The summer window closes at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 1, so the clock is ticking as managers and chairmen struggle to get deals over the line and make room in their squads for new faces.
With that in mind, here is what each PL team needs before the window slams shut.
Manchester City:After buying Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi, City addressed most of their needs. If they can actually seal the deal for Kevin de Bruyne, it would make them contenders in the UCL and the PL. $75 million is a lot of cash, especially as they have Nasri, Navas and Sterling out wide.
Manchester United:Despite Wayne Rooney struggling to score goals, more on that here, Louis van Gaal isn’t interested in buying another forward. The midfield is packed, as are the wingers. Maybe United could do with a new CB as Daley Blind is a stop-gap and Phil Jones has struggled.
West Ham: Slaven Bilic has added 10 new players but only a handful have been influential so far. Bilic needs more firepower with Valencia and Carroll out injured. Will a move for Adebayor solve their problems short-term?
Arsenal: The same needs at the start of the window are still clear for the Gunners: they need a top-class striker and a center back. With Koscielny and Mertesacker out last week, Gabriel looked okay but Chambers struggled. Up top, Cavani and Kokorin have been mentioned. The clock is ticking as Wenger looks for another late mega-deal.
Stoke City: The only area the Potters could use some help in is up top. They’ve score three goals in their opening three games but have made plenty of other chances. Hughes has added Shaqiri and Afellay to bolster the attack, but if a top forward comes up at the right price, the Potters must pounce.
Everton: With the Stones saga rumbling on, Everton only have two first-team center backs and he’s one of them. If Stones leaves for Chelsea, the Toffees will be in trouble but Martinez has been linked with a whole host of CBs. It is the one area where Everton look ridiculously thin.
Newcastle United: Four new key additions for Steve McClaren with over $65 million spent, but the Magpies still look short on goals up top. Cisse and Mitrovic have split time, but with two goals in three games, Newcastle need more firepower.
Watford: The Hornets have struggled to finish chances but look solid throughout the rest of the team. After a 2-2 draw on the opening day they’ve drawn 0-0 at home to West Brom and Saints. A lack of goals in those games may come back to hurt them.
Southampton: Ronald Koeman is in need of a center back. Saints have shipped five goals in their opening three games and look all over the place. After losing Clyne and Alderweireld from last season’s back four, plus Forster and Bertrand through injury, it will improve, but Virgil van Dijk arriving from Celtic would be a big signing.
Sunderland: Dick Advocaat has said he needs six new players before the window shuts and after a difficult start to the season, the Black Cats especially need help at the back. With 11 goals conceded in four games so far this season, bolster across the defense is a top priority for Sunderland.
Aston Villa: Sherwood has had a bid for Gervinho turned down and it seems like Villa still wants to bolster its attack after scoring just one goal on their own through three PL games. Ayew has struggled to settle up top so far.
West Brom: Berahino looks to be heading towards the exit, which would be a big blow for the Baggies, but they have signed Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon this summer to offset that potential loss. In CM they could use a more creative attacking player to help get things going in the final third. Let’s see if Pulis can work his magic once again on Deadline Day.
Bournemouth: The Cherries are said to be chasing an experienced PL marksmen with Jermain Defoe’s name popping up. If they could grab him it would make a big difference to their attack, but it would be more of a luxury signing than a necessity.
Liverpool: With three CBs in Lovren, Skrtel and Sakho, the Reds could need cover in the heart of the defense but should be set elsewhere after signing seven new players this summer. Rodgers’ squad is looking strong.
Crystal Palace: The Eagles have added Cabaye, Bamford, Wickham, McCarthy and Sako to strengthen throughout their spine. One more CB to combat injuries would be useful.
Swansea City: The Swans have been expertly built by Garry Monk and they only area they need to strengthen is providing cover for Ashley Williams and Federico Fernandez. Elsewhere, all is well.
Norwich City: The Canaries are said to be interested in Benik Afobe but Wolves want $20 million for the former Arsenal striker. If Alex Neil is serious about keeping Norwich up, they have to buy a predatory forward.
Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri has bought well this summer with Okazaki and Inler top additions. If either Wes Morgan or Robert Huth go down in defense the Foxes could struggle. Like a number of teams, cover at CB would be nice.
The win also gave plenty of misery to Schalke, who looks absolutely rudderless. David Wagner’s men are winless in 11 league outings with five draws and a total of three goals scored. Three of those losses have come to teams currently ranked 13th and lower on the table.
Schalke has produced nine shots on target in its four matches back from the break, with Weston McKennie’s diving header its only goal in 430 minutes. Next on the docket is a trip to Union Berlin before finishing with Bayer, Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg, and Freiburg.
Bremen, on the other hand, can move level on points with 15th place Mainz by beating Eintracht on Wednesday.
There are still tough matches on the docket including Wolfsburg and Bayern — the latter of whom may have already won the league by that June 16 home match — but Eintracht, Paderborn, Mainz, and Koln… there are points to be had there.
Also encouraging: American forward Josh Sargent has started all three matches of Bremen’s unbeaten run. He’s getting valuable experience and mettle for a 20-year-old, even if the direction has been, “Run around like a maniac and make lives miserable.”
Sargent is covering the entire field from his striker position, and he’s being noticed by defenders. He drew five fouls in 70 minutes, won 10-of-17 duels, and posted two tackles, an interception, and a clearance (Sofascore).
Player of the Week: There’s little question here. Jadon Sancho’s return to the Starting XI was an unqualified success as the English winger collected his first hat trick in a 6-1 win over Paderborn.
It was 0-0 before Thorgan Hazard opened the scoring, but Sancho had shown signs of life even while kicking off first half rust.
Sancho went 90 minutes in getting his three goals (57′, 74′, 90’+1), completing three of his four take-ons while passing at an absurd 92 percent given he plays much of his match in the final third.
He’s one of four players in Europe’s top five leagues to have double digit goals and assists (Alassane Plea, Serge Gnabry, and Lionel Messi). His price tag, rightfully, is going to be absolutely nuts, pandemic or not.
Week 24 reschedule
Werder Bremen v. Eintracht Frankfurt — 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Week 30 Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach — 2:30 p.m. ET Friday
Bayer Leverkusen v. Bayern Munich — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
RB Leipzig v. Paderborn — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Mainz — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Hoffenheim — 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday
Borussia Dortmund v. Hertha Berlin — 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Werder Bremen v. Wolfsburg — 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Union Berlin v. Schalke — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Augsburg v. Koln — Noon ET Sunday
The DFB also said on Monday that Jadon Sancho’s booking for removing his jersey to reveal a T-shirt with the demand “Justice for George Floyd” had nothing to do with the message — rather, the yellow card was issued because the 20-year-old England forward broke a rule that says players who celebrate goals by taking off their jerseys or lifting them over their heads must be booked for “unsporting behavior.”
Borussia Dortmund teammate Achraf Hakimi, 21, who displayed the same message after scoring in the same game on Sunday, was not booked because he did not lift his jersey over his head.
The DFB control committee is looking into their gestures and those made by Schalke’s 21-year-old American midfielder Weston McKennie and Borussia Monchengladbach’s 22-year-old French forward Marcus Thuram to see if the four players broke laws that prohibit players from displaying “political, religious or personal slogans.”
Thuram on Sunday took a knee after scoring in Borussia Monchengladbach’s win over Union Berlin.
Sancho and Hakimi followed suit later Sunday.
Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died on Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck. Three other officers were also at the scene. Chauvin has been charged with murder and all four were fired.
DFB president Fritz Keller on Monday showed his respect and understanding for McKennie, Thuram, Sancho and Hakimi’s gestures.
“If people are discriminated against on the basis of their skin color, it is unbearable. If they die because of their skin color, then I am deeply distraught,” Keller said in a DFB statement. “The victims of racism need all of us to show solidarity.”
Keller referred to meetings with victims of discrimination and representatives of organizations that have faced anti-Semetic, anti-Muslim or racist hostility, and said the DFB and German soccer was showing its clear rejection of all forms of racism, discrimination and violence.
Keller also praised both male and female players for taking a stand and showing their solidarity.
“I’m proud of them. I can completely understand the actions from the weekend. Nobody can be indifferent to what happened in the United States,” Keller said.
Former Mainz forward Anthony Ujah was just given a warning by the DFB in 2014 in regard to the ban on political statements when he displayed a T-shirt with Eric Garner’s name and the words “can’t breathe” and “justice,” in reference to Garner’s death after a police officer placed him in what appeared to be a chokehold.
Now playing for Union Berlin, Ujah on Thursday tweeted a picture of his protest from the time, but with Floyd’s name typed above in bold.
Floyd also said “I can’t breathe” before he died.
“If the DFB’s control committee wants to investigate, then I have to ask myself if we all have the same values,” Union sporting director Oliver Ruhnert said. “It’s about a global issue here: The no to racism.”
A great early save from Timo Horn on Timo Werner preceded Koln’s opener.
Elvis Rexhbecaj timed his run well and knifed to the near post, where he shot through the legs of Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
The ball hit the post and skittered into the box and Gulacsi could only get a piece of Cordoba’s left-footed attempt.
Leipzig leveled when Upamecano dribbled up the heart of the pitch before finding Man City loanee Angelino on the left for a perfect cross and Schick header. Angelino had an exceptional day on the left flank.
Leipzig took its lead in the 38th minute with a deft finish from Nkunku, who took Konrad Laimer’s perfect feed and popped it over a charging Horn for 2-1.
Werner finished off a lightning counter as Gulacsi collected a free kick and hit a perfect punt to the league’s second-leading scorer.
Modeste hit an absolute hammer to make it 3-2, but Leipzig restored the two-goal advantage when Olmo hit a seeing-eye shot through the traffic to cap three goals in seven minutes between the two sides.
French striker Modeste won a penalty that was denied by VAR with under 20 minutes to play, he then missed wide after beating the keeping one 1v1 break with four minutes to play.
Americans Abroad: American midfielder Tyler Adams continued his streak of playing in every Leipzig match since the break when he came off the bench just before the hour mark.
Adams hit 94 percent of his 18 passes, drawing three fouls, making an interception, and winning three of four duels.