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Ins and outs: What the Summer holds for next season's Premier League clubs

Arsenal

Published 10/06/2011 | 05:00

Priority for the summer? A central defender (or two), a striker -- but much depends on who is sold and who needs to be replaced. The question remains: can Arsenal hold on to Cesc Fabregas -- and do they want to?

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How much is there to spend? Arsenal will spend this year -- manager Arsene Wenger has already promised that -- but the question is, how much? Plenty of funds are available.

Who might arrive? Gervinho, Willian, Christopher Samba, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Scott Parker, Mamadou Sakho, Karim Benzema.

Who might leave? Samir Nasri, Denilson, Gael Clichy, Nicklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Eboue, Carlos Vela.

Back in action? Arsenal play in Malaysia and China, beginning on July 13. A game in Cologne is followed by the annual hosting of the Emirates Cup, with Boca Juniors and New York Red Bulls.

Aston Villa

Priority for the summer? Finding the right manager to replace Gerard Houllier. The new man will have to persuade Stewart Downing to sign a new contract and find a replacement for goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

How much is there to spend? There should be funds available. Ashley Young's proposed move to Manchester United should generate around £15m, while Nigel Reo-Coker and John Carew have been moved on to free up the wage bill.

Who might arrive? West Ham's Robert Green is high on a wanted list that also includes Nottingham Forest's Lee Camp. Birmingham's Ben Foster is another.

Who might leave? Young is a certainty and Downing's future is also uncertain. Luke Young and Stephen Warnock may also go.

Back in action? Villa start in Hong Kong against Blackburn in the Barclays Asia Trophy on July 27.

Blackburn Rvs

Priority for the summer? A replacement for Phil Jones (right), who has joined Manchester United for £16.5m and a need to improve on a squad who almost went down last season.

How much is there to spend?

Indian owners Venky's will give Steve Kean up to £25m for transfers.

Who might arrive? Joe Cole and Roque Santa Cruz are on the agenda. Aberdeen reserve Myles Anderson has arrived on a free transfer, with Kean billing him as potentially the new Chris Smalling.

Who might leave? Jones has left and Paul Robinson and Christopher Samba could also be tempted. Nikola Kalinic and Keith Andrews will be moved on.

Back in action? July 4 pre-season training before undertaking a tour of India and Hong Kong, where Blackburn will compete in the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Bolton Wds

Priority for the summer? Holding on to England defender Gary Cahill.

How much is there to spend?

Not a lot. Owen Coyle might have less than £10m to spend unless he sells Cahill, who could bank £15-20m for the club.

Who might arrive? If Cahill leaves, Jonny Evans and Wes Brown will be targets, although Sunderland look to be closing in on the latter. Coyle is also keen to secure a permanent deal for Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge. Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams is another target.

Who might leave? Johan Elmander (Galatasaray) could be followed by Martin Petrov and Ali Al-Habsi. Joey O'Brien and Tamir Cohen have been released.

Back in action? Training on July 4 and then a 10-day tour of the United States.

Chelsea

Priority for the summer? Appointing a new manager plus a chief scout/ director of football -- and then overhauling the squad to add young, attacking talent and creativity in midfield. Moving on four or five fringe players.

How much is there to spend? However much owner Roman Abramovich wants to spend as he accepts the squad are ageing, too small or lacking in flair. Chelsea could easily spend more than £100m.

Who might arrive? Romelu Lukaku, Neymar, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Kevin De Bruyne, Ante Vukusic, Gregory van der Wiel.

Who might leave? Jose Bosingwa, Nicolas Anelka, Paulo Ferreira, Jeffrey Bruma, Salomon Kalou.

Back in action? The players return for pre-season training on July 4 and play in Arnhem five days later, before games in Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Everton

Priority for the summer? Goals. David Moyes has spent six years honing Everton and the majority of his most crucial players are settled, but he must cure his side's inability to find the net.

How much is there to spend? If Moyes' stated aim is clear, his method is not: the Scot is essentially reliant on what he can raise through sales.

Who might arrive? A move for Miroslav Klose has foundered as he chose Lazio, with a striker of the ilk of Jay Bothroyd or Danny Welbeck on loan more likely.

Who might leave? James Vaughan has already departed, but it is only the potential departure of Jack Rodwell, for around £25m, to either of the Manchester clubs which keeps Evertonians awake at night.

Back in action? Everton's first pre-season fixture is with Bury on July 15, before two games in the US.

Fulham

Priority for the summer? New manager Martin Jol will identify his own priorities but Fulham are in the market for a new striker and central midfielder.

How much is there to spend? There has been talk of £20m, but it has yet to materialise -- Mark Hughes was sceptical -- but Jol has already stated funds are available and he is after new players.

Who might arrive? Mounir El Hamdaoui, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Eidur Gudjohnsen . Jol may try to tempt either Robbie Keane or, more unlikely, Dimitar Berbatov to resume the partnership they had at Spurs.

Who might leave? There could be a clear-out with Eddie Johnson, Diomansy Kamara, John Pantsil, Stephen Kelly and Carlos Salcido all allowed to leave Craven Cottage.

Back in action? Fulham's pre-season programme is determined by the Europa League. The players report back on June 23 and play their first game a week later.

Liverpool

Priority for the summer? What Liverpool desire is encapsulated in the signing of Jordan Henderson: the club's owners want recruits who are young, native or experienced in the Premier League -- and preferably all three.

How much is there to spend? Spending could top £75m.

Who might arrive? As well as Henderson, Kenny Dalglish covets Connor Wickham, Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing as well as Roma goalkeeper Doni and Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux.

Who might leave? Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Alberto Aquilani, Paul Konchesky, Christian Poulsen, David Ngog, Fabio Aurelio, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Danny Wilson, Emiliano Insua, Philipp Degen, Nabil El Zhar.

Back in action? Liverpool leave for tour of China and Malaysia on July 10, with games starting on July 13.

Man City

Priority for the summer? Adding quality for Champions League campaign.

How much is there to spend? If Carlos Tevez (right) leaves, as much as £100m. If he stays, £50m.

Who might arrive? Napoli's Marek Hamsik, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Could rival United for Wesley Sneijder and may test Arsenal's resolve over Cesc Fabregas.

Who might leave? Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Shay Given, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Felipe Caicedo and Jo can all go. Patrick Vieira too.

Back in action? Return to training on July 4, then go the US for a three-game tour before taking part in Dublin tournament.

Man Utd

Priority for the summer? Replace the retired Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes and find a creative midfielder with an eye for goal.

How much is there to spend?

£50-60m.

Who might arrive? Phil Jones was signed from Blackburn for £16.5m and Villa's Ashley Young could follow. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea will replace Van der Sar. Expect one of Wesley Sneijder or Luka Modric to arrive.

Who might leave? Expect Tomasz Kuszczak to leave and maybe Wes Brown. Darron Gibson, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans and Gabriel Obertan could also go, while Nani could be used as bait to land Sneijder from Inter.

Back in action? Pre-season training starts on July 4, followed by a three-week, five-game tour of the US on July 11-31.

Newcastle United

Priority for the summer? Filling the void left by Andy Carroll with a top striker and preparing for life without Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.

How much is there to spend? Alan Pardew is adamant that he will be able to spend the £35m generated by Carroll's move to Liverpool, although Kevin Keegan thinks otherwise.

Who might arrive? French internationals Yohan Cabaye and Kevin Gameiro, Newcastle old boy Charles N'Zogbia and Swansea's Neil Taylor as Newcastle seek to invest in up-and-coming talent.

Who might leave? Expect Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique and Nile Ranger to leave when suitable offers are submitted, but Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling will be back from long-term injuries.

Back in action?

Preparations begin with a three-match tour of America starting on July 20.

Norwich City

Priority for the summer? There is only one -- assembling a squad good enough to stay in the Premier League.

How much is there to spend? In theory tens of millions, but the reality is that owner Delia Smith has been financially stung before and will therefore be nothing if not cautious. And that will be no problem for manager Paul Lambert, who has propelled Norwich up the divisions with little fuss.

Who might arrive? Millwall striker Steve Morison has already arrived and Brighton winger Elliott Bennett is close to a £1.5m move.

Who might leave? Lambert will move on as many fringe men as possible, but keep the key men who achieved promotion.

Back in action? On July 16 against non-league Gorleston. A training camp in Germany is then followed with games against Palace, Southend, Coventry and Real Zaragoza.

qpr

Priority for the summer? Keeping Adel Taarabt (below) is paramount, then bolstering the squad with quality through loans or bargain buys. Manager Neil Warnock needs a striker in particular.

How much is there to spend? Despite the wealth of the club's shareholders, a budget of £10-15m is expected. Limited in terms of wages on offer as well.

Who might arrive? Craig Mackail-Smith from Peterborough and Tottenham's Kyle Naughton. Wayne Routledge impressed on loan from Newcastle last season.

Back in action? Preparations begin at Harrow Borough on July 15 before travelling to Cornwall and Italy.

Stoke City

Priority for the summer? Establishing a squad capable of making an impression in the Europa League and continuing the progress Stoke have made under Tony Pulis in the last three years.

How much is there to spend? Peter Coates remains one of the most sensible chairmen in the Premier League and will pay big money for the right players.

Who might arrive? Craig Bellamy (Manchester City), Carlton Cole (West Ham), Mark Noble (West Ham), along wih Birmingham pair Liam Ridgewell and Cameron Jerome.

Who might leave? Could be a clear out with Asmir Begovic, Thomas Sorensen, Danny Collins, Dean Whitehead, Michael Tonge, Tom Soares all leaving.

Back in action? Stoke return to training on July 7 before flying out to Austria for a training camp the following day. The first game is against Newport County on July 16.

Sunderland

Priority for the summer? Winning over fans disench-anted by the sale of Darren Bent and Jordan Henderson.

How much is there to spend? It's unclear whether Steve Bruce will get to spend the £24m created by Bent's departure as Ellis Short tries to balance the books.

Who might arrive? Peter Crouch, Demba Ba and Roger Johnson, plus the United trio of John O'Shea, Darron Gibson and Wes Brown, are in Steve Bruce's sights, but the former seems unlikely to want to head to Wearside. David Ngog could end up spearheading the attack, while Keiren Westwood has arrived as a back-up 'keeper.

Who might leave? There has been talk that Lee Cattermole could follow Henderson to Liverpool and that Asamoah Gyan is interesting Tottenham, while Craig Gordon could be off once he recovers from surgery.

Back in action? They begin with a visit to Conference side York City on Wednesday, July 13.

Swansea City

Priority for the summer?

Find a replacement for Fabio Borini.

How much is there to spend? Don't expect chairman Huw Jenkins to waste money. The boss will get £10m to invest on new faces with £3.5 already spent on Danny Graham.

Who might arrive? Graham from Watford (£3.5), Vicente (free), Sergio Conales from Real Madrid (loan), David Vaughan from Blackpool (free), Chris Humphrey from Motherwell (£1m), Matt Mills from Reading (£2.5m), Leroy Lita from Middlesbrough (£1m).

Who might leave? Neil Taylor is bound for Newcastle and one or two fringe players like Craig Beattie are likely to follow Bolton Wanderers are also keen to sign midfielder Darren Pratley who spent much of last season on the bench at the Libert Stadium.

Back in action? First week in July. Pre-season games yet to be confirmed.

Tottenham Hotspur

Priority for the summer? Reducing the size of the first-team squad, moving on several high-paid fringe players such as David Bentley, at least one new striker, central midfielder, central defender, right-back. Spurs also want to promote a number of young players.

How much is there to spend? Chairman Daniel Levy runs a tight ship. But money is there -- £35m was bid for Guiseppe Rossi in January -- although he will want to generate funds.

Who might arrive? Pablo Osvaldo, Leandro Damiao, Scott Parker. Brad Friedel has already signed.

Who might leave? David Bentley, Robbie Keane (left), Sebastien Bassong, Wilson Palacios, Alan Hutton, Heurelho Gomes -- and can they hold on to playmaker Luka Modric?

West Brom

Priority for the summer? Retaining all the key members of the playing staff which performed so well. Former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson does not believe he needs to make wholesale changes to his squad.

How much is there to spend? Last summer Albion spent under £10m. Expect more of the same.

Who might arrive? Eiji Kawashima will leave Lierse this summer and his likely destination is the Hawthorns. Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak may also be offered a return to his former club. Paul Konchesky, Zoltan Gera and Andy Johnson are all potential targets.

Who might leave? Scott Carson is attracting interest from Turkish clubs. Peter Odemwingie is getting glances from Juventus and Arsenal. Chris Brunt may have other offers.

Back in action? Jul 12 against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Wigan Athletic

Priority for the summer? Roberto Martinez must look to add experience and proven class to his promising -- but very raw -- side. Keeping James McCarthy will be crucial.

How much is there to spend? Martinez will not expect a fortune -- around £10 m -- but whatever he does receive will be bolstered by funds raised through sales.

Who might arrive? Martinez would love to make Ali Al-Habsi's loan move permanent, and is also believed to be examining a move for Sheffield United's Stephen Quinn. Mauro Boselli may yet return from loan at Genoa.

Who might leave? Martinez privately accepts Charles Zogbia will go if his £12m valuation is matched. Juventus, Liverpool and Newcastle are interested. Antolin Alcaraz, Hugo Rodallega and McCarthy will also be sold if a premium fee is offered.

Back in action? Martinez's team visit Boston United on Jul 23. They are also scheduled to tour Denmark in pre-season.

Wolves

Priority for the summer? The first part of a £50m development of Molineux has started, with the Stan Cullis Stand demolished. The new stand, however, will not be completed until the 2012/13 campaign. On the field, Mick McCarthy will be desperate to keep prize assets including Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle.

How much is there to spend?

McCarthy was given around £20m last summer and the signs are that Steve Morgan, the chairman, will be equally generous this time around.A £5m bid for Roger Johnson has already been rejected.

Who might arrive? Roger Johnson (Birmingham), Shane Long (Reading), Matt Mills (Reading), Andy Lonergan (Preston), Luke Chambers (Nottingham Forest), Billy Sharp (Doncaster), Daniel Ayala (Liverpool).

Who might leave? Steven Fletcher, Richard Stearman, Nenad Milijas, Steven Mouyokolo.

Back in action? Wolves return to training on June 28 before a tour of Ireland.

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