If you enjoyed part one of our Premier League preview, you’ll love part two which starts with a certain Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United!
A fairly low-key summer for Manchester United with Jose Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving, whilst a certain Paul Pogba looks set to sign…
Four years after receiving just £800,000 compensation for the midfielder, Manchester United are splashing out a world-record fee of around £95m on Pogba, who had the most number of assists for Juventus in Serie A last season.
United fans will be praying for a more entertaining season than under Louis Van Gaal and with Zlatan, Pogba and Mkhitaryan joining their wishes will no doubt be granted. Mourinho’s side are 3/1 to win the Premier League title, which seems a bit short!
The busiest Premier League team during the transfer window with nine arrivals including Champions League winner Victor Valdes and Premier League winner Alvaro Negredo. Boro are set to continue spending with a centre-back high on manager Aitor Karanka’s wish list. Nicknamed ‘The Wavebreaker’ during his time in Italy, our one to watch is midfielder Marten de Roon, who won the most tackles in Serie A last season. We fancy Boro to go well.
Another summer of departures from Southampton with Ronald Koeman joining Everton and Victor Wanyama joining Spurs. The relatively unknown Claude Paul is the man chosen to take the club forward. An eye-catching signing is the £11m acquisition of winger Nathan Redmond from Norwich, who at 22-years-old will be hoping for a breakthrough season in the Premier League. The departure of Graziano Pelle to the Chinese Super League, would suggest that the Saints will be on the search for a new forward to add to their current strike-force of Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez.
With the most underrated Premier League manager in charge, we think the future is bright for Mark Hughes’ side. The Welsh Xavi (Joe Allen) at £13m looks like a brilliant signing with several others reportedly on the way including West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
Moyeseh is back in business and he needs to get busy with no new signings arriving at the Stadium of Light so far. The loss of Big Sam to England will no doubt be huge but Sunderland will be hoping David Moyes can continue the form that kept the Black Cats in the Premier League last season. The likes of Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini are reportedly transfer targets with new recruits needed before the new season gets underway.
We’re predicting a tough season for Francesco Guidolin’s side with several key players linked with summer moves. Captain Ashley Williams is a target for new Everton boss Ronald Koeman with Andre Ayew linked with a £20m move to West Ham.
Can Mauricio Pochettino’s young side bounce back from a poor end to last season? Spurs fans will certainly hope so. The £12m signing of striker Vincent Janssen should help take the goalscoring pressure off Harry Kane but with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United heavily strengthening, more signings are required if Spurs are to contend once again this season. We can see them going on a good cup run this time out.
The decision to let Quique Sánchez Flores leave the club and replace him with former Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri wasn’t much of a surprise given the turnover of staff over the last few years. It remains to be seen whether it was the right decision but you can’t argue with the success Watford have experienced since the Pozzo family took charge of the club in 2012. The strangest news from the summer transfer window so far has to be the rejection of a £25m bid from Leicester City for striker Troy Deeney. Madness.
Peter Crouch and Fernando Llorente being linked with a club stinks of Tony Pulis being in charge. In other transfer news, it looks like it’s one in and one out with West Ham striker Diafra Sakho set to replace Stoke City and Crystal Palace target Saido Berahino as an attacking option for Albion. Expecting another mediocre season for the Baggies settling for a 15th place finish.
After making bids for several strikers so far this summer, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia currently look set to lead the line heading into the new season with Diafra Sakho West Brom bound. The latest reports suggest that Swansea City forward Andre Ayew is a £20m target for The Hammers, which goes to show that the game has officially gone mad. West Ham will be hoping to find another Dimitri Payet before the window closes whilst praying that the French magician can continue where he left off at Euro 2016 during the new season.