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Get a Head Start on Next Season’s Newcomers

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It’s all change for the Premier League’s transfer window this season, which opens and closes weeks earlier than usual. In fact, they’re already open! The new dates are designed to ensure that all transfers are completed before the start of the 2018/19 season, with the process shutting down at 17:00 on the 9th of August. Designed to avoid disruption to squads once the season has started, FIFA regulations state that every country must have at least one transfer window per season that lasts for 12 weeks; this means that we get underway early.

Last season’s summer window saw a record £1.4 billion spent on new recruits by Premier League clubs. And with the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on June 14, which will undoubtedly throw up a fresh set of talented stars from the brinks of obscurity, there promises to be more of the same over the forthcoming summer. But what does that mean for next year’s potential new picks?

Next Season’s Newcomers

Manchester City

Runaway champions Manchester City and their boss Pep Guardiola are already making plans to make the best even better. Despite winning the title with a record 100 points, City will be looking to further strengthen. Their main priority will be finding a replacement for the departing Yaya Toure, with Napoli’s Jorginho being the preferred option.


If you’re thinking of drafting said Brazilian, it is worth noting that he is a key assister for Napoli and would undoubtedly flourish in City’s free-flowing tiki-taka system. Up front, Riyad Mahrez remains of interest after January’s £60m move for the Leicester winger collapsed.

Liverpool

Elsewhere, Lyon’s goal-scoring playmaker Nabil Fekir has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool of late and is now odds on to make the transfer, which could mean bumper points per goal, should you pick him.

Of course, The Reds have already picked up Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig, pursuant to a deal pre-negotiated last summer. Keita, it is hoped, will do for Liverpool what a younger Yaya Toure once did for Manchester City.

Be warned, though, that lack of discipline cost Keita four red cards last season, including three in as many games, so think twice before selecting him. Oh, and while we’re talking Liverpool, it would be best to avoid Emre Can this year, as the free agent looks certain to leave for Juventus shortly after the European Champions League Final.

Tottenham

Over at Spurs, question marks have surrounded the manager Mauricio Pochettino ever since he let off a thinly-veiled attack on the club’s transfer policy. Chelsea wants him, but should he stay and get the funds he desires, whom would he be looking to bring in to the club who earned another top-three finish?

According to reports, Tottenham are keen on striking a deal for long-term Liverpool target Christian Pulisic. While the 19-year-old USA international is thought to prefer a move to Liverpool, Spurs are ready to make a move of their own for Pulisic and are ready to meet the Dortmund’s asking price of around £40 million.

Pulisic’s versatility would no doubt be useful to any Premier League suitor, as he can play out wide or through the center. They are also said to be keen on the free-scoring Fulham wingback Ryan Sessegnon, who could potentially be fantasy football gold dust if he maintains his phenomenal goal-scoring record. Whether he lines up for Spurs next year in their new stadium or not depends, ironically, on how well his current team does in Spur’s rented accommodation, Wembley. Should Fulham win promotion to the Premier League in the playoffs, the young player might decide to stay put.

However, Spurs are likely to lose key defender Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho looks to reinvigorate his stuttering squad. Despite a second-place finish, misery and boredom has besieged Old Trafford this season, as a very expensive squad has more often than not flattered to deceive, stumbling to negative draws and lacking the fans’ desired flair. As a result, expensive new recruits are inevitable—the only question remains ‘who?’ United are interested in Brazilian trio Sandro, Fred and Willian, the latter of whom is already playing at Chelsea, who won’t sell willingly.

Chelsea and Arsenal

Unlike the previous four sides, neither Chelsea nor Arsenal can offer Champions League football this season. Both clubs are consumed in discontent and doubt, as one team (Arsenal) is seeking its first managerial change in 22 years, while the other (Chelsea) is almost certain to part ways with manager Antonio Conte.

If, as expected, Arsenal offer the post to Spanish coach Unai Emery, then the club will need to act fast, given that the window is already open. Newspapers believe that three new signings are likely to happen before the new coach is installed. The club is reported to be on the verge of completing a £15 million move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while dropping another £35m on Freiburg’s Turkish central defender Caglar Soyuncu and lining up Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno as a £25m long-term replacement for Petr Cech (which may influence your defensive picks next season).

The picture is blurrier at Stamford Bridge and will remain so until the future of manager Antonio Conte is sorted out one way or another. That said, reports have emerged that 29-year-old Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski held talks with his agent this week to discuss a possible move, and with Chelsea supposedly keen, he would be a significant pick for any team next season.

About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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