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The transfer window is open for Premier League clubs and their transfer needs are plentiful.

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Below we select the main needs for the teams we know will be in the Premier League during the 2019-20 season, with the Championship playoff winner set to complete the field.

Here’s a look at the Premier League transfer needs for the 19 confirmed teams for next season.


Arsenal – Center back, holding midfielder, striker

When it comes to Premier League transfer needs, Arsenal need more than most. Prioritizing a defender and holding midfielder will be key as Arsenal will look to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan from Real Madrid for another season. A new center back, by getting rid of plenty of their current center backs will be helpful too. If Arsenal sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette due to their contract situations then a move for Raul Jimenez makes perfect sense. A busy summer ahead at Arsenal if transfer funds become available.


Aston Villa – Striker, attacking midfielder

Money will be spent at Villa and their sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch was fired, so they will have a new focus in the transfer market. They need a new striker and attacking midfield to help Jack Grealish with the attacking creative. That’s if Grealish stays.


Brighton – Left back

A luxury buy, really, as Graham Potter’s side is pretty set as their attacking talents have improved during the season. Dan Burn has been decent playing out of position at left back and is better is a left-sided center back in a three, but maybe a specialist left back would be a good move? Adam Lallana has already arrived and that fills a big need in midfield, while Joel Veltman arriving from Ajax is another upgrade at center back.


Burnley – Winger, central midfielder

After losing Aaron Lennon and Jeff Hendrick on free transfers, Sean Dyche just needs a bit more cover in his squad. Another direct winger and a more attack-minded central midfielder will do the job.


Chelsea – Left back, center back, goalkeeper

We know they are sorted in attack with Kai Havertz potentially joining new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, so Lampard has to focus on the other end as they are one of the top Premier League clubs with transfer needs. Ben Chilwell at left back, Dean Henderson in goal and Nathan Ake at center back would surely be the dream scenario but they may have to get a little creative. Whatever happens, Lampard needs to rebuild his defense.


Crystal Palace – Striker, attacking midfielder

Jordan Ayew had a fine season but he needs help, big time. Roy Hodgson’s side lacked creativity and if they do finally sell Wilfried Zaha, they should use that money to buy two or three attacking players. They are solid elsewhere and have added Nathan Ferguson down the flank, but they need more firepower.


Everton – Holding midfielder, striker

They’ve been linked with Hojbjerg and McKennie and Everton need a robust holding midfielder. Carlo Ancelotti isn’t happy with how easy his side roll over. Dominic Calvert-Lewin cooled off after a fast start and Richarlison needs help up top with Moise Kean struggling to adapt to the PL. Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace would be ideal.


Leeds United – Striker, goalkeeper, center back

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Jonathan David have all been linked with a move to Leeds as they want extra options with Patrick Bamford their main striker. Their goalkeeper position could use upgrading, while Brighton may not loan them Ben White for next season.


Leicester City – Holding midfield

Again, this is a luxury signing as Leicester are pretty set but they missed Wilfred Ndidi when he was out injured. Cover for him would be key. Other than that, all good.


Liverpool – Central midfielder

Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move from Bayern Munich and Liverpool’s only need is a different type of central midfielder. It doesn’t seem like Klopp will spend big and will instead put his trust in some star youngsters.


Manchester City – Center back, left back, winger

Nathan Ake could arrive at center back, while a left back should be a priority too. Ferran Torres could replace Leroy Sane on the wing too. Pep Guardiola needs to improve his defense to try and close the gap on Liverpool.


Manchester United – Winger, center back, holding midfielder

A new center back and holding midfielder should be the priority, while Jadon Sancho would be a luxury signing. Solskjaer needs a few more defensive options to turn this team into a real title contender.


Newcastle United – Striker

They have a lot of defensive and midfield players but Joelinton has been far from prolific. Newcastle have Allan Saint-Maximim and Miguel Almiron creating chances, but they need someone to finish them off.


Sheffield United – Striker, attacking midfielder

Chris Wilder’s side need to be more clinical, he’s said so on numerous occasions, and a bit of extra quality up top is needed. Have the Blades got the funds to do that?


Southampton – Center back, right back, holding midfielder

Kyle Walker-Peters could arrive permanently at right back after a successful loan spell, while Mohamed Salisu is their main center back target. Defensive improvements are key for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s young, hungry side and Weston McKennie in holding midfield would be ideal too.


Tottenham – Holding midfielder, center back

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is their main target and he would give them extra guile and drive in central midfield. A very Jose Mourinho type player who will roll his sleeves up and do the dirty work. Another center back would be handy too.


West Brom – Striker, center back, goalkeeper

An upgrade at center back and up front is needed, while a new goalkeeper may also be ideal ahead of Sam Johnstone. Slaven Bilic likes to make plenty of signings and he will no doubt dig deep into his network.


West Ham – Center back, striker, left back

Every single season for about eight years the main transfer need for West Ham is a striker. This season is no different as Michail Antonio is better out wide but has done a fine job as an emergency center forward. Another center back and left back to make David Moyes’ side even more solid would be key too.


Wolves – Striker

Like other sides, they don’t need to do much but a solid back-up option for Raul Jimenez up top, if he stays, would be ideal.

Transfer confirmed: Ferran Torres to Man City for $26 million

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Reports sending Valencia youngster Ferran Torres to Man City have been burning red-hot over the last 24 hours.

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Man City confirmed their capture of the 20-year-old — one of the brightest prospects in all of Europe — on Tuesday.

Torres, who came through the Valencia academy, tallied six goals and seven assists in 43 appearances (all competitions), including two of each in the Champions League, for Valencia this season.

He broke into Valencia’s first team back in November of 2017, at the age of 17, before establishing himself as a regular over the last two seasons.

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Reports out of the UK claim it will reportedly cost just $26 million to bring Ferran Torres to Man City, plus possible add-ons, as he had just one year remaining on his contact with Valencia. Torres reportedly met with City sporting director Txiki Begiristain earlier on Tuesday, adding further fuel to the fire that a move was imminent.

Torres seems an obvious replacement for recently departed winger Leroy Sane. He’ll join Raheem Sterling as one of only two natural wingers in Pep Guardiola’s squad, offering more tactical flexibility — not to mention, width — after City were fairly limited in the wide areas during the 2019-20 season.

Championship playoff final: How to watch, start time, odds, prediction

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Fulham – Brentford: Team news is in with the two West London sides set to do battle for a place in the Premier League in the Football League Championship promotion playoff final at Wembley Stadium.

We can hardly wait to find out who’ll claim the 20th berth in the 2020-21 Premier League season in the richest game on earth.

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Kickoff is at 2:45 pm ET Tuesday at Wembley Stadium.

Team news


Key players

Fulham leading scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 26 goals were the joint-most in the Championship and more than three times as many as Tom Cairney, second amongst the Cottagers. He’s healthy for the first time after missing the semis with a hamstring injury.

Brentford’s Ollie Watkins scored the same amount of goals as Mitrovic, tying for the league lead, and he’s joined by Said Benrahma’s 17 goals (fifth in the league) and Bryan Mbeumo (eighth). The latter have combined for 16 assists, too. The Bees can sting.

Their seasons

Brentford won a even-straight league games to surge into the mix for automatic promotion but lost their last two, meeting Fulham on 81 points.

As for the Cottagers, Fulham finished the season on a seven-match unbeaten run which included five wins

Their playoffs

Brentford overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit to oust Swansea City in the semifinal, while Fulham’s first leg win was enough to outlast Cardiff City’s strong second leg in their semi.

Odds and ends

Brentford beat Fulham twice, 1-0 at Griffin Park and 2-0 at Craven Cottage.

The Bees are favored to win the match at +108 odds, while Fulham carries +265 odds of a win.

Prediction

Mitrovic’s availability is huge for a Fulham side hoping to break down the league’s second-stingiest defense. Brentford feels like it’s the superior side but Fulham has been here and Cairney even scored the goal to beat Aston Villa in the 2017-18 playoff final. That experience is an X-factor, but we’ll still call Brentford 2-1 winners.

How to watch Fulham – Brentford

Kickoff: 2:45 pm ET Tuesday
Stream: ESPN+

Pulisic Watch: Goal, hamstring injury in FA Cup final

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Christian Pulisic had both a dream and nightmare outing in the FA Cup final, as he became the first USMNT player in history to score in the FA Cup final but looked to have severely injured his hamstring.

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Pulisic, 21, scored a superb opener at Wembley as he dazzled for Chelsea early on but right at the start of the second half he raced clear of the Arsenal defense, again, but appeared to injure his right hamstring badly before he took a shot.

Injury update, latest news on Pulisic

Frank Lampard gave a Pulisic injury update after the game and said that the USMNT star would not be fit to play in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg game at Bayern Munich next Saturday. Lampard also confirmed that Pulisic will have a scan on his injured hamstring to determine the severity of the damage.

Here’s a close look at a superb display for Pulisic which ended in injury.


2nd minute: Found on the ball and plays it back to Rudiger. Chelsea looking to play the ball direct early on.

7th minute: GOALLL! Finds Giroud centrally, then surges forward and finds Mount on the left.  A cross from Mount is flicked to Pulisic by Giroud and he dinks home over Emiliano Martinez. Pulisic becomes the first USMNT player in history to score in an FA Cup final.

9th minute: Man, is he up for this. Pulisic puts Bellerin under pressure and wins the ball back for Chelsea.

11th minute: Lovely feet from Pulisic as he ran past two Arsenal defenders and at another two, before hitting a shot right at Emiliano Martinez.

14th minute: A nice flick to Giroud who didn’t quite read it. Lovely creativity.

20th minute: Picks up the ball on the left and is calm and composed on the ball. Always looking to drift inside.

31st minute: Cuts in from the right and flies past two players but Alonso fouls and the attack is over. Chelsea struggling after Arsenal’s equalizer.

38th minute: Found by Kovacic and plays it wide as Chelsea try and possess the ball after losing captain Azpilcueta to injury, who had given away the penalty kick Arsenal equalized from.

41st minute: Almost gets away but Arsenal stop him. A real nuisance.

45th minute: Tackled by Kieran Tierney, as Arsenal win a free kick right on the edge of the box but it is flashed wide.

47th minute: Right at the start of the second half he accelerates towards goal and is away from the Arsenal defense, but he pulls up in agony with a right hamstring injury before getting a shot away which is just wide. Somehow he still had a shot despite being in agony.

48th minute: Pulisic is in agony as he is helped off the pitch and Pedro replaces him. A dream start to the FA Cup final ends in agony for the American. Chelsea and USMNT fans everywhere will be waiting anxiously to hear the latest Pulisic injury update.

UPDATE: Pulisic went straight down the tunnel and was seen late in the second half as the other Chelsea players sat in the stand and watched their team.

Ranking new Premier League kits for 2020-21

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Premier League kit rankings are absolutely one of our favorite things to do each summer.

New kits have been dropped by plenty of Premier League clubs ahead of the new 2020-21 season, with fresh looks galore.

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Some teams have kept it simple, while others have gone for something very different.

With big name kit suppliers arriving on new deals at clubs, there will be some very different looks for next season and beyond.

Check out our 2020-21 Premier League kit rankings from the shirts released, so far.


1 – Sheffield United: Absolutely stunning design. Simple and striking at the same time. Love it.

2 – Southampton: Classy retro kits to celebrate their 135th anniversary, as Saints return to their original look.

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3 – Aston Villa: Clean, sharp look and you can’t go wrong with claret and blue. Love the larger badge too.

 

4 – Arsenal: Loving the retro vibes and yet another fine Arsenal kit.

 

5 – Brighton: Gone for an all blue number with white pinstripes. This is very good and a big chance from the bigger blue and white stripes. Retro, again.

6 – Tottenham Hotspur: Very sleek look and Spurs have kit it simple. Like the away kit, a lot.

7 – Manchester United: Nice little design throughout the kit which adds something extra.

8 – Liverpool: New Nike kits for the first time in history. The teal trim looks smart. Kept it simple and safe.

9 – Wolves: Another team which has gone for the retro look and it works.

10 – West Brom: The barcode stripes are slightly jarring but the colors, badge and design are good.

11 – Man City: A little too much going on with the home and away kits.

12 – West Ham: The Hammers are celebrating their 125th anniversary in style. Very nice. Classic look with a massive badge. Maybe a bit too plain?

13 – Chelsea: The new sponsor logo and the size of it has been ridiculed and it does ruin the very snazzy looking kits.

14 – Similar look for Leicester and this is a nice design. Big fan of the sleeves.

15 – Everton: Hummel are underrated and this has a nice retro look to it.

16 – Newcastle United: Does what it says on the tin. Black and white stripes, and that’s it.