Premier League Summer Transfer Guide 2016

The 2016 Summer Transfer Window is alive! Now that the Premier League is just a week away, clubs are scurrying around, trying desperately to make last minute signings in an attempt to elevate their squad to the next level. Players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, N’Golo Kante, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Granit Xhaka have all made big money moves and even more could be on their way soon. Here is the full list of all the Premier League transactions and potential targets so far in the 2016 Summer Transfer Window.


Granit Xhaka 2
Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka recently signed for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal from German side Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee of 30 million pounds.

After a final day win and a Tottenham loss, Arsenal squeaked into second last year. Now they’ll be looking to improve on that and win the title. Wenger’s first step towards that goal was to sign Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach. But they’ll certainly have to do more than just sign the Swiss midfielder in order to win the Premier League next season.

In: Granit Xhaka (£30 million from Borussia Monchengladbach), Takuma Asano (free transfer from Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (£2 million from Bolton Wanderers)

Out: Mikel Arteta (retired), Mathieu Flamini (released), Tomas Rosicky (released), Isaac Hayden (undisclosed to Newcastle United), Wellington Silva (undisclosed to Fluminense), Wojchiech Szczesny (loan to AS Roma)

Interested In: Alexandre Lacazette (from Lyon), Riyad Mahrez (from Liecester City), Mauro Icardi (from Inter Milan), Julian Draxler (from Schalke 04), Shkodran Mustafi (from Valencia)


Jordan Ibe
Jordan Ibe burst on to the scene at Liverpool in 2014 back when Brendan Rogers was in charge but hasn’t been able to earn a regular starting spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side. The 20-year old now joins Bournemouth on a massive 15 million pound deal as The Cherries look to avoid relegation.

Most people had Bournemouth pegged down to be one of the relegated sides last season but they defied expectations to finish 16th in the table. Now Eddie Howe’s side will be looking to finish even higher up the table next season.

In: Brad Smith (£3 million from Liverpool), Lys Mousset (£5.4 million from Le Havre), Emerson Hyndman (free transfer from Fulham), Nathan Ake (loan from Chelsea), Lewis Cook (undisclosed from Leeds United), Jordan Ibe (£15 million from Liverpool)

Out: Jayden Stockley (free transfer to Aberdeen), Sylvain Distin (released), Tommy Elphick (£3 million to Aston Villa), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United for £12 million), Glenn Murray (loan to Brighton & Hove Albion), Lee Tomlin (£3 million to Bristol City), Joe Quigley (loan to Gillingham), Harry Cornick (loan to Leyton Orient)


Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Johann Berg Gudmundsson was excellent for Iceland at Euro 2016 helping contribute massively to their fairy tale quarter final finish. Now he’ll be looking to help another underdog team in Burnley go far this season.

Burnley bounced straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking last season as they secured the Championship title with 93 points. Manager Sean Dyche will be hoping that the his side can survive the top flight this time around but isn’t rushing into any big new deals straight away. The only two players to arrive are a pair from Charlton Athletic.

In: Jon Flanagan (loan from Liverpool), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (undisclosed from Charlton Athletic), Nick Pope (undisclosed from Charlton Athletic)

Out: Joey Barton (free transfer to Rangers), Luke Conlan (free transfer to Morecambe), Matt Gilks (free transfer to Rangers), George Byers (free to Swansea City)


N'Golo Kante TOTS
N’Golo Kante was arguably Leicester City’s most important player in their 2015-16 title winning season. Now he makes a dream move to one of Europe’s elite to play for one of the best clubs and managers in the world.

In 2015-16, Chelsea experienced their worst ever season in the Premier League, losing twelve games and finishing 10th in the table. But with Antonio Conte coming in as the new manager Chelsea will be looking to bounce right back and win the Premier League title again. A good transfer window could be the key to Chelsea’s success next season but the new boss hasn’t made any new signings so far.

In: Michy Batshuayi (£33.2 million from Marseille), N’Golo Kante (£32 million from Leicester City)

Out: Mohamed Salah (£12 million to AS Roma), Abdul-Rahman Baba (loan to Schalke 04), Tomas Kalas (loan to Fulham), Mitchell Beeney (loan to Crawley Town), Nathan Ake (loan to Bournemouth), Reece Mitchell (free transfer to Chesterfield), Kasey Palmer (loan to Huddesfield Town), Matej Delac (loan to Royal Excel Mouscron), Victorien Angban (loan to Granada), Alex Kiwomya (loan to Crewe Alexandra), Bertrand Traore (loan to Ajax)

Interested In: Radja Nainggolan (from AS Roma), Riyad Mahrez (from Leicester City), Kalidou Koulibaly (from Napoli)

Crystal Palace

Andros Townsend
After Andros Towsend impressed at the tail-end of the 2015-16 season with Newcastle United, Crystal Palace have swooped in to sign the ex-Tottenham midfielder.

Crystal Palace came desperately close to winning the FA Cup last season but Manchester United ultimately denied them that chance in the final.  within nine minutes of winning the FA Cup last season, but Manchester United denied them at Wembley. Despite a good FA Cup run, Alan Pardew’s side under-performed in the second half of the Premier League season and the Crystal Palace manager will be looking to have a much better campaign in 2016-17.

In: Andros Townsend (£13 million from Newcastle United), Steve Mandanda (£1.5 million from Marseille), James Tomkins (£10 million from West Ham United)

Out: David Gregory (free transfer to Cambridge United), Emmanuel Adebayor (released), Marouane Chamakh (released), Brede Hangeland (released), Adrian Mariappa (released), Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United for £10 million)

Interested In: Christian Benteke (from Liverpool), Moussa Sissoko (from Newcastle United)


Idrissa Gueye
Idrissa Gueye was just about Aston Villa’s only bright spark in their torrential 2015-16 campaign and will now be looking for a longer Premier League stay this time with Everton.

After another disappointing season for Everton under Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman has come in as his replacement, creating a sense of optimism around the club after the Dutch manager led Southampton to a 7th place finish in 2014-15 and a 6th place finish in 2015-16. With Koeman’s ability to work the transfer market, Everton could be back to to their best next season.

In: Bassala Sambou (undisclosed from Coventry City), Chris Renshaw (undisclosed from Oldham Athletic), Maarten Stekelenburg (undisclosed from Fulham), Idrissa Gueye (£7.1 million from Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (£12 million from Swansea City)

Out: John Stones (£50 million to Manchester City), Leon Osman (released), Tony Hibbert (released), Tim Howard (free transfer to Colorado Rapids)

Interested In: Axel Witsel (from Zenit St. Petersburg), Wilfried Bony (from Manchester City)

Hull City

Normally it’s very difficult for clubs to bounce right back up to the Premier League after suffering relegation, but Hull City and Burnley have both managed to accomplish this by having good, steady managers and hard-working players.Steve Bruce will be eyeing survival in the top flight next season and may look to the transfer market for reinforcements to his squad soon. For now though, Hull City fans will have to wait patiently for any new signings to come through the door.

In: N/A

Momo Diame
After leading the club to promotion and scoring the goal that sent them back into the Premier League, the Tigers have foolishly decided to let Mohammed Diame go to Newcastle United.

Out: Max Clark (loan to Cambridge United), Mohammed Diame (undisclosed to Newcastle United), Sone Aluko (free transfer to Fulham)

Leicester City

Nampalys Mendy
Nampalys Mendy had a breakthrough year last season with OGC Nice as he helped the Ligue 1 club finish 4th in the table. Now he joins the English champions on a 13 million pound 4-year deal.

Leicester City defied expectations last season to shock the nation as they won the Premier League title against all odds. Now with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea trying to bring in reinforcements to stop the same thing from happening again, Leicester may have a tough time regaining the Premier League title next season. However, just like the aforementioned clubs, Leicester City will also be looking to reinforce their squad to give them a greater shot at defying odds again in 2016-17.

In: Ron-Robert Zieler (£3 million from Hannover 96), Luis Hernandez (free transfer from Sporting Gijon), Raul Uche (undisclosed from Rayo Vallecano), Nampalys Mendy (£13 million from OGC Nice), Ahmed Musa (£16.6 million from CSKA Moscow), Bartosz Kaputska (£7.5 million from Cracovia)

Ahmed Musa
Ahmed Musa scored 13 goals with 5 assists in 30 Russian Premier League matches last season as CSKA Moscow lifted the trophy. Musa is known for being one of the fastest footballers on the planet and with the pace of Vardy and Mahrez already in store, Leicester City could be unstoppable next season.

Out: Andrej Kramaric (undisclosed to 1899 Hoffenheim), Paul Konchesky (released), Mark Schwarzer (released), Jacob Blyth (free transfer to Motherwell)

Interested In: Luan Vieira (from Gremio)


Jurgen Klopp recently splashed the cash to bring in Southampton starlet Sadio Mane for a hefty price of 34 million pounds.

The summer has just begun and Jurgen Klopp has already reinforced his Liverpool squad with three excellent signings. A master of the transfer market, Jurgen Klopp will be looking to continue to add new players until the season begins as he looks to improve upon an 8th place finish in 2015-16 by securing a Champions League spot next season.

In: Sadio Mane (£34 million from Southampton), Loris Karius (£4.7 million from FSV Mainz), Joel Matip (free transfer from Schalke 04), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25 million from Newcastle), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m from FC Augbsburg), Alex Manniger (free transfer from FC Augsburg)

Out: Martin Skrtel (£5.5 million to Fenerbahce), Joe Allen (£13 million from Stoke City), Jordan Ibe (£15 million to Bournemouth) Jordan Rossiter (free transfer to Rangers), Jerome Sinclair (free transfer to Watford), Joao Teixeira (free transfer to Porto), Kolo Toure (released), Lawrence Vigouroux (undisclosed to Swindon Town), Sergi Canos (£2.5 million to Norwich City), Danny Ward (loan to Huddersfield Town), Adam Bogdan (loan to Wigan Athletic), Ryan Kent (loan to Barnsley), Jon Flanagan (loan to Burnley)

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Martin Skrtel spent 8 years at Liverpool making 319 appearances for the club in all competitions. He was a favourite of every manager to walk through that door in that 8-year time but since Jurgen Klopp has come in has fallen severely out of favour. Now he leaves to be slightly closer to home, achieve regular playing time again and win more trophies as he makes a move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

Interested In: Mahmoud Dahoud (from Borussia Monchengladbach), Lucas Moura (from Paris Saint Germain)

Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan has been one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga over the past five seasons and now moves to England to play under one of the best managers in world football in Pep Guardiola

With Pep Guardiola coming in as the new boss of Manchester City, The Sky Blues will be looking to regain the Premier League title after winning it two seasons ago under Manuel Pellegrini. Guardiola hasn’t messed around at all since coming in, quickly signing two world stars in Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito as he prepares to set City up in the best possible position to win the Premier League title.

In: Ilkay Gundogan (£22 million from Borussia Dortmund), Nolito (£13.8 million from Celta Vigo), Oleksandr Zincheko (£1.7 million from FC Ufa), Leroy Sane (£37 million from Schalke 04), Gabriel Jesus (£27 million from Palmeiras), John Stones (£50 million from Everton)

After impressing for Celta Vigo and Spain in 2015-16, 29-year old Nolito has moved to Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s latest signing in his City revolution.

Out: Martin Demichelis (released), Richard Wright (retired), Jack Byrne (loan to Blackburn Rovers), Gabriel Jesus (loan to Palmeiras)

Interested In: Thiago Alcantara (from Bayern Munich)

Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Manchester United’s signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the signing of the summer so far but questions still have to be asked about whether it will be enough to win the Reds the Premier League title.

After a disappointing and difficult spell last season at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho will be hoping to save his reputation as one of the best managers in the world when he takes control of Manchester United next season. The Portuguese manager will be looking for instant success and has already brought in a heap of fantastic players to try and achieve that.

After months of talk, Manchester United finally walked the walk and broke the world record transfer fee to bring in Paul Pogba for 89 million pounds.

In: Paul Pogba (£89 million from Juventus), Eric Bailly (£30 million from Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26 million from Borussia Dotmund)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the best player in the Bundesliga last season,winning the Player of the Year in Germany Award with 11 goals and 15 assists in 31 matches. Now he joins Manchester United as Jose Mourinho’s latest signing.

Out: Guillermo Varela (loan to Eintracht Frankfurt), Victor Valdes (released), Nick Powell (released), Oliver Rathbone (free transfer to Rochdale), Ashley Fletcher (free to West Ham United), Joe Rothwell (undisclosed to Oxford United), Tyler Reid (undisclosed to Swansea City), Donald Love (£1 million to Sunderland) Paddy McNair (£4.5 million to Sunderland), Adnan Januzaj (loan to Sunderland)

Interested In: Cesar Azpilicueta (from Chelsea), Hirving Lozano (from Pachuca), Tahith Chong (from Feyenoord), Fabinho (from AS Monaco)


Victor Valdes
Victor Valdes barely even played a minute of football for Manchester United and now will be hoping for some regular playing time in the Premier League after a move to Middlesbrough.

After seven years in the English Championship, Middlesbrough are back in the big time, this time under the guidance of the slightly inexperienced manager Aitor Karanka. Unlike the other two promoted clubs, Middlesbrough have gone straight into the transfer market to try and ensure safety next season.

In: Bernardo Espinosa (free transfer from Sporting Gijon), Viktor Fischer (£3.8 million from Ajax), Marten de Roon (£12 million from Atalanta), Antonio Barragan (undisclosed from Valencia), Victor Valdes (free from Manchester United), Alvaro Negredo (loan from Valencia), Gaston Ramirez (free from Southampton), Brad Guzan (undisclosed from Aston Villa)

Out: Jonathan Woodgate (released), Damia Abella (released), Rhys Williams (free transfer to Perth Glory), Jonathan Burn (loan to Kilmarnock), Jordan Jones (free transfer to Kilmarnock), Connor Ripley (loan to Oldham Athletic)


Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond impressed last season for Norwich City and now joins the Saints on a five-year deal, presumably coming in as Sadio Mane’s replacement.

Another summer of upheaval seemingly awaits Southampton, as not only have they lost key players like Wanyama and Mane, but they’ve also lost their crucial manager Ronald Koeman. Claude Puel has replaced Koeman in the hot-seat and faces a tough few months as he looks to keep hold of his best players and replace those that he’s already lost with new signings.

In: Nathan Redmond (£11 million from Norwich City), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£12.8 million from Bayern Munich), Jeremy Pied (free from OGC Nice), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed from Crystal Palace)

Out: Sadio Mane (£34 million to Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (£11m to Tottenham Hotspur), Gaston Ramirez (released), Kelvin Davis (retired), Jason McCarthy (loan to Walsall), Graziano Pelle (£12 million to Shandong Luneng Taishan)

Interested In: Adam Nagy (from Ferencvarosi TC), Robbie Brady (from Norwich City)

Stoke City

After an impressive showing at Euro 2016, Stoke City lured Joe Allen away from Liverpool in a 13 million pound deal.

Mark Hughes oversaw another solid season at Stoke City last term, but after three successive 9th place finishes in the table, Hughes will now be looking to take his squad into that next level which is the Europa League. A number of impressive signings were made by the Potters last season and fans will be hoping for more than just Joe Allen’s arrival at the club this time around.

In: Joe Allen (£13m from Liverpool), Ramadan Sobhi (£5 million from Al Ahly)

Out: Peter Odemwingie (released), Steve Sidwell (free transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion), Mark Waddington (loan to Kilmarnock)

Interested In: Saido Berahino (from West Bromwich Albion)


Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland just barely survived the drop last season and will now be looking to add reinforcements to make sure the same thing never happens again. Big Sam is known for his ability to stabilize struggling clubs and stay in this league, so with the right recruitment, better days could be ahead for the Black Cats.

In: Papy Djilobodji (£8 million from Chelsea), Donald Love (£1 million from Manchester United), Paddy McNair (£4.5 million from Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (loan from Manchester United)

Out: Steven Fletcher (free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday), Wes Brown (released), Danny Graham (free transfer to Blackburn Rovers), Martin Smith (free transfer to Kilmarnock), Emanuele Giaccherini (unidsclosed to Napoli), Adam Matthews (loan to Bristol City), Will Buckley (loan to Sheffield Wednesday)

Swansea City

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Swansea City have finally found the perfect Wilfried Bony replacement in a tall, experienced, goal scoring centre forward, Fernando Llorente. Llorente has had a difficult last couple of years at Juventus and Sevilla but now with regular playing time at Swansea he may be set to shine again.

Swansea City had a roller coaster ride of a Premier League season in 2015-16 and will be looking to add new players to have a more consistent season in 2016-17. Players like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew have joined in recent years and fans will be hoping that this year, someone even bigger arrives.

In: Fernando Llorente (undisclosed from Sevilla), Mike van der Hoorn (£2 million from Ajax), Leroy Fer (undisclosed from Queens Park Rangers), George Byers (free from Burnley), Mark Birighitti (free from Newcastle Jets)

Out: Ashley Wiliams (£12 million to Everton), Andre Ayew (£20.5 million to West Ham United), Bafetimbi Gomis (loan to Marseille), Eder (£3.4 million to Lille), Kyle Bartley (loan to Leeds United), Alberto Paloschi (undisclosed to Atalanta), Raheem Hanley (free transfer to Northampton Town), Liam Shephard (loan to Yeovil Town), Oliver Davies (loan to Kilmarnock), Ryan Hedges (loan to Yeovil Town), Matt Grimes (loan to Leeds United)

Interested In: Borja Baston (from Getafe)

Tottenham Hotspur

Vincent Janssen lit the Eredivisie on fire last season as he scored 27 goals with 4 assists in 34 league matches. Now he joins Tottenham Hotspur on a quest to establish himself as a household-name and to try and win the Premier League title.

Tottenham came so close to securing their first-ever Premier League title last season, but fell short and ended up finishing behind both Leicester and arch-rivals Arsenal. Now Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to build on that fantastic 2015-16 campaign and help his team win the 2016-17 Premier League title.

In: Victor Wanyama (£11 million from Southampton), Vincent Janssen (£17 million from AZ Alkmaar)

Out: Alex Pritchard (undisclosed to Norwich City), Federico Fazio (loan to AS Roma)

Interested In: Mauro Icardi (from Inter Milan)


Christian Kabasele
Christian Kabasele has rocked the Belgian Pro League for the past few years and now he’s been given the chance to play in the Premier League for Walter Mazzarri’s Watford.

Watford enjoyed a relatively comfortable return to the Premier League last season, finishing in 13th and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup. However the club aren’t messing around as they strive for even greater things. Quique Sanchez Flores was replaced by Walter Mazzarri back in May, as the club look to make a push towards the top ten and another run in the cup.

In: Jerome Sinclair (free transfer from Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (£5.8 million from Genk), Juan Zuniga (loan from Watford), Brice Dja Djedje (undisclosed from Marseille)

Out: Joel Ekstrand (released), Josh Doherty (free transfer to Leyton Orient), Gabriele Angella (undisclosed to Udinese), Stephen Berghuis (loan to Feyenoord), Almen Abdi (undisclosed to Sheffield Wednesday), Daniel Pudil (undisclosed to Sheffield Wednesday)

West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion once again enjoyed a comfortable season in the Premier League under Tony Pulis, although fans began to grow frustrated with their playing style. Now he’ll be looking to improve his squad ahead of next season.

In: Matty Phillips (£5.5 million from Queens Park Rangers)

Out: Stephane Sessegnon (released), Victor Anichebe (released), Callam Jones (loan to Accrington), Anders Lindegaard (free transfer to Preston North End)

Interested In: Odion Ighalo (from Watford)

West Ham United

Havard Nordtveit was Slavan Bilic’s first signing of the summer as he joined on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach.

West Ham United bid farewell to Upton Park last season, but enjoyed an excellent campaign under Slaven Bilic in which they finished in 7th place. Now they enter the Olympic Stadium with a high degree of optimism around the club about the possibly of achieving even greater things. With all of these fantastic new signings in the mix, West Ham seriously could achieve greater things in the future.

In: Andre Ayew (£20.5 million from Swansea City),  Havard Nordtveit (free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach), Arthur Masuaku (undisclosed from Olympiakos) Manuel Lanzini (undisclosed from Al Jazira Club), Sofiane Feghouli (free transfer from Valencia), Toni Martinez (free transfer from Valencia), Gokhan Tore (loan from Besiktas)

Out: Joey O’Brien (released), Elliot Lee (undisclosed to Barnsley), Stephen Hendrie (loan to Blackburn Rovers), George Dobson (loan to Walsall), James Tomkins (£10 million to Crystal Palace)

Interested In: Mateo Kovacic (from Real Madrid), James Rodriguez (from Real Madrid), Carlos Bacca (from AC Milan)


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