Expect the pace to pick up as we enter the final month of the transfer market, but in which positions do each Premier League club need to strengthen the most. In the final ‘That Friday Feeling’ of the series, I look at who each club should be targeting over the next few weeks.
First to Man United and there is no doubt that Louis van Gaal’s needs to invest in a centre back before the window closes. Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are not what I would call world-class defenders and that is what United need.
They need an experienced leader who will be strength and stability to the backline. Sergio Ramos or Mats Hummels would have been perfect but both men decided to stay with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively. My biggest fear is that United won’t sign a centre back before 31 August.
With the departures of Falcao and Robin van Persie, United could also do with a striker but I would not be disappointed if they did not. Wayne Rooney will be the main man up front, but should he get injured that is why Javier Hernandez also needs to stay. It could also be a big season for 19-year-old James Wilson.
Champions Chelsea have a pretty solid squad but the one area I think Jose Mourinho needs to look at is the right-wing. I don’t think Willian matches the quality of his fellow midfield stars and Lazio’s Antonio Candreva could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.
They could also do with some back-up in defence and have been heavily linked with moves for Everton’s John Stones and Napoli’s Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, who would replace Felipe Luis, who returned to Atletico after just one season with the Blues.
Defence would also be my main concern for Arsenal. Per Mertesacker is a liability in the Gunners’ backline and Laurent Koscielny needs a stronger partner. Zenit St. Pertersburg’s Ezequiel Garay could be the solution.
A defensive midfielder should also be on Arsene Wenger’s wishlist. Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho has been a long-term target but an injury to the Portuguese man, which ruled him out for three months could hinder the move.
This is also an area Man City need to strengthen too. With Man United ending interest in Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi that could pave the way for Manuel Pellegrini to move for the Argentine and partner Vincent Kompany in the heart of the Man City defence.
A left-back is also needed and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba could be targeted, while an attacking midfielder is also needed at the Etihad and Kevin De Bruyne – who has been heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League – could fill this spot.