Great goalkeepers are in short supply at the moment in world football. Ederson of Benfica would hardly be considered great but Manchester City have still valued him at £35 million surely driving up the price of shot stoppers around the world.
If Manchester City are to pay £35 million for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson it will only serve to help their rivals across Manchester.
Manchester United appear set to lose David DeGea to Real Madrid but they will receive a healthy price for De Gea. If Ederson is worth £35 million it would be easy to see United ask for £50 million for their De Gea. Transfer rumour around David De Gea
De Gea has featured in almost every team of the season for the past number of years and he has claimed player of the season for United in three of the last four seasons.
The more Jose Mourinho takes in with transfers the more he can justify spending. With fringe players likely to be cut loose from the United squad Mourinho could generate £60-£70 million before spending anything.
United have identified a number of key positions to buy in but if De Gea leaves, goalkeeper will be another headache for Mourinho.
City have started their transfer business early clearly in the hope that a full pre-season with Pep will serve them well next season.
Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool are set to join the Manchester sides in spending big this window as they are all in the Champions League and Arsenal may need to spend big to regain top four next season.
Liverpool are in a precarious position next season, this is the last season Klopp will consider a top four finish alone, a success. A run in a cup or the Champions League is a must as well as a return to the top four.
Arsenal losing out on top four could help them in a strange way next season. Their aim is 100% get in to the top four. That will be a success for Arsenal but it is something that has been seen as not enough in previous years. Under-achieving will actually be achieving for them next season.
For the Gunners, their main goal in the market this summer has got to be holding on to players rather than buying. There is nobody Arsenal can afford or attract at the moment that would replace Sanchez, Ozil or Cech.
Antonio Conte has the horrible task of managing expectations next season at the Bridge. As good as Chelsea were this season I don’t think they will be so dominant next season. The Premier league is the best in the world because the so-called “lesser” teams learn how to play against the best.
This Chelsea team showed they can down-tools as good as any Leicester City player in Mourinho’s last season with them so if things begin to unravel next season it will be interesting to see how they stick together.
Chelsea could line up next season without Diego Costa and although he is not irreplaceable, he would be missed by any team. Lukaku would be a perfect fit for his former club next season.
Spurs have been knocking on the top-four door since Harry Redknapp but now they have silently slipped in to the role of regular title challengers. Daniel Levy has always been cautious with the money and this is to be expected again this season.
Spurs have bought well in recent seasons by not pursuing big names but talent that can be coached. Work horses like Son and Dier are excellent purchases to go along with Erikson, Kane and Co.
Spurs need a back up for Kane because their entire season hangs on his form and fitness every year. So far he has delivered but if they are to compete in the League and Champions League, striking options are a must.
City have set their stall out and it is up to the rest to follow. As usual the transfer market will play a big role on the shape of the premier league table next season. It is not about spending big it is about spending wisely.