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London’s Summer Transfers

during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Spain and Turkey at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Nice, France.

Arsenal

In: Granit Xhaka

Out: Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky

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Granit Xhaka is the Premier League’s most expensive summer signing so far (Reported to be around £35 million)

Both Arteta and Rosicky have already left Arsenal this summer at the end of their contracts, having become fan favourites in their time at the Emirates. Although sad to see these two midfield maestros depart from the capital club, Arsenal fans will be hoping that new signing Granit Xhaka will be the missing piece of the puzzle in the Gunners’ 12 year wait for a League title.

Once again however, the question around the red half of North London is whether Arsene Wenger will dip into the transfer fund to sign that all-important quality striker. Whilst there have been question marks over the ability of Giroud, it so far looks as if Wenger’s faith in the Frenchman is unwavering. Despite this the Gunners have already been rejected by Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and reports have linked Arsenal with big money moves for PSG’s Edison Cavani and, more recently, Real Madrid’s Spanish star Alvaro Morata. We will only know in the coming months whether Wenger will buckle under fan pressure and make a move for one of these household names.

More worryingly for Arsenal fans is the reported interest in youngster Hector Bellerin from European giants Barcelona. With legendary full back Dani Alves sealing a deal away from the Nou Camp, it now seems ever more likely that the Spaniards may make a move for their London-based compatriot.

Chelsea

In: N/A

Out: Lewis Baker (Loan)

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Axel Witsel has recently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Whilst new manager Antonio Conte continues his successful European adventure, Chelsea fans will be getting frustrated at the lack of transfer news in a summer where competition for players has never been greater.

On a more positive note for the Blues, Chelsea have been linked with a number of players that Conte is rumoured to be interested in. Amongst these are the Belgian midfield duo of Radja Nainggolan and Axel Witsel, who have both impressed so far at this years European Championships. Out of these two it looks as if Witsel may be the more likely, with Nainggolan’s midfield counterpart Pjanic already leaving the Stadio Olimpico it would be a surprise if Roma allowed the Belgian to move to London.

Like Arsenal, Chelsea seem to be in the market for another striker, and reports suggest they may be competing with their neighbours for the signature of Alvaro Morata from Madrid. Elsewhere we have also heard of a potential return of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge, another player that would seem to suit Conte’s offensive style of play.

Perhaps most importantly of all is Conte’s decision over which formation he will play. If the Italian chooses to import his beloved 3-5-2 to West London then we may see a number of defensive acquisitions before the transfer window closes, not least from Serie A.

Crystal Palace

In: N/A

Out: N/A

Crystal Palace hope to make Michy Batshuayi their new record signing.

Crystal Palace hope to make Michy Batshuayi their new record signing.

No business to report as of yet for Alan Pardew’s Eagles but fans around Selhurst Park will be hoping that changes over the coming months.

Palace are one of many clubs searching for a proven striker in this years summer transfer window, and strong rumours have circulated over recent days that link Pardew’s club with talented young Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi. Reports suggest that the Londoners are ready to offer a whopping £31.6 million for the forward, a deal that would smash their current record transfer of Yohan Cabaye (£10 million). However, it looks as if the youngster is set to reject Palace in favour of London rivals Tottenham, who may seek to land the services of the Belgian if they fail in their advances for Roma striker Sanabria.

Tottenham

In: Victor Wanyama

Out: N/A

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Victor Wanyama is Spurs’ first summer signing.

With Spurs securing the services of Victor Wanyama last week in the first of their summer signings, rumours have already begun to fly around the sporting world that Pochettino is now in the market for a striker to add to his already impressive collection of offensive options.

Much coveted Fulham forward Moussa Dembele, who has long been a target for the North Londoners, now looks set to sign for Scottish Champions Celtic. With this in mind it looks as if Spurs are now in the market for Roma striker Sanabria, and reports suggest that Pochettino is readying a second bid after the Italians rejected a first approach of £11 million for the youngster.

As it seems certain that White Hart Lane will welcome another striker next season and with midfield cover already through the door, it is difficult to see in which other area this strong Tottenham squad need to recruit. Instead Pochettino will surely look to retain his key figures, and ward off interest in his young English starlets from the giants of European football. Spurs fans will also be hoping that the Argentine can bring the best out of last summer’s acquisitions, with Son Heung-min and Clinton Njié not yet hitting the heights expected from their sizeable price tags.

Watford

In: N/A

Out: Joel Ekstrand.

Andros Townsend Screaming Close Up Goal Celebration

Watford face stiff competition in their pursuit of Newcastle’s Andros Townsend.

Another club that has thus far stayed out of a busy and seemingly expensive transfer window. New manager Walter Mazzarri is yet to make any new signings but will surely dip into the market once he has had a chance to assess his squad after the culmination of the European Championships.

The most noteworthy piece of news surrounding the Hornets so far is their rejection of a £25 million  pound bid from Champions Leicester City for captain and talisman Troy Deeny, a decision that reflects the financial power of all Premier League clubs this year. Fans at Vicarage Road will be happy they have managed to retain the services of their star duo of Deeny and Ighalo so far this year, and will hope that Mazzarri builds his team around the pair ahead of the 2016/17 season.

The Hornets will also be excited about the prospect of a potential deal with Newcastle over the signing of English winger Andros Townsend. The wide player has been on the radar of the Greater London club ever since his relegation with Newcastle in May, but Mazzarri will have to beat a number of Premier League rivals if he is to land the signature of the 24-year-old.

West Ham

In: Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit, Domingos Quina, Sofiane Feghouli.

Out: Joey O’Brien, Elliot Lee.

Havard Nordtveit

Havard Nordtveit signs for West Ham on a free transfer from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

West Ham have so far been the busiest of the Premier League sides, securing the signings of four players and realising two players deemed surplus to requirements.

The Hammers’ have benefited greatly from having a stable incumbent manager, allowing them to do business early in the summer window. Slaven Bilic has clearly set out to strengthen West Ham’s attacking options, singing the Valencia pair of Toni Martinez and Sofiiane Feghouli and young forward Domingos Quina from Benfica.

Perhaps more significantly, Bilic has secured the services of Norwegian star Harvard Nordtveit which should prove to be a good addition to West Ham’s strong defensive unit. Nordveit arrives at Upton Park on a free deal having finished his contract at Borussia Moenchengladbach, and will hope to have a greater impact than his previously unsuccessful spell in London at rivals Arsenal.

By Freddie Stuart.

www.fcapitalsport.com

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