The Premier League season is drawing to a close and the summer transfer window is set to be crucial, coming off the back of two campaigns heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
With the fight for the title never really getting going and the relegation battle tied up, the focus in the final weeks will lie solely upon the hunt for a top-four finish.
However, that doesn’t mean the attention should be taken away from the three sides who have suffered the drop – with potential bargains to be had from Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham.
This could see clubs within the Premier League look to those squads to consider some additions and we have identified five potential targets for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Having scored a stunning goal at the weekend during West Brom’s defeat to Arsenal, Matheus Pereira showed once again what he is capable of and has excelled in the past few seasons with the Baggies.
Earlier this season, he starred in West Brom’s shock 5-2 triumph against Chelsea, netting a brace and securing two assists, showing that he is capable of shining in performances against the biggest sides in the Premier League.
A return of 11 goals and five assists across all competitions from Pereira places the midfielder as the club’s highest scorer and could be a target for Arsenal to consider, with Mikel Arteta in the hunt for midfield additions this summer.
Another player who has caught the eye for West Brom despite their relegation to the Championship, Sam Johnstone may not be quite the required level to be a first-team starter for the three leading London clubs but could be an option to bolster the squad.
Again, it’s Arsenal who could benefit from his addition as Bernd Leno could leave – which would leave a spot in the squad to fill, likely seeing Mat Ryan step-up to become first-choice.
Young Arthur Okonkwo could also rise into the senior squad as a third-choice option, with a player like Johnstone coming in as the back-up stopper.
Reportedly a target for both sides of the north London divide, Joachim Andersen will return to Lyon this summer upon the expiration of his loan deal with Fulham but an imminent return to the Premier League could be on the cards.
The 24-year-old could be available for less than £20m this summer, a decent price for a young player who has plenty of room to grow and one who already has Premier League experience under his belt.
Spurs’ defensive uncertainty puts them among the most likely suitors, with with Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld all having question marks around their futures.
Courting the eye of a host of Premier League sides despite an injury-hit campaign, the 23-year-old has been touted with the likes of Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City and Aston Villa.
Following Sheffield United’s relegation, Berge’s release clause has reportedly dropped to £35m – a figure that would allow the Blades to earn a profit on the £20m they paid Genk for his services in January 2020.
Arsenal are in the hunt for a midfield partner for Thomas Partey and Berge is certainly a candidate that is worth considering.
A star during West Brom’s promotion-winning campaign, the Baggies landed Grady Diangana’s services on a permanent basis and he didn’t quite hit the heights many had hoped in the Premier League.
However, the 23-year-old has shown enough promise to earn another opportunity at Premier League level, although it would admittedly be unlikely at one of London’s biggest three clubs.
Still, his versatility makes him a very useful asset within a squad and it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see a transfer of some capacity materialise.
Source by Football London