With the 2017-18 Premier League season already underway, the opening matches saw mixed results coming from different sides; others unexpected, while others proving a point.
The various managers had the chance to put their new look squads to test for the first time last weekend with the aim of identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United now sits comfortably at the top of the Premier League standings after thrashing West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford. Liverpool visited Watford at Vicarage Road and only salvaged a 3-3 draw in an extraordinarily fast-paced match.
Chelsea trailed Burnley 3-0 by halftime, but ended the match 3-2 at Stamford Bridge even after Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were sent off in both halves respectively. With the latest England Premier Leagues betting odds taking shape, Chelsea has an uphill task to cover its plain holes.
With the opening matches drawing mixed reactions from fans, managers have already pinpointed weaknesses that require steadfast and sustainable reinforcements that oblige them to get some last minute backups.
The transfer window will close in approximately three weeks, and most rumours around the Premier League about possible trades for players among clubs could turn out as true soon.
It has been reported that Mourinho has a profound interest in Inter Milan winger and Croatian professional footballer Ivan Perisic even though he has been pursuing a chance to secure a deal for him the entire summer.
Now, the Portuguese manager has competition from his former club after it is reported that the Blues are preparing to bid for the 28-year-old before the end of the month.
To keep their chances of securing an extra player to reinforce the squad, Chelsea are also eager to spend their money on the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk, whose future remains blurry at Southampton. As reported by the Daily Star, the bid is approximately 50 million and Stamford Bridge could be alive again in the next few weeks if the center back finalizes the deal.
Last week, Dijk presented a statement expressing that he would like to leave and join a bigger club. His departure from St. Mary’s could have seen him join Liverpool, but Antonio Conte will have to push and shove with Jurgen Klopp to sign the Croatian.
The 3-3 draw with Watford on opening day made the Liverpool manager to express that he has to buy more players to beef up the squad before the transfer window closes. As stated by Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp said that the club only has up to August 31 to conclude the new signings. Apart from Van Dijk, Klopp’s wish list this summer has longstanding names, such as Naby Keita, the midfielder at RB Leipzig, whom he is yet to succeed signing.
Since Tottenham has not signed any player so far this summer, they might end up bringing in Keita Balde from Lazio as their first signing. The North London club seemed to intensify its interest in the Senegalese professional footballer after the 22-year-old forward did not travel with his teammates for the Supercoppa Italiana that took place last weekend.
To conclude, Paul Clement, the Swansea manager expressed his suggestion that the transfer window should be closed before the Premier League resumes as he lost Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton yesterday.