Premier League transfers – who Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool want
By Adam Shergold and Nathan Salt For Mailonline
12:21 25 Jun 2023, updated 12:27 25 Jun 2023
The summer transfer window is open and all 20 Premier League clubs will be looking to strengthen ahead of the start of the new season.
As fans begin making their plans following the release of the fixtures, behind the scenes discussions over new acquisitions will already be well advanced.
Mail Sport has rounded up all the latest targets for each club in our transfer special.
Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen in several areas following Arsenal’s title near-miss last season.
West Ham are braced for the Gunners to submit a third offer for midfielder Declan Rice. With Manchester City expressing an interest in the England star too, that bid is expected to be in the region of £100million.
Rice is Arsenal’s No 1 target in midfield with Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia alternative targets.
An improved £65m offer went in to Chelsea – and was accepted – for German forward Kai Havertz, who will have his medical over the weekend. He is viewed as a replacement for Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal are also preparing to up their bid for the Ajax defender Jurrien Timber – the Dutch club rejected a £30m offer last week and are demanding £50m.
Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi is another option.
CB – Marc Guehi, Jurrien Timber; CM – Declan Rice, Romeo Lavia, Moises Caicedo, Kai Havertz; LW – Wilfried Zaha; ST – Moussa Diaby
Having returned to European competition, Villa made a statement off the field by appointing renowned talent spotter Monchi to work with Unai Emery.
Their first signing of the summer was Youri Tielemans from relegated Leicester.
Midfield appears to be Villa’s priority, with Japanese sensation Keito Nakamura of Austrian club LASK attracting their interest and also free agent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he left Liverpool.
Villa are among several Premier League clubs who could offer £25m-rated United States captain Tyler Adams a quick return to the top-flight.
Manu Kone, valued at £35m by Borussia Monchengladbach, is regarded as a real talent and is also wanted by Liverpool and Wolves.
Signed: Youri Tielemans (Leicester, free)
CM – Manu Kone, Giovani Lo Celso, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tyler Adams; AM – Keito Nakamura
It’s all-change in the Bournemouth dug-out with Andoni Iraola, regarded as one of Spanish football’s hottest prospects, replacing Gary O’Neil.
The Cherries have already made permanent the loan of Ivorian midfielder Hamed Traore from Serie A club Sassuolo.
Justin Kluivert has now completed his transfer from Roma.
They are among several Premier League clubs keen on Bristol City teenager Alex Scott, valued at £25m.
Bournemouth have also reignited interest in £30m-rated Villarreal striker Nicolas Jackson after a January move collapsed – although he looks bound for Chelsea.
Signed: Hamed Traore (Sassuolo, £20m); Justin Kluivert (Roma, undisclosed)
GK – Bartlomiej Dragowski; CM – Alex Scott; ST – Nicolas Jackson
The Bees have already completed the permanent signing of forward Kevin Schade from Freiburg and goalkeeper Mark Flekken from the same club.
A centre back is a prime target – a deal for South Korean Kim Ji-Soo is being finalised, while Rav van den Berg of Dutch club PEC Zwolle is another option.
Nathan Collins, of Wolves, would be seen as a more reliable Premier League option.
With star striker Ivan Toney banned until January, more firepower is required with another offer for long-standing target Brennan Johnson, the Nottingham Forest star, expected. Viktor Gyokeres, of Coventry City, is another they are keen on.
Signed: Kevin Schade (Freiburg, £20m); Mark Flekken (Freiburg, £11m)
CB – Nathan Collins, Kim Ji-soo, Rav van den Berg; CM – Malik Tillman; ST – Brennan Johnson, Viktor Gyokeres, Habib Diallo
With Europa League football to look forward to next season, Brighton have already moved for Watford’s Joao Pedro, paying a club record fee of £30m. Experienced hand James Milner has also joined from Liverpool.
With Alexis Mac Allister moving on to Liverpool and Moises Caicedo possibly also leaving, midfield reinforcements will be needed.
They have asked Ajax about Mohammed Kudus and Leeds’s Tyler Adams is also a target.
Along with Brentford, the Seagulls are keen on Bayern Munich’s attacking midfielder Malik Tillman, a United States international.
Chelsea have rejected a £30m Brighton offer for defender Levi Colwill after his positive loan spell at the Amex.
Signed: Joao Pedro (Watford, £30m); James Milner (Liverpool, free); Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund, free)
GK – Brian Schwake ; CB – Levi Colwill; CM – Malik Tillman, Tyler Adams; AM – Mohammed Kudus
Burnley are back in the big time and their first summer arrival was the familiar face of Jordan Beyer, who did well on loan last season and agreed a permanent four-year deal.
The Clarets have been linked with Union Berlin’s striker Sheraldo Becker, valued at £15m, though they may face competition from West Ham and Fulham.
The Strasbourg striker Habib Diallo is another option in attack with Vincent Kompany personally scouting him. Millwall’s Zian Flemming is another catching the eye up top.
Arsenal’s Albert Sambi Lokonga has emerged as a potential midfield target on loan.
Dara O’Shea signed on Friday.
Signed: Jordan Beyer (Borussia Monchengladbach, undisclosed), Dara O’Shea
GK – Bart Verbruggen, James Trafford; CM – Albert Sambi Lokonga; ST – Lyndon Dykes, Habib Diallo, Sheraldo Becker, Zian Flemming
Stamford Bridge will resemble a revolving door this summer with a huge clear-out to trim a bloated squad plus Mauricio Pochettino’s targets coming in.
The Blues have confirmed Christopher Nkunku’s £53m move from RB Leipzig to boost their firepower in attack.
Part of the reason for selling Havertz is to raise the £100m Brighton are seeking for midfielder Caicedo, who is now a Manchester United target, while talks over a deal for Villarreal’s Nicolas Jackson is set for his medical ahead of a £30m move.
A new keeper is also a job for the summer, with Edouard Mendy bound for Saudi Arabia.
Signed: Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig, £53m)
GK – Andre Onana, Giorgi Mamardashvili, Robert Sanchez; CM – Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia, Gabri Veiga; ST – Victor Osimhen, Nicolas Martinez, Dusan Vlahovic, Nicolas Jackson
Palace snapped up midfielder Jefferson Lerma from Premier League rivals Bournemouth earlier this month but they still need a new manager in place.
A centre-back will become the main priority if Marc Guehi departs over the summer, with Torino’s Perr Schuurs a target.
Signed: Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth, free)
CB – Perr Schuurs; LB/CM – Lewis Hall; AM – Matheus Franca
Everton may have avoided relegation on the final day but there’s chaos at Goodison Park and the transfer kitty appears to be sparse.
Nonetheless, they too have an interest in Forest’s Brennan Johnson, who is valued at around £40m by his club. Brentford and West Ham are also keen on the Wales international.
They have also been linked with Manchester City’s teenage midfielder Shea Charles and Leeds midfielder Adams.
The Toffees are among a clutch of top-flight clubs interested in Coventry striker Viktor Gyokeres, whose goals powered them to the Championship play-off final last season.
With Jordan Pickford linked with a move away from Goodison, reports suggest Everton could trigger a £10m release clause in Sam Johnstone’s Crystal Palace contract.
GK – Sam Johnstone; CM – Shea Charles, Tyler Adams; ST – Viktor Gyokeres, Brennan Johnson, El Bilal Toure
After a successful season that saw them finish 10th in the Premier League, a number of Fulham players are being eyed up by rivals.
Joao Palhinha is being targeted by West Ham to replace Declan Rice, while defender Tosin Adarabioyo is on Tottenham’s radar.
Fulham reportedly want to sign Manchester United’s Brazilian central midfielder Fred – who was spotted chatting to Marco Silva after the last game of the season – but the £20m asking price is too high.
They’re amongst the clubs attracted to Coventry striker Gyokeres, plus Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos are also linked.
CM – Fred, James Ward-Prowse; RW – Lucas Ocampos; CF – Viktor Gyokeres
Jurgen Klopp’s side didn’t mess around when it came to their first signing of the summer – Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton for £35m.
Midfield has been a weakness of late and the Reds are reportedly pushing on to conclude a deal for Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch.
They are also considering a move for Celta Vigo’s £30m star Gabri Veiga.
Wolves’ Portuguese player Matheus Nunes has been mentioned as another possibility, likewise Monchengladbach’s Kone.
Signed: Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton, £35m)
CM – Gabr Veiga, Khephren Thuram, Manu Kone, Ryan Gravenberch, Matheus Nunes
The Hatters are back in the top-flight for the first time in over 30 years and will be determined to make a good fist of staying there despite the league’s smallest budget.
The rumour mill has them linked with midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall of relegated Leicester, who spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Kenilworth Road.
Luton are also reportedly keen on making two loans from last season permanent – Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and Leeds right-back Cody Drameh.
RB – Cody Drameh; CM – Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Marvelous Nakamba
How on earth do the Treble winners improve? Well, Pep Guardiola won’t rest on his laurels as Manchester City aim for further success in 2023-24.
In defence, Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol is a target but may well cost City £85m.
Midfielder reinforcements are also seen as a priority. City are among the handful of Premier League clubs linked with Rice, though Arsenal are the frontrunners.
They are, however, closing in on the £25m signing of Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic after he completed a medical.
With Kyle Walker’s future at the club uncertain, there have been reports of interest in PSG’s Achraf Hakimi.
CB: Josko Gvardiol; RB – Achraf Hakimi; CM – Mateo Kovacic, Declan Rice
Erik ten Hag will be looking to kick on following a positive first season in charge at Old Trafford.
They desperately need a top class striker but the £100m price tag on Harry Kane – plus the unappealing prospect of haggling with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy – means cheaper targets may be pursued.
One of those – Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund – still comes with an £86m price tag and United need to stay on the right side of Financial Fair Play rules.
United’s pursuit of the Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is proving frustrating and they are turning focus to Brighton’s Caicedo after tabling a take-it-or-leave-it £55m for the England man.
Napoli’s Kim Min-Jae, plus a goalkeeper to challenge David de Gea, are also on the summer wishlist.
It’s unlikely the budget will stretch to everyone on that list, unless a windfall is made on sales.
GK – Andre Onana, Jordan Pickford, Dominik Livakovic; CB – Kim Min-Jae; CM – Mason Mount, Declan Rice; ST – Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen, Rasmus Hojlund, Randall Kolo-Muani, Goncalo Ramos
Newcastle are being linked with plenty of players as they prepare for a first season of Champions League football in two decades.
One that seems close to completion is AC Milan superstar Sandro Tonali, with Newcastle officials in Milan to thrash out a £52m deal this week.
Their long-standing interest in James Maddison has been revived following Leicester’s relegation, while £15m-valued Wolfsburg midfielder Felix Nmecha is another.
A raft of defensive options include Perr Schuurs, David Hancko and Harry Maguire (on loan), as well as a cut-price deal for Chelsea’s left back Marc Cucurella.
Signed: Yankuba Minteh (Odense, undisclosed)
LB – Kieran Tierney, Marc Cucurella; CB – Perr Schuurs, Harry Maguire, David Hancko; CM – Sandro Tonali, Nicolo Barella, Moises Caicedo, Scott McTominay, Conor Gallagher, Xavi Simons, Tyler Adams; AM – James Maddison, Dominik Szoboszlai, Felix Nmecha
Forest’s transfer business won’t be as absurd as last year but Steve Cooper will still want to see a few new signings after keeping them in the Premier League.
Monza’s attacking left back Carlos Augusto is a major target, while they have a deal in place for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson after his loan there.
Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams and Wolves defender Conor Coady are also on the shopping list.
Signed: Chris Wood (Newcastle, undisclosed)
GK: Dean Henderson, George Wickens; LB: Carlos Augusto ; CB: Conor Coady; CM – Tyler Adams
The Blades are back in the Premier League but the budget is likely to be small given the uncertainty over the club’s takeover.
They could rival Nottingham Forest for England centre back Coady after Everton didn’t take up a £4.5m option to sign him from Wolves.
United would also fancy getting Manchester City midfielder James McAtee on loan for a second season after he impressed in the Championship – but the Premier League champions will reject all offers.
CB – Conor Coady; CM – James McAtee
All change at Spurs with Ange Postecoglou coming in from Celtic to become their new manager.
A £25m deal to make permanent the loan of Dejan Kulusevski has been done and he certainly won’t be the last man through the door.
They lodged a joint £50m bid for Leicester duo Maddison and Harvey Barnes, which isn’t likely to be accepted given Leicester want £60m for Maddison alone. Newcastle are set to offer competition for Maddison.
A centre back is also wanted, with Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire and Tosin Adarabioyo among potential targets.
Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven, Gleison Bremer of Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba are other options.
Guglielmo Vicario looks set to answer their questions in the goalkeeping department with a move from Empoli.
Signed: Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus, £25m)
GK – Guglielmo Vicario, David Raya ; CB – Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire, Tosin Adarabioyo, Clement Lenglet, Micky van de Ven, Gleison Bremer, Edmond Tapsoba; CM – Alex Scott, James Maddison; LW – Harvey Barnes
There’s been much focus on Rice’s exit from the London Stadium and who might replace him with a raft of names mentioned.
The United States international Yunus Musah, who plays for Valencia, could be a well-priced option at £21m.
Denis Zakaria, who spent last season on loan at Chelsea, may be another option.
James Ward-Prowse has been linked with a £40m move to east London following Southampton’s relegation from the top-flight.
CB – Max Kilman; RB – Aaron Wan-Bissaka ; CM – Denis Zakaria, Joao Palhinha, Scott McTominay, James Ward-Prowse, Edson Alvarez, Alex Scott; LW – Harvey Barnes, Yunus Musah
The big transfer news from Molineux this summer so far is Ruben Neves and his shock £47m move to Saudi club Al-Hilal. That has eased Wolves’ FFP worries for sure.
They’re in the race for Monchengladbach’s Kone along with Villa and Liverpool. Likewise, the popular Bristol City man Scott.
Gyokeres is an attacking target but there’s stiff competition for the Coventry man.
CM – Manu Kone, Alex Scott, Arjan Raikhy; CF – Viktor Gyokeres