The arms race will undoubtedly continue this summer among the Premier League's top clubs, and here's a look at where each would ideally turn to improve the squad.

By 90Min
May 24, 2019

The Premier League's top six sides all have wildly different priorities this summer. For Manchester City and Liverpool, it will be about tweaking where necessary to ensure that the incredible consistency that saw them engage in one of the most impressive title battles in English football history can be maintained. 

Tottenham will be looking to play catch-up after 18 months without a new signing, while Chelsea and Arsenal will be giving their managers license to further shape their respective squads in their image.

And for Manchester United, there's an entire squad of 18 players the club has been linked with in the infancy of the transfer window. 

With their respective summer intentions in mind, then, here are the dream options for each of the Premier League's heavyweights:


Manchester United

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Kalidou Koulibaly

Estimated Cost: £110m

As already touched on, United needs a fair bit of investment this summer, and crystallizing the solution to its troubles down to a single signing is a pointless endeavor, since there are so many areas in which the club is not very good.

The position in which it is most in need, however, is in defense. The 54 goals the Red Devils shipped over the course of the season put them in 11th in terms of their defensive record, so more than anything, that is what needs addressed. Just look at the difference Virgil van Dijk has made at Liverpool since arriving 18 months ago.

If we're talking dream central defensive signings, and taking realism even somewhat into account, then Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli is the standout contender. The 27-year-old has been a rock at the heart of the Serie A side's defense for years, and you could make a case for him as the best central defender in the world who doesn't represent the Netherlands. 


Arsenal

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Hakim Ziyech

Estimated Cost - £26m

With Aaron Ramsey gone and Mesut Ozil potentially going, Arsenal is perilously close to a situation in which Granit Xhaka is given creative responsibility from midfield. There is a strong chance it will desperately need someone in there who can contribute to goals. 

After the season Ziyech had for Ajax - with 21 goals and 24 assists in all competitions - there are few better options available than the Moroccan international. And with a reported release clause of around £26m in his contract, he's an option that may actually fit within Arsenal's limited budget before a player needs to be sold. 

He has title-winning experience, has featured heavily in Europe, and at 26, he has enough time left in his career for Arsenal to get five or six good seasons out of him. He ticks every single box. 


Tottenham

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Marco Asensio

Estimated Cost: £620m

It's been a long time since Spurs last signed a player, but despite that, they actually look in decent shape. A pretty sharp dip in form saw them fall comfortably out of the title race in March, but regardless, they finished in a Champions League place and have the final of this season's competition to look forward to next week. 

Of all the players linked, Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio–whom Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan–looks the most exciting. Possessing pace, creativity, versatility, and with youth on his side, he has the look of a signing that could really help take Spurs to the next level. 

They were, however, told to stump up a rather silly €700m to sign him this week (the astronomical release clause set by Real Madrid), so this one seems outside the realm of possibility unless Real has a change of heart or the player forces his way out. 


Chelsea

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Arkadiusz Milik

Estimated Cost: £40m

Chelsea, obviously, are staring down the barrel of a two-window transfer ban, but a successful appeal could at the very least postpone the club's inability to sign players.

What the Blues will need is an out-and-out goalscorer who fits within Maurizio Sarri's system, provided the manager remains at Stamford Bridge after the Europa League final. And while it may seem like there are more exciting options there, there is a strong case for Milik.

He has netted 20 goals in 46 matches this season after spending much of Sarri's time at Napoli out injured, establishing himself as one of Serie A's most prolific strikers., and he is just 25. While everyone else is falling over themselves for the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Timo Werner and Luka Jovic, Chelsea would be wise to move decisively for the Napoli target man before his stock rises further. 


Liverpool

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Joao Felix

Estimated Cost: £70m

Liverpool will likely not be spending much money this summer, or so the word goes from the club, but what if it's all a ruse? (It's hard to spin a backup goalkeeper or a backup left-back as a 'dream signing' so work with us here.)

In the unlikely event that the Reds do decide to splash the cash, then another forward to rotate with Roberto Firmino is what is needed, and the most exciting option out there at present is Benfica's Joao Felix. 

The 19-year-old has netted 20 goals in his debut season in Portugal, and would serve as the long-term replacement to one of the front three, with the ability to eventually surpass the levels at which the red-hot trio are performing.  


Manchester City

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Rodri

Estimated Cost: £60m

City doesn't need much this summer. It's well stocked in almost - almost - every position. Whatever morsels of weakness it has shown this season, however, came when Fernandinho was sidelined, because try as it might, none of it multitude of midfielders has the skillset to step into his shoes. 

Given that the Brazilian is 34 and probably only has one season remaining at the height of his powers, that will be a concern of Pep Guardiola, and he will want a long-term solution tied down. He made no secret of his efforts to land Jorginho last summer, only to be rejected for Chelsea, but this time around, Atletico's Rodri could be the subject of Guardiola's advances.

Atletico have suffered from a 'difficult' season - second place in La Liga and going out of the Champions League to Juventus - and looks set to lose plenty of its first-team talent. Rodri, who has been a star performer at the base of midfield and is only 22, looks as if he will be one of them. His possession-based yet physical skillset would fit City like a glove, so the signing would make sense for a multitude of reasons. 

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