The transfer window is already in full flow and early indications suggest this summer is set to break all sorts of previous records for the amount of money spent on players.
The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all spent big already this summer, but does that mean those clubs have strengthened sufficiently?
Whilst there is still a while to go until the summer transfer window slams shut on August 31st, we at Free Bets, have evaluated the transfer window of some of the ‘big clubs’ so far and take a look at what those teams still need in order to improve their squad for the new season.
Whilst the Foxes look to have signed a like for like replacement for the departed N’Golo Kante in the form of £13m Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy, they will still need to add depth to their squad in order to compete domestically and in Europe next season.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will be keen to add a defender to his ranks, with the club desperate on signing Burnley’s Michael Keen, having already made numerous attempts to prize the defender away from Turf Moor.
Signing a defender should be a priority this summer.
The Gunners have only made a solitary high-profile signing in the shape of £30m Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, and Arsenal fans will be hoping for more.
It is no secret that the North London side are in desperate need of a prolific striker and a centre-forward should certainly be Arsene Wenger’s priority this summer. Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain certainly fits the bill, and Wenger may need to pay over the odds to ensure landing the Napoli striker.
An established central defender is also a must, even with the expected addition of 20-year-old Bolton defender Rob Holding.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have spent well so far this summer, with the additions of Victor Wanyama and AZ striker Vincent Janssen
In order to challenge in Europe and domestically this season, Spurs will need to add more squad depth, with a central defender and another creative spark further forward being the North London side’s main priorities between now and August 31st.
The club are reportedly closing in on the signing of Marseille winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou but it is understood they will still peruse more attacking options, with young Croatian midfielder Ante Coric being a player who fits the bill of what Mauricio Pochettino is looking for.
Despite the signings of İlkay Gündoğan, and Spanish forward Nolito, City boss Pep Guardiola will know that he needs to add more to his ageing squad.
The well documented injury troubles of Vincent Kompany, coupled with the inconsistency of Nicolas Otamendi, and Eliaquim Mangala, makes signing a defender a priority at Eastlands.
The Blues have already been linked with Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci, and whilst City may go back in for the Italian defender, they may also turn their attentions to Everton defender John Stones, who could be available for £50m.
New United boss Jose Mourinho, has gone about his transfer business in proactive fashion, with the club completing the impressive signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Baily, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Whilst United have arguably done the best business of the transfer window so far, the ‘Special One’ will know there is still a huge rebuilding job at Old Trafford, with a commanding defensive midfielder the next priority this summer.
The Reds have been linked with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, who worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, and the Portuguese coach could get the Serb playing at the level of two years ago, when he was considered one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.
After completing the signings of Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane already this summer, Jurgen Klopp looks ready to mold the club in his image, during his first pre-season as Liverpool boss.
Whilst the German coach will be reasonably satisfied with his summer signings so far, defensive reinforcements are a must on Merseyside, after the departures of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.
The club are reportedly closing in on a deal for Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan, and are also pursuing attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, despite having a plethora of attackers already at the club.
The West London side have signed well this summer with the purchases of Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi and Leicester enforcer N’Golo Kante, but it is in defence where Blues boss Antonio Conte will be the most nervous.
Despite publically backing captain John Terry, the 35-year-old looked a shadow of his former self last season, whilst Gary Cahill hardly looked up scratch during the last campaign either.
Whilst Kurt Zouma certainly has the potential to be the real deal, the French starlet is still recovering from a serious injury and will not be expected to lead the Chelsea backline.
Antonio Conte’s emphasis on solidity at the back, will surely lead to a defensive shake-up this summer, and it will be no surprise to see the Italian boss try to sign one of Juventus’s back three, which served him so well at Euro 2016.
Leonardo Bonucci would be an excellent addition at Stamford Bridge.