The final week of the summer transfer window is here and Friday’s deadline is fast approaching, Reelradio.com.ng reports.
Here’s one area each Premier League club still needs to target before then.
Defensive cover looks like the order of the day at Arsenal after Jurriën Timber’s injury on the opening weekend ruled him out for the majority of the season. Kieran Tierney has left for Real Sociedad since then and the Gunners look a little too reliant on Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu, who both missed chunks of last season through injury.
Villa are looking for looking for a left-back and nearly signed Argentina’s Marcos Acuña. More recently they’ve been linked with a move for Arsenal outcast Nuno Tavares.
There have been plenty of additions this summer but none at centre-back, where Marco Senesi and Illya Zabarnyi are covered by Chris Mepham. Some quality competition (and perhaps a bit more pace) wouldn’t go amiss.
A more creative option in midfield could do Brentford the world of good. Their big-game gameplan in the 5-3-2 is perfectly served by their first choice midfield but the 4-3-3 used in other matches could occasionally use a touch more creativity, as displayed by Christian Eriksen in 2022 and Josh Dasilva when he is fully fit.
With Alexis Mac Allister and Moisés Caicedo sold, another midfielder is still needed at Brighton. New signing Mahmoud Dahoud hasn’t started either of the club’s last two games and they are reportedly close to adding Carlos Baleba from Lille.
Nathan Tella top scored for the club in the Championship last season but has joined Bayer Leverkusen from Southampton this summer. There’s need for a threatening player out wide, with 18-year-old Luca Koleosho starting both games so far this season.
It’s hard to say they need any more players, not in terms of numbers at least. Christopher Nkunku will return from injury at some point, as will Carney Chukwuemeka, who had a bright start to the season, but it seems the Blues want to bring in another creative player who can operate out wide anyway. Rayan Cherki, Emile Smith Rowe, Raphinha and Marcus Edwards have all being linked this week.
With 11 goals in 63 Premier League appearances since his move from Celtic, Odsonne Édouard does not quite offer the consistent threat you want from your striker. The Frenchman has started each of Palace’s games so far this season but someone competing for his place would not be a terrible idea.
Speaking of goals and goalscorers, Everton have moved to bring in Beto from Udinese but he can’t be expected to light up their attack alone and a wide player who offers regular threat should be on Sean Dyche’s wishlist this week.
Another club who could do with a striker following the sale of Aleksandar Mitrović, Fulham simply can’t rely on Raúl Jiménez to net regularly. The Mexican has just six goals in his last 52 Premier League outings.
Wataru Endō has arrived and Stefan Bajcetic will return from injury at some point but Liverpool are putting a lot of pressure on a newly-signed 30-year-old and a badly injured teenager in the centre of the park. Another midfielder would do them the world of good.
Elijah Adebayo only netted eight goals in the Championship last season and Luton will need a lot more alongside Carlton Morris if they want to stay up.
Manchester City’s desire to add a midfielder is no secret, with bids for Declan Rice and Lucas Paquetá failing so far this summer. Attention has now turned to Wolves’ Matheus Nunes as the deadline approaches.
With Luke Shaw injured, United are being linked with any number of left-backs but what about midfield? There’s a lot of reliance on Casemiro in front of the backline and Fred’s departure leaves the out of favour Scott McTominay as the only alternative in that position.
Sven Botman’s injury shows how quickly the depth can disappear and that’s a worry for a club competing in Europe this season. With first-choice left-back Dan Burn also the third option at the heart of the defence, another addition at the back would leave Newcastle well stocked.
Nottingham Forest have been eager to add a left-back but rumours that Brennan Johnson could be sold will mean reshuffling priorities and turning all focus towards finding a replacement for the 22-year-old.
Having sold last season’s top scorer in Iliman Ndiaye, and given Oli McBurnie’s consistent struggles in the top flight, Sheffield United are another club who could do with a more reliable goal threat if they’re to stave off relegation.
Richarlison has struggled to offer much so far this season and Tottenham’s other potential striker, Son Heung-min, is out wide. So can they add a striker to compete with Richarlison before the window closes? Or a winger to free up Son for poaching duties through the middle? Either way, attention will be on the final third.
A replacement is still needed for Gianluca Scamacca following his departure to Atalanta and West Ham have been linked with three Brazilian forwards on Tuesday as they look to add someone who can compete and rotate with Michail Antonio.
If Matheus Nunes is sold before Friday’s deadline, Wolves will be absolutely desperate to add a quality midfielder to replace him.