It is finally here again. The season of Harry Redknapp sticking his head out a car window memes doing the rounds. Whilst the football season is coming to an end, all the big clubs begin getting busy. In what promises to be a huge transfer window for clubs all around Europe, what is going to happen to the big Premier League teams? Whilst I'm sure there will be surprises, I'll attempt to identify the key areas each team needs to strengthen.
Manchester City need a defensive midfielder to replace the ageing - but brilliant - Fernandinho. As well as that, a centre back to replace the departing Kompany. Rodri has been linked for a while now, while Maguire is said to be the man Pep wants to come in in defence. These are the positions City need. So expect City to sign, Maguire, Rodri, Felix, Fernandes, Chilwell and Mbappe. Because that is what they do. Wonderful.
Speaking of Mbappe, I think his comments are simply him saying, 'I am the main man. Build a team around me. I am the best.' I may be wrong but if true, it will be interesting to see what happens with Neymar, with reports of Real Madrid circulating.
I think Liverpool are the team in need of least recruitment. I wouldn't be surprised if Klopp buys no one at all, but I think they are in desperate need of an out and out number 9. A goal poacher who can win the game with one chance. Look at the games that cost Liverpool. Games where Salah missed a number of sitters in each, and ultimately, the whole team missed quite a few chances. Although Firmino is a good player, he is not a natural goalscorer and Liverpool need a player of a different dimension to him. Someone like Timo Werner has been linked.
Chelsea could be in real trouble this summer. Transfer ban or not, they are losing Eden Hazard, and there is NO replacing him. Chelsea might already have his replacement in Pulisic, but I really see Chelsea struggling next season. They need a centre back, central midfielder and striker desperately, and replacing Hazard's input is going to be impossible.
I don't think Spurs need as many signings as a lot of people think. Their squad isn't that deep, but I think that will naturally change as they improve their first eleven and add 1 or 2 more players to that. Ryan Sessegnon is being heavily linked, and adding a first choice right back and defensive midfielder this summer will be a huge plus. A back up central midfielder and forward is probably something else they could be looking at, but it is imperative they try keep Rose and Alderweireld, and find a playmaker to replace Eriksen.
Arsenal probably need the most signings. To sort out their defence, they need a centre back to partner Sokratis (who I think needs replacing but not as desperately as other positions) and a left back. The return of Bellerin will be a great plus. They will also need to look for a centre midfielder and winger for the first eleven, and a new attacking midfielder to replace the inconsistent Ozil.
Finally Manchester United. It will go like this. They will be linked with Koulibaly, Sancho and Bale, but end up with a Fellaini 2.0. United are not as big as pull as they were once were, and which big player would come to the club and believe Ole is the man to get them out this slump? Players at the club right now want to leave because they don't see them going anywhere, how can incoming players think any differently? Next season is going to be a hugely wasted season for United, and I worry for them the most out of any team in the top 6.
Over the next few weeks with less football, I will be doing more transfer talk. It promises to be a huge transfer window all across Europe, with Real Madrid, Bayern and Barcelona all needing major strenghening. Hazard is close to a Real move, with De Jong and Griezmann set to join Barcelona. There is also a chance we may see Sane move to Bayern which would be hugely surprising to me. But that's just how I see it. Let's see what manifests over the next few months.