen Klopp just won’t go away. However, if he were to switch to the EPL this summer, perhaps Manchester City or Chelsea with greater resources and a better chance of a title tilt will be more likely destinations.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Ter Stegen will be known around Europe as the custodian behind Barcelona’s Champions League campaign but the stopper is very much second choice to Claudio Bravo in La Liga. The German has made just two league appearances across two years in Spain and if he is to challenge Manuel Neuer for the number one national jersey then a move seems a logical step.
Manchester City are widely linked but Liverpool have more pressing issues between the posts and could definitely offer ter Stegen an unchallenged role as first choice goalkeeper.
There is a greater degree of certainty surrounding Isco and a move away from his current club. The Spanish international is struggling to command a place at Real Madrid and at 24, has reached the point where a switch, and a promise of regular first team football, has become more of a priority.
Where will he go? Take your pick between a host of stories involving Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City while Italian Champions Juventus have also been linked with a bid for the hard working midfielder.
Although they finished third in the Premier League, a dismal end to the 2015-16 Premier League campaign suggests that Spurs need to spend wisely in the summer if they are to stay ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
Champions League football is promised and that should attract players of the calibre of Marseille’s Batshuayi who has two goals in his first three internationals for Belgium.
He may not be first choice for the Red Devils in France – Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke may well start ahead of the 22 year old – but with a move from Marseille almost certain, Tottenham will be looking to fight off West Ham in order to land their £30m man.
Champions Leicester City may well spend their summer fending off bids for Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez but they will need to do some spending of their own. They can offer Champions League football but would alleged target Alvaro Morata really swap Juventus for a stint at the King Power?
Money should be no issue for the club’s owners and the release clause in Morata’s contract is said to be set at £23.6m. It may sound far-fetched but Morata to the East Midlands sounds no more ridiculous than ‘Leicester City – Premier League Champions’.