Expected Transfers in Premier League 2023/24 [Expert Analysis]
As the summer transfer window opens around Europe, Premier League teams will be eager to secure their primary targets ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.
Here are three England internationals who could find themselves moving to rivals within Europe’s leading competition:
Declan Rice – West Ham United
One of England’s next big talents, Declan Rice has finished the 22/23 season as a European champion with West Ham United.
The 24 year old, who captains his boyhood club West Ham, is ready for the next step up this summer – and it looks like Arsenal are in the front seat to acquire his services.
There will be stiff competition from reigning English champions, Manchester City, but it is to be believed that Rice has given his priority to Mikel Arteta’s side and will hold out for the Gunners to submit a bid of around £100 million to appease the Hammers.
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Rice has an incredible career laid out in front of him, what with being a star for both his club and country. The Gunners are looking for more experience and firepower going into another Premier League season where they will be expected to challenge for the title, which is why they value the Englishman’s leadership qualities.
If Arsenal can secure their number one target this summer ahead of their rivals, Arteta will send out an enormous statement of intent with the direction his team are going in.
Mason Mount – Chelsea FC
Manchester United are continually embroiled in transfer sagas, and it looks like Mason Mount will be this summer’s topic of discussion.
The Red Devils have submitted their third and final offer for the England international, which is valued at £50 million plus £5 million in add-ons. With one year left on his current deal, Manchester United feel this is more than a fair offer, especially with Chelsea having spent less on acquiring Raheem Sterling from Manchester City last season in the exact same situation. However, as of now, Chelsea are holding firm and demanding more out of United to give the deal the green light.
Mount, who endured a terrible season with the Blues under Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard, is looking to make the move to Old Trafford and has repeatedly told Chelsea’s hierarchy that he will not be signing a new contract under any circumstances.
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Ten Hag wants to deploy two number eights either side of Casemiro in the holding position and sees Mount being pivotal to the way he envisages his team playing. The England international might have lost form last season, but there is no doubting the excellence has brought in the past and his age profile of coming into his prime years.
Time will tell whether Chelsea buckle under their Financial Fair Play pressures and be forced to sell Mount, but it is said that Ten Hag does not want to deliberate too long and would rather focus on attention needed elsewhere.
Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur
Arguably the best centre forward in the world, Harry Kane continues to impress even in a struggling Tottenham Hotspur side.
Spurs were a shambolic mess at times last season, finishing eighth in the Premier League with no signs of improvement. However, the England captain, above all, had a remarkable campaign given the circumstances and scored 30 league goals in 38 appearances, with three assists to his name.
Kane’s strike rate continues to improve year in, year out, which is why Manchester United dream of signing him this summer. It is no secret that Ten Hag needs a prolific number nine to spearhead his team’s attack next season, but Tottenham are currently pricing the Englishman at a sizeable £100 million.
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Given the centre forward has one year left on his deal, just as Mount does, Manchester United feel it is improbable – especially with their limited finances until the takeover is complete – to sanction such an enormous fee into one player, no matter the quality that he possesses.
Kane would transform Manchester United’s attacking output tenfold and would be a solution that would carry them through for half a decade. If Daniel Levy, Spurs’ Chairman, lowers the fee to around £80 million, then it is to be believed that the Red Devils will go all out for their number one priority this summer.