We are officially into crazy season. Transfer market is now open and how! Multiple deals happening at rapid pace. Erling Haaland has followed his father's footsteps. He is a Manchester City player. Unveiled integrating throwback post of him sitting on a couch wearing a City jersey from the time Alfe Inge Haaland was a player with blue Manchester. Meanwhile, Liverpool have paid good money to poach Darwin Nunez. The tall centre forward had a breakthrough season with Benfica and piqued the interest of many top clubs. In fact, there is a common thread between both centre forwards. Manchester United. City and Liverpool's common rival was interested in both. And landed neither.
Nunez, in a way, replaces Sadio Mane. The Senegalese is now in pursuit of a new challenge. Bayern Munich is the new red for him. But Liverpool in their current avatar seems to always be a step ahead. In Luis Diaz, they have a fine player who is already performing very well in Merseyside. Jurgen Klopp is cognizant of the challenge ahead. City, their primary foe to the title, are themselves looking carefully at the market. Kalvin Phillips of Leeds is on Pep's radar. And so is left back Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea meanwhile, have a Romelu Lukaku headache. It is safe to say that the 100 million pound move has not worked out. Not one bit. Thomas Tuchel's style has perhaps not suited the centre forward. Meanwhile, the Belgian has not aided matters either. Hence, they will be on the market for a solid replacement too.
Here are, thus, one signing the top three clubs in the Premier League and Manchester United absolutely need.
Transfer market - Manchester City
It is strange to imagine the serial winners absolutely needing a signing. More so as Erling Haaland is already a City player. However, one must understand evolution is the only answer to staying relevant. One who does not move forth is left behind by time. Pep Guardiola, a magnum opus of our time, is well aware of this.
Hence, even after the signing of Erling Haaland, City are looking actively in the market. Left back has long been an area is seemingly understaffed. However, the excellence of Joao Cancelo has masked any crisis. Oleksandr Zinchenko has also been effective whenever called upon. Thus, City may still feel the priority lies elsewhere.
And that elsewhere is perhaps in midfield. There are talks that Bernardo Silva may move to Spain. Barcelona has been flirting with the Portuguese. Further, having played for Pep, he will be no stranger to the style in Barca. Moreover, City have also lost the experienced Fernandinho. The Brazilian, such a crucial part of Guardiola's repertoire, has left for his native land. And thus, City are in need of a midfield player.
Perhaps that is why there are serious links to Kalvin Phillips. On first glance, he may not be the quintessential Pep player. He is not an artist but more of a combative player. However, he will be a very welcome addition and alternate option to the City midfield. He provides energy and the ability to cover every blade of grass. Thus, in tough games such as Atletico away, he is the perfect player to have.
Transfer market - Liverpool
It is clear that Liverpool is in for a midfielder. They were in hot pursuit of Aurelien Tchouameni. However, the AS Monaco player decided to head over to Real Madrid. That is the second time Los Blancos have acquired something Liverpool wanted. First, the Champions League and then the French midfielder. There is no doubt that Tchouameni is one of the finest prospects in Europe currently. Already a national team player, the ceiling for him is pretty high.
However, there is someone else whose ceiling is very high. He may not be available this year but Jude Bellingham is an archetype of the modern midfielder. The current Borussia Dortmund player has everything one would require from a box to box player. And he will fit Jurgen Klopp's style perfectly. Bellingham, at only 18, has the best years ahead of him. Moreover, he has scope for development.
Liverpool's midfield will need a refresher. James Milner is 36, Jordan Henderson is getting on and Naby Keita has not hit it off at the Kop. Thiago will probably have two more top seasons before his legs give in. Thus, Bellingham is there in the market and for Liverpool, now swimming among the European elites, it is imperative to land a big signing.
Transfer market - Chelsea
As aforementioned, Chelsea have a problem at centre forward. However, they may have a more pressing issue in central midfield. NGolo Kante's injuries are not relenting. The Frenchman, so pivotal in the Champions League victory the season before last, has not been regularly available. Further, his style of play means that he may pick up more injuries as time moves on. The all-action style of Kante means that he may pick up more knocks. And Chelsea may be inclined to moving him on.
Saul Niguez was a failed experiment and he is returning to Spain. Jorginho, meanwhile, may not remain in London too long. Thus, there is a midfield requirement at Chelsea too. Connor Gallagher has shone very brightly at Crystal Palace. He has given a fantastic account of himself and would be a wonderful fit at Chelsea. However, it is in the best interest of both parties that he stay at Crystal Palace.
Bellingham could solve Chelsea's problems like he will of Liverpool. However, Chelsea would be more inclined towards Declan Rice. The West Ham midfielder was a Chelsea fan growing up and was even part of Chelsea's academy. He even wants Champions League football. The path seems very clear for his return to the London blues. However, his price tag nearing 150 million pounds could be a sticking point for the move. Chelsea, though, will pursue Rice till the very end and West Ham, given Rice's contract situation, may be well advised to cash in on him.
Transfer market - Manchester United
Where does one start? And why even start? Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League last term. They should not even be in this conversation. Ideally, the fourth team should be Spurs, who finished fourth. However, such is the size of this football club. They simply cannot be ignored. Call it the brand, the history, the heritage, the trophies or simply the drama associated. There is no denying the mass appeal Manchester United still holds.
Thus, here they are once again. A new manager and the potential of a new dawn. However, some of the problems are still the old ones. United, though, seem to have made positive movement. Some players have left. The hierarchy has changed and so has the coaching staff. There seems to be a fresh direction. And the fans will hope this one is as much about football as about commercial gains.
United, on the face of things, need reinforcements in plenty of areas. Centre back, right back, right wing, centre forward and some may even say goalkeeper. However, none more pressing than a midfielder. United have needed a midfielder for a very long time. A defensive midfielder more than any other. However, is there any proven defensive midfielder available? And perhaps Erik ten Hag does not need one. His style has never really needed a proper game breaker. Which is perhaps why Frenkie De Jong remains a top target.
The Dutch player with someone like Fred could be Ten Hag's double pivot. He is the quarterback who can recycle possession and is very good with the ball. He can dictate play, pick a pass and will be a good option to beat the press as well. Hence, a Dutch reunion could be the start of a new dawn.