With the 16/17 season finishing last night after Arsenal’s triumphant FA Cup win against champions Chelsea its now time to look to the future and the opening of the transfer window.
With the rumors in full flow and clubs starting to make early transfer moves i am going to run through a few players who i think will end up in the Premier League next season.
1. Antoine Griezmann
This will be the least surprising name on the list today but the French forward could’t be missed out. He has been linked with a move to Manchester United for the last few months or so and looks odds on to be the next superstar to join Mourinho at United.
With his £85m buy out clause and the club now qualified for the Champions League it now just seems like a matter of time before the club announce the transfer.
In 53 games over 3 competitions this season he has scored 26 times and created 12 goals for his teammates. With question marks hanging over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head about his long term United future i certainly feel this is an easy move for both club and player and could take the club back to possible title glory and take the player to that next level.
2. Tiemoue Bakayoko
Keeping the theme with French players and another one on the move this transfer window is Bakayoko. He has been one of the standout performers for a Ligue 1 winning Monaco side over the last year and a number of high profile clubs have been linked with a move for the defensive midfielder.
Will cost clubs around about 35m which in my eyes is a bargain. He impressed myself in the 2 games against Manchester City in the Champions League game with his all round play and how well he kept to his defensive duties. Doesn’t score a lot of goals with only 3 goals all season but that’s not what your buying the guy for.
Rumors are that Chelsea and Manchester United are sniffing around the player with many media outlets putting Chelsea in the driving seat to seal the deal and create a partnership with N’Golo Kante in the heart of their midfield next season. Watch out Nemanja Matic.
3. Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang
This name is one that i hope will happen but in actual fact its unlikely it will. The striker from Gabon has made a reputation for himself to be one of the best strikers in the world over the last 4 years or so at Borussia Dortmund. In the past season alone he has played in 46 games and has scored 40 goals. That is some return and most clubs could only wish their strikers could give them so many goals.
This is why i would be surprised to see him join a Premiership club. As i say all clubs need a goalscorer and when one becomes available then they are in high demand. After winning the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday, scoring the winning goal many outlets are reporting that he has since handed in a transfer request.
Real Madrid, PSG, AC Milan, Manchester City and most recently Liverpool have been linked with a £85 million move for the striker. For me i think a move to Madrid is the most likely for the player but the draw to work for Guardiola and old gaffer Klopp alongside the money he could make in the Premier League might be factors that come into the decision if or when he decides to move on. Will be an interesting one to watch.
4. Henry Onyekuru
This 19 year old kid who plays in the Belgian League for K.A.S Eupen has came out the blue over the last few weeks.
Various scouts have been looking at the player on the back of an incredible 16/17 season in which he gave his club a return of 24 goals and 14 assists. This has made the player a subject of interest for Celtic, Brighton, Swansea, Arsenal, Red Bull Leipzig and Monaco to name a few who are all interested in the Nigerian who has a £6.8 millon buy out clause.
Many clubs will be creating a bidding war for the player over the coming weeks with many hoping he will prove to be the next Christian Benteke if he decides to ply his trade in the Premier League.
5. Bernando Silva
Yes i know that this transfer has already been confirmed but it is hard not to mention him.
What a signal of intent by Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to get this caliber of player tied down this early in the post season. The 22 year old Portuguese winger has joined City for a rumored £43 million. His return of 10 goals and 10 assists for Monaco last season alongside a string of exciting performances for the French side had caught the attention of many of the big clubs in Europe.
Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid were all linked with the player and rumor has it that Lionel Messi is furious at his club for missing the signing of the player as he seen Silva as the ready made replacement for Andres Iniesta. Now that is some compliment to have and makes the signing much sweeter for Manchester City.
Will be interesting to see where Silva fits in with the array of attacking talent on offer at the Etihad. I suppose it is a positive problem to have and us as fans will have the delight of watching it unfold.
So there we have it lads, 5 players who are more than likely going to be ripping up the Premier League next season. If you agree or disagree give me a wee tweet at @f11blog and let me know your opinions.
Hope you enjoy this post and i will be returning with another in the coming days.
Until next time lads,